Easiest Pillow Cover Tutorial

I decided to make a little pillow sham this month.  Pillow shams are very easy to make because all you have to do is sew a few straight (or straight-ish) lines and you are done.  So, for those of you that think you can’t sew this is the easiest pillow cover tutorial to give you some confidence that you can…

 Easiest Pillow Cover Tutorial 

Sewing Machine
Pillow form (any size)

(Flocked Heat Transfer optional, but way fun!)

The fabric size will depend on your pillow form.  You can do the same fabric for front and back or different fabric, (which I did since this was a “no shopping, use what I have” project!)
2 fat quarters (which are 18″ x 22″ inches) will work on any pillow form up to about 16×16.

 Easiest Pillow Cover Tutorial 

Step 1.

Iron all fabric!!!  Do not skip this step ironing makes every project more professional, and makes sure that things fit properly!  IRON like the life of your pillow depends on it!

Step 2.

The front piece of fabric should be cut to a square 1 inch more than the size of your pillow.  For example if you are using a 16″ x 16″ inch pillow cut the square to 17″ x 17″ inches (piece A).

Step 3.

 The back piece of fabric needs to measure at minimum 22 inches x 17 (for 16 x 16 pillow!)
Cut it in two pieces at approximately 2/3 so you have a piece about 14.5″ inches (Piece B) and the second piece is about 7.5″ inches (Piece C)(or this one can be longer… I made mine longer just because I had the fabric!).

Step 4.

 You need to finished one 17″ long edge of those two pieces.  By folding over 1/2″ an inch of fabric and ironing.  Then folding that again over itself to conceal the raw edge, iron again,  (this will make it easier to sew).  Pin if you need to to hold it all in place and sew that fold in place.  In the end you have a piece that looks like this:  See the one finished edge?

 Easiest Pillow Cover Tutorial 

Step 5.

Now place your front piece A fabric, good side up on the table.   Place Piece B  Good Side down aligning to one side.  When sewing remember you want good sides together.  You want the folded portion of the edge to be in the center of the pillow.

Step 6.

Overlap Piece C on top of Piece B so that the finished seam is also in the center of the square of fabric.  Like below:

Step 7.

 Now pin the corners and edges in place.  You don’t need too many pins.  (technically if your fabric isn’t slippery and you feel comfortable just holding it you don’t need them at all!)

 Easiest Pillow Cover Tutorial 

Step 8.

Sew a straight line along each edge.  4 total.

Step 9.

 Now use the overlapping pocket to flip the pillow right side out.  Be sure to push the corners out completely and press again.
If you want you can be done at this point, just stuff your pillow in through the flap on back.
Since this is my Silhouette project I decided it would be fun to add some words, so I can put it on Etta’s bed someday when she moves into her “big girl bed”.
Simply type out, cut with your machine and iron on.  This whole project took about an hour.
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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