If you google "housewife pillow case" you will find them for sale from a number of UK web sites. A housewife pillow case has a sewn flap on the open end. When the pillow is tucked in the case, this flap covers the pillow - no unsightly pillow to see and the pillow stays tucked where it should be.
Quite easy to make and sews up quickly. You can make it out of one long piece of fabric, and add a 10" wide flap. You could make it out of several fabrics, using up some fabric scraps.
I used some fabric scraps (yes, it does match my latest ruffled top!). I also added some vintage lace from my mother. She loved collecting older pillowcases with the lace! Choose a case in bad shape and reused the lace.
There are several sites which give you good instructions, each varies a little. Worth checking out. I had one sent to me a while ago, so I "eyeballed" how it was made. I could have made it a little more snug fitting.
Here are a couple of sites to start with. Once you learn a process, you can make them to fit any size pillow. These would be great for children's pillows!
Easy to make, and look gorgeous on your bed! Add laces, patchwork, pintucks!
A giant thanks to my Bernina yahoo group for talking about these pillow cases!