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Benjamin Smiles Pillowcase Pattern

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Although this is a very easy project, please make sure you read all instructions before beginning. Not all seam allowances are the same. You may choose to serge the seams or use a zigzag finish on the raw edges of the inside seams for a more finished look. Your finished pillowcase will measure approximately 14 1/2” wide by 21 1/2” long when flat.

Yardage and Cutting Out:
To make 1 pillowcase you will need:

½ yd. of fabric (1) this is your main fabric piece.
¼ yd. of fabric (2) this is for the trim.
1/8 yd. or scraps of fabric (3) these are the decorative accent pieces.

From fabric (1) – cut 1 piece (A) 18” x 30”
From fabric (2) – cut 1 piece (B) 9” x 30”
From fabric (3) – cut 1 piece © 2 1/4” x 30”

These pillowcases are so easy to make, you may want to make several at once. Four cases are easily make from 1-1/3”yd each of two coordinating fabrics (1-main and 2-accent) and ¼ yd of an accent fabric (3).

Constructions Steps:

1. Fold piece C in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, so you now have a piece measuring 1-1/8” x 30”. Press. This piece will be a decorative accent separating the other two pieces and providing textural or color contrast to the pillowcase.

2. With A right side up, place C on top, matching raw edges and sew a ¼ inch seam along the long (30”) edge, as shown.

  3. Now place B, rights sides together with A and C, on top of the piece formed in step 2 and sew a 1/2” seam joining all three pieces as shown. You will be enclosing the seam sewn in step 2. (You may want to save yourself a little time and combine Steps 2 and 3. It’s just easier to explain like this.)   4. You should now have one piece measuring 26” x 30”. Fold this in half lengthwise, rights sides together, so the piece measures 26” x 15”. Sew down the long side and across the bottom of A using a 1/2” seam allowance. Make sure to catch the ends of C in the seam and to insert the provided label (see below) into the seam on the long side so that it is visible when the pillowcase is turning right side out.   5. With pillowcase still wrong side out, turn the top edge of B down 1/4” to the wrong side. Press. Now turn down the folded edge so that B is half it’s width (wrong sides together) and covers the seam created earlier by sewing the three pieces together. Press.   6. Turn the pillowcase right side out and topstitch close to the seam between C and B – around the entire case, making sure to catch the top part of B the has been turned to the inside. (You may wan to use a few pins in to secure B). For “Benjamin Smiles” labels, send a self-addressed, stamped envelop to:


Benjamin Smiles
402 Warren Ave.
Cody, Wyoming 82414
Attn: Vicki

 Please include the “Benjamin Smiles” story with pillows donated. The Molletts also give away printed patterns and labels at consumer sewing shows and will gladly distribute any cases sent to them. Benjamin Smiles” labels are available, free of charge, from the Mollett’s.

© by Vicki Mollett. For personal use only. Please no replication without permission.