Monday, May 7, 2012

Travel Pillow Case Pattern

I have a few friends who wanted to learn to sew! Now you know I was super excited to share my passion. The hardest part was coming up with their very first project, something that would be fun, easy and useful. Thought I would share the FREE pillow case pattern with all my blogger friends. Pass the love of sewing on to your friends and be sure to tell them to stop by my website at

Materials Needed
  • 12" x 16" pillow form (Bed Bath & Beyond or JoAnns Fabrics)
  • 16" x 28" main fabric (buy 1/2 yd at fabric store)
  • 8" x 28" band fabric (buy 1/4 yd at fabric store)
  • Cotton thread, 80 universal needle, iron, sewing machine, all purpose presser foot, pins and sharp scissors
Step 1
Create a neat clean finish edge to the pillow band that will impress your friends. This is sometimes called the "burrito" or "jelly roll" method. 
  • Lay the band fabric right side up on a table and place the main fabric right side down over the band matching up one 28" edge of band with one 28" edge of the main fabric. Both pieces of fabric should be RST (right sides together.) Pin along the 28" edge making sure all raw edges are even.
  • Roll the main fabric as shown until you get to the middle of the band. Now wrap the band fabric over the rolled fabric so it lines up with the first two 28" pinned edges. Pin the other edge of the band making sure all raw edges are even. Squish the rolled fabric towards the folded edge so it is away from the pinned raw edges.
  • Use a 5/8" seam allowance to sew through all raw edges, backstitching at the beginning and end of each seam. Press the seam flat. Turn right side out and press flat making sure you pull the slack out of the band as you press.
  • Fold in half RST, matching up the raw edges of the sides and the bottom. Pin in place and sew the side seam, then sew the bottom seam using a 5/8" seam allowance (don't forget to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam.) HINT:  It is most important that the top of the side seam match up. This means if it won't match up at the bottom, no worries, the top is what everyone will see.
  • Overcast using a zigzag stitch (length = 2; width = 4) all of the raw edges individually (or use a serger.) The overcast seam keeps the fabric from raveling when washing. Make sure your zigzag stitch falls in the middle of the seam and it should not touch the straight stitch. If necessary hold the fabric taut in front of and behind the presser foot so it won't roll or tunnel as you sew. Press the seams flat and then press open. Turn the pillow case right side out and give it a good press. Add a purchased pillow form and you are ready to enjoy your new travel pillow. Have pillow...will travel. 


  1. Hi Hope Yoder, hope 2cu soon at Sewspecial in woodbridge, va. this summer, i love your pillows, one day can u explain how to add monograms 2the band b4 stitching the pillows 2gather. thank u, and GOD Bless u.

  2. I will see you again at Sew Special Studio next month. I monogram the pillow bands after the case is completed. It's easier to center everything that way.

  3. This is the best tutorial on travel pillowcases i have seen. you made it so easy to understand. The pictures were great! Thank you!