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.

DIY Pillow Cover

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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Materials used

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.

DIY Pillow Cover

Fold the edge down once, then again, and iron to keep the ugly edge hidden.

DIY Pillow Cover

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.

DIY Pillow Cover

Step 4- Sew and turn right side out

Pin and sew all the way around about 1/4″ from the edge.


DIY Pillow Cover

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!

DIY Pillow Cover

If you like the white pillow, you can find it here!

DIY Pillow Cover

Other DIY projects in this photo:

DIY Entry way Faux Shiplap Wall

DIY Entry Way Farmhouse Bench

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure and pin this for later!

DIY Pillow Cover

Until next time,


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Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to "dare to try". Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Chloe Crabtree

    What a perfectly easy way to have pillow covers that you can switch up pillows for the holidays! Even I, not a talented seamstress could handle this project! Thank you so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

    1. Janice

      Thanks so much, Chloe! It’s seriously so easy!

  2. Marge

    EXACTLY the instructions I have been looking for! And so wonderfully illustrated and explained. Thank you so much, and happy holidays!

  3. Lynne

    Great tutorial so easy to follow. Made a couple today…they turned out great. Thank you.

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