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Trimming Pillowcases




Leftovers are the bane of the sewing room as well as the kitchen. But the same creativity that inspired cassoulet can save odd lengths of fabric from ragbag ignominy. One idea: Use strips of cloth or lace to trim the opening of a cotton pillowcase. A monogrammed handkerchief from a flea market can be folded diagonally and machine-stitched to a pillowcase, creating a wonderful gift for someone with the right initial.


Martha Stewart Living, August 1994



Reviews (11)

  • msannomalley 28 Sep, 2013

    The instructions are here: . If you're looking at the new version of the website, there is an arrow on the right hand side of the web page and that will also take you to the instructions.

  • vickipr 10 Aug, 2012

    Would love to find the instructions for the trimmed pillow cases!!!!!

  • 1Renee1 23 Feb, 2012

    Where can I find the instructions? I have searched this page over and over . . .

  • mohamed 26 Jul, 2008

    this is

  • grammafaye 19 May, 2008

    I have several old hankies that are over 50 years....My grandmother crochet edgings on each one. Would like to make a heirloom memory for each of my daughters and sisters. Does anyone have any suggestions . Dont want to hide the

  • m_w 18 Apr, 2008

    If you want to sew your own pillowcase, consider buying an extra flat sheet to match your own set. You can get poly-cotton and 100% cotton at fabric stores, but sheets often have a higher thread count. Measure existing pillowcases for the finished measurements, add 1/2' to sides and one end, and 6-8" for a deep doubled hem. Adjust for contrasting fabric borders, extra fluffy pillows, etc.

  • JudyStewart 12 Apr, 2008

    what is the best material to use for a pillowcase. One that you can snuggle, yet you do not have to iron.

  • mof2gof3ggof3 8 Apr, 2008

    Great Idea, everyone has "scraps"--especially us quilters.

  • 3star 4 Apr, 2008

    HELLO... Where is the pattern???

  • 3star 4 Apr, 2008

    HELLO... Where is the pattern???

  • sharonmanis 21 Jan, 2008

    Where are the directions, how to measure ect...