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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.

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.
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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.

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. 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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23 Responses to “How to sew a pillow cover in 20 minutes!”

  1. Jeanette

    Love it! I have feather throw pillows that need new covers. So easy thank you!

  2. katie

    Love making me some envelope pillow covers! Great way to re-use an old drab pillow and turn it fab in no time! :)

  3. Lindi Cates

    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.

  4. Seaweed & Raine

    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?

  5. Zenny Pia

    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.

  6. stacey

    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! :)

  7. Amy

    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!!!

  8. Denise

    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?

  9. Karrie

    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!!