How to sew a pillow cover in 20 minutes!

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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.

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How to sew a pillow cover 20 Minutes

Supplies:

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

Directions:

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.

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

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

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

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

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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!

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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.

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Lifestyle expert, Pinterest tastemaker and blogger at iheartnaptime.com. 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.

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Comments

  1. Jeanette posted on June 28, 2012 at 4:33 am (#
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    Love it! I have feather throw pillows that need new covers. So easy thank you!

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  2. northern cottage posted on June 28, 2012 at 4:54 am (#
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    very nice simple tutorial (maybe even simple enough for ME!) xo

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  3. Jill@J♥ posted on June 28, 2012 at 5:36 am (#
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    Jamielyn, I like the idea of 20 minute pillow covers! Great tut! Hope your day is super fun, friend! SMiles, Jill

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  4. katie posted on June 28, 2012 at 8:17 am (#
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    Love making me some envelope pillow covers! Great way to re-use an old drab pillow and turn it fab in no time! :)

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  5. Brandi posted on June 28, 2012 at 8:30 am (#
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    I can’t believe it’s that easy! Thank you for sharing your tutorial!!

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  6. Lindi Cates posted on June 28, 2012 at 9:43 am (#
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    Great post. Thanks for sharing this one. I love sewing also. In fact, when I am not busy I make dress for my kids. It seems this one is just quite easy so I will follow you to make this one.

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  7. Ashton posted on June 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm (#
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    You make it look so easy!!

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  8. Eva Scott posted on July 1, 2012 at 11:50 am (#
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    My living room pillows need a makeover big time. Thanks for this great tutorial!

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  9. Seaweed & Raine posted on July 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm (#
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    LOVE the sunny yellow fabric!!! I need to make some new ones – mine are tired. Should I also add an extra 2 – 3″ in length for the overlap?

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  10. Zenny Pia posted on July 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm (#
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    I love sewing. It is my past time so this post really get my interest. I want to buy a new sewing machine so that I can make this one. I will try to make it in 20 minutes as well.

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  11. Susan Hedgpeth-Braddy posted on September 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm (#
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    Love your ideas projects!!!!

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  12. stacey posted on October 4, 2012 at 7:20 am (#
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    Holy easier pillow-cover Batman! I’ve been making pillow covers for fall, and never ONCE thought about having one long rectangle. I’ve been cutting out three pieces to make my envelope covers. Yay for simplicity! :)

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  13. Mylinda Campbell posted on January 6, 2013 at 10:37 am (#
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    Love it – quick and easy

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  14. Amy posted on January 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm (#
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    I made two pillow covers today!! I am soooo addicted now. My first one wasn’t perfect but my second was wonderful. Now I want to make more. Thank you!!!

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    • Jamielyn replied on January 21st, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Yay! So glad! Happy Monday!

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  15. Denise posted on April 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm (#
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    Hi Jaimelyn, Love your pillow cover idea. I have a question about allowing for the overlap. When doubling the width, would a + 3 inch allowance be needed to allow for the two to 3 inch overlap?

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    • Jamielyn replied on July 15th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      Sorry for the delayed response Denise! Yes, 3 inches extra is needed!! :)

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  16. Dayle Padberg posted on June 16, 2013 at 7:12 pm (#
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    Can’t wait to try this. I have been wanting to cover some pillows.

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  17. Karrie posted on July 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm (#
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    This was the best and easiest tutorial for making pillow covers! I made some covers as a gift, and they turned out fantastic! Thank you so much!!

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    • Jamielyn replied on July 15th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      I’m so glad they turned out well! I love how easy they are to make!

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  18. Sharon posted on February 8, 2014 at 5:07 am (#
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    You said the length was the pillow size x2(plus 3″). Wouldn’t that be 41″? (19 x 2=38 + 3 =41)

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    • Jamielyn replied on February 13th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Sharon! Yes, it is 41″! :)

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  19. Bridget Roberts posted on February 10, 2014 at 6:45 pm (#
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    Gr8 instructions

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  20. Barbara posted on September 25, 2014 at 12:23 am (#
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    Thank you for the photos. The instructions without the photos didn’t make sense. 
    In other words, you wrote as if you didn’t follow mil instructions (ha ha). This is such an easy way to sew a pillow and brighten up
    a room. 

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