How to Sew a Pink Linen Ruffled Pillowcase

Cut List

  • Ruffle: 1 piece of fabric 4 1/2" x 93"
  • Jumbo Pillowcase (20" x 30"): 1 piece of fabric 20 1/2" x 60 1/2" (I like to fold this in half to measure and cut a double layer that is 20 1/2" x 30 1/4")
  • Note: If you want to sew a standard pillowcase (20" x 28"), try cutting a piece of fabric that measures 20 1/2" x 56 1/2", but measure first to be sure!


  • I used a size 70 needle for this project.
  • I prefer to use 100% cotton thread when I sew linen, but polyester will work, too.
  • I highly recommend purchasing 5 spools of thread so that you don't have to keep re-threading your serger since you do have to move back and forth between it and the sewing machine.

Required Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Serger (If you don't have a serger, you can use an overlock/overcast stitch if your sewing machine has one. If not, try a zigzag stitch instead!)

Helpful Tools

  • Large cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Acrylic ruler
  • Long tape measure
  • Disappearing ink marker
  • Ruffler

Exactly What I Used

Steps to Success

  1. If it isn't already folded in half, fold your pillowcase fabric in half so that it is a double layer measuring 20 1/2" x 30 1/4", and pin it. Then, sew a medium straight stitch down each side using a 1/4" seam allowance.

2. Ruffler time!

Attach your ruffler to your sewing machine, and using a long stitch length, sew along one of the longer raw edges of the ruffle piece. Line the edge up with your ruffler guide, which should end up being about 1/4" seam allowance. Note: If you don't have a ruffler, you can sewing a basting stitch and ruffle the fabric by hand. You want the ruffle to be about 40 1/2" to 41" long. If it's a little longer, no worries, you can gather it a little more later when you pin it to the pillowcase. If it's too short, you may need to redo it. Remove the ruffler and reattach the standard presser foot.

3. Now it's time to move onto your serger!

Serge the two sides of the pillowcase. Then, serge the 2 shorter ends of the ruffle together so that you have a continuous loop.

NOTE: I accidentally did the steps out of order and hemmed the ruffle piece before serging the shorter ends together, which is why you see it hemmed in previous photos AND a seam ripper in the pic below. Please follow the steps in this tutorial so that you also don't have to use a seam ripper! ;-)

4. Hem the ruffle.

Fold over one of the long edges no more than 1/4" and press with an iron. Then, go back and fold over the same edge another 1/4" and iron. Sew a medium straight stitch (I used 3.0 mm length) very close to the edge to hem the ruffle. I recommend sewing slowly since it's such a narrow hemline. This will give you a nice, clean double hem for your ruffled edge! :)

5. Pin the ruffle to the pillowcase.

Line up the ruffle seam with one of the pillowcase side seams. Pin right sides together (i.e. the "right side of the hem on the ruffle piece with the right side of the pillowcase). Beginning at the seams you lined up, work your way around, pinning the raw edge of the ruffle to the raw edge of the pillowcase. If your ruffle was a little long, you can gather a tad as you pin. If your was slightly short, you might be able to gently stretch the ruffled piece to make up the difference.

6. Sew the ruffle to the pillowcase.

Sew a basting stitch with a 1/4" seam allowance (this will basically be sewing over the stitch you made to ruffle the fabric) to anchor the ruffle to the pillowcase. Tip: If your sewing machine has a free arm, now would be a great time to use it since you're sewing a circle. Also, I like to sew with the ruffled fabric on the top to make sure it's lined up correctly.

7. Serge the raw edge where the ruffle meets the pillowcase.

Once again, use the free arm on your serger to more easily serge the raw edge. And you're done! See, you did it! Now you can have ruffles and linen at home for a fraction of the cost of purchasing them at a high-end store. More ruffles, please! :)

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