Heavy Linen Pillowcase – PDF Weaving Pattern


Many years ago in an issue of VÄV Magasinet, there was an article about someone who had woven their entire set of bed linens: sheets, pillowcase and all. This has always sounded like a dream project to me (I mean, hand woven sheets!), so I started with the smallest and most straightforward piece: a pillow case.

This project uses two weights of linen and 1/3 twill to create a smooth surface to lay your head. The stripes are warp-wise so there’s no colour changes in the weft, just smooth unbroken weaving. Linen has a reputation for messy selvedges, but because they’re sewn into the inside of the pillowcase, you don’t have to worry if they’re a little less than perfect, making this an excellent learning project.

Photography for this project by Emily Foden.

Read below for full project details.



The Heavy Linen Pillowcase pattern is more than just plain instruction – personal experience and pro tips and tricks are included to help you achieve great results!

  • Minimum Equipment: 4 harness loom with a minimum of 24” weaving width, 12 dent reed, 1 shuttle
  • Warp and weft requirements: 1 tube each Bockens Lingarn 16/2 in 002, 0136, and 1258. 1 tube Bockens Lingarn 16/1 in 0136.

This project is geared to the confident weaver who is comfortable warping and weaving in multiple colours but would like to follow a pattern and learn more about creating their own unique textile designs on the loom. This PDF download is 4 pages long and includes colour images outlining the process as well as the instructions/treadling drafts.

Materials for the Heavy Linen Pillowcase are available in Canada from Loom Lust in New Brunswick.

Please note that you are not purchasing a finished item but a pattern to design and make your own!