Gather Your Materials
These step-by-step directions are designed to save you the expense of new pillows. The envelope design of these pillow covers makes them removable slipcovers for your throw pillows. Always preshrink your fabric so that your finished pillow covers stay the same size after washing.
Note: The cutting directions do not add a seam allowance so that the finished pillow cover is a little smaller than the form and creates a "plump" pillow with no space.
This step will explain where to place the fold markings on the various sizes of the simple pillow slipcover.
- For a 12-inch pillow, mark your fabric 8 inches in from the end on the longest edges.
- For a 14-inch pillow, mark your fabric 9 inches in from the end on the longest edges.
- For a 16-inch pillow, mark your fabric 10 inches in from the end on the longest edges.
- For an 18-inch pillow, mark your fabric 11 inches in from the end on your longest edges.
Hem the Ends
- On each end of the fabric, press under 1/4 inch and press under 1/4 inch again to enclose the raw edge.
- Sew the hem into place. Consult this guide to sewing straight lines on a sewing machine.
- Press well.
Fold on the Markings
Fold your fabric, with the right sides together, at the markings you made on the long edge. There should be a 3 1/2-inch overlap for the back side of your pillow.