DIY Pillow Cover


June 3, 2014 by erikacsc31

Hello Peeps! 😀 if you’ve been to my house, you’d notice, I kind of have a thing for pillows. I think they’re a great way to dress up any space. You can swap them out each season to instantly update your space. They’re a great way to add color, pattern, and texture to a home. However, if you’re a freak-a-zoid like me,  you might have major commitment issues. I get so tired of things very quickly-reason I can’t commit to putting things up in my home :/ I love patterns and color, but mostly my home is neutral so that I can add color and pattern through accents and… you guessed it-PILLOWS! Our home decorating is still a work in progress, but I have lots of plans & projects that I plan on tackling this summer and will be sure to share with you here.

Pillows are  the EASIEST home decor project. Yes, you can easily buy them at a relatively low cost, BUT there’s nothing like knowing you made something yourself. Plus, knowing Target, Marshall’s , or Pier1 doesn’t carry it is pretty awesome!

A couple of years ago, I made a pillow using a pattern at a sewing class I had taken. Honestly, I think the pillow pattern is old-fashioned and the pattern was WAY too complicated!

I searched YouTube for popular crafty channels. I tried a couple of different methods and the simplest method for me was less measuring, more eyeballing. If you’re interested in visiting the YouTube channels I checked out, type in: iheartstitching & mollyquest.

Here is the EASIEST way to make a simple pillow cover.

You Will Need:

  • Pillow forms (you can buy 18″ x 18″ in DTLA for $3-5 bucks, or use pillows you have)
  • Fabric (one yard of fabric= at least 2 pillow covers)
  • Fabric Shears
  • Pins for pinning
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron

First, I used one yard of fabric I had used as my sister’s DIY photo booth backdrop (see here) last year and cut the length. (about double the length of the pillow)



Next, lay your fabric out FACE UP and place you pillow accordingly.




0J8A2386*Remember your fabric pattern should be inside out as you sew

Now, start pinning!




It’s a good Idea to crease & sew the raw edges of the length for added durability.



After you’ve finished your pinning, stitch ONLY the sides about 1/2 inch seam allowance. Does not need to be exact, just eyeball it.

*Make sure you have aligned your pattern if working with a patterned fabric

Time to stitch!


Once you’ve finished stitching, cut the corners of each end. CAREFUL not to cut the seam. 0J8A2397

Flip your pillow cover right side out. Place your fabric shears through each corner to push out perfect edges.


Iron pillow case and creases.

Voilà! You’re done!



Best part is if you get tired of them, you can swap them out for another pillow cover.

Do you have a an easy home decor project? Or, an easier way? Feel free to share, I’d love to hear it 😉 I’m always looking to learn.

Until next time,


4 thoughts on “DIY Pillow Cover

  1. Love this!! I need to bust out my sowing machine and get it serviced!! Was the pillow hard to get out after you pinned everything in place!? Looks great!

    • erikacsc31 says:

      Thanks Savvy darling! Not at all! I just really wanted a tight fit on the pillow which is why I pinned around it. Afterwards, I just took the pins out of one side, one at a time so that I wouldn’t lose the measurement 😉 and yes! Time to dust off the machine!

  2. Emmely says:

    The print that you used for this pillow is great. I love making pillows. I probably make too many because they’re my go to project when I don’t really know what else to make… I have a tutorial on my blog for a lined envelope style pillow that I think is really easy to make. It does take longer to make than the method you show here though.

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