reduce king size pillowcases to fit standard pillows

I have been wanting to get this project done for months! I have a small stack of gorgeous vintage king size pillowcases from random estate sales around Orange County California. These white cotton pillowcases with the pink flowers are my favorite, but I haven’t been able to use them….until now!

Standard pillowcases measure 22″ x 32″ according to the wonderful Google machine. In a way, I’m glad I put this one off for so long. Originally I was going to reconstruct the hem completely, then realized I could alter the pillowcases using the “original hem” trick that my dry cleaner does for all my jeans. Yes, I’m short and have to alter almost every pair of jeans.

I made two cuts from each pillowcase, removing about a 4 to 5 inch strip. My cuts were at 28.5″, and then a .25″ below the pillowcase opening turn over fold and hem. Be sure to calculate and allow for hem. And definitely avoid cutting into the original hem.

Reducing the pillowcases this way saved me soooo much time! Total time for measuring, cutting, and sewing three pillowcases was less than an hour.

Reduce king size pillow cases to fit standard pillows via an "original hem".

Reduce king size pillow cases to fit standard pillows via an “original hem”.

The picture above is with the 4-5 inch strip already removed. I measured it all the way around, used a straight edge and color pencil to mark my line, then cut one layer at a time….sometimes the weave of the fabric is off and you’d end up with a crooked mess if you cut through both layers of the pillowcase at the same time.

Reduce king size pillowcases to fit standard pillows

Using the "original hem" trick your dry cleaner does, reduce king size pillowcases to fit standard pillows

Using the “original hem” trick your dry cleaner does, reduce king size pillowcases to fit standard pillows

Reduce king size pillowcases to fit standard pillows

Reduce king size pillowcases to fit standard pillows

Have a great day. I’ll be checking in again soon with this weeks AH Crafty Challenge (I cannot believe it’s May already!).

xxoo Cheers!

8 thoughts on “reduce king size pillowcases to fit standard pillows

  1. Anonymous says:

    I have 16 king size pillow cases all with NO design, so if I could sew I would just cut the closed end and sew a straight line, right?? I don’t sew, I don’t have a machine and the Dry Cleaners want $10.00 per case and that is to just sew a straight line most are off white. some lavender so the thread would have to be changed once I think that is outrageous so now I’m stuck with all these cases, I think manufacturers should put STANDARD SIZE CASES in sets and let you buy the king size pillow cases if you need them. Sometimes there are 4 king size pillow cases, ridiculous. MUST BE A MAN’S IDEA. by the way your pillow cases look awesome.

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    • Atomic Hostess says:

      WOW that dry cleaner is expensive. Maybe try another one. I’m short and have to get them to hem my jeans; I don’t think they charge me more than $6 per pair to hem.

      Another idea….there are a lot of trade and selling groups on Facebook and even Instagram. Hit them up, I bet you could off load them quickly. They sound gorgeous.

      I always have white bedding with colorful pillowcases….don’t know why, but I love that look!

      Let me know if you have any luck. let me know and just maybe I will purchase from you. So many creative sewers out there!

      Good Luck!!

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  2. James says:

    I’ve actually had to do this a few times…..luckily it’s always from the other end of the case. Now I know how to do it if there is a print worth saving…Thanks

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