A Toddler Pillowcase Tutorial

With Ross getting so big, it's inevitable that we'll be making the "big girl room" transition soon. And, in order to help make the transition easier, my plan is to slowly make small changes . . . one of which, is the addition of a pillow.

You probably already know IKEA makes a sweet, little toddler pillow insert . . . but I didn't see too many pillowcase choices to go along.

Using left over fabric from her curtains, I cut a piece large enough to wrap the pillow loosely (roughly 31in. x 31in).

Next, I folded the fabric in half (right sides together) and pinned it. I sewed (straight stitch and zig-zag stitch) 2 of the open edges, leaving one open end.

 Then, I finished the open side by folding it down about a 1/4in., ironed it and sewed it.

After I finished the edge, I folded (and ironed) the same edge down again- this time about 5 inches down . . .

 and sewed it all the way around my pillowcase.

At this point the actual pillowcase is done . . . the next few steps are optional!

Next, I cut an extra long strip of fabric 
(enough to go around your pillow at least 1 and a half times).

Then, I sewed a straight stitch all the way down the middle of my strip 
and tied a knot on one side.

Next, I began pulling the top string of the side opposite of the knot until it started to gather. You'll need to keep pulling the top string until the length of your fabric matches the length of your pillowcase.

Lastly, I pinned and sewed the ruffle on the pillowcase.

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  1. So sweet! I love the fabric choices. Our little one is nearing the age of a big boy room transition. That is a great idea to introduce things slowly and start with a pillow!

  2. I have had a trip to IKEA on my list for a while, so I'm not in the "know" about the cute toddler pillow. Wonder what else I don't "know" they have? I better get their this week.


  3. That is sooo cute! Did you make the fitted sheet too? Love the material!

    @ Creatively Living

  4. Thanks so much! I wish I had made the crib sheet, but no. I ordered it off Etsy.

  5. So adorable! I love your fabric colors! So bright and happy for a kiddie's room

  6. ummm the pillow alone is making me baby crazy (ok crazIER! haha) I love it!!! the pop of orange and the polka dots are perfect and now I totally wish I could sew too! xoxo

  7. how have I never seen the toddler pillow before at IKEA? My poor daughter desperately needs a pillow :) And I'll be following your instruction to make her a pillowcase too. Yours is beautiful!

  8. It's so sweet. The nursery looks amazing!

  9. Oh that is a super cute pillow case! I love the sheet too!

    I host a Weekly Friday Link party, I would love for you to join!


  10. super cute project! I love the colors. I hope you'll stop by and add some of your favorite projects to my Wednesday What We Wore and Made Link party


  11. This is so adorable. I am pretty nervous around a sewing machine, but you have made this look easy enough for even someone like me to try. New Follower over from S&S linky party.
    ~Jen @ hutchinsonherd.blogspot.com

  12. love this... very cool. If you can and have room.. I suggest use nap time as a big girl space time. Then usual bed as nite time untill she is ready to make the transition. I did this with all three of my kiddos. the transition was perfect. No nights where they didn't know what to do.

  13. Wow! Thanks for the suggestion! Great idea!

  14. This is such a creative idea! I would love for you to stop by and link up at my Linky Party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful

  15. That pillow case is super cute!! I'm going to have to make one for my daughter!!
    Thanks for coming by....I'm glad it brought me to your blog! I look forward to following along and browsing through your other posts!


  16. Love the ruffles! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  17. I didn't know about the toddler pillow insert, and this is so cute! Thanks for sharing. :-)

    Erin at takingtimetocreate.blogspot.com

  18. This is so cute! I LOVE the ruffle and matching sheet! I would love it if you would stop by and link up to our Naturally-Nifty Linky Party #3. Link up as many fun projects as you would like!

    -Natural-Nesters (Lil Sis)


  19. Love the additional ruffle. So cute. Great tutorial too! Thanks! :)

  20. Cute, cute pillow case. Looks just darling in the crib.

  21. Cute! I love the fun bright colors & patterns!

  22. I love your fabric choices the yellow and orange make me think of spring thanks for sharing. I am hosting a link up on my blog today and I would love to have you link this up as well as 2 more from your blog if you would like. here is the link: http://asouthernladysramblings.blogspot.com/2012/02/thursday-link-up.html

  23. I really need to make some pillow cases for my daughter. Thanks for the tutorial!

  24. Oooooh! I love it! Your fabric is beautiful and the tutorial is fabulous! Thanks for showing off at my place!

  25. Love the fun print. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time.

  26. super fun colors! in love...
    ugh i just wish my sewing machine could work! argh! :)

    Thanks for linking up at Create & Inspire!

    Angie from ALI

  27. Fabulous project!!!
    Thank you for linking up, hope you will stop by my blog today and link up another great project...

    I featured your project today !!!!!

    Claire xox

  28. Thanks for linking up to our party! That is so sweet and cute and I love the colors!


    PS Love the ruffle, too!

  29. Such a sweet pillowcase for your little one! As always, just love your bold use of colors and patterns! So refreshing and fun!

    So very happy that you linked up to our Pillopalooza slumber party!


  30. I love this! I personally do not sew or have the patience to sew one but kudos to you!!


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