Quick & Easy Pillow Cover Tutorial

As promised I put together this tutorial for a quick & easy pillow cover. It's the same pocket style pillow cover as our new little bee pillow from Pottery Barn, so it must be good, right?

Step One
Measure your pillow width and add 1.5", this will be your fabric width. I had a 20" pillow insert so my measurement was 21.5"

Step Two
Measure the height of you pillow and multiple that by 2.5, plus 4" for seams. This will be the length of your fabric. The height of my pillow was 20" so my length was 50+4=54".

Step Three
On one short end of the fabric with the wrong side facing you, fold up 1.5" and then fold 1.5" again for a nice fat hem. Pin.

Step Four
With the folded edge facing you. Sew along the hem using your presser foot as a guide to keep things straight.

Step Five
On the opposite short end fold up one half inch and fold up one half inch again for a little hem. Pin and sew along the hem as above.

Step Five
With right side facing you fold up the edge with the wider hem so the length of the fold is 3/4 the height of your pillow. So I folded mine up 15". Pin, right sides together.

Step Six
Fold up the edge with the smaller hem so that the entire pillowcase now measures the height of your pillow. The wrong sides will all be facing you now. Pin. My measurements at this point were 20" top to bottom and 21.5" left to right. Little hem is on top and fat hem is hidden.

Step Seven
Sew each side with a straight seam and a 3/4" seam allowance. Then go over the extra fabric at the edges of the seam with a zigzag stitch for extra durability. Trim off any extra fabric being careful not to snip your zigzags.

(the extra fabric at the edge before I went over it with a zigzag)

Step Eight
Fold right side out, press, and stuff with your pillow insert.

Enjoy your new pillow!

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  1. That's a great fabric! I love pink but, ikat fabric is something I adore!
    Lila Ferraro

  2. OMG!!! Thank you so much for posting this. I have been wanting to redecorate our bedroom but I can't find any accent pillows with patterns I like. I don't know how to sew but I'm sure I can do it after reading this post. I think I'll invest in one of those hand held sewing machines. Thanks again! Now I know how to make a pillow cover!!!!

  3. cute!! love the fabric you chose!

  4. Perfect timing! I had just decided I was going to have to learn zippers to recover some pillows (zippers scare me), but this will allow me to put it of for longer. Now to buy fabric...

  5. I can't believe I've been making this type of pillow for *years*, and never realized you could use a single folded piece of fabric. I've always cut two (overlapping) pieces for the back and a single piece for the front, and then sewn them together...

    with this tutorial, my kids could make pillows themselves, what a fun rainy day project that would be!

  6. Ack, love the fabric you chose! :) So so so cute.

  7. So great! Love your choice of fabric!!!

  8. Perfection! Our couch came with pillows made of the same fabric and I wasn't sure what to do with them -- it's been a year. Hah. Awesome idea, will have to attempt this weekend..!

  9. I love simple envelope closure pillows. That's all I make because I don't have a zipper foot (or a real understanding of sewing in a zipper).

  10. Love this tutorial! Thank you! I've linked you here:

  11. Great tutorial. I whipped up a gorgeous 20x20 cover in under 20 minutes. Cut off about 3/8 in of the side hems and then serged both sides. Love the way it turned out. No pillow is safe.

  12. Anonymous6/27/2012

    Thank you for the tutorial! It is amazing...already have used it for 3 of the 6 pillows that came with my couch. :)


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