Using a pillow cover to dress up your existing toss pillows is an inexpensive way to change things up for the Holidays. Lately, I have been shopping for Christmas covers but haven’t found one I love. I wanted something Christmas-y but, simple, without too many bells and whistles. Then I thought “I wonder if I can make one?” So, the search for a simple DIY pillow cover began!
I am not a seamstress, but I do own a sewing machine, and I can sew a straight line. So, when I saw this tutorial by my friend Jann from Newton Custom Interiors, I knew it was simple enough that not even I could screw it up too badly! She is a very talented seamstress and designer, so if you like sewing, go check her out!
I made this cover on Black Friday, while watching Gilmore girls on Netflix 😉 I love how it turned out, so much so, that I want to make a few more to use after the holidays.
The cute rain deer print went well with my wire rain deer figurine. Pretty fitting for Utah. I see those gorgeous animals often in my early-morning drive to work!
Easy No Zipper DIY Pillow Cover
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- 20×20 pillow form
- 1 yard fabric of choice
- Thread to match
- Sewing machine
This DIY pillow cover reminds me of the plastic sandwich bags I used in my kids’ lunch, back in their elementary school days. It is the same envelope-style idea. Pretty easy to wash and switch things up when you get bored with your decor. Here is how to make one!
Step 1- Cut 2 squares
Square 1: Cut the first square the exact width and height of your pillow. I was using a 20×20 pillow form, so I cut a 20×20 square.
Square 2: Cut the second piece the same width as your pillow, but add 6 inches to the height. Mine was 20×26, which is more like a rectangle :). Then, cut this piece in half.
Step 2 – Sew a hemline on the small pieces
Sew a small hemline on one end of the two small pieces (see the blue arrows). These are the two pieces that will overlap on the back of the pillow.
Fold the edge down once, then again, and iron to keep the ugly edge hidden.
Step 3- Layer the 3 pieces together
Layer the pieces together with the right side of the fabric facing each other. Start with the larger square piece, then layer the two small pieces on top with the sewn hems overlapping in the center. Make sure your pattern is arranged the way you want it. My rain deer are all right side up.
Step 4- Sew and turn right side out
Pin and sew all the way around about 1/4″ from the edge.
Step 5- Stuff your pillow inside and enjoy!
Wasn’t that easy?!? Does it make you want to run and get more fabric to cover ALL YOUR PILLOWS?! Yeah, me too!
If you like the white pillow, you can find it here!
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Until next time,
Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials for novice woodworkers and DIYers. She also works as a university professor in the health care industry. Have a question for Janice? Feel free to send her a message here!