How To Sew an Easy Throw Pillow Cover with Pom-Pom Trim

How To Sew A Throw Pillow Cover In 10 Easy Steps

How To Sew A Throw Pillow Cover In 10 Easy Steps

I admit, I tend to change my mind frequently. My husband would call it fickle. I just call it “ever evolving design tastes.” Whatever you call it, it means that I really love decor that has built in flexibility such as pillow covers that can be removed, washed, or changed. The best thing about pillow covers is that they are so easy to make. Here’s how I make a cottage-style throw pillow cover in 10 easy steps.


You will need:

  • A yard and a quarter (1 1/4) of 45″ fabric, or a yard (1) of 55″ fabric

  • Two and a half (2 1/2) yards of trim

  • A drinking glass and pencil

  • A sewing machine, iron, ironing surface, pins, scissors and thread

  • Optionally, you may want a rotary cutter and mat for cutting your fabric.

Step 1: Pillow Cover

Step 1: Pillow Cover

Step 1

Cut your fabric into three pieces. For the front of the pillow, you will need one square 21″ x 21″. For the back, you will need two rectangles, 13″ x 21″ each.

Note: Measurements given are for a 20″ square pillow. The formula for other sizes is at the end of the article.

Step 2: Pillow Cover

Step 2: Pillow Cover

Step 2

To ease sewing and turning, we will round the corners of our pillow cover slightly. Trace a glass with a pencil on the wrong side of your fabric. Mark all four corners of the square piece of fabric and two corners on one long edge for each rectangle (see the picture at Step 4).

Step 3: Pillow Cover

Step 3: Pillow Cover

Step 3

Cut along the pencil lines. To save time, I often double-up corners and cut two at once.

Step 4: Pillow Cover

Step 4: Pillow Cover

Step 4

To prevent fraying but also avoid bulk at the seams, we will finish our raw edges using a zig-zag stitch or an overlong stitch if you have one. Finish all edges except the straight edge on each rectangle.

Step 5: Pillow Cover

Step 5: Pillow Cover

Step 5

Since the straight edges of the rectangles will be exposed, we’ll use a more polished hem. Fold about 1/4″ – 3/8″ of the edge over twice to completely encase the raw edge and stitch it down with a straight stitch.

Step 6: Pillow Cover

Step 6: Pillow Cover

Step 6

Next we will pin in our trim. On the right side of the square piece of fabric, start at the bottom of the pillow and carefully pin your trim, making sure the sewing band is to the outside and the trim to show is toward the inside of the square. Pin frequently, making sure not to stretch the trim. It should not have any tightness to it, or the pillow will pucker on the edges. Butt the ends together so the trim appears continuous, adjusting the length as necessary.

Step 7: Pillow Cover

Step 7: Pillow Cover

Step 7

Next, we’ll pin the entire pillow cover together in preparation for sewing. Place one of the rectangular pieces face down, rounded corners to the outside as shown. Line the corners up and pin carefully, again, making sure not to stretch the fabric or trim.

Step 8: Pillow Cover

Step 8: Pillow Cover

Step 8

When the first rectangle is completely pinned, place the second rectangle, face down, on the other half of the project. The hemmed straight edges will overlap. Again, beginning with the corners, pin the rectangle down carefully, making sure to remove any pins that might hide under the overlapping fabric and cause problems when sewing.

Step 9: Pillow Cover

Step 9: Pillow Cover

Step 9

Sew all around the pillow, using a seam allowance that matches the sewing band on the trim. For example, the sewing strip on my pom-pom trim was 5/8″ wide, so I used a 5/8″ seam allowance.

For very bulky trims or piping that are close to the seam, you may need to use a zipper foot, but for flat trims such as fringe, or trims that hang away from the edge, your regular presser foot might work fine. If in doubt, sew a test using scraps of trim and fabric until you are comfortable with how the material will run through your machine.

Finally, make sure to remove pins before you sew any given section of fabric! Sewing over pins can break your needle or even damage your machine. I usually pull the pins out of the 1″-2″ right before the presser foot and sew in small sections.

Step 10: Pillow Cover

Step 10: Pillow Cover

Step 10

You’re almost done! Your project should now look like this. Next, turn the project inside out and press. Then, all you have to do is stuff the new cover with your pillow form.

Insert Pillow Form

Insert Pillow Form

Stuffing the pillow form into the cover is easy, just like you would put a pillow sham on a bed pillow. Smoosh it around and shake the corners until it looks right, and then, you’re done!

Finished Pillow Cover

Finished Pillow Cover

Voila! One cute cottage style pillow cover. Now that you know this simple trick, you can change all the pillows in your house whenever the mood strikes. If you’re like me, that will be often!

My very best,

Love, Angela


P.S.If you want to make a pillow cover for a pillow form other than the 20″ pillow I made here, you can figure your fabric sizes as follows:

  • Your square piece is the size of the pillow form plus 1″ square. So if your pillow form is 14″, your square piece of fabric should be 15″ square.

  • Your rectangle pieces are the same length as your square piece on the long edge. For the short edge, they are half your square piece plus 2.5″. So, if your square piece is 15″ square, half of that is 7.5″ and plus 2.5″ is 10″, so your rectangles should be 10″ x 15″ each.


309 responses to “How To Sew an Easy Throw Pillow Cover with Pom-Pom Trim”

  1. midwestgal Avatar

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I just love your blog. I have 3 favorite blogs, and you are one of them! The other ones are “One Woman’s Cottage Life” and “Jenny’s Home and Harmony” (Swedish). I so enjoy what all three of you do–decorating and creating such warm homes with hard work, frugality, and ingenuity. I’m looking forward to seeing how you transform your little ranch into a pretty cottage. Keep the ideas coming!

  2. Thank you for this tutorial! I’ve been wanting to do pillowcovers for a splash of new decor but have no idea how. I am ready now! Great job!

  3. Thank you for this tutorial! I have been wanting to mix things up a bit and make pillow covers but had no clue how. I’m going to get started this weekend!

  4. AngelaYeah! Now I can make a pillow. So glad that you are feeling better. You were missed!Andrea

  5. I’ve always wondered how to add trim to a pillow…thank you for sharing.

  6. Thanks for the tutorial!Glad you are feeling better.

  7. This was a good demonstration! I certainly could have used this when I decided to try making pillow covers. I ended up getting out some library books.

  8. Thanks for the easy directions. Can you tell me who makes that fabric and if it has a pattern name? I love it and it would go soooo well in my guest room.

    1. Aundrea gore Avatar
      Aundrea gore

      I would love to know also.

      1. Unfortunately this fabric is very old and so I don’t have any information on it’s origins. I’m pretty sure it’s out of print. I bought it as a remnant when I got it and I’ve never seen another like it. I’m sorry!! ~Angela~

  9. That will save me some money vs. buying covers from Pottery Barn. Love the ball fringe!Glad you’re feeling better!!!

  10. Well, for heaven’s sake! You have made it so clear that even I can finally make a pillow cover. Thank you so much!!!!! Glad you are feeling well.

  11. Crafty Gardener Avatar
    Crafty Gardener

    Great directions, simple and straight forward and the photos really help. Thanks.

  12. The Feathered Nest (Manuela's) Avatar
    The Feathered Nest (Manuela’s)

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better! Thank you for the tutorial – using the glass for the corners is such a great tip – love it!ManuelaP.S. Did the mags arrive yet?

  13. Hi Angela!I´m so glad you are feeling better and are back! Great directions and photos…I use to make pillowcovers in the same way.~ Annie

  14. What a wonderfully detailed tutorial! Thank you for all the hard work.~Elaine~

  15. That is a great tutorial!Plus a pretty pillow cover.

  16. Angela,So happy you are back and feeling better. And wow, I’m so excited you posted this. Ok, so I asked for a sewing maching for my birthday coming up really soon, and oooo I can’t wait to make my first pillow. I think I can do it! Thank you for the post. I will have to follow it word..for…word :)Hugs,Rose

  17. Glad you are feeling better, awesome tutorial, very clear. I know how long it can take, very generous of you to share it-thanks.

  18. Pretty pillow and nice tutorial!I just love too many fabrics to be restricted to only one!I think I have several different covers for every pillow in my house. LOLKimberly 🙂

  19. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am glad you ar feeling better. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…love your blog. Your style is so pretty and practical.

  20. Angela-So glad to see you are up and about! I love the tutorial–I know I’ll keep coming back to read it–your ideas are super! Thanks!:0)Tara

  21. Barbara Hache Avatar
    Barbara Hache

    What a wonderful tutorial ,thank you!The idea of using a glass to round the corners is a great one indeed. I am sewing slipcovers for my dining room chairs and I have had some problems so this tip is quite timely. :-)Hopefully if I can the chairs to turn out okay I will tackle the living room furniture.I (impulsively) bought 20 meters of white fabric the other day. I wish I had read your post about the arbor before going shopping!:-) Barbara

  22. I had to laugh when I read the beginning of your post. My hubby calls me “fickle” as well… in fact, we’ve had more than our fair share of disagreements about my “fickle-ness”! :)I’m glad you’re feeling better! Thanks for the tutorial!

  23. what a great tutorial…….you make me think that even I can do this.

  24. Welcome back from your little hiatus. I love this project. Great tutorial too. I love to see step-by-steps.

  25. Thanks for the tutorial. I have made throw pillows before but with one continuous rectangle of fabric and rigged it shut with a safety pin. This will be much nicer!! Love your blog…Elise

  26. Glad to know that you’re feeling better. I love making pillow covers as well. In fact, you’ve inspired me to make some more! A good Sunday afternoon project while the rest of the world watches the Superbowl (in which I have NO interest.)Lorrie

  27. Thanks for the tutoring, but could you just mail the pillow and save me the pain? Heehehee…

  28. Hi Angela. Glad you’re feeling better. I’ve made lots of pillow covers but never rounded the corners like that. I think that is a great idea! Hope you had a good weekend.Rhondi xo

  29. So glad you are feeling better! We are STILL under the weather over here. Thanks for this post! I am still enjoying the pillow you send me- it’s the most comfy that I have! 🙂

  30. Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing! I am going to try and sew one!This is the first time that I visit your blog, and I think it is wonderful! I will be back daily!Best wishes from Italy!Monica

  31. yolanda elizabet Avatar
    yolanda elizabet

    Lovely cushion Angela, I love the fabric!Excellent tutorial too. I’ve made many cushion covers that way but I also made them with a zipper hidden in the seam. That way the cushion has two best sides. ;-)Glad to see that you’re feeling much better!

  32. Just found your site…Thanks for these great instructions. I don’t really know how to sew but your instructions are easy to follow so I’ve saved this page for when I get a sewing machine in a couple of weeks! This & curtains for my small apartment will be the first projects I’ll take on!

  33. Angela:You have completely inspired me to make some pillow covers. I have all the supplies, but I keep putting it off because it all seems much more difficult in my own head, LOL! I may even get brave and make some much needed matelasse euro shams.Hmmm….now the hard part…which fabric to choose:Click on the link below to see just SOME of my stash! (click on next to see even more)My StashI hope the link works…I really stink at this stuff!

  34. Angela you are a blessing, fabulous tutorial even we can (maybe!) attempt! Jenn and Jacqui

  35. Carolyn Krause Avatar
    Carolyn Krause

    Angela, I have been sitting for two of my grandkids, Zach and Emily, in the snow and sleet while Sam and Sheri are in Mexico. I ran out of things to do and decided to check out our blob. Im enjoying everthing!! The problem is, I have curtains and pillows enough, I’ll have to start something else! Looking forward to seeing you all this summer! Aunt Carolyn (your painter!!)

  36. Thanks so much for this! I was toying around with the idea of a zipper to close my pillow cover but this is so much better! Thank you for sharing, it is a great tutorial, and I love the pics at every step!

  37. Linda Arcaro Avatar
    Linda Arcaro

    Thank you so much for this easy pillow cover pattern. I love doing things like this.

  38. Michele Avatar

    What a awesome tutorial!!! I now have my sister’s sewing machine on a long-term loan. I can’t wait to make some pillows using your directions. I’ll send you a picture when I get around to making

  39. Hi Angela! Thanks so much for posting this tutorial. I did a web search for instructions and yours were perfect! I even posted about my new slip covers on my blog…linking to you of course! I’m so impressed with how well you laid each step out and how easy it was to follow. My pillows look beautiful! Thanks again.-Hayley

  40. kim janson Avatar
    kim janson

    Thanks Angela for a clear tutorial.Now i really need to know how to sew ric raconto a pillow face….say…onto a pocket onthe pillow face…do you tuck the ends underthe attached pocket edges? Seems if i did thisthat the 2 corners of the pocket on the bottomwould be too thick for needle to penetrate…Help…if you can…

  41. My pillows turned out very nice. Your directions were so easy to follow. Thanks.

  42. Leslie Esparza Avatar
    Leslie Esparza

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this. This is twice as helpful as the many, many youtube videos I’ve serached through. Thanks again!

  43. thanks for the directions. I have been sewing for most of my life, but have not actually made a pillow cover! I wanted to do a few for gifts.I’m glad you included the formula for other size pillow forms. I am using 16 inch ones.

  44. Susan Thompson Avatar
    Susan Thompson

    Thank you for this tutorial. I was searching for Euro Shams that I liked the look and the price was right….no luck. I have very limited sewing experience, but do own a sewing machine. I was able to whip out two lovely shams within a couple of hours and they are perfect. Your direction was spot on and the illustrations very helpful. Thank you again,Susan ThompsonMontgomery, AL

  45. GREAT tutorial, instructions were very clear, photos very helpful!!! thank you SO MUCH!

  46. Sandra L. Chavez Avatar
    Sandra L. Chavez

    Thank you so much for the tutorial, exactly what I was looking for and so well done.

  47. Thank you so much Angela ! I just finished my first cushion following your very clear instructions !!

  48. Hi, I’m sort of new at sewing and I can’t find what an overlong stitch is. Can you help?

  49. Your information is really helpful for me. I am making a pillow cover with the little ball fringe and have just finished sewing the fringe around the sides. I never thought to round out the corners before sewing but will on the next pillow. Thank you for the info.

  50. Very easy to follow. Thanks for the clear directions. The pillow turned out great in a very short amount of time.Thanks.

  51. Thanks so much! I used your P.S. tip to make a number of different covers in varried sizes. They all turnd out wonderfully! A nice springy update to the living room.

  52. Great, thank you for the other sizes at the end of the tutorial…can’t wait to start! =)

  53. As a beginner at sewing, what great instructions! My pillow turned out beautifully and this was only my second time at the sewing machine. Thanks!

  54. Wow, thanks. You made it so understandable. I usually have a hard time understanding patterns, but after reading yours, I GET IT!thanks again. Your pillow cover tutorial is lovely, as is your pillow.Kimmiemama to 7one homemade and 6 adopted

  55. Hello Angela,Thank you for the lovely photographs and step by step pictures! I am ready to jump in and try this out! I am a stay at home mom of three and I LOVE to craft, but I never follow instructions. I decided to slow down, get some ideas, and make these really look nice. I LOVE the rounded corner edge idea!! And its really handy to know I can use a zipper foot for tough edging, I hadn’t thought of that either. See, and I thought I could easily figure this out…it pays to learn from others! Thank you! Also I now don’t need to experiment w/ how much to add for the seams, or just eye ball it, thanks for that! Maybe I will post on my blog once I finish! Emily

  56. thank you so much for these great instructions! i love the cover that i was able to make for my son’s room, and so quickly too!

  57. This was a wonderful intructional on making a pillow/cover. It’s easy and best of all, the covers are washable (on gentle ro delicate cycle of course!) so pet hair and other little accidents are not a problem! Thank you!

  58. Awesome instructions. I love how simple it looks. I can’t wait to try it.Thanks

  59. You must be a real nice person Angela. What a darling thing to do. I am going to start on this after I make some brownies :-). Want some? I am so happy with my new sewing machine! I want to make all kinds of things GW. Hug, Ev

  60. Thanks for the post, I used it and my pillows came out wonderful. You can see them here:

  61. I decided to Google how to make a pillow cover instead of using a pattern. Your instructions were very clear, very easy, and the pillows are beautiful. Thank you so much. (I love your name)

  62. thanks for the instructions! I want to decorate my new room with some original pillows, but didn’t know how to do it.

  63. Thank you so much. We got a couch and love seat off Craigslist and I needed to recover the pillows. Your tutorial was great and I have finished the pillows for the love seat and posted pictures on my blog.

  64. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these beautifully written instructions. The photo illustrations are wonderful. Thank you for this fabulous lesson. I can’t wait to start designing!

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    Can’t wait to try this. I’m fickle about pillows and colors too. I’m gonna try to use some of my fabrics to do this for myself. Thanks for taking the time to post the steps.DeniseMarie-Bloomin

  66. This is the perfect tutorial … just what I needed! I’m just curious, will the rounded corners give you a rounded edge to your pillow? They don’t look rounded, but I want to make sure they are squared correctly, so I’m thinking I may need to skip this step? Thanks!

  67. These are great instructions!!!! I just finished making my first cover and it looks great!!

  68. Thanks so much for this tutorial! It was exactly what I was looking for!Martha

  69. featherstitcher Avatar

    This is exactly what I was looking for- thank you so much!

  70. Thanks. You help me a lot. I’m waiting for your another nice ideas.

  71. I agree! in such a lovely manner you have taught, thank you, I’m ready to play with all the pillows in our home…

  72. Pillow covers seem very intimidating to some of us and you have certainly made it seem within reach for someone like me. Thank you for sharing your talents.

  73. I found your site and instructions via a Google search and put them to good use recycling an old linen tea towel into matching pillows: for the great, easy to follow instructions.~Dawn

  74. Caroline Risser Avatar
    Caroline Risser

    Thank you for such lovely instructions. I have made pillows but not finished with the opening the rectangles have a new fan!Caroline

  75. Rachel Boyett Avatar
    Rachel Boyett

    Thank you for these wonderful instructions. I have searched the internet over but this one beats them all!

  76. I second all the emotions above — great, great tutorial. Just finished my first pillow and it came out perfectly! Thank you so much!

  77. Chrystal R. Jones Avatar
    Chrystal R. Jones

    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. I googled “how to sew a pillow cover” and your blog came up. I started this afternoon and am happy to say that I now have a beautiful pillow cover. I can’t wait to get started on the other three… and possibly more! Your directions are so EASY to follow. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this. God Bless!!!

  78. Carrie Stratton Avatar
    Carrie Stratton

    I am sooooo not good at sewing but I can’t find pillows to match my curtains, so I bought an extra panel to cover some pillows. Great they’ll match, but now I have to sew, ahhhhh! I googled “how to make a pillow cover” and voila your blog showed up! Your steps look so easy to follow so here I go, wish me luck!

  79. Oh Gosh! I am so happy that you posted this. I just got my sewing machine back from the repair shop, so now I can fill my bobbins! And I just scored 12 yds x 50 inches (swag from Sears) at the thrift store for $10! I plan to make curtains and maybe a pillow or two. It’s beautiful fabric, sort of khaki colored a rayon/poly blend and sort of built in wrinkles. Thanks for the beautiful instructions! I love your finished pillow!

  80. Kerilyn Cole Avatar
    Kerilyn Cole

    Hi Angela,I’ve been trying to use your instructions for a much smaller pillow, only 10″ square, but the rectangular pieces seem to be coming out awfully large, so would overlap a lot. Should I make the rectangular pieces narrower for a 10″ pillow, rather than using the formula which would have them 8″ wide?Many thanks,Kerilyn

  81. Thank you for explaining in layman’s terms! I get it! I got my built in fireplace seats reupholstered and bought some extra fabric to make pillows for our sofa. Can’t wait to see the end result. God bless you. Marie

  82. I thank you so much for this info, is there anyway I can make a throw pillow without a sewing machine? I do not own one, I also can not find the throw pillows that I want, can I do this with velcro? do they make double stick velcro? thank you again so happy I have found your page….Kindly, ~janice

  83. Hi Angela!I loved your tutorial. I’m a complete newbie to sewing and was looking for a tutorial to help me create a pillow cover for my daughter for Christmas. By using your tutorial, I was able to be successful in my endeavors. I posted about it and linked back to your blog too. It will post on 12/7 at http://gonnawantthis-handmade.blogspot.comTHANKS!Holly

  84. Angela Ballard Avatar
    Angela Ballard

    I have been wanting to make pillow covers..I have pets and need something that can be washed easily and this works. I didn’t even know where to begin! Thanks so much.. pictures and description were very clear and easy to follow!Angela

  85. thanks the instructions were very helpful making throw pillows a breeze now.

  86. Angela: thanks the instructions were very helpful making throw pillows a breeze now. jane

  87. Your posted directions and illustrations saved my pillow project. Yours was the first url I went to and I never checked further. Great information and I had my pillow completed within 1 hour. Note I had been working on it since the day before without success.Thank you!

  88. Great instructions .. your simplicity is so appreciated.

  89. Thanks so much for your great directions! I just finished my first pillow cover and your directions made it so easy!

  90. jennifer Cooney Avatar
    jennifer Cooney

    HI! Thanks or outlining the steps but would still love to find someone who could do this for me if I provide the fabric. I have searched teh web tonight but may be searching the wrong way as I haven’t really found places that do customized covers. any tips on who and how to find these folks

  91. jennifer Cooney Avatar
    jennifer Cooney

    HI! Thanks or outlining the steps but would still love to find someone who could do this for me if I provide the fabric. I have searched teh web tonight but may be searching the wrong way as I haven’t really found places that do customized covers. any tips on who and how to find these folks

  92. jennifer Cooney Avatar
    jennifer Cooney

    HI! Thanks or outlining the steps but would still love to find someone who could do this for me if I provide the fabric. I have searched teh web tonight but may be searching the wrong way as I haven’t really found places that do customized covers. any tips on who and how to find these folks

  93. jennifer Cooney Avatar
    jennifer Cooney

    HI! Thanks or outlining the steps but would still love to find someone who could do this for me if I provide the fabric. I have searched teh web tonight but may be searching the wrong way as I haven’t really found places that do customized covers. any tips on who and how to find these folks

  94. Thank you for these excellent instructions! I am a seamstress myself, but sew clothing/prom dresses/wedding dresses more than anything else. My daughter asked me to cover pillows for their new baby’s room, so this was very helpful! God bless! Colette

  95. Wow! I did it! Thanks to you. I had material from a loved one who recently passed away. Wanted to make decorative pillow covers for family members. Never attempted this before. Used your step by step instructions and I did it! The photo instructions were very helpful. I’m so pleased with my project results!

  96. Nate @ LaurelStreet Avatar
    Nate @ LaurelStreet

    Thanks for a wonderful, clear tutorial. I’m going to give it a try this weekend!

  97. Thank you so much for these easy-to-use and perfectly illustrated guide!!Any chance you can do the same for arm-rest covers?? Would reeeeally appreciate it. Thanx!! 😀

  98. Thanks for the great tutorial! Also, thanks for the measurement formula. This is so helpful!!

  99. Thanks for the beautifully clear tutorial. Made one, three more to go out of thrifted fake fur cheetah! A very different look but still easy to do thanks to you! :)Gillie

  100. great instructions especially the measurements for throw pillow

  101. Thank you so much for this information! I am making a 32″ by 32″ pillow & this tutorial was just what I needed! I just wish that I had some pretty trim like the kind shown in your photos! Gorgeous! ♥

  102. Love your tutorial & pillow! It looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing, hopefully I will be able to do something feminine like this without my husbands protest! 🙂

  103. Thank you very much for your detailed instructions of the cusion covers. I would really like to learn more from youThanksShiyama

  104. Angela,I have just started a small business and I have to learn more on cushion covers. Can u please send me more patterns of the cushion covers.RegardsShiyama

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    Thank you! My pillows came out wonderful! And so easy too! Neat and clean.

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    So easy!!! Thank you for posting this!

  107. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! What a great post. I really appreciated the step by step. I’m a designer with heaps of beautiful samples and scraps. I decided I’d start sewing up throw pillows without a workroom and sell them. But I was a little intimidated. I knew there were tricks for beautiful corners but couldn’t remember any. The glass idea is genius! And the seam allowance guide for trims, which always make me nervous, perfect. I’m all set to cut (and you even gave me the exact measurements!) and sew tonight. No zippers required! Now all I need is for you to come over and show me how to thread my serger :(( (think I’ll just zig zag the edges for now)

  108. I can’t believe how simple this was… I can’t thank you enough!!

  109. I’ll never pay $30 to $60 for a store pillow again… one that never matches quite right! My own fabric choice, easy to do… this is a thrill.

  110. Thank you for sharing these directions. I made a pillow yesterday using your easy to follow instructions. It came out beautifully.

  111. I made my pillows last night! Although my piping had such a large allowance and was so small, it wasn’t very forgiving. I wish I had more experience. But! I got to use different feet on my sewing machine which was super fun. Thank you so much for posting this with such complete and easy to follow directions. My pillows look great; and next time will look even better!!

  112. Just starting to sew and need to learn the basic.

  113. Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial! It was such a sinch to make and my pillow turned out really good if I do say so myself. 🙂 I love how thorough you are with directions. Thanks again!I blogged about my completed pillow here if you want to check it out :)

  114. I’m sure you’re tired of getting comments on this post by now, but I still wanted to say “thank you” for it! I just used your directions to complete my first ever sewing project. I’m making a whole slew of throw pillows for our big sectional sofa, and this tutorial has helped me “sew” much! 🙂

  115. Thank you for these easy to follow instructions. My pillows look so cute in my family room!!

  116. Kathryn Oakes Avatar
    Kathryn Oakes

    Just used your directions to make a pillow cover for my couch throw pillow and it turned out great. It was one of those really squishy pillows so I put a velcro closure on the back panels to keep it in control. Now I’m going to use the same directions to make small headrest pillows for our patio chairs out of canvas, but I’ll add ties to attach to the chairs. I’m an experienced sewer, but never made covers for pillows. Thank you.

  117. Thank you for the pics. I have bought the fabric and equipment, but have been hesitant without pics for instruction. Now I have the pics and I am ready to begin!

  118. So awesome! I had found directions before for making a cover, but just today when I went to google them again yours came up first and they are so much better!!!! Thank you!!!

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    much appreciated in a complicated world u have been successful in your teachings the shams were so simple peace rebecca

  120. Amazing tutorial. Thank you for taking the time to show us all how to do it! Quick question…I’m not planning to use a trim. Do I still trim the corners? Thanks!

  121. Great tutorial. It’s great to be able to sew new covers to change the look of any room. Love the beautiful fabric!

  122. You make this look so easy. I sew pretty well but have never made throw pillow, so when I go home tonight I’ll have something to do. Thanks

  123. Great directions! I am gonna try it, never made a pillow before but made a man’s suit.Thanks,Linda

  124. Christine Fischetti Avatar
    Christine Fischetti

    Great directions. I modified them in one way: I’m old school, so I basted the trim in place first. It avoided any “surprises” at the final stitching. My trim almost always needed adjusting. Thanks again for the great step-by-step.

  125. Going to try this out for some pillows we bought fabric for. Thanks for the easy tutorial!

  126. Thank you Angela. The pillow came out great and my daughter loves it. I have a pillow form that is 12 by 16 and was wondering if you can post a cover to sew for that one? I would like to make a tooth fairy pillow for my son.Thanks!

  127. This is such a good tutorial. Easy to follow and everything came out perfectly! Thanks!

  128. Thank you so much! I just bought a sewing machine and I’m trying to learn. Love you’re easy to follow instructions!

  129. Barbara Tennant Avatar
    Barbara Tennant

    Dear Angela,Thank you so much for the informative “how to”.It has been years since I last sewed something other than to repair a hem or a tear. I needed a refresher and you provided it.Thanks again–It was fun.Barbara

  130. This is perfect! I too, just bought my first sewing machine and want to do pillow covers!Thank you so much! I’ll let you know how they turn out! Off to look for fabric!!!

  131. Angela,this is the best step by step I have seen.thank you!

  132. Thank you SO much for this tutorial! I was just gonna wing it and am so glad I looked this up instead. Your clear directions were really easy to follow. Much appreciated!

  133. These are, by far, the best directions I have ever seen. Now, can I get this pillow made in the next two hours? I think I can. One thing that makes mine easier is that I will not be using trim, as this is a man’s football themed cover. I’ve made other covers in far less time, but have never tried the envelope style.Thank you for helping me get this Christmas gift done at the last minute!

  134. Judith Blinkenberg Avatar
    Judith Blinkenberg

    Oh thank you so much for the continued post of this pillow case tutorial! You are wonderful. I have no idea how to make a pillow case other than sewing 3 sides and putting on snaps. This will really help.

  135. Thanks for these easy to follow instructions. I can’t wait to get started!

  136. Great tutorial and very pretty cushion cover:) Thanks you!

  137. Thank you so much for this post! I just finished my pillow covers and am SO happy! I am a VERY new sewer – this was my first big project! I learned so much by following your directions and then trying everything out! It was super easy to follow along and definitely got me to try something challenging yet so rewarding! Would love to see more tutorials on sewing projects! All the best!

  138. Desmond Westpfahl Avatar
    Desmond Westpfahl

    Cool post!

  139. Dear Angela,My grandmother made pillows with this style of back when I was very young. I loved them and admired the concept. Fifty years later I have been thinking of making some, but was not sure of the dimensions. When I landed in your posting, I instantly knew it would be what I needed. In no time at all, I finished a pillow and it is exactly what I have been wishing for – one just like my grandmother’s pillows.Thank you!Donna W.

  140. I just sewed a pillow in under an hour using your tutorial-and it was my first try at pillow making! I made square corners and did not use trim, so it was a piece of cake. Thank you.

  141. Shawn Lajoie Avatar
    Shawn Lajoie

    Great tips, thanks for sharing.

  142. Awesome! I’m redecorating my boring bedroom. Great pattern!

  143. Thanks so much for this tutorial ~ you’ve really simplified the steps and made it easy for anyone to do. Thanks!

  144. I just found your site and used your pillow tutorial. Thank you for the great directions. I made a couple of pillow today w/out any problem! I also perused your site and I love it!

  145. Maman A Droit Avatar
    Maman A Droit

    Awesome, thank you. I have the ugliest throw pillows ever (came with the hand-me-down-couch but are much uglier than it is!) but won’t much longer. 🙂

  146. What a great project! Love that the pillow cover can be changed out!!! Love the pom-pom trim too! Thank you for sharing!

  147. THANK YOU for posting this tutorial! I made a couple pillow covers for my son’s sports room. Blogged about it and linked to you here: a great day!Sarah

  148. thank you!!! what a great tutorial! I made two throw pillows for my couch in less that an hour! You’re fantastic and thanks for sharing such a great pattern. ♥

  149. Angela! This is fantastic. I am about to pull my new sewing machine out of its box. I bought it 6 months ago. You are my inspiration!

  150. I’m making some pillows for my baby nursery and came across your site. This looks easy and fun. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  151. Joan Sherman Avatar
    Joan Sherman

    I have been sewing since I was 5 with my Mom. Have made numerous drapes, curtains and pillows throughout the years.(won’t tell you how many that is) I have been doing other things : gourds, watercolors, pencil drawings, knitting, playing and teaching piano,crocheting, whatever. I did do some pillow shams about 20 years ago made with pillow cases for my bed. I just wanted to check to see if I remembered how. Your tutorial was just what I needed to refresh my mind. Thank you so much.Joan Sherman

  152. AMAZING TUTORIAL! Thank you for you great job and your website

  153. Jeanie Nelson Avatar
    Jeanie Nelson

    Thank you! I really appreciate the time and effort it takes to put something like this together. Know how much you are helping so many creative people!

  154. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I saved the page in favorites a while ago, but since I got some gorgeous fabric I pulled out my sewing machine and made brand new throw pillows for our couch just in couple hours!I bet it would have taken even less time if the fabric was thinner.Thank you so much – and keep up the good work!

  155. Charito Schlagheck Avatar
    Charito Schlagheck

    I read your instructions on pillow covers and was impressed by the ease in making them. I would make some for my new house. Thank you so much for publishing it. We just moved into our house and need to change the look of our dining chairs to harmonize with all the new furniture we just bought. Do you have instructions on how to make chair covers with backs? I would certainly appreciate it if you publish it or direct me where I can find it in your blog. Thank you!

  156. Hi, I already know how to sew a envelope pillow for a square pillow. Could you please tell me how you do this for a pillow that is the shape of a rectangle and is a 12 X 16?Thanks you!

  157. I just made these pillows for my college dorm room. The look great and they add a lot of color to my room. Thanks for the tutorial! 🙂

  158. I am trying to make a throw pillow for my daughter. She just got into a sorority and I am making for her room. My pillow form is 9X13 Will my fabric for the front be 14X10 and the back 2 pieces be 9/x14. sorry I am terrible with measuring I don’t sew to much. Any help you can give will be apprecitated

  159. Cecilia Montoya Avatar
    Cecilia Montoya

    I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for putting the steps together in a great and easy to follow tutorial.

  160. I love this! Thanks and keep them coming. I love my new pillows, and it was soo easy.

  161. I’m linking up to this tutorial! Thank you for providing it! This is the post:, Me

  162. marianne grosso Avatar
    marianne grosso

    Thanks so much for such clear and easy directions. I was confused about the tw rextangels till I read your directions and saw the pictures. Thanks again…mare

  163. Wow I am so happy with the pillows I just made following your easy instructions. This was my first time making pillows and with the fringe they look so fancy! Thanks!!!

  164. Cynthia Marrs Avatar
    Cynthia Marrs

    Angela,I just finished one with a halloween motif in beige and black. Way cool! Great directions. It’s a gift for a co-worker. She’ll be so surprised. Thanks for the Tute.

  165. Thanks so much for the easy to follow instructions on how to cover a pillow. I made two for my daughter and put some fancy trim on it, and it looks great. If all sewing instructions were this easy to follow, I would be sewing everyday.

  166. Katherine Brown Avatar
    Katherine Brown

    I have no idea what URL means so I have left it blank. I am a technological peasant. LOLThank you for the tutorial. I have made a few pillows before but never rounded the corners as you have shown. I know it will make a big difference when I sew them together and put the trim around it. I was also unsure as to what size to cut the cloth for the size of pillow I was making. Many thanks.

  167. Thanks for the tips. Can’t wait to do the 12″ pillows for my daughter’s room. I also have 10″round pillows. How would this work for round ones? Thanks so much!

  168. Sheridan Kalletta Avatar
    Sheridan Kalletta

    I LOVED you pillow cover instructions, they gave me the confidence to do it on my own! Thank you.

  169. Hi, I love your site, when you get a chance check out mine, its a brand new mommy and me blog.

  170. Wow never realized how easy that was until you helped me to try it. could the same idea be used to make a down comforter cover, just on a larger scale?

  171. I want to make something special for my 2 daughters and 2 daughters-in-law for Christmas and thought of making pillows using the fabric of my wedding gown that I wore 46 years ago! I have sewn some but not for a while. After viewing your tutorial, I am now going to attempt it!! Thanks for helping me make a fond memory part of the girls everyday life!!

  172. Dear Angela, this is the best sewing tutorial I’ve ever seen! It took me longer to get my borrowed sewing machine working properly than it did to create my first throw pillows. Thank you so much for all the time you took to create this tutorial. It’s wonderful!

  173. Angela,I’m not a seamstress, but would LOVE to have a few throw pillows made for Christmas presents. I have pillows and old t-shirt designs I would like used for the covers. Could I commission you and your wonderful talent for this creative project? Price is not an issue.With Sincere Thanks

  174. Thank you soooooh much for this tutorial! I have not been sewing very long and the few cushion covers I have attempted, I have ended up having a fight to try and hide the zippers…….this is a far better way of making them and also, i think, far safer as my little girl has a habit of biting on zip pulls and I’m always afraid of her choking should one come loose. Thanks so much again – I’ll be back for more tutorials soon, I’m sure!Alison x

  175. Thanks for posting this! I’m terrible at sewing, but I was able to do it.

  176. I am learning to quilt, and I just made two super cute quilted pillow covers using these easy-to-follow directions. Not bad for someone who doesn’t even know how to sew! 🙂

  177. Hello, was so happy to find this site. I used the measurement tools you provide and voila. I made the pillow covers I have wanted to do. It was so fast an easy. I just bedazzled them up a bit before sewing and have to pillow that I am so proud of.Thanks for the great tips and tutorial. Right now my mind is spinning on others that can be accomplished.

  178. Thank you for the pattern! It’s gorgeous! I will be making that tonight!

  179. Thankyou for the tutorial on the pillow, I appreciate it very much. I have made them before but the :A set in:, lolo

  180. This was so easy for a beginner! Thank you for sharing such clear directions!

  181. Thank you so much for this pattern! It is so cute and easy! And just what I was looking for. I wanted to match all my mismatching pillows 😉 and this will be perfect! It’s also a great gift idea for those who love variety as well! Wonderful website and so fun! Thanks again!

  182. Ann Wilsnack Avatar
    Ann Wilsnack

    Thank you! I have a commission to make 13 pillows and this gives me more confidence.

  183. Thank you for this. I am planning to buy a sewing machine to make stuff like this for the home and maybe some baby girls clothes. Based on the comments, im sure this would be an easy first project for me to try. Anyway, what model sewing machine did ou use, specificaions would be nice. I plan to make denim and flour sack pillow cases, are thesefabrics too thick for a simple sewing machine? We have a bakery and i want to recycle the sacks. Thank you for the help.

  184. Thank You so much for having this website love it very much and cant wait to make a pillow.

  185. This is a great tutorial! It’s 10 p.m. and I’m feeling inspired enough to make a few of these tonight. Thanks!

  186. shannon hodgson Avatar
    shannon hodgson

    hey thanks for telling me how to make a pocket for a cushion will write it on a piece of paper so i dont forget

  187. I loved the detailed instructions. I can’t wait to get started on my pillows. I also liked that you curved the corners – makes the pillow just a little bit different.

  188. dogsrulendrool Avatar

    Thank you very, very much for the instructions! I just made one and I’m so happy with it! Would love to email you a photo of it. Take care and God bless!

  189. Ellen Grun Avatar
    Ellen Grun

    It works! I just finished a pair of rose red textured pillow cases for 20×20 pillow forms. Smashing! Thank you for sharing your wonderful instructions. Easy, and elegant – what could be more wonderful.

  190. Thank you so very much for the step by step instructions! I just needed a cover for a pillow I was using at work for my back. It was just a plain white pillow & it looked awful. I bought a remnant at a fabric store, pulled out the Brother sewing machine my mother bought me 40 yrs ago and followed your instructions. I’ve never sewed anything without a pattern and it’s been years since I’ve sewed ANYTHING!! I am so proud of my pillow. My husband was impressed. I can’t wait to take it to work. Thanks again!!!

  191. Kathy Hladik Avatar
    Kathy Hladik

    Thanks for the good directions! I made some green-striped pillows for my children- with sewn-on buttons for each– a tractor and sheep for my farm-daughter, and some cows and a cabin for my son, who has those things! How fun!

  192. pam mcdowell Avatar
    pam mcdowell

    I wanted to pin this but do not see how and it is not on your sewing board on pinterest????

  193. Mr Vaughn Avatar
    Mr Vaughn

    thank you very mutch, was so helpful.

  194. Susan Lucas Avatar
    Susan Lucas

    Do you have directions for covering a 14-in. round pillow form?

  195. Wonderful tutorial! Took me less than an hour to make this. Have my 2nd cut and ready to go.Thank you.

  196. […] been using this pillow case pattern with pretty good […]

  197. Like To Share an Idea Guys i Didn’t Wanted to throw away my Kiddo’s Clothes so made a Pillow by Stuffing her old Clothes instead of Cotton

  198. PERFECTION! Your instructions made this project so doable : ) I wanted to change our summer tropical covers to a Christmas plaid and they came out great. THANK YOU!

    1. Oh yay! I’m so glad it worked out! I really love to know when things have helped people. Thanks for stopping by! ~Angela~

  199. How To Sew A Throw Pillow Cover In 10 Easy StepsI loved this pattern. You made it so easy that I will probably have pillows all over my house.ThanksKaren

    1. I’m so glad it was helpful, Karen! ~Angela~ 🙂

    2. I am feeling the same way.

  200. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I am teaching a kids sewing class after school at the elementary school I teach at and they are super excited about starting this project! The steps are so simple and easy that they won’t have any problems at all! 🙂

    1. Yay! I’m so glad that it’s going to work for you, Stephanie! 🙂 ~Angela~

  201. I haven’t sewn in years, although I was pretty good at one time. Found your pillow site last weekend and made two. I am SO pleased I am making 2 more this weekend. Taking my drab sofa, to lively and matching everything else in the room. You have ignited the sewing urge again. Thank you

    1. Yay! Mimi, I’m so glad that it’s working for you! That makes my day. Have fun, and thanks for taking the time to comment! ~Angela~

  202. What a wonderfully simple to follow tutorial, with very clear pictures…glad i found you!!

    1. Thank you, Claire!! I’m glad it was helpful for you! ~Angela~

  203. Susie Miller Avatar
    Susie Miller

    Thank you so much for these easy-to-follow directions for sewing throw pillow. I am goiing to try to make one this afternoon!

    1. Thank you, Susie! I hope that they turn out great! ~Angela~

  204. Angee Miller Avatar
    Angee Miller

    Just recovered some old outdoor pillows with beautiful new fabric for our porch…could not have been easier and they turned out perfect thanks to your great instructions. That was my first time making pillows and they look professionally done!

    1. So glad it worked out, Angee!! That’s so great! 🙂 ~Angela~

  205. Jackie H Avatar
    Jackie H

    Thank you for this tutorial. We just purchased new furniture, and I was having a really difficult find finding throw pillows that coordinated. This was my first sewing project since middle school, and though it took me a bit of time to get back in the swing of things, putting these together was breeze after perfecting my stitch. I knocked out 4 covers on a Sunday. I was even able to make covers for my small rectangular pillows too! These are also doubling as an anniversary present for my husband for our 2nd anniversary. I purchased some iron-on inkjet paper and printed out some wedding photos and worked these in as well. They turned out AWESOME and I’m so proud of myself for being able to make these!

    1. Oh Jackie, I’m so glad to hear that!!! It always makes my day when I hear stories like that. Yay! ~Angela~

  206. Hello Angela,I just found this tutorial today (pillow covers) and loved it. I signed up to receive your posts via email. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I look forward to reading more of your posts!Sincerely,Lucy A.

    1. Thank you so much, Lucy, that’s so kind!! Looking forward to seeing you around! 🙂 ~Angela~

  207. Thank you sooo much!!! for this tutorial on making pillows. This is so easy to follow, I am moving into a new house and wanted to refresh our decor by making some new pillows and curtains. The curtains I am good with but I was searching for a easy tutorial and I found it!!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Tameika! I am so glad it was helpful! 🙂 ~Angela~

  208. […] see How to Sew a Throw Pillow Cover in 10 Easy Steps by Angela at Cottage Magpie. She has a beautiful, colorful blog full of DIY ideas, decorating […]

  209. Hi Angela, I love your pillow making post so much that I linked to your blog as a part of my how to make envelope style porch furniture cushion covers. I hope it’s OK that I did so.I’m about to subscribe to your blog just so I can come back and really look around Cottage Magpie. I love what I’ve seen so far.–Karen

    1. Oh, Karen, thank you! That’s so sweet of you! I’m so glad it was helpful and I’m thrilled you mentioned it on your blog. I’m coming over now to see! ~Angela~

  210. Louise Marlow Avatar
    Louise Marlow

    I have just rediscovered sewing, having not really dne it since school. I followed your easy tutorial and made a cushion cover this evening, minus the trim. It was easy to follow and came out lovely. Thanks so much.

    1. Thank you so much, Louise! I’m glad to hear it. Best to you! ~Angela~

  211. Mellowlemming Avatar

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful tutorial! It was very easy to follow, very smooth execution, yielding beautiful results! I even used a very hard to sew with material (an old thin, delicate scarf) and had beautiful seams thanks to your methods! And the formula at the end for figure out your fabric requirements, wonderful! I am an eyeball it sort of sewer bc I’m too lazy to figure out the formulas. Thanks to you, my pillow cover fit perfectly the first time! No adjustments needed 🙂 Thanks again!

    1. Oh yay!! I am so glad! I love hearing it when people have done projects with the tutorial. Thanks for sharing! ~Angela~

  212. Stephanie O Avatar
    Stephanie O

    Thanks. I need to make a few for my couch. Now to figure out what fabric to use.

    1. Oooh, picking fabric, that’s the best part! Let me know what you end up deciding! 🙂 ~A

      1. Is it possible to do this project without a trim and if so what would the seam allowance be? Many thanks

        1. Hi Catherine! Yes, you can just leave out the trim — the seam allowance would still be the 1/2″. Let me know if that helps or if you have more questions. Thanks for visiting! 🙂 ~Angela~

  213. […] used a VERY easy tutorial to sew the pillows here. I’m as beginner as they come using sewing machines and I made four pillows in one night! I […]

  214. Thanks for the tutorial. My daughter-in-law handed me material and a pillow and asked me to make it for her son. She assumed I would know how since I sew. But I never sewed a pillow! And she wanted the cover to be removable so she can wash it. My grandson has high allergies and so my dil is going organic and allergy free in his room. Thank you!!! Haven’t made it yet, but looks very simple. My style of sewing.

    1. Sue, so glad to be of help!! I hope it works for you. Let me know how it turns out! 🙂 ~Angela~

  215. Wow! I love the simplicity of your instructions and sewing techniques.This is an exciting blog!I am comforted and inspired by the steps you’re taking toward beautifying your life and your home.May your memories of your father remain vivid in your mind, while always remaining softly next to your heart.

    1. Thank you so much Brunella, and what a beautiful sentiment, thank you. ~Angela~

      1. Sue Skovira Avatar
        Sue Skovira

        The Pirate Pillow (as we call it, since it is made from Pirate themed material) turned out great, and my grandson loved it! So (or should I say “sew”) simple to make, & the directions were easy to follow. I think I will make myself a pillow or two now….

        1. Oh fun, Sue! The Pirate Pillow sounds adorable. I’m so glad it worked! Thanks for stopping by! ~Angela~

  216. Jeanne Fischelli Avatar
    Jeanne Fischelli

    This is a great simple and well explained tutorial. I am an experienced seamstress, but I wanted an easy way to do a pillow without a zipper. This is just what I was looking for. Also the explanation on figuring fabric for other pillow sizes was really helpful. Thanks for posting this tutorial.

    1. Glad to be of help, Jeanne! Let me know how your pillow covers turn out! ~Angela~

  217. […] Make some throw pillows. This is a cheap and easy way to spruce up a living or bedroom. […]

  218. Angela – Just found you and spent my lunch hour with you. In the past I would play sudoku while having lunch. I recently decided that I would start watching craft/sewing tutorials. The only problem is making myself stop when lunch is over. I could have stayed on your site all day 🙂 I’ll be back.Be well,Beth

    1. Oh, Beth, what a sweet thing to say! I am touched and honored. I’m glad you came to visit and I hope you come again! ~Angela~

  219. […] the envelope enclosure style because I like the added detail of the buttons on the back. (This is a great tutorial from Cottage Magpie if you are new to this technique.) In the past I used whole cloth to make cushions and I was pretty […]

  220. […] the fun of it. If you aren’t afraid of your sewing machine, there’s a great tutorial: How To Sew a Pillow Cover in 10 Easy Steps. Even easier, here’s a tutorial for No-Sew Cloth Napkin Pillow […]

  221. Thank You so much for this pillow cover design! I am hooked! Is there a support group for those of us who cannot stop making them now?

    1. Hahaha! Anita, that’s so funny! There isn’t one, but maybe there should be! 🙂 ~Angela~

  222. Roberta Johnson Avatar
    Roberta Johnson

    Really great directions, especially your formula for any size pillow. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Roberta! Glad to help! 🙂 ~Angela~

  223. Great tutorial-Instructions are clear, photos are super, and additional info at end re larger pillows very helpful.Sharon

    1. Glad it was helpful, Sharon! ~Angela~

  224. At age 42, having never used a sewing machine in my life, I finally decided to buy one and teach myself how to use it. I decided a throw pillow slipcover would be a good first project, and when I googled instructions I found yours. I am so grateful! Your instructions and photographs made it crystal clear what to do, even for this beginner! Thank you so much. My slipcover turned out perfectly, thanks to you!

    1. Oh, Laura, thank you so much. That just makes my day!!! ~Angela~

  225. Thanks! Just what I needed right now! Just getting back into sewing after 18 years. I think I can do this!

    1. Oh good, I’m so glad it was helpful!!! Good luck! ~Angela~

  226. I finally found a “HOW TO” to make a simple, but very nice pillow covering. I thought it was great and mine turned out very nice. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, Theresa!! I am so glad to hear that! ~Angela~

  227. Thanks a lot for your tutorial , the best one I ve ever seen !! =0)

    1. Your welcome, Amiee! I’m so glad it worked for you! ~Angela~

  228. […] throw pillow is actually just a slip cover over a pillow that came with our sofas. Cottage Magpie had clear, easy-to-follow instructions. This was my first project, but there was a an original […]

  229. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. I found it just before I started this ( my very fist, real world) sewing project. After fiddling/fine tuning my machine, it took me three hours to do. But, I noticed my skills improved drastically throughout this fine project. Again, thank you.

    1. Connie, thank you so much for sharing that! I’m glad it worked out! 🙂 ~Angela~

  230. Your couch pillow tutorial is great. I’ve sewn for years & I think yours is the best so far. Thank you from an ole’ southern contrary granny.

    1. Thank you so much, Jean! I am so glad it was helpful! And thank you for taking the time to let me know. That makes my day. 🙂 ~Angela~

  231. Stacey Province Avatar
    Stacey Province

    Love this tutorial! I have a couple questions though. Is the fabric amount (1 1/4 yds)just for one pillow or more? Also when cutting the fabric, does the 21×21 include seam allowance?

    1. Hi Stacey! Thank you! Sorry to take so long to respond, it’s been a bit hectic here helping my Mom. Hopefully my reply is still useful to you! The 1 1/4 yards of fabric is enough to do one 20″ pillow, using the same fabric for the front and the back. And yes, the 21×21 includes the seam allowance (1/2″ on all sides) for a 20″ pillow. Hope that helps! Best! ~Angela~

      1. Stacey Province Avatar
        Stacey Province

        Thank you, don’t worry you weren’t too late:)

  232. Charmaine Avatar

    So good to hear someone else is like me….ever changing and seeing a new design. Lovely clear tutorial with attention to detail which is great. I have the couch to match your chair shown and may be doing the slip covers for that soon. Thank you for taking the time to share your work.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Charmaine! I hope the tutorial is helpful. ~Angela~

  233. Thanks so much! I Googled “Throw pillow cover” to purchase some ready made covers. I had considered making them but I am intimidated by sewing a zipper in. Your tutorial came up so I thought I’d take a look. I was so pleased to see I could make the covers on my own without sewing in a zipper! Now I can choose my own fabric and have a professional looking pillow! Again, Thank you for posting this! Terry

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you’re going to give it a try. It really is very, very easy, Terry, I promise! Plus, zippers schmippers! Hehehehe. Let me know how they turn out! ~Angela~

      1. Hi Angela. I’m wanting to make the 20 inch square pillow, but I would like to make the ruffle a different fabric than the pillow, (I’m daring to get fancy). Could you give me the yardage for each, or tell me how to measure for it myself? Thanks.

        1. Yes! Dare to get fancy!! Great idea. Okay, so 20″ square pillow means that it is 80″ total to go around the pillow, right? And usually ruffles are 1 1/2 – 2x that. I have found with pillows that 1 1/2 is more than enough, 2x gets really bulky. So you’d need about 120″ worth of ruffle. Then you can figure that most regular fabrics are about 42″ wide (I usually say 40″ to give myself wiggle room). So you need three strips across the width of the fabric to make the ruffle. Now the key is to figure out how wide those strips need to be, and that depends on how wide of a ruffle and whether it is hemmed or doubled. Make sense? But that should at least get you started!!! Let me know if you need help! ~Angela~

  234. Wonderful Tutorial! I made two matching pillow covers out of a khaki twill cotton curtain panel for my couch, and now, because this was SO SO doable, I’m making two more in yellow to cover over the dark brown pillows for the summer season. Thank you for your excellent post!Deb

    1. Thank you so much, Deb!! I am so glad to hear it was useful. That always makes my day! ~Angela~

  235. This was an excellent tutorial! I just made three of them and they look great! A yellow & white patterned one, a green & white one, and a colourful, floral one – all bright ones perfect for the summer. Thanks so much!

    1. Oh Becca, I’m so happy it worked out for you and so glad you took the time to tell me! That makes my day. ~Angela~

  236. […] place on earth) I made her this little pillow for her newly designed bedroom. I followed the cottage magpie tutorial that I use for all my cushions. This pillow is a “small boudoir” (oh la la) size […]

  237. Thank you for this tutorial !!! It was honestly so helpful ! I’ve now made a cushion from the left over fabric which I used to sew my curtains !

    1. Yay!! Thank you! I’m so glad it was helpful! ~Angela~

  238. This what I needed! I have been struggling with making a pillow cover with a bias cord and a zipper. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve sewed and taken apart the pillow because I can’t get it right. I love, love, love the glass trick. Also the idea of finishing the ends with the zig-zag stitch, genius, my fabric has been fraying a bit with all my tugs and pulls. You have sparked my enthusiasm to try this technique and finally finishing the pillow cover I’ve been attempting. Thank you sooooooo much!

    1. Aida, I am so glad to be of help. I hope you finally were able to get your pillow cover done!! Did it turn out the way you had hoped? ~Angela~

      1. Yes, thank you! I wish I were more tech savvy to post a pic: it came out beautifully and have gotten many compliments. Most folks cant believe it’s not purchased!

        1. Oh, that’s great to hear, Aida, thank you for telling me! ~Angela~

  239. Thanks for the detailed instructions! I am teaching myself how to sew again after 30+ years! I thought you might like to know that I pinned your blog post. You also might like to know about a vintage fabric giveaway I’m hosting on my blog:

    1. Hi Kim! Thank you! How are you enjoying your new foray into sewing? I think it’s like riding a bicycle, it comes back so quickly. Thanks for visiting! ~Angela~

  240. This was an easy, fast project. The directions were clear and I love the pictures. (I am a very visual person.) Thank you!

    1. I’m so glad it helped you!!! Thanks for visiting and letting me know. Best wishes, ~Angela~

  241. Thank you for taking your time to make this so easy to follow and pleasant to look at! I’m no longer scared to give it a go. This will be my first project.

    1. Thank you, Rachel! I hope it goes well! ~Angela~

  242. Your an excellent teacher. I seem to always mess a pattern up, don’t understand the directions, always something I just don’t get. When I read this I thought Yes it sounds easy enough, but I’ll mess it up someway as always. Guess what I didn’t thanks to you. In reading comments from others starting on 2008 it’s still going strong in 2015. Thats something to be proud of. You are amazing. If you can teach me you can teach anyone. Keep up the good work & thank you so very much for taking the time to do this.

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy, I am so glad it worked for you! ~Angela~

  243. Just wanted to say that I have returned to this tutorial again and again for several years now. I think I found your blog through a Google search. This tutorial is so easy and has helped me to make countless throw pillow covers! So, thank you!!

    1. Oh Fary, thank you, that’s good to hear! ~Angela~

  244. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I am making over my bedroom and love the look and feel of extra throw pillows, this tutorial is very explanatory & thurough so I cant wait to get my projects started!!

    1. I’m so glad it helped!! ~Angela~

  245. Hi! Just wanted you to know that this is my mom’s favorite, favorite pillow cover pattern. She sews for all seven of her adult children, and occasionally asks me to dig this tutorial up because she loves it so much. Thought you should know. Thanks again! -Sally

    1. Hi Sally, that’s so sweet, thank you!! I am working on a printable version that should be up in a few weeks. ~Angela~

  246. Thanks !!

    1. You’re welcome! ~Angela~

  247. Thank you! This is exactly what I needed for a pillow I need to cover. God Bless

    1. Hi Diane, I’m so glad it worked! ~Angela~

  248. Super directions. Very clear, great photo’s of each stage. Thanks so much. I will now go sew my pillows for my patio deck furniture!!

    1. I am so glad that it was helpful–I hope your pillows turned out great! ~Angela~

  249. […] Do you like the idea of a sqaure decorative pillow cover, but you’d like your design to have a little something extra? Consider giving it a pom pom border around the outside edge, just like Cottage Magpie did! […]

  250. […] Do you like the idea of a sqaure decorative pillow cover, but you’d like your design to have a little something extra? Consider giving it a pom pom border around the outside edge, just like Cottage Magpie did! […]

  251. Anna Ryan Avatar
    Anna Ryan

    Hi Angela, I found some cute farm yard fabric at my local Hobby Lobby that this pillow would do well as. Also about your childhood wishes to put a tree in the middle of your house is not so far fetched, I once know a family who put a whole atrium of trees and florals in thier front entry way! Keep up the good work!
    Anna Ryan
    Belton MO.😉

    1. Angela May Avatar
      Angela May

      Hi Anna!! I love the idea of an atrium of trees!! Of course, my childhood idea was to build the house around the tree without an atrium–as an adult that sounds like a mess waiting to happen! But I love the idea of having nature visible from every direction. Your farm fabric sounds super cute! Let me know how it turns out! ~Angela~

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