The Perfect Easy Pillow Cover for Beginners


Whether you are a beginner at sewing or an old pro, this pillow cover is stylish and easy to make, plus it will save you dollars!

If you have shopped for new pillows recently you know you can really spend a bundle of cash on accessory pillows!  I’m talking in the high twenties for many decorative pillows today.  So, what can you do about it?  Well, learn how to make pillow covers of your own.  The idea here is to either buy a variety of pillow forms that you can cover and recover as your mood or your decorating style changes or simply recover the pillows you already have!  I have done a little bit of both and I’m going to show you how easy it is to do and we’ll even add a little fringe on the ends to dress it up!


Materials List:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Embellishments like fringe or welting
  • Old pillow or pillow form
  • Pins
  • Fabric tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Dual Duty XP General Purpose thread



1. Determine the amount of fabric needed to cover your pillow.  To do this, measure around the front and back of the pillow.  Also measure the width of your pillow.


2. Mark down the measurements on paper and add the two side seams to the width at 5/8” each.  Then add 2” for hems to measurement around your pillow and 2 ½” for overlap.  This will give you your cut measurements and allow you to purchase enough fabric for the number of pillow covers you wish to make.


3. When I cut out my fabric for the pillow to the dimensions I have determined, I start by cutting off the selvage edge.  The selvage is usually woven a bit thicker and can wash up differently than the body of the fabric and make your finished product pull at the seams.


4. Along the short ends that will become the overlap, fold over ½” twice to create hems.  Iron in place for easier sewing.  Then, stitch the hems in place on the sewing machine.  Try to select a thread that will be hidden in the design of your fabric.


5. Next, fold the pillow cover with right sides together, creating the 2 ½” overlap right in the center.  Use your measuring tape to make sure the center of the overlap is in the center of the cover and that the cover is exactly one half of the dimension you measured around the pillow.


6. Once you’ve confirmed the measurements, mark the fold on both sides with a pin so you don’t have to do any re-measuring after you add the fringe.


7. Cut the fringe to the width of your pillow and insert it into the folded pillow cover.  Line it up along the stitch line, pin it in place and stitch.  Notice that the loose fringe is to the inside of the pillow cover!  Repeat this step to the other side as well.


8. Trim the excess fabric from the corners off after stitching so you reduce the bulk when you turn the pillow cover right side out.


9. Most fringe come stitched together at the base, so remove the extra stitching to let the fringe free!


Finish your pillow cover by inserting the pillow form or old pillow and set your new creation in position!


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