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Luxury Linen Inspired Homemade Pillowcases

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DIY Luxury Pillowcases

You really can have the loveliest of things with a little bit of DIY effort.  There are some exquisite gorgeous linen shops locally and the linens are stunning, but the prices startled me.  I cannot imagine allowing a guest to sleep on $110 pillowcase.  But with an hour of my time and some cotton summer blouse material, they are going to sleep on what looks like a $110 dollar pillowcase.

Hand Made high quality pillow cases for a guest room. A pretty and easy sewing craft and tutorial.

These are so simple to make.  Buy some cotton blouse material with the peekaboo edging.  Wash and iron the material.  Place it good sides together.  Use your favourite pillowcase as a template add an inch around and cut out the material.  I will break it down into steps for you.

Homemade Pillowcase from Lace Embossed Material

Handmade high quality, elegant pillowcases with cutout lace. Luxury pillowcases with a budget price

You will need:

2.5 metres (3 yards) of lace embossed material.

Matching thread.

Spare Pillowcase (for pattern)

Cut the Pillowcase Material

Start by washing and ironing your material.  Pin the material good sides together matching the lace pattern as shown in the next picture.

Handmade luxury pillowcases with directions on how to line up the lace for sewing.

Once you have your material pinned together and square, place a pillowcase  (use as a pattern), on top of the material.  Make sure you have one inch around the pillowcase for seam allowance.  Pin the pillowcase securely to the material and then cut.

Picture showing the placement of a pattern for a pillowcase with a one inch seam allowance. An easy sewing craft idea.


Sew the Pillowcase

Leave the pattern pillowcase on the material.  Place the sewing machine foot as close as possible to the edge of the pillowcase and sew three seams.  The opening of the pillowcase is the lace edge.

Picture of sewing machine foot and stitch placement on a luxury hand made pillowcase. Homemade pillowcases,sewing pillowcases, easy pillowcase pattern, pillowcase sewing patter, pillowcase ideas, diy pillowcase, lacy pillowcase, luxury pillowcase

Finish the Seams

Finish the seams with a serger, a zig-zag stitch or with a rolled seam edge.  Usually, I use a zig zag stitch to seal my seam edge.  As I am making ‘luxury” pillowcases I took the extra effort and roll edged my seams.

Rolled seam edge finishing on a homemade luxury pillowcase.

Roll edge seams are simple, you turn the very edge of your seam over,  press and then turn it over again and then sew along the edge.  This hides and controls any threads that may come loose along the cut materials edge.


Homemade luxury pillowcases for a guest room. Inexpensive and beautiful DIY linen idea


If you can’t find the embossed material you can purchase some percale sheets and add your own lace.a

Lace edging on homemade pillow cases for the guest room. How to make standard pillowcases beautiful enough for guest room.


Beautiful Lace Edged Pillowcase

These only take ten minutes to put together and make a big difference to a plain pillowcase.

Wash and iron the pillowcase and the lace.

Start at one seam allowance, leave the end of your lace 1″ past the edge.

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Sew right along the top edge of the lace and the panel seam of the pillowcase.  Sew all the way around.

When you get back to the start fold the end of the lace “under” and complete the seam.

Cut off the excess lace.  Sew from the top of the lace to the edge of the lace to seal the end.  It makes a very elegant edge.

The before and after shows the difference ten minutes can make.

An easy way to sew beautiful lacy luxury pillowcases for your guest room.a

Our guest bed with the new pillowcases.

Homemade pillowcases for the guest room, using special lace.d


White linens are really easy to keep clean, you can soak them in bleach if nothing else works.  Recently we had guests stay over and they ruined my brand new pillow shams by sleeping on them with fresh hair dye.    I was never able to remove the stains, now the pillow shams are washed out from my efforts.  These pillowcases are the replacement.

A guest room bed made with pretty bedding and home made luxury pillowcases. An easy to sew pillowcases.



Add beautiful lace and sew some gorgeous guest room pillowcases.


Our guest room in the summer is bright in white and aqua.  In addition to the lacy pillowcase we have these crochet linen cushion and DIY European cushions.


Handmade European Cushions and Inserts


DIY Farmhouse Cushions with Lace

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    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, Maria. I really love the little touches, especially if you can sneak in some extra feminity.

  1. Hi Found you over at Brag About It. Loving the lace fabric you used. I’m feeling inspired to get in gear and make these. Thx

  2. Oh my! Sooooo much more beautiful I think than anything you could buy! just WOW!
    🙂 gwingal

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Nikki: What a fun generous comment. You made my day with your perky feedback. Hugs and thanks for commenting. Leanna

  3. So lovely! So dreamy! I wish I knew how to sew. I need to take some lessons. I am in love with these!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Carolann: When you do start sewing these little projects are really good starting projects. No buttons, pleats, or zippers. Thanks for the positive feedback.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Sandra. They are easy to do and for the cost savings well worth it. Thanks for commenting.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Sharon. Glad you liked them.

  4. How beautiful! Honestly, I’d be pretty upset if someone ruined my nice pillowcases with their hair dye lol, but your replacements look awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Oh I was upset Randi. Hubs heard all about it lol. But what can you do, life happens.

      Thanks for commenting, hope you have a great week.

  5. Beautiful pillowcases Leanna, I had no idea how easy it could be to make your own, what a great idea. I’d definitely not go and spend that money on pillowcases either. These look fantastic!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Katrin: I would be interested to know the cost of fine linens in Spain. Or craft supplies, fabric etc. I know I get really envious when my American friends show their architectural finds. They are rare out here.

  6. Oh I hear you Leanna about the prices for beautiful linen pillowcases, which is why I have none in this house. I never thought to embellish plain ones.
    Very clever and oh so pretty! Pinning to share and refer back to.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Marie: As you live so close I was glad you said you could relate. The cost of the fine linens really is astonishing. Truthfully I wanted one or two, but I couldn’t afford them and I would never use them.

  7. Leanna these are so beautiful, they are fit for a Queen!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Mary, and the originals would have cost a King’s ransom lol.

  8. I had no idea that linen pillows could cost so much! I have never considered making linen pillows myself, but now I am excited to try ! I so appreciate your sewing posts – I love to sew, and am always encouraged when I read sewing posts. It makes me feel like sewing is still alive and healthy!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hello Kristin: The pillowcases are very pricey and gorgeous, but out of my league. I enjoy sewing for our home. Home made means one of a kind which I find appealing. It makes me happy to know you enjoy the sewing posts. Thanks for reaching out.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thanks Debra: The purchased ones are really really beautiful. But never could I have them. These ones should make guests feel special for much less. Thanks for commenting.

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