How to Make Different Pillow Covers- Step-by-Step Instructions

how to make pillow covers

Pillows are essential parts of our bedroom. It supports the head with enough vitality that is suitable for a pleasant night’s rest, and above all –it pops off colors to improve the appearance of our bedroom. Its colorful appearance makes it suitable for in dens, patios, living room and another room in your apartment that require home décor.

But with time pillows can attract grease and dust.  So, one of the ways we can increase the durability of a pillow is to create a suitable cover. Pillow covers are of different types and sizes, so also is the measure of complexity exhibited during creation.   For example, using a zipper to make a pillow cover is a little bit complex when compared with a pillow cover made in an envelope form. A throw cover might not require the additional knowledge you will need when creating zipper installation cover. However, you will need to know how to take out the right proportion of measurement and cut through a straight path. So, all through the project, you will need a steady hand and good eyesight. 

Things You’ll Need

To make a simple pillow cover, get a fabric, a pillow insert, and sewing supplies.

  • Fabric Pen
  • Fabric
  • Thread and needle or sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pillow insert
  • Iron
  • Pins

How to Make a Pillow Cover – Instructions

Step 1: To measure out and cut out the fabric, increase the length and height of the pillowcase with an inch. This will help make room for seam allowance

Step 2: Using a fabric pen and a ruler, sketch out two squares on the surface of the fabric using the right dimension.

Step 3: Cut the fabric into a square shape.

Step 4: Now pin up all the square sides all together with all the parts that are unfinished facing outward.

Step 5: Underneath the edge, make a mark of three inches starting out from the left side to the right side.

Step 6: Start from the point that was marked, sew along the entire edges across the sides of the pillow. While doing this, make sure you allow a seam allowance and ensure there is space existing between the open marks.

Step 7: Make sure you snip the corners of the cover before turning the other side of the cover.

Step 8: Use a pointer turner, or scissors to push all the corners of the pillow cover outward.

Step 9: Use an electric iron to press down the edges of the pillow, doing this will help improve the appearance of the cover edge.

Step 10: Put the pillow form, and then use stitch to get it close.

Envelope Pillow Cover

Envelope Pillow Cover

Envelope covers are long rectangular shape fabric that is designed to overlap on its rear part of form a closure (just like an envelope). The entire steps involved in this quite simple. Below is a written instruction you can adhere to create a 16 inches pillow cover.

Things You’ll Need

  • Sewing machine
  • Pillow insert
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Piece of fabric
  • Ruler

How to Make an Envelope Pillow Cover - Instructions:

Step 1: Use any material you want that you feel is suitable enough and cut out a 36 inches fabric from it, ensure it is 17” wide.

Step 2: Turn all the sides inside and then iron out 2 creases that allow for a sum of 16 inches between middle columns.

Step 3: Iron two half inches creases both on each end of the shorter to make the seam at the end.

Step 4: Fold the sides, with the right choice of the side facing inward.

Step 5: Sew up both sides of the seams measuring out half lengths on both sides

Step 6: Your pillow cover is ready, now Insert a sizable pillow and enjoy the ride.

Zippered Pillow Cover

Zippered Pillow Cover

The addition of a zipper to any project appears to be a daunting task most time. However, with the right instruction, you can maneuver your way through a given task successfully. One of the first steps to get familiar with; is how to use a machine and a zipper foot.

Things You’ll Need

  • Fabric (2 pieces of fabric per pillow, ensure you cut each with the same dimension with the pillow you intend using).
  • Sewing machine
  • Zipper (3-4” that appears shorter than the underneath part of the pillow)
  • Zipper foot
  • Pillow Insert
  • Iron
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins

How to Make a Zipper Pillow Cover Instructions

Step 1: Cut out two fabric. Use one of the fabric for the front part of the pillow while the other part of the fabric should be used on the rear part.

Step 2: Position the fabric and allow one part of the fabric to rest on the other with both sides that are unfinished facing outward.

Step 3: Now chose which of the edge you intend using as the bottom of the pillow, now give full attention to this and make sure the patterns are arranged on both sides of the pieces.

Step 4: Place the zipper directly on the bottom of the cover.

Step 5: Mark out spots where the zipper starts from and the spot to which it ends by hooking it up with pins. While doing this, avoid pinning the zipper.

Step 6: Give a little allowance, and sew up the cover using regular straight sewing patterns, starting from the edge of the pillow cover to one end of the pin. You can set the machine to use back stitches to stop and start from where you want. Repeat this procedure on both ends of the cover.

Step 7: In between each pin, try to use wide stitches. In most cases, the zigzag stitch will be more durable.

Step 8: Place your zipper on the seam and iron it all together

Step 9: Now pin up the zipper in the right position.

Step 10: Fix the foot of the zipper to the machine.

Step 11: Use the straight regular stitching pattern and sew up the end part of the zipper further from the zipper handle. Try to keep your stitch a bit closer to the teeth of the zipper.

Step 12: Stop once you get to the zipper pull. While your needle is still stocked to the fabric raiser the foot of the zipper and unzip it to pass the foot, do this very carefully. Once you are done, step down the foot and proceed to the ending part of the zipper. Repeat the process again, but this time stitch backward to get a stronger effect.

Step 13: Drag the zipper pull to one part, afterward, switch the foot to get to the other end then repeat the process again.

After making a zippered cover, you can personalize it with different letters, designs, and patterns. These crown letter personalized pillow cases might help you get some ideas. 

Throw Pillow Covers

Throw Pillow Covers

Throw pillows are primarily designed to add texture or color to the living room. And changing the pillow cover on your throw pillow can be one of the easiest ways to change the atmosphere in your living room.

The good news to this is; you don't need to spend a lot to get it done. Below are listed materials you will need to get your machine sewn cover pillow ready

Things You’ll Need

  • Pillow insert
  • Sewing Kit
  • Snips
  • Pins
  • Fabric
  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Thread
  • Seam Ripper

Adhere to the steps below to get your cover ready in few minutes.

Step 1: Iron out all the fabric you intend to use. Take an accurate measurement of the dimension on your pillow, then add it up to 5-8 inches on each side of the fabric to create enough allowance.

Step 2: Cut out the fabric in a rectangular pattern using scissors or a rotary cutter.

Step 3: Pinup all the square with sides that are unfinished patterned to an outward direction.

Step 4: Sew up the fabric with a 6-8 allowance on the seam. Make sure the bottom is left open.

Step 5: Press the seam with a pressing iron to ensure it has a crispy finishing

Step 6: Cutout the corner of the fabric using scissors, this will help prevent the fabric from interfering. Repeat the process along all the sides.

Step 7: Now turn out the inside of the pillow cover, afterward poke the edges of the pillow using closed scissors or a finger.

Step 8: Now insert the pillow cover on the pillow, and stitch it round to fill it up. If you want to gain access to the pillow, use adhesive on iron, this will make it easier for you to open and cover it when needed.

Step 9: As you get more acquainted with the sewing pattern, try to repeat the process cording and piping to generate more designs that are very decorative for the pillow cover.

You can use traditional embroidery methods to add style to these pillow covers and use them as floor pillow coversto beautify your home.  Pillows are an excellent decorative item to make your bedroom look stunning


How much fabric is needed for a 16x16 pillow?

For most decorative pillows you will need ½ yards, although, it depends on the details you want to cover and the size also. You can check on line to access calculators that will allow you to enter details of the width and length of you’re the pillow you want to create.

How big should a pillow cover be?

We recommend the use of inserts that are 2 inches larger than the size of the pillow. For instance, if your pillow cover is 18 x 18 then you will need to use an insert that is 20 x 20 in size. By so doing, you will have your pillow appear more luxurious and plumps. On the other hand, if you have a small insert, your pillow cover automatically appears saggy.

Should pillow insert be larger than cover?

To get the best, ensure your pillow cover is not more than 1” larger lager.

So what do you have around your apartment that was crafted or made by you? If you can't find any, then I guess it’s time to start doing something. You can start out by making covers with attractive designs for your pillow. Now go give it a shot and share your experience in the comment box below.



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