These slip-on DIY Pillow Covers are easy to change out this easy pattern comes together quickly and easily, even a beginner can make them!
DIY Pillow Covers
I’m creating a fun and comfortable reading nook for our new/old farmhouse and as part of that process, I’ve been making these fun DIY pillow covers! I looked into buying pillows but for the size, I wanted they were just too expensive. Plus I wanted the ability to change them up if I wanted to with different colors or patterns or remove them to be washed.
I was lucky enough to find pillow forms on sale (they can be expensive but watch for 40-50% off sales!) and I picked up some soft Minky fabric so the pillows would be super comfortable. Each pillow will be different depending on the size but for reference, I used 24-inch by 24-inch pillow forms and each pillow took a yard of fabric with a small amount leftover.
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I decided to make a slip on pillow cover instead of a more traditional pillow case that uses a zipper. Using a slip-on pattern these make these pillow covers quick and easy to make, as well as easy to use. It also saves a few extra dollars on the cost of the zippers!
How to Make your own Pillow Covers
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Start by measuring the fabric you will need by placing the pillow on the “wrong side” of the fabric. Right now you just need to measure the width. This isn’t an exact process because your pillow form could be a different size. Just make sure that you have enough fabric to cover the sides of the pillow and will still be able to sew it together.
Cut for the fabric for the pillow length then fold the fabric over the pillow and cut it for the width. You will want to cut your fabric at least 4 inches longer than you will actually need to wrap around the pillow so that you can make a nice pocket to slide the pillow form into.
Sew a large hem onto each of the short sides of your fabric. Make sure that you still have enough fabric to cover the entire pillow after the hems are sewn. My hems usually end up being about an inch and a half wide but it doesn’t really matter exactly how wide they are, just that there is still plenty of fabric to go around the whole pillow.
Now place the pillow inside of the fabric with hems. The hems should just overlap each other. When you do this, make sure your fabric is the wrong side out so that you can see what you will need to sew next. Pin the sides together. Do the first one while the pillow is laying inside and then remove the pillow form and make the second side match.
Here is what the inside out pillow should look like after you’ve sewn the sides shut. If you happend to cut your fabric too wide, you may need to trim some off the sides after you’ve sewn it together.
Flip the DIY Pillow Cover the right side out and use the pocket gap to place your pillow form inside.
That’s all you need to do! It’s not an exact process of measuring but it’s very easy to make once you get the hang of it and the pillow covers are very forgiving. If you are making more than one of the same size pillow, it would save time to cut several pieces of fabric to the right size using the first one that you measure. I get my fabric from Fabric.com.
The great thing about these DIY Pillow Covers is that you can remove them and wash them or change them up whenever needed! You can even use old pillows that you want to re-cover instead of a pillow form. Either way, it’s an easy and inexpensive way to change up the decor in your home!
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Have you ever made DIY pillow covers or any kind of fun decorative items for your house?
This DIY Pillow Cover project was originally published on Little House Living in April 2014. It has been updated as of April 2020.