Creating pillow covers can be a fun and easy project, even if you have only basic sewing skills.
This is the perfect project if you are wanting to change the look of your room for each season or just update old chairs. The concept is straightforward: you’ll be making two bag-like covers and one will have ties on the top.
This design allows for easy removal and washing, making it perfect for sprucing up your living space.
For this project you’ll need two contrasting fabrics. That’s what makes the pillow unique.
- Fabric of your choice – I used this one from Spoonflower
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine (or needle and thread for hand-sewing)
- Fabric scissors
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Fabric ties or ribbon (I made the ties from the fabric)
- 22″ Pillow insert or an existing chair pillow (what size pillow insert to use)
Step 1: Measure and Cut the Fabric
Start by measuring your pillow insert. Add 1/2 inch to each side for the seam allowance.
As an example, I covered a 22 inch pillow and cut 2 pieces of fabric 20×30 inches and 4 pieces of fabric 5×19 inches for the ties.
Step 2: Sew the Two Bags
Fold one piece of fabric in half, right sides together, aligning the edges. Sew the 2 sides together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Press the seams open. Hem the top edge of the bag by folding over 1 inch and sew a straight seam.
Fold the second piece of fabric in half, right sides together, aligning the edges. Sew the 2 sides together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Press the seams open.
Step 3: Prepare the Ties
Cut four lengths of fabric for the ties, each about 12-19 inches long. Fold each of the pieces in half lenght wise. Sew as straight 1/2 inch seam along the top and long side of the ties. Press the seams flat then turn the ties right side out.
These will be attached to the top of the outer bag.
Step 4: Sew the Outer Bag with Ties
Before sewing, position the ties about 2 inches in from the corners on the wrong side of the fabric and pin the ties in place. Press a 1 inch fold bringing the right side of the fabric to the wrong side of the fabric and incorporate the ties into the fold. Sew a seam along the pressed hem & catch the ties in the seam allowance.
Step 5: Assemble the Pillow Cover
Turn the bags right side out. Place the pillow insert into the bottom bag then slide the second bag on and tie the ties.
Tips and Tricks
- Choose durable and washable fabric, especially if the pillows will be used frequently.
- Get creative with fabric choices and tie designs for a unique look.
- Consider using ribbon to make the ties.
This simple project allows you to customize your living space with personal touches, and the ease of removal and washing makes it practical for everyday use. Whether you’re updating your decor or looking for a handmade gift idea, these throw pillow covers are a perfect choice. Happy sewing!
If you liked this post you might enjoy envelope pillows, another great project for beginners.