Make Your Own Pillow Cases

Buying extra pillow cases can be very expensive. Here is an easy way to make your own extras at a minimal cost. What is more, your homemade pillow cases will match perfectly with your sheets, no matter what color or design the sheets have.

One of my small pet peeves is that sheet sets never have enough pillow cases. We like to double our pillows, making it necessary to have twice as many pillow cases as is standard. Sometimes, you can find sheets for sale singularly and purchase them by the piece. This, too, can get expensive. When you add in the cost of a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and four pillowcases. Does anyone else have this problem? I also like to have extra pillow cases for the kids in case one gets soiled in the middle of the night and needs to be quickly changed. It is also nice to have extra pillow cases (and pillows) for guests to use.

Now here is the trick. Buy an extra flat sheet in queen size. Buy one in the same pattern as your set, and your home made pillow cases will match perfectly. You can also do what I do and purchase a white sheet. Whites sheets are generally much less expensive, and the white will coordinate with practically anything. You can add buttons, trim or ribbon, if you want them to look more like a matched set.

Using a pre-made pillow case as a guide, turn the flat sheet into pillowcases. Just use a pre-existing pillow case as a guide to measure the fabric. Pillow cases are very easy to sew, even for a beginner. You can get three pairs of pillow cases (six total pillow cases) with a single queen-sized sheet. You’ll pay a third of the cost of what you might have paid for pre-made pillow cases.

Mary Ann Romans writes about everything related to saving money in the Frugal Blog, technology in the Computing Blog, and creating a home in the Home Blog. You can read more of her articles by clicking here.

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