How to Make a Throw Pillow Cover: 5 Simple Steps
Changing your throw pillows can really change the look of a room. If you can sew a straight line, you can make a homemade throw pillow cover. P.S. You can make these simple pot holders out of any fabric scraps you have.
What Types of Pillows Should I Use?
You don’t have to buy a new pillow form; you can find them at a thrift store. There are some specialty pillow form sizes that I like for back support AND style.
1. Measure the pillow
If you’re using one of your own pillows, measure the length and width: 16u2033 X 16u203318u2033 X 18u203320 X 20u2033. If you’re using one of your own pillows, measure the length and width: 16u2033 X 16u203318u2033 X 18u203320 X 20u2033.
2. Cut the fabric
1x pillow width 1″2x pillow length 4″ For example, for my 18u2033 x 18u2033 pillow, I cut the fabric to 19u2033 x 40u2033. The amount of fabric yardage you will need will depend on the size of your pillow.
3. Finish the short edges
Fold the raw edge under 1/4u2033, then under again, and stitch close to the inner edge to hold the seam closed. Repeat on the other short edge. Press the finished edges of the pillow cover with an iron.
4. Stitch the long edges
Back stitch at the points where the short edges meet to add a little reinforcement. Pin the long (unfinished) edges in place. Fold one short edge to the center. Use your ruler and the measured length of the pillow to determine where to fold the other side.
5. Turn the cover
A pillow cover that looks like an envelope is simple to put on and take off, requiring no zippers or buttons and only a little squishing to fit. If you are comfortable sewing a zipper, see how to sew a pillow cover with a zipper.
Change Your Pillow Covers Often
Knowing how to make removable throw pillow covers allows you to customize your home throughout the year, which is a great way to update your decor on a budget. You can store removable pillows in a box in your closet or under your bed, or in a linen closet.
How much fabric do I need to cover an 18×18 pillow?
Fabric Requirements for Pillow Covers
|Dimensions (Length by Width)||Amount of Fabric Needed for 1 Pillow Cover (Using 54-inch Wide Fabric with No Pattern Matching)|
|16 x 16 inches||1/2 yard|
|18 x 18 inches||5/8 yard|
|20 x 20 inches||3/4 yard|
|30 x 30 inches||1 yard|
How do you make a throw pillow cover?
How to Make a Simple Pillow Cover at Home
- Measure your fabric.
- Cut your fabric.
- Iron your fabric.
- Begin Sewing!
- Cut the Corners Off.
- Turn Your Pillow Inside Out, Stuff it, Fluff it, and Enjoy!
How much fabric do I need to cover a 20×20 pillow?
No-sew pillows require more fabric: a 36-inch square (1 yard) is required for a 12- to 14-inch pillow, while an 18- to 20-inch pillow requires 1 1/4 yards of 54-inch fabric.
How much bigger should a pillowcase be than the pillow?
If you’re buying a ready-made pillowcase, choose one that’s 1/2 to 1 inch longer than the pillow length and 2 1/2 to 4 inches wider than the pillow width.
How do you cover a no sew pillow?
How to Make a Pillow Cover That Doesn’t Need to Be Sewn
- Measure and cut fabric three times the width and two times the height of the pillow form (Images 1 and 2).
- Cover Pillow Form. Place the pillow form in the middle of the fabric piece and fold the fabric in half to completely cover it (Images 1 and 2).
How do you make a 16 pillow cover?
Sewing a Pillow Cover for a 16-by-16-Inch Pillow Form
- Begin by locating or purchasing a 16-inch-by-16-inch pillow form.
- Cut a 16-inch-by-16-inch piece of fabric.
- Cut two more 16-inch-by-11-inch pieces of fabric.
- Fold one long end of each back panel over an approximate quarter-inch.
- Stitch the little folds down from the above picture.
What can I use for pillow stuffing?
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Worn out t-shirts or jumpers.
- Plastic bags.
- Packing materials.
- Toy stuffing from another toy.
- Pillow filling.
What is the best fabric for throw pillows?
You’ll probably be able to find throw pillows in almost any fabric you can think of, but these are the most common.
- Cotton is a great choice for homes with young children or pets because it’s durable, easy to clean, and casual.
- Velvet. Velvet adds instant warmth to a space.
- Fur / faux fur.
What is a normal throw pillow size?
Oversize pillows (24 inches) create a more casual, loungey feel, while standard squares (about 18 inches) nest neatly on sofas with typical dimensions. If you have a modern sofa with a very low back, consider 16 inches.
Is it bad to sleep without a pillow?
If you sleep on your back or side, sleeping without a pillow may do more harm than good because it keeps your head flat, reducing stress on your neck and promoting better alignment. If you sleep on your stomach or side, sleeping without a pillow may do more harm than good because it keeps your spine neutral.
How do you measure fabric for a pillow?
To determine the size rectangle you’ll need, measure the dimensions of your pillow, add 1 inch (2.5 cm) to the height for the seam allowance, multiply the length by 2, and add 6 inches (15 cm) to the length. (For example, an 18-inch [45.5 cm] pillow insert would require a 19-by-42-inch [48.5 cm by 106.5 cm] rectangle.)