Pillow Covers are an EASY and inexpensive way to change your room up for different seasons and holidays! You can make pillow covers in 10 minutes.
This tutorial will show you how easy it is!
I LOVE pillows. Pillows can change the look of a room completely. And instead of buying new expensive pillows for every season and/or holiday, you can take a pillow insert and make pillow covers for that insert and then just switch the pillow covers out. This will save you so much storage room.
What I did was I took all of my pillow covers and put them in bins in a small closet in my house. I organized them by color. So now when I want to change the look of a room up, all I need to do is go over to my pillow cover bin and I can see all of my options! Of course I love making NEW pillow covers too. I will show you how easy it is to make your own pillow covers. In less that 10 minute you can have a pillow cover done and ready to use!
I have a lot of people ask me where I get the fabric for my pillow covers. One of my favorite places is fabric.com. But sometimes I am in a hurry and I don’t want to wait the time it takes to order something and wait for it to get to my house. JoAnn Fabric also has a great selection of fabrics, and surprisingly Hobby Lobby has a pretty decent fabric selection as well. Hobby Lobby has a lot of “duck fabric” which is a heavier, canvas-like fabric and it makes really durable pillow covers. Hobby Lobby also does a great job of keeping up with trends so I can usually find something cute when I want to make some covers.
I spotted some black and white buffalo check material last week and I just knew I had to make some covers with it. I also bought some other black and white material to make some coordinating covers too! Another nice thing about Hobby Lobby is their 40% off coupon. You can use it on any item and it’s a great way to save money. Luckily this fabric was already on sale when I bought it so I used my 40% off coupon on something else LOL!
I got home and in less than half an hour I had 3 new pillows for my couch! I use the envelope-back style pillow covers because sewing zippers in is much harder and my sewing skills are VERY basic. I actually taught myself to sew a few years ago and I think I’ve probably made close to 100 pillow covers since then. They are SO easy!
Here is how to make BASIC 10-minute pillow covers:
Measure your pillow insert.
1. Measure Your Pillow Form and cut out the front panel of your pillow cover.
Cut out the front panel of your pillow cover – add 1 inch total to the width and height for seam allowance and cut out the material.
2. Cut out the back panels of the pillow cover.
Measure the width of the front pillow cover, divide it in half and then add three inches to the total for both panels. So if you have an 18 x18 pillow, add an inch for the seam allowance — so the width will now be 19 inches, and each back will be 12.5 inches in width. You will have ONE piece of material that is for the front of the pillow. Then TWO pieces of material for the back of the insert. The height of these TWO fabric panels will be the same as the front, but the width has a three inch overlap, this material that overlaps keeps the pillow form inside the pillow cover.
3. Sew the seams of the back panels.
Take the length of each of the panels that will be overlapping and fold the seam twice to create a smooth seam. Sew the seam on both back panels.
4. Sew the front and back panels together.
Pin the back panels to the front panels with the right sides facing inward. Then sew around the entire pillow cover. I back stitched over each of the seams for durability. Turn it right side out and put the pillow insert inside.
Note — if you want even crisper edges, you can sew a stitch around the entire outside of the pillow once it’s turned right-side out. Like this:
I made these GIANT buffalo check pillow covers for $4 each. WOW!!
Here are a few other pillow covers I have made using this technique over the years:
Have a Beautiful Day!