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Sew Bright and Cheerful Pillowcases


1-2 hours


In your community: community center,  home, or perhaps your neighborhood, place of worship and/or school, if doing as a group project.


Throughout the year




Many of our patients are in the hospital for many weeks and a bright, cheerful pillowcase makes their hospital bed and room seem less scary.  Plus, when they leave the hospital, they can use the pillowcase as a bag to bring their belongings home.


Sew Brightly colored pillowcases for kids and adults in the hospital


Supplies to Make a Pillowcase

  • 1 yard of fabric (44" X 36")
  • sewing machine
  • iron
  • straight pins
  • thread
  • scissors


Safety Reminders for Little Helpers

  1. Always have an adult do all the ironing!
  2. Never run with scissors. Carry them pointed end down.
  3. Never use a sewing machine without adult supervision.
  4. Always let an adult use the seam ripper for you.


Gather your materials. Find an adult to help and have fun making a pillow case!  Click "VIEW INSTRUCTIONS" below for details.


Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.
Sending or dropping off items to a nonprofit? Don't forget to tell them you found them through PGK! Download and print a packing slip here.

Steps for a standard pillow size case.

  1. Cutting your fabric. Start by cutting two identical size pieces of fabric, that are each 29.5 inches long and 21 inches wide. This will create a 20×26 inch pillowcase when finished.
  2. Fold fabric, iron, pin, and sew. Create a seam for the outer edges of the pillowcase by folding over the fabric 3.5 inches (on the long end – where the opening will be). Then iron down the folded part and pin it, to keep it in place. Sew the bottom edge of that fabric to itself. This will create a faux cuff, kind of similar to the look of a french seam.
  3. Repeat step 2 with the second piece of fabric.
  4. Pin the pieces together and sew. Then put the right sides of the two fabric pieces together, line up the cuffs that you create in steps 2 and 3. The cuffs side is the opening side of the pillow.   Pin the remaining three sides together with straight pins (be sure to keep the cuffed in open) and sew a straight line around the edges of the aiming three sides of the pillowcase.
  5. Flip the pillowcase right side out and it’s ready to use.
  6. Mail your pillowcase with the PGK Donation Form to Denise Duclos, Hospitality Homes, P.O. Box 15265, Boston, MA 02215.

See this video tutorial, for another simple way of sewing a pillow case.