September 29th, 2014

Crochet Edged Pillowcases

by Julie Hirt

I’ve been wanting to make some crochet trimmed pillowcases for a long time and I must say, it is totally satisfying.

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The vintage crochet trimmed pillowcases are nice but they tend to have the finer crochet thread and most are just too frilly for me.  What I consider to be modern spin offs (here, here and here are some great examples) are so bright and colorful; I had to make some.

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The fabric I chose is MY FAVORITE FABRIC IN ALL THE LAND.   Seriously.  The print was one of the first fat quarters of fabric I purchased back in 2010.  I was on a mission to find more and posted about it here.  Miracle of miracles, Leslie in Wisconsin (I love you, Leslie) had 2 yards of this glorious fabric and was willing to do a fabric and chocolate exchange for it.  Umm… yes!  I feel like I got the better end of this deal.   When the sweetness arrived I was very much:


I’ve been sitting on the fabric for a few months trying to decide the *perfect* use for it. I didn’t want to use it as backing and I wanted to be able to see, touch and pet it at whim.   When I remembered the crochet pillowcases it was a ding! ding!  moment.   I have king size pillows so I squeezed the most out of the 2 yards and was able to make 2 pillowcases.  Not even a trim of fabric was left.

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There are several tutorials out there but I did use some white Kona to create my pillowcase flap.  It holds the pillow in place and just cleans up the look.  I love the look of the contrast fabric but didn’t want to take away from the exterior.

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The one thing I did change from the tutorials I’ve seen is the exterior blanket stitch.  I’ll try using it on some other pillowcases – yes, I’m definitely making more.

To get away from using the blanket stitch I marked every half  inch and used a basic back stitch within the seam:

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Well, there you have it.  I know this is a very lengthy post for some pillowcases but I can’t help it. I love this fabric.

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I’m lucky my husband could care less about our bedding.  I’m tempted to crochet trim the top sheet!  Or is that too much?



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7 Comments to “Crochet Edged Pillowcases”

  1. Please, your top sheet needs some trim too!!! Thank you for showing how you attached the crocheted lace to the pillowcase!! They look great!!!

  2. Love, love, love the fabric and your pillow cases.Great idea to use the back stitch.

  3. your pillow cases are beautiful and I love the fabric too! thanks for showing how to begin the crochet on fabric – I had no idea! great post

  4. Wow Julie you did a tremendious job. I love your cases and your crochetering too. Your tutorial is so perfect and easy to follow for any beginner. I love the traditional fine crochetering to borders the best but I understand you wanting to give your cases a modern twist! Good on you.

  5. Those are so pretty! I think I may need to add some crochet to my old pillow cases…

  6. Hi! Gorgeous pillowcases! What yarn did you use? I love the way it looks.

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