How to sew a pillow cover in 20 minutes!

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure to subscribe or join us on facebook to get our newest posts.

So last week when I shared my living room you may have spotted a few new pillows. I had searched everywhere for the perfect pillows and never saw anything I liked. I finally decided to make my own pillows and it was A LOT easier than I thought. Who knew?

Today I’m going to show you how to make these super cute AND easy slipcovers. These envelope covers are great because they slip right off and are easy to wash. I promise that anyone who owns a sewing machine can do this. You’ll only need a few things to get started.

how to sew a pillow

How to sew a pillow cover 20 Minutes


  • Riley Blake Sunny Happy Skies Fabric
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins


Step 1: Measure your pillow to determine the size of fabric you will need. Here’s an easy formula my MIL taught me. Length = (pillow’s size x 2)+3″, Width = pillows size + 1″. My pillow was 19″ so I cut my fabric 39″x20″ . Once you have determined the size of your fabric cut out the rectangle shape.

how to sew a pillow

Step 2: Hem both of your SHORT edges 1/2 inch.

how to sew a pillow

Step 3: Fold your fabric in half, right sides together.

how to sew a pillow

Step 4: Fold your other edge in, overlapping the first fold. It should overlap about 2-3 inches. Pin sides.

how to sew a pillow

Step 5: Sew both ends shut (make sure not to close the middle—just the ends).

how to sew a pillow

Flip the cover right side out and stuff your pillow in. See, that wasn’t too bad. You’ll be making some fabulous pillows in no time at all. Once you get started, you just can’t stop. It’s kind of addicting. I think I’ve made 5!

how to sew a pillow

Hopefully you found this tutorial helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day!

This post was originally posted on Mom it Forward as a contributing post.

more by Jamielyn »

Jamielyn Nye

Lifestyle expert, Pinterest tastemaker and blogger at Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.