Make King Pillowcases into Standard – with the Professional Hem!

Make your king pillowcases into standard pillowcases in minutes

When my husband and I¬†were¬†first married, we bought the cheapest queen mattress set¬†we¬†could find. Years later it was time to move up in the world and get¬†a¬†king. You know, when you get¬†king-size sheet sets, you get king-size pillowcases. I thought, “We might as well try out these¬†king-size pillows then,” but it turns¬†out that I really don’t like¬†them. Maybe it is because I am usually¬†a side-sleeper? I don’t know, but I much prefer standard size pillows (especially¬†my memory foam pillow).

Anyway, now I have standard, or queen-size, pillows and a stack of king-size pillowcases. Maybe it¬†isn’t a big deal to most people, but extra fabric and poor fitting pillowcases are really¬†annoying¬†to¬†me!¬†At one point, I even bought standard pillowcases so I didn’t have to deal with the king ones. Now that I am older and wiser (and have a sewing machine), I know that¬†with¬†only a few minutes and minimal sewing skills, I can¬†convert those king pillowcases into professional-looking standard ones. Save myself some money and annoyance!

Just in case you have the same first-world issues as I do, I thought it would be fun to share just how easy it is to adapt your pillowcases and keep the professional hem¬†–¬†you know, the one that looks nice and matches the hem of your sheets too.¬†For some,¬†this¬†may be¬†overly simple, but for me¬†(with my limited sewing experience) it is really helpful to have it all laid out by someone that has done it before. (Thanks go out to¬†my talented seamstress friend, Shannon,¬†for¬†making sure I didn’t mess it up.)

Use a standard pillowcase as the template to convert a king to a standard

First, turn the king pillowcase inside out.

Use one of your favorite standard pillowcases as the template. Lay it on top of the¬†king pillowcase, aligning¬†the open ends and one of the edges. Be sure to flatten and straighten the fabric of the pillowcases so the layers line up nicely – you may or may not need to iron the pillowcases to help with this. Ironing is a last resort for me and doesn’t happen often, as you may be able to¬†tell. ūüėČ One of the beauties of this easy sewing project is that it does not need to be perfect.

Note that some king pillowcases are larger than others. Some of mine were wider by several inches and some were the same width as the standard. If the king is only an inch or so wider, I would leave the width and adjust only the length.

How to sew a king pillowcase into a standard one

Use a straight edge and pencil to mark the edges of the standard pillowcase onto the king, leaving space for a hem (about 1/2 to 1 inch). If the king is the same width as the standard, you will only need to mark along the short closed end of the pillowcase in order to adjust the length.

How to make a standard pillowcase out of a king one

Set aside the standard pillowcase, then pin the layers of the king pillowcase together, inside the pencil lines. Cut, with fabric scissors or rotary cutter, along the pencil lines on the king pillowcase. Easy, right? Now it is time to pull out the sewing machine or serger

Sewing a standard pillowcase from a king

Do a simple stitch along the cut edges, removing pins as you go. Try to keep your lines straight!

Sew a zig zag stitch to keep the edges from fraying

(If you use a serger, you can skip this next step.) To keep the cut edge of the fabric from fraying too badly, use a zigzag stitch along the edge of the cut fabric. It will still fray a bit in the washing machine, but this will keep it from coming apart and continuing to fray.

That’s basically it. Turn the pillowcase right-side-out and¬†admire your work. ūüėČ

Goodnight, sleep tight!

How to make King pillowcases into standard ones. Only takes a few minutes!

Types: Sewing, Adult, Teen
Categories: Frugal, Inside The House, #StayHome

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