Sewn Pillow Covers

Decorative Pillow Cover

This is a great project for a beginner. It’s great because you can cover your decorative pillows in any fabric of your choice. It’s cheaper than buying a new pillow and it’s much easier to wash.


  • Fabric (I used 38 inches of a fabric I bought from JoAnn’s on clearance. It’s a little more than a yard but if you have a bigger pillow you are going to need more fabric. My pillow is 18″X 18″.)
  • Ribbon


  1. Measure your pillow. My pillow was 18″ X 18″ and I added an inch to allow for two 1/5 inch seams.
  2. I folded my fabric and cut out two 19″ X 19″ squares. If you don’t want to fold you can just cut out four 19″ X 19″ pieces of fabric.
  3. Take on of the two fabric squares you just cut and fold down both top edges 1/5″ and pin or press. Make sure you fold down the fabric with the wrong side facing you.
  4. Cut out two pieces of ribbon and pin them to side where you folded the fabric down. Make sure you get it into the middle of the fabric and the ribbons are going towards the top and out of your cover. If this is confusing, you can click on the video link below and I explained it better.
  5. Sew a straight stitch along the top edge of where you pinned.
  6. Repeat for the other side of the pillow covering.
  7. Pin the other three sides of your cover with the right sides still together. Make sure you don’t pin the side with the ribbon on it. That side needs to stay open for you to put your pillow into afterwards.
  8. Back stitch and sew around the remaining three sides. Remember to back stitch when you get to the last corner.
  9. Fold your cover right side out and clip the ends of the ribbons to keep from fraying.
  10. Insert your pillow and enjoy!!!

Published by littlekatybugs

I love crafting super easy and fast projects which don’t cost a lot of money to make. As a Mother of three kids, If I can’t make something within a certain time limit, I probably will never finish it. If I can make these things, anyone can make these things. I like to look for ideas from other groups and talented ladies; then try to make them for myself and show others how easy it is to do.

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