Make Your Own Pillow Covers



Okay, so I’ve decided to do this simple, easy to make tutorial on making your own pillow covers. I’ll admit, my photos probably will not win me any awards ( much to my embarrassment) but hey, they will demonstrate how to make these pillow covers and that’s the main goal here, right???

So, let’s get started!

First and foremost…….find yourself some awesome looking fabric. Go “girly” and tell your husband (or boyfriend) that you made them for him! He’ll love them. I promise!  (he he he) Okay, seriously, anything works. I used vintage ticking fabric that was used on old mattresses.  (LOVE IT!!!)

For one 16” x 16” pillow cover you’ll need:

  1. 20” x 44” piece of fabric
  2. Matching thread
  3. Buttons
  4. Pins
  5. And of course a sewing machine unless you plan to get crazy and sew it all by hand.

Let’s get started:

  1. Cut your fabric to the measurements indicated above.
  2. On the long sides, with wrong side facing you, fold over and press 1/2” of fabric to the inside. 
  3. On the short sides serge the edges. If you don’t have a serger or a sewing machine that can serge you can add 2” more the the length of your fabric and press a 1” fold and then fold again and press well.


      #4.  This is your serged short end of fabric.

      #5.  Fold and press in 1” .

      #6.  Sew this side of the fabric as illustrated close the the inner edge of fabric.


    #7.   With the right side of the fabric facing you, you will take one short end and fold it towards the center. This is the flap that will show on the outside of the pillow when finished. You can fold it in as far as you want. I folded mine in 2/3 of the way. Then take the other short end and fold that over top your first fold. Make sure that the measurement from fold to fold is 16”-17” depending on how snug you want it to fit your pillow insert.

   #8.   Once you have it where you want it, pin together and sew the non-folded edges with a 1/2” seam.

   #9.   Before turning right-side out, snip your corners. Now turn it right-side out and push oall four corners to make them pointy and pretty. I like to use my thread ripper to push them out.

   #10. Okay, now for button placement. For this pillow I have chosen to only use two buttons. You can use as many as you’d like. For the two buttons I just measured out from the center of the pillow 6 1/2” to the right and to the left. Mark these spots with pins. Do the same directly behind those marks, which is where the buttons will be sewn.


      #11. So your pillow should look like this after you sew the button holes and sew the bottons on the folded flap behind the button holes.

      #12. Insert your pillow insert, button up the pillow cover and ta-da…this is what you end up with.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it easy to follow.

Thanks for hanging out here!