Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew a pillow?

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A pillow cover can be something you’ve been searching for, but so far you’ve only come across a few options. In the absence of a body pillow cover in most retailers, you may need to learn how to make one yourself.

If you can’t afford to purchase pillow case covers at full retail, you may want to learn how to make your own.

Don’t be concerned. Sewing a pillow cover is easy, and we’ll teach you how to do it in this guide.

How To Sew A Pillow : The Tools You’ll Need to Make a Pillow

how to make a pillow

Pillow cases can be put together without a sewing machine, although having one may speed things up a little.

Sewing a pillow cover is as easy as pie, provided you have a needle, spool of thread, and the necessary fabric choice.


Choosing a pillow is all about how it feels on your head and body.

For pillow coverings, satin is a popular choice because of its wrinkle-resistant properties and silky feel, but it’s also rather expensive.

Flannel and cotton are two of the most frequent fabrics for pillow cases, and they’re also inexpensive. For ornamental pillows, you may get away with rougher fabrics, but people may still try to sleep on them.

Sewing Needle and Thread

Even though it is time-consuming, hand stitching is simple.

Sewing projects usually need a length of thread that is twice as long as the actual length of the item, plus an additional 4-6 inches for ease of finishing.

Using a needle and thread, insert the thread through the needle’s eye and pull until both sides of the thread are equal in length.

Tighten them up by looping them together and pressing both ends of the thread through at the same time.

Keep them tied in the same area at least twice more as a precautionary measure to prevent them from coming undone by mistake. Start by tying a knot in it. This will keep your fabric in place as you stitch.

Sewing Machine

Sewing Machine

In the case of a sewing machine, begin and finish each line by stitching a little ahead, doubling over your work by pressing the reverse switch and moving forward over the same area. This will guarantee that you don’t lose any of your work.

Sewing Pillow Cases: Normal and Body Pillows

The length of your pillow should be increased by one inch once you have measured the size of your pillow.

Make a single piece of cloth by folding your fabric in half, then cutting along the fold.

Place it so that the design is facing up when it is unfolded. It’s the bulk of the pillow.

You’ll also want a pillow case cuff to keep the opening secure.

Cut out the cuff from another or the same folded piece of cloth. Cut a 12-inch piece from your width, using the same length as previously. Don’t let the tension build.

Cuffs should be laid at the right end of the main body fabric, with the raw edges facing the same direction and aligned, while keeping the cuff folded.

Cloth pins may be used to keep the pieces of fabric in place while you sew.

The closer you can go while still stitching in a straight line, the better, especially when using a sewn-on stitch. Use a large needle to sew close to the edge with a running thread if you are sewing by hand. Try to keep all of your stitches in the same direction as possible. As you stitch, take out the pins.

When you’re done, lay the cuff out so that the stitching you just did won’t be visible. Fold the cuff and main body materials in half along the widths such that the raw edges meet each other when laid out in front of you with the cuff to the right. You should now be facing the fabric’s underside.

Using pins, secure the pillow case’s left and bottom edges as you sew them together. Put your pillow inside by inverting it.

Step-by-step instructions for sewing pillowcase covers

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Add one inch to the width and length of your pillow once you’ve measured its dimensions.

These proportions will need you to cut out two squares of cloth. Make a pattern by laying one square face-up and then laying the second square face-down on top.

As you sew, leave a gap of about half an inch between your stitch and the fabric’s edge.

Stitch up from the top left corner, bend sharply right, and sew down the pillow’s top side, starting about an inch below it.

The right and bottom sides of the cushion should be sewn, then the left side should be sewed up one inch. End the stitch by tying it off or sewing it back over.

Remove the fabric’s corners. Insert the pillow inside the pillow cover by inverting the case over the head of the bed. Slipstitch the gap closed by hand with a small to medium length needle by folding in the raw edges of the left side by half an inch.

And that’s it! When you have the proper training, you have access to an infinite number of design options.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)


Are you able to make a pillow by hand?

Begin pinning 2 inches from one of the bottom corners and continue pinning until you reach the other bottom corner. Start hand-sewing from the bottom border of the pillow, where your first pin is located, and work your way up the cushion. Begin by bringing your needle up through both layers of the fabric from the bottom side of the cloth and through the middle.

What kind of cloth do you use to make your pillow cases?

In terms of fabric choices for a pillowcase, there are just a few conventional alternatives. Known for being soft and breathable, cotton may frequently provide the appearance of a high-end product while being reasonably priced. Microfiber and polyester are additional low-cost and wrinkle-resistant fabrics to choose from. Opt for silk or linen for a more opulent look and feel.

How many yards of fabric do I need to make a pillow that is 26 by 26 inches?

You will just need 1.6 yards of 58′′ wide fabric to produce the same number of pillows and in the same size. If your fabric is 58 inches wide (1.47 meters), you’ll need 1.6 yards (1.5 meters) to create two 26-inch-square pillows from a single piece.

What is the optimal size difference between a pillowcase and a pillow?

You should choose a pillowcase that is 1/2 to 1 inch longer than the length of the pillow and 2 1/2 to 4 inches wider than the breadth of the pillow if you are purchasing a ready-made pillowcase.

Which pillow material is the most comfortable?

If you are seeking for a cushion that is neither too firm nor too soft, a microfibre pillow is a wonderful choice. In order to give optimum support and avoid head and neck discomfort caused by sleeping on an inadequate pillow, the pillow should be firm. Aside from that, microfibre is one of the most comfortable pillow fabrics for sleeping.

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Aithley Balder

Hello there, my name is Aithley Balder from Texas. I am a cookware, sewing, toilet, technology enthusiast and I have been sharing my passion with my friends and likeminded folks for close to 4 years now. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via the contact page.

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