Pillowcases come in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit the assortment of pillows everyone uses from European and Square pillows to Standard and Body pillows. There are many ways to fold a pillowcase. They all have their benefits, mostly based solely on your style and linen storage. After trying a variety of folds with an assortment of pillowcase shapes and materials, I've come to really love this method as it's applicable to them all. For this Instructable, I walk through each individual fold for a standard pillowcase. I will then include a brief step for both the square pillowcase (step 7) and body pillowcase (step 8) since they are essentially the same as the standard size with only a few changes/additions.
Step 1: Things You'll Need
- A Pillowcase in Need of Folding
- Flat and Clean Surface
- Ironing Board*
Step 2: Flatten Your Pillowcase
Smooth out any wrinkles you can with your hands by running them along the pillowcase. If your pillowcase is refusing to smooth itself, get out that iron and move to the next step.
Note: If you fold your pillowcase immediately after it has come out of the dryer, it will be easier to smooth and most likely will not need to be ironed to get rid of the wrinkles.
Step 3: Iron
If you are struggling to make your pillowcase lie smoothly on your surface, ironing is a simple and easy step to help remove the remaining wrinkles. Turn your iron on and allow it to heat up while you continue to remove any wrinkles by smoothing with your hands.
Slide your pillowcase over the ironing board so that you are only smoothing one side at a time. Once the iron is hot, work the iron back and forth in gentle sweeping motions along your pillowcase. Flip your pillowcase over and repeat on the opposite side to remove any additional wrinkles on the flip side.
Step 4: Fold Into Thirds
Step 5: Fold in Half
Step 6: Fold in Half Again
Finally, flip your pillowcase over to display that detail!
Step 7: Square Pillowcase
- Lay your square pillowcase flat and smooth. Make sure the opening is still facing you.
- Visually divide your pillowcase into thirds. Fold the left third of the pillowcase over to the right.
- Fold the right third of the pillowcase to the left. You should have that same long rectangle by this step.
- Visually divide your elongated rectangle into thirds. Fold the bottom third up.
- Fold the top third down.
- Flip over and store!
Your square pillowcase is now neatly folded and the same size as your standard pillowcase.
Step 8: Body Pillowcase
- Fold entire pillowcase in half (should be roughly the size of a standard pillowcase). Make sure the opening is facing you still.
- Visually divide into thirds. Fold the left third over to the right.
- Fold the right third so that it lays on top of the other two thirds.
- Fold in half, bringing the top half down on top of the bottom.
- Fold in half again, bringing the top half down on top of the bottom. Flip over and store!
Step 9: Put Away
A final note: as we all know, pillows are only the tip of the bedding/linen iceberg. There is a really cool Instructable here that offers a neat storage idea to keep all of your sheet sets together once they are all folded inside one of your pillowcases. Use this Instructable to fold the rest of the pillowcases in the set and save even more room.
And, a fun fact: the difference between a sham and a pillowcase. A pillowcase is a cover for your pillow with a purpose. It's meant to be soft and smooth for your face while simultaneously absorbing some of the drool and sweat we let out during sleep. A sham is it's decorative pillow cover sibling. It's meant to look pretty and add decoration to a bed or accent to a couch, but not necessarily sleep on top of.