DIY – Pillow Covers

DIY Pillow Covers | Life With Lorelai

A Little Pillow Talk

When we fixed up the living room after the flood repairs and renovations, we put neutral covers on our couch and loveseat. Rory and I found some really pretty pillows to brighten them. Since there is not yet any decoration at all on the walls, the pillows really made a big difference. We decided that having seasonal pillows would be something we could have fun with while changing the feel of the room a bit from time-to-time.

It was late spring when we got our lovely pillows, and we haven’t changed them yet. our major budget constraints has kept up from being able to purchase four pillows at $25 to $35 a pop. But last Friday, Rory and I went out to the Sugar Plum Christmas Boutique (you can read more about Sugar Plum here). We didn’t expect to purchase anything. We just went out to look around and have some fun, which we did. Then, we found a 3-1/2 yard remnant on sale for $4.50 … I quickly estimated if that would be enough to cover my pillows and decided we couldn’t pass it up.

At home, I scrounged through my mother’s old sewing stuffs and found thread and snaps, as well as some leftover ribbon that I’d been saving. I measured the pillows and came up with a formula for how much material I would need to cover each pillow and just how I would go about sewing it. This is what I came up with…

DIY Pillow Covers

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How Much Fabric Is Needed:

  • Measure Your pillow all the way around both length and width.

For the Length:

  • Add 1-1/2 inches for turning and sewing edges.
  • Add another 6 inches for overlap.

My pillows are square. they measured 33-1/2 inches. So here’s the formula for figuring out how to cut my fabric.Ā Ā  33.5 + 1.5 + 6 = 41 inches

For the Width:

  • Divide the all around width measure by 2
  • Add 1-1/2 inches for side seams
  • Add 1/4 inch for stuffing room

33.5 / 2 = 16.75

16.75 + 1.5 + .25 = 18.5 inches

So, I needed to cut 41 x 18.5 inch pieces of fabric .

Pillow Cover Sewing

How To Sew The Pillow Covers:

  • Start with the short edges of the fabric. Turn fabric right-side down. Fold edge over to the wrong-side of fabric (about the width of the sewing foot). Stitch.
  • Turn the edge over again and Stitch. This will keep raw edges from being exposed. Do both short edges of fabric this way.
  • Fold the fabric length-wise, right-side out, so there is 6 inches of overlap. Pin and stitch each side. (I lined up the edge of the sewing foot with the edged of the material.)
  • Once both sides are stitched, turn the pillow cover inside out and stitch the sides again.
  • Flip pillow cover right-side out. Your sewing is finished!


You do not need to use anything to seal the overlap flap closed, but you could use snaps (like me) that would be hidden, velcro, buttons, or even ribboning. The possibilities are endless.

This is a basic, simple pillow cover that you can embellish how ever you like. I decorated my pillow with a fall ribbon.

Wire Stripped from Ribbon

**NOTE –Ā  my ribbon was wired, so I pulled the wire out of the ribbon before sewing it around the pillow. Since I will be using these pillow covers for Christmas as well as Thanksgiving, I did not attach the ribbon to the pillow cover, but rather just sewed it around it so that it will slide off when I want to change the decoration. I hand stitched the ribbon at the edges so you cannot even see where I stitched.

So, for $4.50 Rory and I have new Fall pillows just in time for our Thanksgiving celebration!

Do you have any money saving decorating ideas?

I’d love to hear your ideas for pillow decorations.

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53 Responses to DIY – Pillow Covers

  1. Natalie says:

    I love your pillow cover idea! They are beautiful!! I just crocheted some pillow covers myself because life is too short for boring pillows!

  2. This pillow case looks very pretty šŸ™‚ sounds easy to make too šŸ™‚

  3. How festive your pillows look and you make it look so easy. No excuse to not have our homes look great for fall.

  4. Rhonda says:

    You are so incredibly creative! It always amazes me. Love the pillows!

  5. Rebekah says:

    These pillow covers look really simple to make. I love the idea of changing the ribbon with the season! šŸ™‚

  6. This is such a great idea, Lorelai!!! You are brilliant!!!

  7. I think they are adorable! I love seasonal pillows. I have Christmas ones, but I want to do some for the Fourth of July my other favorite holiday. Can’t wait to see what you do with them next.

    • I am excited about being able to change them up. We will most likely use this same green gingham cover for Christmas with a different adornment. I haven’t decided exactly what as yet. šŸ™‚

  8. Alli says:

    Your pillow covers are lovely. If I could sew I would try this for sure. And your ribbon is just the thing for fall. Beautiful!

    • I love this ribbon! I’ve used this ribbon for years on several other things around the house for Fall (including my refrigerator door handle), so using it on the pillows ties everything together very nicely. I was glad I had enough of it leftover to do these pillows. šŸ™‚

  9. Carli says:

    The ribbon idea is SMART! Change it up for the holiday! Pinning!

  10. I really need to break out my sewing machine to make these. I love the cool addition that the ribbon adds to them.

  11. Pinned to my DIY board. LOVE the ribbon idea, what a great way to make the pillows work for every season.

  12. Pam W says:

    I love the ribbon idea too! Those pillows are adorable. I wish I could sew.

  13. Wow, I love it! They are so cute and I can’t believe you did it that cheaply. I’d love to have a sewing machine, maybe someday šŸ™‚ You are so crafty!

  14. Those pillows look so festive and seasonal. I love that you can change the ribbons! Pinned!

  15. Bonnie Frank says:

    Your pillows look great! You should link some of your posts to DIY blog hops. They’re very god!

  16. Oh I love this idea! I’m sharing with my mom!

  17. kimverrochi says:

    I think budget constraints lead to creative ideas. This certainly did for you! Your talents and creative eye always make me smile. I’ve been saving old shirts (husband’s flannel) to patch together some winter pillow covers. I think saving some old jeans may be put in my ‘recycled’ fabric pile too. Do you have a ‘’ in your area? great way to find FREE goodies too. Can’t wait to see your ‘winter’ pillow makeover next šŸ™‚

  18. reginapartain says:

    What a great idea Lorelai. I never thought of putting the ribbon around them, or of using wired ribbon and removing the wire. Terrific. These are really cute and what a great buy! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Super easy and awesome idea for changing out the ribbons for the season! I love love love finding cheap little things to add some personality around the house.

  20. This looked like a simple yet festive way to get everyone in the mood!

  21. Linda says:

    These pillows cute! I have made pillows for years but never thought about using ribbon this way!

  22. Alicia J says:


    This was a great idea! Please teach me out to sew a straight line! Lol I am determined to make a flannel snow man for my mantle piece for Christmas. Great job!

    • Thanks, Alicia! I tend to use the side of the foot or the lines on the plate beneath the foot for guidance, but there is an attachment that screws into the plate that has an edge that is a guide. You might ask about one for your machine. šŸ™‚

  23. Very nice & festive! I need to get my mom’s sewing machine out & try using it – I’ve really got the crafting bug…

    • Thank you. šŸ™‚ My mom gave me her old sewing machine when I got married… she had a new-fangled fancy one. Then, she said the one she gave me was way better. HA! I do love it, even though I don’t use it as often as I would like or maybe should.

  24. Amanda Love says:

    Those are too cute! I’m going to be honest. I won’t be able to do it. I have never been good at sewing although my mom was a great seamstress. May have to get you to do one for me. šŸ™‚

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  26. Adelien Tan says:

    The orange ribbon makes your pillows so different. They look more fresh and cute.

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