One of the simplest ways to refresh a space is with new pillows. I love how they can change the feel of a room. Want something happy? Try some yellow, orange or turquoise. Want something cozy? Bring in the plaids and knits.
The best part is you can easily change up your existing pillows with a quick and simple pocket pillow cover. It’s faster than putting in a zipper and the pocket is hardly noticeable, especially if you are working with a patterned fabric. It’s easy to take off for washing or if you want to switch it out for something else. It’s makes the perfect, we-live-here-everyday pillow cover. And it’s simple. If you can sew even a little, you can do this. Here’s how.
Fabric/Coordinating Thread/ Fabric Scissors/Straight Pins/Measuring Tape/Iron/Ironing Board/Sewing Machine
Step 1: Cut the front piece of your pillow cover from your fabric without adding any seam allowance. This will give you a nice snug fit on your pillow when your cover is done. The pillow I wanted to cover was 18″ x 18″ so that’s the size I wanted my front. I measured the fabric, marking the corners with pins, then cut it out. (I use a magnetic pin cushion to hold my pins and I love it. They are so much easier to grab and put back which makes pinning so much faster).
Step 2: Cut the first back piece. This one will go to the middle of your cover, plus an extra inch added on for seam allowance on the inside edge. This edge will be finished later on and become the outside edge of the pocket for your pillow cover. Mine was 18″ x 10″.
Step 3: Cut the second back piece. This one will go under your first back piece and is longer so it will overlap. Add an extra 5 inches to the width of your first back piece, which will allow for seam allowance on the inside edge as well as the overlap between the two back pieces to make the pocket of the pillow cover. Mine was 18″ x 15″.
Step 4: Turn over the inside edges of the back pieces a 1/2 inch and iron flat. Turn them over another 1/2 inch to hide the rough edge and iron again.
Step 5: Sew both folded, inside edges of the back pieces with coordinating thread on the sewing machine.
Step 6: Place all three pieces together and pin, right sides together. First lay down the front piece, right side up. Then place the first, smaller back piece on top, right sides together with the finished edge in the middle. Put the second, longer back piece on top, right side down with the finished edge towards the center. Pin all around the edge and a little in the middle, to hold it all in place.
Step 7: Sew all around the outside edge of the pillow cover, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Back stitch at the end to secure the threads.
Step 8: Clip the end point off each corner of the pillow cover to remove the excess fabric. This will give you a crisper corner when you turn the cover right side out. Be careful not to clip the stitching.
Step 9: Turn your machine to a zig zag stitch and sew all the way around the outer edge of the fabric, to finish the raw edge and discourage fraying.
Step 10: Turn the pillow cover inside out and place on pillow! Make sure you put the pillow in the longer end first, or it will be harder to get the second side on.
Put it on your couch and enjoy your new cushion. Then make another because it only took you twenty minutes!