How to Make a Pillow Cover You'll Love Cuddling Up With

Swapping pillow covers might be the fastest (and easiest) way to revamp your space. But if you don't get the fit just right (like the pillow above on the right), your corners can end up sticking out and looking weirdly pointy. To make yours look more like the one on the left, follow this step-by-step for perfectly fitted pillow covers.

Square Pillow Covers

Level: Easy

What You Need

Pro Tip

The amount of fabric you need depends on how large your pillow form is. To account for ½" seam allowances, your two fabric squares need to be 1" larger than the pillow form. We used a 16" form, so our fabric squares were 17".


1. Cut and Mark Your Fabric

Cut one fabric square so it's 1" larger than your pillow form. Mark the center of each side. At one corner, mark a dot that's ½" in from the edges, as pictured above.

2. Connect the Marks

Draw a line that starts from the corner dot, then slowly tapers to nothing as it reaches the mark at the center of each edge.

3. Trim Your Fabric

Following the line you just made, carefully trim the fabric.

4. Fold Into Quarters

Fold the pillow piece in half and then in half again. To ensure you're folding a perfect square, use the marks at the centers of the edges as guides. Pin the folded piece together to keep the square from slipping.

5. Trim the Remaining Corners

Trim the rest of the corners using the first as a guide, so all four corners are the same.

6. Cut Out a Second Square

Unfold your trimmed piece, and use that as a pattern piece to cut out the second pillow square. Then, pin your pillow pieces right sides together.

7. Sew

Sew the two pillow pieces together, leaving an opening on one side so you can slip it over the pillow form. If you're planning to add a zipper or another type of closure , cut out the back pieces as needed — but you can still use the first piece as a guide for shaping the corners.

7. Trim the Corners

Once you've sewn both pillow pieces together, trim the corners diagonally. You might want to press one edge on the seam allowance (the edge no one will see). That way, when you turn the pillow cover right side out that edge will be crisp and ready to sew by hand or machine.

Now just insert your pillow form and you're ready to lounge.

Find Your Next Project

No matter your style or space, make it cozy with DIY pillows.

If you love to sew, there's no such thing as too many pillows — and the same goes for pillow cases! They’re beginner-friendly, fun to make with your kids and, thanks to this burrito method, you can bust one out in just 15 minutes. Stitch up a set for every bed in the house, sew some as a gift, or round up your friends and donate a bunch to charity. The opportunities really are endless!
Don't let your scraps from prior projects go to waste - use them all up in a gorgeous pillow! Gudrun walks you through the process of preparing and color-auditioning your scraps, marking the batting, and assembling your pillow with either an envelope back or zippered closure.
It's true: pillows are the ideal way to get started sewing. This one's super easy to pull together— so easy that you could make it with your kids — and it'll teach you a bunch of key skills you can apply to future projects. Or maybe you'll just keep making pillows! If you ask us, every room in the house deserves at least a few.

December 18, 2019
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