DiY Pillow Covers

Diy Pillow CoversPillows are an easy way to add texture, layers and not to mention pops of color to any room. But pillows can be expensive and I don’t now about you, but I don’t have a lot of space to store extra pillows. 

My solution to this perplexing problem…pillow covers! Ones that you can take off and easily wash and store. Ones that can be changed with the season or my mood. Ones that are unique to my home and not like the ones everyone else is buying. Ones that are easy to make. 

Whatcha Need

  • Material (1 yard will make 2 pillows)
  • Thread to match
  • Scissors
  • Piping cord (optional)
  • Buttons (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)

Putting It All Together

Before I tell you how I made the covers, you need to know I also made the pillows. If you are using pillows you all ready have, you need to measure the dimensions and add a 1/2 inch for the seam allowance.  

Diy Pillow CoversThe pillows I covered are 17 inches wide and tall. In other words a square. For one side of the pillow I cut a piece of material that was 18 x 18 (I will refer to this as the square piece). That allowed for a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  I cut the other side 18 x 23 (I will refer to this as the rectangle piece). This will become clearer in some steps down the road. 

Diy Pillow CoversOn the rectangle piece, find the middle of the longer side (in my case the 23 inches) and mark, then draw a line for the middle. Cut along the line. Now you have two 18 x 11 1/2 inch rectangles. 

IMG_1588 Fold and iron down about 3/8 of an inch along the line you just cut. 

IMG_1589 Fold that over and iron again. Do this for both rectangles. 

*TIP: If you are using a patterned material, such as the one pictured, make sure the print is going in the same direction. (for example, that the flowers are all facing the same way.) See picture below.

DiY Pillow Covers

Continuing on…

IMG_1590Carefully sew down the fold. *TIP: Use some part of your foot as a guide. 

If you are not adding piping skip these next few directions. 

If you are adding piping then… 

IMG_1604lay the piping cord (which by the way I used clothes line as my cord) all the way around the square piece and cut. Burn the ends, if needed, to keep from fraying.


Lay the cord on your material (I used a contrasting material). 

IMG_1606Fold the material over the cord so that you have 1/2 seam allowance. Mark and cut. 

*TIP: Don’t make my mistake and cover it with the wrong side showing. Make sure the right side is out. 

IMG_1611Using a zipper foot and getting it as close as you can to the cord, sew the material around the cord. 

Diy Pillow CoversLay the piping around the right side of the square and pin into place. Clip the corner to help with laying flat. 

IMG_1614Where the ends meet, make sure you leave yourself a 1/2 seam allowance. 


IMG_1615If your cord is at the very end of the piping, pull some of the piping out and 


cut about 1/2 inch off. 

IMG_1617Where the 2 ends of the piping meet, mark with a pin and sew together. (I unpinned just enough from the pillow to do this.)

IMG_1619Pin back to pillow, folding back the edges like you see in the picture and pinning fold into place. 

IMG_1620Again, using the zipper foot, sew the piping to the square, right sides together. 

Ok we are done making the piping and sewing it on. You know you can use pre-made piping. 

IMG_1598Lay one of the backs on top of the square, right sides together. 

IMG_1599Lay the other back half on top of the square and overlapping the first half. (I have to admit that I cut this pillow too short. 21 inches instead of 23 so it didn’t overlap very well.) Pin it all into place. 

IMG_1601 Sew all the way around the pillow edge and through all layers. 

Diy Pillow CoversClip the corners. Clip through all layers.This helps to make the corners not so bulky.

IMG_1646 Turn right side out and slip onto your pillows. 

For added details you can add buttons

IMG_1650 or bows.

IMG_1649They also help to keep the pillow closed if you mess up like I did and didn’t make the overlap big enough. 

DiY Pillow CoversMM teases me about how many pillows we have now. He can tease all he wants! I like ’em! 

Just wait till you see the ones I made for Fall! You’re gonna love them! 

Until then,


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About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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2 Responses to DiY Pillow Covers

  1. Fantastic job and pillows Jayne…thanks for the great tutorial….and looking forward to the Fall pillows!

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