Use this pillow cover tutorial to make your own DIY pillow case. It’s a cheap way to add more color to a room. Use old pillows and get the designer look for a thrifted price.
I am not the best at sewing, but taking up embroidery has definitely made me better. Since I don’t have a machine, I do all of my sewing by hand. Which means a simple project takes me forever.
Which should be explanation enough for why I put off this particular project. 😛
I had a lot of fun in November making my pillow cases from old shirts. Transforming old pillows with a new cover is a cheap way to add more flavor to a room.
So I decided to do the same to my spare room. But since I wasn’t using shirts, I needed a way to get the pillow inside…without worrying about button holes or zippers. So I decided to try my hand at an envelop back.
I used this tutorial from Freshly Picked. It’s a great tutorial, though I messed it up in a few spots.
Simple DIY Pillow Cover
- 2 cotton fabric quarters from Joanne’s
- fabric scissors
- pillow insert
I bought two matching pillows from a local thrift store for $2.00 each. Since the fabric would be covering the original pillow, it really didn’t matter what they looked like. They just needed to be the same size.
Anyway, here’s how I did it!
Step 01: I laid my fabric on a towel (because I didn’t feel like getting out my ironing board) and I ironed it. Then I measured my pillow and cut two piece of the fabric down to the same size as the pillow.
Step 02: I set one of the pieces aside. Then I cut the second piece into two pieces, to create an envelop back. I made a mistake here and instead of cutting one to be longer than the other, I cut them to be the same size. Cut one of your back pieces to be 3 inches longer than the other piece.
Step 03: I folded the edges down, where I wanted to hem the back pieces. And then I ironed them so they would stay down as I sewed. I used backstitch to hem the ends, because it’s the sturdiest stitch. Here’s a video tutorial for backstitch.
Step 04: After heming the back pieces, I pinned them to the fabric I had set aside (making sure they’re inside-out). Then I started sewing them together.
Step 04: Once I was done sewing, I cut off any excess fabric I had, turned the case outside-in, and stuffed my pillow into it.
My stitching isn’t great. But considering it was done by hand, I’m happy with how it turned out.
Although there’s a gap in the fabric in the back of the pillow case because I didn’t do the envelop back right. But lesson learned. 😛 I need to do one or two more of these, so I’ll get it right next time.
Still, with a smaller pillow insert, this case turned out nicely! I’m really enjoying learning to sew. 😀
And doesn’t it look nice on my reupholstered chair? You can’t even tell I pulled it from a dumpster. 😉
What do you think?
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Looks real nice.
This is a very timely thing for me to find. My daughter and I have been trying to learn to sew on the sewing machine I got for Christmas and are looking for very easy projects. Thanks!
I hope it turns out nicely, Beth! 🙂
Wow! Great Pillow Cover Tutorial..I hate sewing because I always seem to mess it up. But, this looks so simple!! I love it and I will try your way to decorate my home. Thanks for the inspiration!!