A Step-by-Step Guide to Making DIY Pillow Covers with Fabricland
Making DIY pillow covers is a great way to add a personal touch to your home décor—and is a budget-friendly way to change up your home’s look without having to buy new pillows.
Here is our step-by-step guide to sewing your DIY pillow covers.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Pillow form
- Fabric of your choice
- Sewing machine (or you can hand sew it if you prefer)
Let’s Get Started
1. Choose Your Fabric
We have a wide variety of fabrics to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for your home. We suggest a cotton or polyester blend for durability.
2. Cut Your Fabric
Cut your fabric to be about 2 inches larger than your pillow form on all sides. This will give you some wiggle room to work with when sewing.
3. Sew the Side Seams
Place the right sides of the fabric together and sew along the two side seams, using a ½-inch seam allowance. If you’re hand sewing, use a running stitch. We recommend a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch if you’re using a machine.
4. Sew the Top and Bottom Seams
Now, place the right sides of the fabric together and sew along the top and bottom seams, again using a ½-inch seam allowance. Keep your stitches consistent between a running stitch, straight stitch, or zigzag stitch.
5. Trim the Corners
Trim the corners of the fabric so that they’re nice and neat. They should be about a half-inch from the seam. This will help the pillow cover lay flat and look neater.
6. Turn it Right Side Out
Grab the end of one of the side seams and turn the pillow cover right side out. Use a pointed object like a pencil or chopstick to help push out the corners, so they’re nice and pointed.
7. Insert Your Pillow Form
Slip your pillow form into the cover then give it a firm press.
8. Sew the Opening Closed
Finally, sew the opening closed using a ½-inch seam allowance. If you’re hand sewing, use a whip stitch or a ladder stitch. We recommend a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch if you’re using a machine.
And that’s it! You’ve now made your very own pillow cover. Change up the look of your home anytime you want by simply swapping out the fabric for something new.
Choose Fabricland for Your Next Project
Forget big named stores—it’s best to buy fabric from a local supplier like Fabricland. Our fabric experts help beginners understand textiles and select the best fabric for their projects. We also offer sewing classes for all ages and skill levels. Come to our showroom in Green Brook, New Jersey, today. Happy sewing!