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40 of the Best DIY Pillowcase Ideas

Updated June 8, 2020

Even though pillow cases may be some of the most overlooked elements within a bedroom, they can really make or break an entire decorative space. You can spend as much or as little as you’d like on pillowcases, but did you know that pillowcases make for some of the easiest, most fun DIY projects? In this article, we detail some of the best DIY pillowcase ideas that you can either do on your own during some free time or as a project with the kids or family. No matter what you’re looking for in a pillowcase, we’ve got you covered with these awesome tutorials.

You may want to read: #20 of the Best DIY Throw Pillow Ideas

#1. Watercolor Sharpie Pillowcase

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This watercolor pillowcase is gorgeous and amazingly enough, done with sharpies. This would be a great idea to do at a kid’s party or even as a quick sprucer upper for the bedroom. Better yet, this whole process won’t cost you much at all and will even withstand a few washes.

#2. French Seams in 15 Minutes

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This easy DIY gives you every step in creating a pillowcase with gorgeous French seams. This is a project that will look a lot harder than it actually is. Their beauty in this project is that you can choose so many different colors, patterns and textures to pull off this easy tutorial.

#3. Ombre Tassel Pillow

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Get ready to work with plenty of yarn! These easy to do ombre tassel pillows are some of the cutest ways to spruce up a pillowcase. This is an especially fun project for anyone who likes to work with yarn or craft with scissors. You can easily choose all kinds of colors with this tutorial to match any kid’s bedroom décor.

#4. Side Tie Pillowcase

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This easy DIY features how to make pillowcases with nifty side ties. This is a great way, not only to prevent pillows from slipping out of their cases, but a great way to add some decorative flair into the mix, too. You can easily use any kind of fabric you like, but this flannel fabric is really pretty too.

#5. Envelope Pillow Case

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This incredibly easy DIY lets you in on how to make adorable envelope pillow cases. No need to go out and buy decorative pillows when you can easily make your own envelope pillow cases that you can change out to match each season. This is a major money saver and a super simple project.

#6. Knotted Pillow Case

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Kind of in the same vein as the envelope pillowcases, this super simple DIY shows you how to make a decorative pillowcase knot that is perfect for any occasion. It adds some style and pizzazz to the regular, typical bedroom décor. This pillowcase style would even work in a living room or sitting area.

#7. Napkin Pillowcases

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Just like a fancy folded napkin, these pillowcases look old fashioned but with a chic style element to them. What’s great about these pillowcases is that they have a super cute button in the back to help fasten the pillowcase together. It’s an extra super cute touch that makes all the difference.

#8. Sewless Pillow Case

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This adorable pillow case sham is super cute and doesn’t require any sewing whatsoever. This is a great idea for anyone who is intimidated by sewing machines or for anyone who just isn’t as crafty as they’d like to be. This is the perfect craft for anyone who appreciates cute, stylish pillow cases but doesn’t trust themselves around needles.

#9. Shirt Pillow Case

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Have some old shirts you’re not sure what to do with? Don’t toss them out! Transform them into super adorable pillow cases! This is such a cute idea and it’s a great way to keep your favorite, worn out shirt alive after it’s passed its expiration date. You can use any style of shirt in this super simple DIY.

#10. Pom-pom Trimmed Pillowcase

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This Pom-pom trimmed pillowcase is a super cute idea for a kid’s room, a craft room, or even a fancy living room setup. You just can’t go wrong with this adorable pillowcase DIY and its super fun to make, too. You can use any type of color to match any type of color scheme you may have within a room.

#11. Quote Pillow Cases

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Quote pillow cases are a cute way to add some fun into a room without having to hang up those artsy quote message boards on a wall. This is essentially the same idea, but in an entirely different concept. This is a cozier way to get the message out there – not matter what that inspirational message may be.

#12. DIY Bed Pillow Cases

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Perfect for everyday use, this super easy bed pillowcase DIY is easy as pie. Better yet, you can use these pillowcases every day – which is much more fun than having to buy expensive pillow cases within a retail store. Better yet, you can mix and match or choose some of your favorite patterns to make these easy pillowcases.

#13. Reversible Pillowcases

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What’s better than making your own bed pillow cases, making your custom made, very own reversible pillowcases! No, it’s definitely not much harder than making standard pillowcase, but it’s a super cute added touch that can easily be reversed depending on what design you want to show at any given time.

#14. Scalloped Edge Pillowcase

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This simple scalloped edge pillowcase tutorial brings an interesting design into the art of pillowcase making. It is a super simple added touch that adds so much intrigue into the project and the finished product will look absolutely fabulous. Make as many pillowcases as you want with this simple technique.

#15. Easy Sew Pillowcase

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This pillowcase design tutorial does call for some sewing, but don’t worry, this sewing is very, very minimal. With this tutorial, you can make an endless number of pillowcases to match any bedroom theme you want. It’s a really cute idea that won’t take much skill set, we promise.

#16. DIY Fur Pillowcases

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You’ve seen those super chic pillowcases in all the expensive design stores, but why not make your own? With this incredibly simple DIY tutorial, you can bring those impressive (and expensive) fancy throw pillows into your own home for a much cheaper price tag.

Best suited for the Glamorous bedroom.

#17. Burrito Method Pillowcase

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Accurate to the name, this pillowcase DIY shows you exactly how to make a pillowcase that uses a method of rolling – just like a burrito. Within this tutorial, you will also learn how to make a French seam and how to minimally sew it all together. A super simple tutorial with impressive results.

#18. Travel Pillowcases

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This is a tutorial for travel sized pillowcases with minky edges. What is a minky edge? Well, it’s a super cute, typically soft outer edge that will have kids asleep in no time. It’s a cute extra that makes this tutorial so unique and this design stand out so much. It’s super simple, too, so even better.

#19. Easy Pillowcase DIY

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This is a super simple DIY for a pretty basic pillowcase. You definitely don’t need to be a master crafter to pull off these easy designs – you just need to be willing to give a little time to crafting and a little patience. If you master this tutorial, you’ll be crafting pillowcases in no time!

#20. Tasselled Pillowcases

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Kind of like those impressive fur pillows, tussled embroidered pillowcase are also all the rage when it comes to interesting finds in pricey decorative home stores. With this nifty tutorial, you can make all the embroidered tassel pillowcases your little heart desires! Fill up every room with tousled pillowcases.

#21. Button-Up Pillowcase

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These adorable pillows are fastened up with easy-to-do button-up envelope pillowcases. This is such an impressive look that really isn’t hard to pull off at all. The finished product definitely looks harder than it is to construct these pillowcases, but your friends will have no idea that you didn’t drop a lot of money on them.

#22. Flanges Euro Pillows

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Just like something you’d find in a fancy hotel, these pillowcases have Euro Flanges around them which bring in a more sophisticated look. No one would guess that you actually made these babies yourself since they are so chic and so impressive to look at.

#23. Painted Pillowcases

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These painted pillowcases are so simple to make, and the possibilities are really endless with these designs. You can pretty much paint whatever you’d like on them, with the quotes being one of the more popular things to do with pillow painting. Get fun with this tutorial and create something awesome!

#24. Personalized Pillow Cases

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Kind of like the playfulness that comes with painted pillow cases, these personalized pillowcases are a super cute way to add some nighttime shout outs to those you love. What better way to get comfy and cozy than with a personalized pillowcase made with love just for you?

#25. Quick Envelope Pillowcases

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This DIY tutorial shows you how to make some super easy quick envelope pillowcases that are adorable. No one would imagine just how easy these are to make since they are super adorable to look at. What’s great about these DIY pillowcases is you have the freedom to use any type of fabric you prefer.

#26. Lace Pillowcases

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This super simple DIY tutorial for lace pillowcases is the best thing ever. These pillowcases are so impressive, so delicate and so beautiful, that it’d be hard to imagine you made these in the comfort of your own home. You could even give these pillowcases away as gifts with some personalized monogramming.

#27. Stitched Pillowcase

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This DIY tutorial for stitched pillow cases is really simple to follow and the finished products will look amazing. It’s awesome how something so simple can make such a huge difference when it comes to home décor and extra home touches. These pillows are exceptional in every way.

#28. Five Minute Pillowcase

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Have some family coming over to stay from out of town and need to spruce up the place in a hurry? Add some flair to the bedroom with this super simple five minute pillowcase tutorial. You can use any type of material or fabric to make these super simple pillowcase and no one will ever know you made them at home.

#29. Felt Raccoon Pillowcase

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This easy DIY felt racoon pillowcase is a super cute way to add some animals into the nursery or even a kid’s room. Or hey, if you know someone who loves raccoons, why not make a few of these cute pillowcases to give away as a fun gift? It’d make someone who loves raccoons really happy.

You may want to read: Animal Themed Bedroom Ideas

#30. DIY Minion Pillowcase

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This minion pillowcase would be perfect for the kid’s that love the Minions movies. Using this DIY as a guide, you could even make some of the other characters from the movies if you’re feeling bold enough. This is a super cute idea that any fan of the Minions movies will love and appreciate.

#31. Vintage Style Pillowcases

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These gorgeous vintage style pillowcases only look as if they are from the Victorian era. This simple DIY gives you all the materials and tools that you may need in order to execute these adorable pillowcases that would look great in a guest bedroom or even in a smaller master bedroom layout.

#32. Hexie Pillowcase DIY

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Maybe a bit more intense than some of the other DIY tutorials in this article, this hexie tutorial will definitely garner some attention. This tutorial only requires a bit more attention, as the hexagon design will take a bit longer to sew, but if you have a sewing machine, the time will just fly.

#33. Dip and Dye DIY Pillowcase

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This is a super simple and super fun dip and dye pillowcase DIY tutorial that would be super great to do during a kid’s slumber party or even as a craft for a young adult’s group. Bringing that nostalgic feel for tie-dye back, this simple DIY manifests bold, sun-splotched colors onto actual pillowcases.

#34. Ruffled and Frayed Pillowcase

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This DIY tutorial gives you a step-by-step guide in creating gorgeous ruffled and frayed pillowcases. This would be a perfect idea for creating pillowcase shams to sit on top of the everyday bed pillows. This is a tutorial for some more decorative pillowcases that you wouldn’t want to toss around.

#35. Magic Pillowcases

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These magic pillowcases are really comprised of two different types of fabric or pattern layouts that create one pretty impressive pillow case. This is a super cute tutorial that can actually help you use any leftover or unwanted fabric instead of having to throw them out.

#36. Monogrammed Pillowcases

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Perfect as gifts for the holidays, this simple tutorial shows you have to make some pretty impressive monogrammed pillowcases. This would also make a super impressive gift for a newly married couple or even an anniversary gift. The clean, bold look of these monogrammed pillowcases are sure to impress.

#37. Marbled Pillowcases

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These marbled pillowcases are gorgeous. They look so a lot harder to make than they are, which is great for anyone who is worried about crafting. This is such a unique pillowcase design and this style is sure to make every room look impressive. Use any color you’d like to match any color scheme you may have.

#38. Pleated Pillowcase

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These pleated pillowcases are super cute and would look perfect in a nursery or in a sun sitting room. These are the type of throw pillows you’d typically buy as a gift, so it’s super great that this tutorial exists so you can easily make these at home for half the cost of store bought ones.

#39. Love Pillowcases

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These pillowcase are perfect for Valentine’s Day or even for a room with a general love theme. This is a super cute tutorial that will help you execute these fun pillows without having to buy some decorative pillows from a home furnishing store. Make a few of these to help bring in that Valentine’s Day feel.

Check out our Romantic Bedroom Ideas for Valentine’s Day post for more insights

#40. Natural Tie-Dye Pillowcases

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Perfect for anyone earth conscious or anyone sensitive of artificial dyes, this simple DIY calls for natural dying agents, such as turmeric, to create a gorgeous, bold color. This is a fun idea for anyone who wants to add some decor into space the more natural way.

Conclusion

So, which pillowcase DIY do you like the best? Have a few rooms you need to spruce up? Why not try several of these nifty designs? There are so many great pillowcase DIY tutorials that it may be hard to just choose a few, anyways. Don’t forget – you can easily give some of these away as gifts, too! Do you have any experience in creating your own pillowcase designs? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to leave some comments and insight in the section below so we can all be on a better crafting road.