5 Minute Pillow Covers Tutorial

By Dana Fox

Today I wanted to share a project that I seriously do all the time. This is my go-to way to create quick and easy pillow covers that literally takes minutes to complete. If you feel like your decor needs a little pick-me-up, changing your pillows can make for an instant improvement. If you don’t feel like spending the cash on some brand new ones, try making some of these using your favourite fabric. The best part is, they are totally removable so you can change them up whenever you want, or toss them into the wash for a cleaning.

UPDATE: Check out this video I created for a similar pillow cover to see how I do it

For this tutorial, I created a mini version of the new outdoor pillow covers I recently made so you could see just how I did it. All you will need is a front fabric, a back fabric, scissors, and a sewing machine or needle and thread (though it might not be 5 minutes by hand!).

Pillows generally come in standard sizes. Measure yours to find out how big you need to cut your fabric. My pillow above measured 15 inches from one side seam to the other, so I went with a 16 inch square of fabric so I had a little wiggle room.

Once you have your measurements, cut your fabric. For the back piece, add 2 inches to the height. My original square was 16×16 for the front, and 16×18 for the back.

Then, fold your back piece in half  and cut (on the longest end, so for example my length was 18″, and cutting in half made both pieces 9 inches). Fold over the long edge about 1/4 of an inch and sew. Do this for both pieces.

With your front piece facing up, place the first back piece facing down on top of it as shown.

Then, place the second back piece on top with the sewn edge overlapping the first back piece. Pin all the way around to hold in place.

Sew all the way around the edges. I like to round my corners then clip them off because it makes the final product not so pointy.

Flip your pillow cover inside out (or is it right side in?) and insert your pillow! See how we created an envelope style opening so that your pillow can easily slide in and out?!

This is the actual larger pillow. I made 4 of them to go with my outdoor set. Bye bye ugly, boring green pillows!

Once you get the hang of this process, you’ll want to cover every pillow in your house. Now you have the technique to easily transform any one of them as you wish!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

WANT MORE? Make a geometric pillow cover in just 10 minutes!

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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
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I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05157833427630410654 fashion-meets-art

    oh just perfect. thanks for sharing.
    lovely greets
    maren anita

    FASHION-MEETS-ART by Maren Anita

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16210523201930373987 aynur A

    This looks lovely, such a pretty print
    ♥ Filthy Fashion ♥

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11925400078034072749 Hanna Lei

    This is a great idea! Thanks for the DIY Hanna

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0192aa2005b1970d Rebecca

    great diy–i'm actually thinking about making some new pillow covers so this is perfect!

    Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16456771159005890671 Talisa Tossell
  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/18363842839944440754 Grace Lynne Fleming

    thanks for this easy peasy DIY!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12086079075796115404 Bree

    This is awesome! Easiest tutorial I've seen on making pillow covers. :) Thanks Dana! <3

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02630813416936741597 Ashley Migneault

    I remember making these in 8th grade for home ec! Awesome tutorial, I'll definitely be coming back to this one later.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03951528053138742146 Alisha

    These are so perfect for summer! Love the pattern you picked too, Dana.
    Hope you're doing well. :)

    Happy day,

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15868630264071006337 Claire

    You are a genius!! I need to make me some cushions now 😛

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00449407003086754281 Amy Kendall-Ball
  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00909927509369013237 Evangeline May

    wow! I want to try these with some of my printed fabrics in my last year of uni, they're beautiful!

    http://evangelinemayart.blogspot.co.uk xxxx

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05232155737520099120 Jemma x

    Really want to try this now :) Love the fabric too xxx


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10447086841484531499 Unknown

    Just made my very first pillowcase using this tutorial. Took me a little longer than 5 minutes, but it was so easy! Love the rounded corners. Thank you :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10447086841484531499 Unknown

    Just made my first pillowcase using this tutorial! Took me a little longer than 5 minutes since I'm not very good at sewing, but it was easy. Love the rounded corners. Thank you :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00058964221105647486 Stacy McGlamery

    Oh my gosh! This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for! Thank you so very much!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09684598692099802684 KathyMS

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. The instructions and pics are perfect!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05725722690454052155 sharan

    That is such a beautiful print, and easy instructions too!


  • http://mamajohnston.com/ mamajohnston

    Thanks for the DIY! I'm wondering, since you made them to easily slide in and out, how do they hold up in the wash without reinforcing the seams? Thanks!

    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16765434513591686519 info@designedbydana.com

      I haven't needed to reinforce the seams. I guess that would depend on what type of fabric you use too, and if it frays. If you are worried you can always reinforce. You can even make a little test one with your fabric and wash it to see how it holds up.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06585015728899053831 Christine

    I followed your tutorial for this pillow cover and mine turned out beautiful! I used fleece, which probably isn't the greatest choice but it was for my son's bedroom so I knew he'd like a soft and cuddly pillow. One thing: I'm a beginner at sewing and this project took me 45 minutes. : ) REALLY a beginner.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14051355978330482654 Melanie Modak

    I really needed ideas for the christmas time with all of my old pillows and now I know how to make them look amazing. Thank you!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02514348633730772867 ElizaHennessey

    Love this, simple easy and much more fun than my old method! Thanks!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13608588377914527449 craftyv

    I just made my 1st' one and the result was fine however I feel as if it needs more of an overlap to make sure the insert doesn't show when it's closed. Have you done any with buttons or Velcro closure? I'm a little insecure when doing something for the 1st' time. Appreciate any advice fro anyone. Loved your post it's great. Thank You.

    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16765434513591686519 info@designedbydana.com

      I think that might depend on the thickness of your pillow maybe. I haven't added any closure to mine, but you can always add on some extra length next time if you want :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07888186031712888149 Kelli Heath

    This is great! Thank you for sharing. I'm just getting back into sewing after 20 years and this may be my first project!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13648528872311546757 OliviasMomma

    That really was 5 minutes! I made one of these years ago and it was not explained so well. Now it's forever in my mind, like riding a bike. Thanks!!

  • cgtravel

    Been wanting some new pillows for my sofa & this will do the trick!! Thanks so much!!

  • http://sunnydistrict.wordpress.com/ Bipasha Sarkar

    that easy?!!

  • http://spicedpalettedesigns.blogspot.com/ Luanne Pang

    the directions and photos here are the easiest compare it to other posts I have seen. Perfect! I wIll make this my Christmas project.

  • alecia ottley

    Everybody can’t be a good teacher. It takes skill to be able to explain and demonstrate things to your students. Your directions were simple and easy to understand. I made a few great pillows…thanks a lot.

  • Electra Masterson

    Super easy to follow. I started with a throw pillow; within an hour I had made 2 throw pillow covers and a cover for my swing cushion. Thanks so much!