I’m slightly guilty of hoarding toss pillows because I love refreshing my decor each season. The down side is that they take up a lot of space when they’re not in use. To save money and storage space, I’ve started making my own pillow covers. They are so easy to make and update!
1. You’ll need enough fabric for the front and back of the pillow. You can choose to do the same fabric on both sides, or have a different face and reverse. Measure the toss pillow you want to cover (they’re usually between 18″ x 18″ and 20″ x 20″).
2. Cut fabric squares out that are 1″ bigger than your pillow (if it was 18″ x 18″, you would cut out a 19″ x 19″ square).
3. Place your fabrics face sides together, and sew 3 sides with a 0.5″ seam allowance. You will also sew the 4th side a few inches on each side, but need to leave enough open to get your pillow into the shell. Don’t forget to back tack at the ends!
4. Trim the corners of the shell at a diagonal. This will allow you to have sharp corners on your pillow once it is stuffed.
5. Turn the cover face-side out and poke out each corner so they look nice. Next you have to get your pillow into the shell opening. I’ve found it best to roll the pillow as tight as I can, and re fluff once it’s in the shell. If you can’t get it through the opening, you can always open the seams a little.
6. Next you have to sew the opening closed. Again, I roll the pillow away from this edge so it will fit under my sewing machine. You can always hand sew if that is easier for you.
7. After the opening is closed, you just have to re-fluff the pillow! When you want to change the pillow cover, simply use a seam ripper to open the bottom seam and remove the cover. Easy!