Free Burrito Pillowcase Sewing Project Tutorial


It's National Quilting Month and this Saturday is National Quilting Day! We decided to honor the occasion by sharing one of our favorite patterns for a burrito pillowcase. The Burrito Pillowcase is quick, super easy, and features French seams for a beautiful, professional finish. You can easily make the burrito pillowcase in a single day. If you happen to work on it, don't forget to tag us @thimblesquilts so we can see it! 



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Rotary cutting set

Main fabric:

For queen size pillow, cut 27″ x WOF (width of fabric) for queen size pillow

For king size pillow (pictured), cut 33” x WOF

Cuff fabric:

9″ x WOF

Accent strip:

2″ x WOF, pressed in half, lengthwise, wrong sides together to make a 1″ folded strip




To start making the “burrito,” stack the fabrics in front of you as follows:


  1. Place the 9″ cuff fabric right side up.
  2. Stack the 27″ (queen) or 33” (king) main fabric right side up, aligning the top raw edges.
  3. On top of that, place the folded accent strip, so that the raw edges are aligned with the top raw edges of the other fabrics.

Starting at the bottom and working your way up, begin to roll the main fabric (body of the pillow) into a tube.

Stop rolling when you get about to the center of the 9″ cuff fabric. Double check to make sure your stack matches the picture.


pillowcase burrito roll


Next, take the bottom of the cuff fabric, and bring it up over the burrito, aligning the raw edges with the raw edges of all the other fabrics. Pin or clip in place along the raw edges, making sure to secure the accent strip as well.

Use a 1/4″ seam, sew along the raw edges. Adjust your fabrics along the way, making sure the layers do not shift during sewing. 



Gently tug at the fabric inside the burrito, pulling it out of the tube. Continue pulling until the pillowcase is unrolled. Press the fabrics flat, making sure not to wrinkle the accent strip and cuff fabric.




Next, trim off the selvages so the pillowcase is only 41″ wide. You can fold the pillowcase in half (selvages touching) so that it is easier to measure and cut the 41″ length.



 Let’s create a French seam to give the pillow a professional finish.


  1. Fold the pillowcase in half with wrong sides together.



  1. Stitch a 1/4″ seam on the side and bottom of the pillowcase aligning the raw edges. Unless you’re familiar with French seams, you may hear little warning bells go off. But this is correct.
  1. Turn the pillowcase wrong side out and press, poking out the corners with a point turner or your fingers.




  1. Sew a 1/2″ seam on the two sides that were previously sewn. This traps the raw edges inside and make a nice, clean finished edge. Press.


That's it! Enjoy your burrito pillowcase!


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