Fun ‘New Girl’ Pillow Case Tutorial

I am a big fan of Zooey Deschanel’s show “New Girl”.  Jess, the main character, is funny, sweet and smart, plus she has great style!  I particularly love her bedroom, which has a tonne of great features, including these pillow cases on her bed.

jess day bedroom

My DIY/Crafty brain kicked in to gear when I first saw these and I have been planning to sew some up for my bedroom for a while.  I thought I’d share them with you, so that any other New Girl fans can shine a little ‘Jess’ in to their lives too!


You will need:

  • 1.3m of stripy fabric makes two pillow cases. I’ve used seersucker, but regular cotton would work and is easier to work with.
  • 4m of giant ricrac- for screen accuracy, go for red, but feel free to mix it up and match it to your room
  • 4m giant pompoms- for screen accuracy, for got bright blue, but again, you can make your own call here.
  • A sewing machine
  • pins
  • scissors.

The finished measurements of the pillow cases are 42cm x 64cm and fit a standard UK pillow.  Adjust the cutting sizes if needed.

A 1cm seam allowance is used through out.

Step 1

Cut two rectangles 45cm x68cm for the main pillow case, and one rectangle 45cm x 25cm for the inside flap.

Step 2

Take one of the large rectangles and pin pompom trim, pompom’s facing outwards, 3cm from edge.  Use a large zig zag stitch to sew around the strip and secure the trim in place.


Step 3

Then, pin the ricrac on the inside of the pompom trip, place the ricrac about two centimetres from the edge of the pompom trip, leaving a small gap through which you can see the fabric of the pillow case.  Again, stitch in place with a large zigzag stitch, down the centre of the ricrac.


This is the finished front panel.


Step 4

Take the other large rectangle (now the back panel) and the small rectangle, and on the 45cm long edges, hem by folding over twice by 1cm and stitch in place.


Step 5

Attach the smaller rectangle to the front panel, with pins, right sides together (trims up, neat side down), along the 45cm long side, with the raw edges together, and sew in place.

Press the seam open and fold the smaller rectangle to the back of the front panel.


Step 6

Lay the front panel face up, and the back panel face down on top of it.  Make sure the hemmed edge of the back panel is at the same end as the flap of fabric we’ve just attached to the front panel.  Pin in place and sew together around thee sides.  Do not sew along the short edge which has already been hemmed.

Important- make sure when you are pinning and sewing that you are catching all three layers of fabric at the sides where you have attached the flap.  The flap will now be incorporated into the main pillow case and will only have one side of the rectangle not sewn down.


Step 7

Turn it out, give it a shake and put it on your bed!


Because of the pompom trim, these pillow cases can’t be laundered regularly.  Best used as a decorative pillow, but if you do need to launder them, either spot clean, or make sure you turn them inside out so the pompom doesn’t get damaged.


Freya x


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