Easy Pillow Cover

This is an all-time favorite!

Pillow Cover

When you’ve got a pillow that no longer matches your decor- don’t sell it in a yard sale… just simply re-cover it! This is basically a pillow sham recipe.

Don’t be intimidated because this pillow cover requires sewing. If you can sew a semi-straight line- you can do this! I had six cute plaid covered pillows that just did not match our new decor. Now, pillows can be expensive so I decided since I already HAD the pillows, I would just recover them. Here’s an easy peasy way to accomplish this.

I started with a yard of fabric. The first thing you need to do is measure width of your pillow. That’s just side to side. Mine was about 19″. Write that down.

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The next measurement is your length. You obtain this measurement by measuring all the way around the pillow. My pillow is a square so it was fairly easy- my measurement was 38.”

Easy Pillow Cover

Now, this sounds confusing… but it should become clear as you go. Remember, you’re only using one piece of fabric to accomplish this pillow. Here’s the confusing formula:

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So the size of your fabric will be 43″ x 20 1/4″. Where is says seam and hem just means that’s the size of the allowance for those seams.

Easy Pillow Cover

Now, lay your fabric out print side down. You’ll need to make your 1″ hems on each end (this will be the short sides). You need to fold your fabric in 1/2″ and iron it down. Then fold it over another 1/2″ and press it flat (thus 1″ hem). Ironing these edges is vital to be able to sew them easily. This double fold just makes it all stronger.

Easy Pillow Cover

Easy Pillow Cover

Now lay your length of fabric down print side up and fold the ends over to the middle.

Easy Pillow Cover

You can see there is where I sewed those double folded ends.

The folded sides should overlap about three inches. Try to work it to where the opening is close to the middle. This is going to be your pocket to open in which you’ll stuff your pillow. Place a few pens along the rough unsewn sides just to hold it together as you take it to your sewing machine.

Easy Pillow Cover

That’s it- the only sewing is the double flap on the short ends (folded 1/2″ then 1/2″ and sewn down) then the 5/8″ seam on each side.

Next just turn the cover right-side out and stuff in your pillow!

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2 Comments

  1. Alonda C.

    I didn’t connect the dots on the measurements until I looked at your design several times. The sham turned out great and I am going to try this myself. My one observation would be to explain that you will need to add 5 inches to the “long” side to accommodate the pocket and 5/8 to each of the “short side” for the seam allowance. I did the math and figured it out, but some may find it confusing. Again, I love the design and it will help me so much to update my decor and breath some new life into my pillows! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    • Kelly

      Alonda- Thank you so much for stopping by and for the detailed and thoughtful information. I’m so happy you were able to work out the measurements for your pillows. It’s really such a savings over purchasing shams. I hope all of your decor projects turn out wonderfully! Blessings- Kelly

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