How to Make a Pillow Cover?

Pillow covers are the easiest DIY home projects you can do for fun and décor. Besides, making them is very inexpensive, you just have to know how and have the materials and tools needed for the job.

Here are a few methods you can use to make pillow covers, the slipstitch enclosure, and envelope-back enclosure as well as the tie it up pillow cover.

1. Slip-stitched Enclosure Pillow Cover

This idea for a pillow cover is for pillows that do not need washing, just dry cleaning. This is because the enclosure is usually permanent, an invisible seam.

Materials and tools needed

  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Pillow insert
  • Fabric

How to slipstitch a pillow cover

Steps 1-To ensure seam allowance, add 1 inch, 2.5 cm to the height and length of the pillow insert. You can use a ruler and a disappearing fabric ink pen to draw two squares of fabric, with these measurements. After which you can make your cut, accurately.

Step 2– After cutting, pin the two squares together with their right sides facing. Then make 3-inch marks, 7.5 cm on its bottom edge, left and right. Start sewing along the edges, you can start from one of the marks but leave ½ -inch, 13mm seam allowance, leave the space between the marks open.

Then clip the corners and turn the pillow right side out. You can use a pointer turner to push the corners out.

Step 3- Press the edges of the pillow cover and then turn the unfinished edges of the opening under the ½ -inch, insert pillow, and slipstitch the opening.

2. Envelope-Backed Pillow Cover

This is one of the easiest DIY pillow covers. You just need one long rectangular fabric to overlap in the back as closure.

Tools and materials needed for the pillow cover

  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Pillow insert
  • Fabric

How to make it

Envelope Pillow CoverStep 1-Take measurements for your pillow cover. You can determine the size of the rectangle enclosure by adding 1 inch, 2.5 cm to the seam allowance height and multiply the length by two, then add 6-inches, 15 cm.

After which, you can use a disappearing fabric ink pen and a ruler to draw your measurements on the fabric before cutting it out. Then place the rectangle right side down, and double hem its right and left edges.

You can then fold each edge, in ½ -inch, 13mm, press it, then fold again ½ -inch, 13mm, and press. Pin and edge-stitch 1/8 inch, 3mm from the inner fold.

Steps 2- Here fold the right, left edges in, and overlap them by 4 inches, 10 cm. You can then measure the square to ensure it fits the dimensions of your pillow insert.

Step 3– You can then pin the bottom and top edges, and sew, leaving ½ -inch, 13mm seam allowance. After which, you can turn the pillow cover right side out, and use a pointer turner to push the corners out before inserting the pillow.

3. Tie It up Pillow Cover

This is the most versatile pillow cover, as you can untie it anytime for washing. You just need a bigger fabric that can go round the pillow insert three times.

Materials and tools needed for this DIY pillow cover

  • Pillow insert
  • Fabric

How to make this pillow cover

Step 1Place the fabric, pretty side down and position the pillow insert well in the middle. Then fold one side of the fabric and then the other side and tuck the raw edges, over a few inches. After which, you can fold that piece half way down the pillow form.

Step 2– You can then proceed to fold the sides, into a triangle like a gift-wrap, bring both sides to the middle, and tie the knot neatly.

Step 3– Tuck in the raw edges and adjust if necessary and start using your no-sew pillow cover.


You can do more research on this, but the above methods are ideal for rectangle and square pillows. All you need it a bit of creativity and time and you can make different kinds of cover pillows from the sewn-in to the zippered and no-sewn ones.

Therefore, if you are tired of buying pillow covers, it is high time you make some DIY stuff. It can be fun and knowledgeable. Besides, you will add one more skill to your resume. Feel free to share.

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