How To Sew Throw Pillow Covers

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Summertime is right around the corner I can feel it, literally! It had been in the high 90’s last week, but this week I am thankful for the break-in heat with cooler temperatures and a bit of rain. Get ready to gear up for the scorching summer days which means more time inside working on super quick and easy sewing projects! Today we will teach you How To Sew Throw Pillow Covers with this awesome beautiful fabric and easy-to-follow instructions. So get ready to gather all the supplies you need and in less than two hours you can have a beautiful new pillow cover to upgrade your home decor. Do you have friends and or family that always have cute, fun, and festive pillow covers? Well, now you can do it at a fraction of the cost and knowing that you did it yourself! I always loved learning new skills growing up and sewing was probably one of my favorites. I didn’t have to spend a fortune in stores for what I wanted or settle for a specific color or pattern due to what was available.

throw pillow cover top photo

Now you can wow your friends and family with your amazing sewing talents. You can even make them for gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or even as a host gift you are invited to! These also make great housewarming gift ideas for new homeowners or friends that have completed a renovation, so keep these in mind as a last-minute gift idea! Plus you can make a few for yourself and just change them out seasonally as making a new throw pillow cover is easy. Remember before we showed you how to make a Throw pillow but with this tutorial, you don’t have to make another pillow you just make a cover to go over it.

How to Sew Throw Pillow Covers

What You’ll Need:

Throw Pillow Cover Supplies

The good thing about this quick and easy sewing project is that you don’t have any special supplies to get! I will say that once you get a hang of sewing pillow covers like this patriotic stars pillow cover, you can get a more water-resistant fabric to switch out your outdoor pillows for fresh new ones that you make.

How To Sew Throw Pillow Covers

Cut fabric

First up on this how to sew throw pillow covers, I like to start by washing, drying, and ironing my fabric. This will act as a preshrinking process so that your stitches don’t pull out when you wash these removable throw pillow covers. Plus, it makes your fabric nice and crisp so that you can get nice, straight lines when you are cutting. Once you have done that, you are going to cut one piece of fabric 18×18 inches.

Measure and cut fabric

Next you will cut two pieces of fabric 11×18 inches. This is a general size based on my throw pillows. Measure the ones you have and made adjustments accordingly.

Sew hem

The next step on sewing throw pillow covers is to take the two 11×18 pieces of fabric and make a hem across the top on each. A hem is the edge of a piece of cloth or clothing that has been turned under and sewn. It keeps the raw edges of fabric from unraveling or tearing over time.

Clip layers together

Now you are going to place the 18×18 inch piece with the right side facing up. Place the 11×18 inch piece right side down on the top half of the 18×18 and place the second piece right side down on the bottom half of the 18×18 piece. This will create a space for you to get the throw pillow cover on and off. Clip or pin in place. If this is your first time ever sewing, remember to take your time. I had a hard time as a kid with reading comprehension so directions like this can be confusing. I love that I can provide images to help you along the way!

Sew around the edges

Stitch around all four sides of the pillow cover, making sure to leave a gap to turn the pillow cover right side out in the next step.

Clip corners and turn right side out

As you can see this is what your throw pillow cover will look like before you flip it right side out. Before you do that you are going to clip the corners but be sure not to clip the stitching. Doing this helps keep the corners clean looking and not bulky once turned right side out.

Flatten cover with hands

Ok, now it is time to flip it right side out. Remember as you do this it can be helpful to use your finger or a blunt object like the eraser end of a pencil to poke out all the corners. I told you this How to sew a throw pillow cover sewing project would be easy as you are basically done!

Stuff pillow inside cover

And that’s it! Now you know how to make a throw pillow cover! I love making several of these for every season so that I have an easy way to redecorate my space. Simply stuff your pillow into the opening and straighten out the flaps. Fluff and you are done! This is a perfect beginner’s sewing project that helps freshen up your decor with new throw pillow covers.

Fluff pillow and cover

This sewing project will turn your winter-themed pillows into fun and festive great for any occasion. Make one or make a ton more. They are easy to follow and use just a yard of fabric. Once you have made a few you can play around with different fabrics, textures, and really let your personality come out in your work. These are great for lounging on the couch watching a movie or snuggled in your favorite comfy chair to get lost in your new book. No matter what the reason we hope you had fun making this pillow cover with us today. Take a look around for some other sewing projects for beginners.

Easy Sew Throw Pillow Covers

If you like learning how to sew throw pillow covers, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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How To Sew Throw Pillow Covers

Pillow Cover Create Card

Stop buying pillows for every season! Instead, make this super fun and simple pillow covers. Easy to sew in an afternoon! I show you step by step how to sew throw pillow covers. So easy anyone can make them even as their first project!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $15.00


  1. Cut one piece of fabric 18x18 inches.
  2. Cut two pieces of fabric 11x18 inches. 
  3. Take the two 11x18 pieces of fabric and make a hem across the top on each. 
  4. Place the 18x18 inch piece wrong side down and right side facing up. Place one of the 11x18 pieces right side down on the top half of the 18x18 and place the second piece right side down on the bottom half of the 18x18 piece.
  5. Clip or pin in place. 
  6. Stitch around all four sides of the pillow cover.
  7. Clip the corners but be sure not to clip the stitching.
  8. Flip right side in.
  9. The pillow cover is now ready to cover your seasonal throw pillow.

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