October 24, 2013

Quick and Easy Pillow Slipcover Tutorial

Good Morning!

I haven't done a tutorial in a while so I thought it might be fun to show you how I sewed the floral slipcover you saw in my pillow slipcover post from earlier in the week.  

It's ridiculously easy.

Before we get started let me just say this is by no means the correct way to sew a slipcover - - I'ts just the way I do it since I'm not a big fan complicated things.  I like to wing it, and get it done as soon as possible.

Ok, here goes. . . 

First thing you need to do is cut three pieces of fabric to your desired size.  

To determine the size, simple take the fabric that you plan to use on the front of your slipcover and lay it over the pillow you will be covering.  I normally make sure to lay the fabric right side down.  

Next, starting at the middle on the top of the pillow, smooth the fabric over the top and down the side of the pillow until you determine you have reach the middle point of the pillow (most often there will be a seam).   Using a pencil,  make a mark slightly lower than the middle spot you've found directly onto your fabric.  Repeat on the remaining three sides of the pillow.  

Cut out the shape and use it was a pattern for your two remaining pieces of fabric.

In the end you will have three pieces of fabric all cut to the same size. 

Next, take one of your back pieces of fabric and sew a finished hem down one of the short sides of the fabric.  Repeat with the other back piece.

The next step is to simple lay the front piece down on a work surface right side up.  
Then taking one of the back pieces lay it down on top of the front piece, right side down.   Making sure to line the finished seam side a couple inches past where you determine the middle of the pillow will be.

Once that is done, take your final back piece and lay it down, right sides down, over the other two pieces making sure your finished seam side is overlapping the previous back piece by up to four inches.

You should then have a fabric sandwich which looks like this.

After making sure all the pillow layers are laying nice and smooth start pinning all three layers together.  I like to start in the middle and move outward from there.  Just make sure you have at least three pins down the middle and then a whole bunch around the outside.

Once all the layers are pinned together, flip the whole thing over and trim any access fabric.

Then simply sew around the whole outside with a straight stitch.  
 I normally place the sewing foot right along the outside edge of the fabric and follow it all the way around.

Once your finished sewing around the outside, remove all the pins, and test the fit by inserting the pillow.  If the fit is to your liking, finish the raw edges around the outside with a quick zigzag stitch to prevent fraying.

Then turn the pillow case right side out, insert pillow and your done!


  1. Great colors! Such a pretty pillow arrangement.

  2. Hi Robin, Your tutorial is wonderful and I love the pillows! Thanks for visiting me today:) xxleslie

  3. Robin, I'm coming back here! Just this one post has inspired me to get my sewing machine out and dust it off!

  4. What a nice tutorial, Robin. I really love the fabrics you used, too. xo Diana

  5. Your red and white pillows are beautiful and thank you for the simple tutorial. I also prefer simple to complicated, any day!

  6. Oh, I just love the fabrics you've chosen for your pillow covers, Robin! They look so crisp and fresh against the white!


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