Saturday, February 07, 2009

Super Easy Removable Pillow Cover Tutorial


I love to make my pillows like this because they are quick & easy. Also the removable cover makes washing a breeze. It's nice to simply be able to slip the cover off & replace it with another when you're ready for a new look.

To make the pillow you will need a pillow form (these go on sale 50% off quite often at Joanns) and fabric for both the front & back of the pillow.

Cut your front fabric to the exact measurement of the pillow form. For this tutorial I covered a 14 x 14 inch pillow form, so I cut my patterned fabric to 14" x 14". This makes for a nice plump pillow in the end. Cut two pieces from your backing fabric that are the same length of the pillow, but 4 inches shorter on the width. My pieces were 14" x 10". (If you are using a larger pillow form, you'll want to come in more than 4 inches. Just eyeball it so that once you finish the hems, the back pillow pieces overlap by at least 2 inches. See below.)

On one of the long sides of the backing pieces create a hem by folding the fabric over towards the back 1/2 inch & iron.

Then fold over another half inch, iron & pin. Sew along the fold with a straight stitch. Repeat on the other backing piece.

The photo below shows how this will look on the back side of the fabric (piece at the top of the photo) and on the front side (piece at the bottom of the photo).

Next, lay your front fabric piece face up. Lay one of the backing pieces on top, facing down, so right sides are together. Position the raw edge of the backing piece on the left edge of the front piece. The hemmed edge will be in the middle. Pin in place.

Lay the other backing piece on top with the raw edge aligned with the right edge of the front fabric piece. The hemmed sides will overlap in the middle. Pin in place.

Sew around all four edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Remove your pins & trim the corners.

Turn the pillow case right side out. Using the eraser end of a pencil, push your corners out. The pillow case is done! Put your pillow form into the case.

The back pieces will overlap nicely in the back.

And you've got a snazzy new pillow! It's really that easy.


So go on and add some new life to every sofa, chair & bed in your house!

55 comments:

susan said...

thanks! nice and easy tute

Whitney said...

oh, thank you! I was just looking for something like this.

Crystal said...

This is awesome! Thanks!

Amber said...

How did you know that this was going to be my next sewing project? Thanks!!!! Pictures will be posted soon.

Tracy said...

Wow, this is really wonderful and seems easy. I cannot wait to try.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh this is fantastic! I've been wanting to make a bunch of new covers for spring, thanks! I'll be linking.

The Fab Miss B said...

Very pretty. I think I'll give it a go!

Anonymous said...

I love the fabric, where did you get it?

Candace said...

This fabric is actually from an Urban Outfitters bedspread that I bought on clearance a while back.

the fellers said...

thank you for this tutorial! it looks so easy....I need some new pillows for my couches, so this might just do!

piyena said...

tq for tutorial..i'll try it

Cindy said...

looks great!

I'm going to try making some pillows with piping. I hope they turn out!!

Lacey said...

I love these pillow covers! Thank you for the tutorial! I made my own and you can check them out here:
http://laceysapplesauce.blogspot.com/2009/03/new-pillow-cases.html
I also linked back to this post.

Whitney said...

I just used this to make two pillows today. Worked great. I had to make a couple of adjustments in size on the smaller pieces for the back (I did two inches smaller) and it worked great.

Kristin Sellars said...

Thanks! I can't wait to try one!

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for pillow tutorials all over, and this one makes the most sense. Thank you for explaining so well!

Sunshine said...

So simple yet so beautiful - that one will go on my to-make-for-xmas-list!

Thanks a bunch!
Christine :)

Marie said...

Hi!
Thanks for this tutorial, I just whipped up two pillowcases in less than an hour! Great project for a beginner like me! I'm on a lookout for some nicer fabric, then I'll post some photos! :)

meagan griffith said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I just recovered the four pillows in my living room that I was so sick of for $20 and only an hour and a half of time. Now I love them! I'm so happy. :)

Annie said...

Wow! Thank you for this tutorial! This was the easiest project ever! I can't believe I put off making pillowcases for so long, and then it took me approximately 10 minutes. I posted my results on my blog here: http://gluegunannie.com/

Thanks!

Shannon said...

Thank you so much! I have stayed away from making removable pillow covers for fear they would be too difficult. You made this easy enough for me to follow as a beginner. Thanks again!!

Ashley said...

I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog! I wanted to make my own throw pillows for my couch and bed, and you have the easiest instructions out there! I've made seven pillows already, and they have made the rooms look so colorful!

miznyc said...

What a great and easy to follow tutorial! I used it to make some pillow covers and I linked back to here on my blog. I hope others will be able to take advantage of it!

Garden House Floral said...

Thank you for the instructions! So super easy!~Karlie

bess said...

thank you! this is great.

twobutterflies said...

Hi - great tutorial!! I used it and you can see my pillow here

http://mytwobutterflies.blogspot.com/2010/08/easy-pillow-refashion.html

I also linked back to this page. thanks

busy mom said...

I just found your site today, very nice.

I have a short question, I want to put the cover over my old pillows. They are 24" across both sides. so my first fabric is cut 24" for the front and then (2) 20" pieces cut for the back. I am reading it right about how you did it above and put it into what I have posted?
Sorry I am new at this. Thanks

Ellen said...

Thanks for your tutorial! I am linking to this post in my blog today about my new Black Cat pillow for Halloween. Thanks - I needed help figuring out the back and you provided exactly the instructions I needed! hotpinkpeonies.blogspot.com

Rach (Mommy Learns to Blog) said...

Thank you, thank you! I am learning to sew and this was the perfect project for me to really boost my confidence! We just created a reading corner in my little girl's room - she's in kindergarten and loving reading, so I wanted to encourage it! Anyways, I bought the Boon Stuffed Animal Bag so she has this super cozy "beanbag", and just couldn't find any throw pillows I loved (she likes to take pillows and a blanket and get comfy). I found 18" pillows at Target 2/$9.99 and purchased the perfect fabric for her room. The pillows are the reverse of each other - the front of one is the back of the other and vice versa. This tute was SO easy to follow and has inspired me to try more and more!

BTW, I came across your blog when searching for "throw pillow cover tutorial" and am HOOKED! You are officially in my reader!

Boppy said...

Thank you so much! This is just what I was looking for after one very misshapen failed attempt. Thank you for breaking it down so clearly.

Amy said...

Thanks! I finally got around to finishing my pillows I started several months ago and love how they turned out!

Kate said...

just made 4 bright fresh spring pillow covers! check them out!
thanks for the simple and quick tutorial!

The SPANGLER said...

Love this tute... so straight forward and easy to follow - stop by and say hi if you get a chance at The Quick Unpick
Cheers
The Spangler (your newest follower ☺)
Am going to 'pin' this on pinterest.com to definitely make some covers soon!

The Smith Family said...

Okay Miss C, I'm making this next! I don't know if you saw my latest sewing project on Facebook over the weekend...but I made 4 quilted pillows, 2 for my girls and 2 for my nieces...they actually turned out really cute. I was all trial and error though and I didn't use a pattern. I would love to cover some of the random pillows that I have sitting around in my house so they actually can be taken out of the closet and will match chairs and beds and sofas in my house. This tutorial looks like a great one for me to use. I'll let you know how it goes! :) You're looking good by the way, hope you're feeling well too. I'm sure this heat is really zapping some of your energy at this stage of your pregnancy.

Lorie

Kelli said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I made 2 pillow covers for old pillows I had. They turned out beautiful!

DanceBecause said...

This was an awesome tutorial for a creator who has only had her sewing machine for 1 week!

I used 2 table cloths I had found and it worked out beautifully! Thank you!

terri said...

The best tutorial I've ever read! Thanks so much!

Laura said...

Here's my finished product! Thanks for this amazing tutorial. You made it so easy to follow. :) http://instagr.am/p/lrhAg/

Kimberly said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial, Candace! I used it to create my own throw pillows for my couch. [http://exploretraveladventure.blogspot.com/2012/03/pinterest-challenge-pair-of-pillows.html]

Candace said...

Cute! I'm going to share your post on my facebook wall. :)

Simon Ritz said...

Thanks for your efforts in describing pillow inserts. This is really very knowledgeable.
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sodgers said...
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sodgers said...

This was my first sewing project and it turned out so great! What a fun confidence booster, and my cute little cushion looks great on the couch. I bought some plain ol' cushions at Ikea for $5 AU each (probably would be cheaper in the US). I bought my fabric at Ikea, too, and it was on clearance. My little pillows work out to about $6 each. It only took me about half an hour to make my first one, and I'm sure they'll get quicker from here. So fun! Thank you for this tut!

Molly said...

Great post - just wanted to let you know we have featured your project on Craft Ideas Weekly.
http://craft-idea.craftideasweekly.com/how-to-make-a-pillow-cover/

Have a great day!
Molly

Craft Ideas Weekly

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Mayje said...

Thanks so much for the great tutorial! I am into "throw pillow covers project" mood lately and I am really a beginner, so your post really helps me. :)

Kimberly said...

Great tutorial! I just embroidered a really cool tree design (with a heart with initials carved into the trunk) for my engaged sister. I then used these instructions to turn it into a pillow! I'm a beginning sewer (and embroiderer) and it turned out great! Thanks

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Medha raut said...

Very easy and simple.Good worf & idea thank you for posting.good choice of pillow covers can change the look of room.Nice post.

KaleidoscopeKanvaskk said...

This past weekend I used your DIY to make my own pillow covers! I linked your blog, but I made a painted pillow cover and it turned out great. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!! Here is how mine turned out.
http://kaleidoscopekanvas-kk.blogspot.com/2013/09/painted-throw-pillow-diy.html

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