Learn how to make these super cute and easy, DIY pillowcases with a lace trim, made from vintage sheets!
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Are you looking to add some new pillowcases to your one of your rooms and want to give them a little feminine, old fashioned flair? These lace trimmed pillowcases are for you then!
I have been having so much fun re-styling our room lately. I’ve done a few different DIY projects for it, and still have a few left that I want to do! Recently I made this DIY Bench Slipcover With a Pleated Skirt to cover our bench. I also made a duvet cover but I don’t have a tutorial for that one unfortunately.
My most recent project was these handmade, lace-trimmed pillowcases! I’ve been wanting to add some white pillowcases to our standard pillows to freshen our room up for spring and summer. We have a set of dark creamy/yellow pillowcases usually. I might add them back on for the fall and winter, but I am loving these ones for now. I also wanted to tie in some of the whites around the room.
We had some old, vintage sheets laying around that had lace on them, and I thought they’d make the perfect pillowcases. I used a top sheet that had lace trim at the top. You could find a similar sheet or piece of fabric at the thrift store if you don’t have anything already.
You could also look for lace trimmed fabric at your local fabric store, OR add on lace. I will share a link below to an easy, lace pillowcases tutorial showing how to add on a strip of lace!
DIY Pillowcases Materials
- about 26″ x 39″ of lace trimmed fabric (per pillowcase, depending on the size of your pillows)
- matching thread
- sewing machine (this is the sewing machine I use and love)
DIY Pillowcases Tutorial
Making these DIY pillowcases is SO simple! It probably took me about 20 minutes total, and I was taking my time. This is a basic tutorial that you can use with any kind of fabric to make any kind of pillowcase essentially.
I have a resource below for adding the lace trim to your fabric if you can’t find any fabric that’s already trimmed in lace and you’re set on having the lace. I also shared a link to just a basic pillowcase tutorial (no lace trim), which shows how to make a cuffed side for the opening, if you’re wanting to go that route.
- Start by measuring and cutting your fabric. You can either measure your pillows, or use the measurements I used, which worked for my standard pillow. A standard pillow is usually about 20″x26″. I didn’t include the lace trim when measuring because I wanted it to hang off the pillow a bit on the edges. Remember to account for 1/2″ in seams. You’re only sewing two ends of the pillowcase, so you will only need a half inch seam allowance for the bottom and for one side.
- Lay your fabric out, and measure about 39″ across the lace end and make a mark. Now measure 26″ down from the bottom of the lace trim (so not including the lace trim). Cut out the rectangular piece of fabric.
- Now, fold your fabric in half so right sides come together and the lace trimmed tops come together. Line up all of the edges.
- Make sure your lace is lined up neatly, and start sewing about a 1/4″-1/2″ in, starting at the top of the lace and down the side. Once you get to the bottom you can round the corner. Or, you can stop, lift your bobbin up, and turn the the fabric 90 degrees, and finish sewing along the bottom edge.
- I went over my ends twice, and then sewed over my initial seams one more time to make sure they were very secure. I wash our sheets often so I wanted to make sure it was going to hold up well.
- You can now trim off any of the excess fabric so it doesn’t bulk inside the pillowcase. Try not to get too close to your seam though.
- Turn the pillow case inside out, trim off any stray threads, and you’re done!
- Try out your new, lace pillowcase on your pillows to make sure they fit well. Then, enjoy!!
I hope you enjoy these DIY lace pillowcases and that you’re able to find some beautiful fabric to make your own. I’ve been trying to keep my eye out at thrift stores and garage sales for more vintage sheets or fabric. Older is better right and has so much more character?!
I’d LOVE to know if you re-create these! Leave a comment below if you do or tag me on Instagram!
Other Resources for DIY Pillowcases
I wanted to give you all another quick resource for sewing a DIY pillowcase but adding the lace trim yourself! This is if you don’t have sheets or some other kind of fabric that’s already trimmed in lace.
This tutorial is by Cami with Tidbits but was shared on Ella Claire. SOOOO super cute and simple to make.
If I didn’t have my already lace trimmed sheets that I used I would have tried this!
Also, below is an easy tutorial for creating a basic pillowcase without the lace trim, showing how to make the open end cuffed.
Other Handmade & Sewing Projects
DIY Bench Slipcover With Pleated Skirt
How to Sew a Napkin – DIY Cloth Napkins Tutorial