How to sew a pillow-cover in just 18 minutes!

Are you ready to learn how to make a pillow-cover in just 18 minutes!! New pillows are a great way to change up the look of your room and give a room a “quick makeover!” And…being that I just needed half a yard of fabric, the entire project only cost me $8! $5 for the pillow insert and $3 for the half a yard of fabric at Hobby Lobby!

Here are some of the recent pillow covers I made for my bedroom!


Today I will be showing you, step-by-step how to sew this simple envelope type pillow cover. I simply purchased 1/2 a yard of fabric and a 16×16 pillow insert.

First lay out your fabric  and cut the fabric 38 inches by 17 inches.


Then fold over the ends of the fabric 1/2 of an inch and press with your iron.


Then sew a straight stitch on both of those ends you folded over.


Then lay the fabric flat on your work space (mine is my kitchen wood flooring) and then fold the fabric over and measure the fabric 11 inches over.


Then fold the other side over where the square of fabric measures 16 inches across.


Next, all you need to do is pin along side each of the open sides of the fabric. My Nana taught me to place my pins like this and then you can just sew down the middle of the pins. (This helps me  to not get pricked by the pins!)


Then sew along those pinned sides and turn the fabric to the right side! At this moment I like to press my pillow cover one more time before inserting the pillow insert inside of it.


And there you have it!! Simple as that! (Of course that is if you know how to sew a straight stitch!) I encourage all of my friends and blog readers to learn how to sew a straight stitch. I am not a pro by any means, but will be happy to hold a “beginning-sewing” lesson for a small fee for any of those interested. Sewing is a bit of a lost art especially for my generation and I so want us to carry on the traditions of our grandmothers!

Here is a final pic of my new Parisian Pillow in my room. Happy Sewing!


xoxo, Holly

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