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How to Make Scalloped Edged Pillow Cases

How to Make Scalloped Edged Pillow Cases

How to Make Scalloped Edged Pillow Cases

I took my standard pillow case pattern and made one with scalloped edges.  I know how popular my pillow case pattern has been so I wanted to take it to the next level with these lovely scalloped edges. The pillow cases are still simple to make but require a little extra attention for the scalloped edges.  There is nothing like sleeping on a brand new pillow case so I make them often out of my remnant stash.  There is no reason they need to match your sheets but you can make them match if you like.  Personally, I love to make them in all kinds of colors and patterns.

I used large remnants from my stash, of course, for my scalloped edge pillow cases but you if you need fabrics for your pillow cases I recommend Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com for the perfect fabric for your project.  Just make sure that you use a nice cotton fabric for yours.  You can make them from a single color or use two like I did.  It is totally up to you.  There is so much versatility in this pattern.  Of course, if you prefer the straight edged pillow cases head over to my tutorial on How to Make pillow Cases in 5 Easy Steps for that pattern and directions.

What you will Need:

  • Arc Template
  • 1 yd main fabric
  • 1/2 yd accent fabric
  • Standard sewing supplies

Step 1: How to Make Scalloped Edged Pillow Cases

Cut fabrics that measure

  • 2 x 27″ long x 21″ wide
  • 4 x 4 1/2″ long x 21″ wide

Step 2: How to Make Scalloped Edged Pillow Cases

Make the scalloped edges on the wrong side of the fabric.  You are going to draw your scallops onto the fabrics using a heat disappearing pen like Frixion.  In order to draw your scallops you will need to download the arc template.  Measure in 1/2″ from the side and 1/2″ down from the top and draw your first arc. Place the edge of the arc at the 1/2″ point.  Continue making arcs across the fabrics with 1/2″ in between each arc. You should have 4 arcs when you are finished.

How to make scallop edged pillow cases
Draw the Scallops

Step 3: How to Make Scalloped Edged Pillow Cases

Place two of the arc pieces right sides together.  Sew along the arc lines and straight across the 1/2″ spaces that you have left.  Cut around the arcs and the lines so that you have a nice scallop.  Turn the scallops right side out and press thoroughly.

How to make scalloped edged pillow cases
Cut around the scallops

Step 4: How to Make Scalloped Edged Pillow Cases

Now the key to making this terrific pattern is using french seams.  Please do not be intimidated by them.  They are super easy to sew and result in a nice finished seam.  So how do we do it?  First, take the scallop piece and place it wrong sides together with one of the main body pieces.  There really is no wrong side to the scallop piece so you can pick either side.  Just make sure that it is WRONG sides together.  Sew a 1/4″ seam.  Trim that seam so that it is 1/8″.

How to make scalloped edged pillow cases
Place the scallop wrong sides together

Step 5: How to Make Scalloped Edged Pillow Cases

Now you will have a raw edged seam facing the right side of the main body piece.  Fold the scallop piece right sides together along the seam and pin.  Sew another 1/4″ seam.  This will enclose all of the raw edges.  Both the right side and the wrong side will have a nice finished seam with no raw edges.

How to make a scalloped edged pillow cases
Raw edge on right side
How to make scalloped edged pillow cases
Fold the scallops right sides together
How to make scalloped edged pillow cases
Right Side of French Seam
How to Make scalloped edged Pillow cases
Wrong side of French seam

Step 6: How to Make Scalloped Edged Pillow Cases

Repeat for the other main body piece and scallop piece. You will have two pieces with scalloped edges.

Step 7: How to Make Scalloped Edged Pillow Cases

With right sides together sew the two main body pieces together along the sides and bottom using 1/2″ seam allowance.  You can sew these seams using French seams as well or leave them raw it is totally up to you.  I like the finished seam but in all honesty it is not really necessary for the body of this project.  You have now finished your scalloped edged pillow cases.  Have fun with patterns and colors with these.

How to make scalloped edged pillow cases
Sew the two pieces right sides together
How to make scalloped edged pillow cases
Finished Pillow Case

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