I like pillows. A lot. I like to pile them on my bed and my couch and anything else that sort of fits the bill and plop down into their mountain of softness.
So I was happy to learn how to make this very easy pillow cover. I'm a fan of changing decor often, and this lets you do that very inexpensively. While the rising price of pillows is not necessarily an issue of national concern, pillows these days are pretty overpriced. A single throw pillow at a lower end store will set you back a good $30, and for what? A pocket of cheap fiberfill. Something you can make at home.
This pillow case is as simple as it gets. One piece of fabric. Four seams. No zipper. No buttons. No closures of any kind. They're easily removable so you can take them off and wash them. You can follow these directions for any size square pillow form because they're based on whatever size you're using. So get ready...your couch is getting a makeover.
Easy Peasy Pillow Cover
1 square pillow form (Ikea is a really good place to get inexpensive ones,
or just recover one you already have!)
1/2 yard woven fabric for pillows less than 17"
3/4 yard woven fabric for pillows 18"-26"
*Note: cotton or cotton blends work the best. If your pillow form is larger than 18", you'll need to get fabric that is wider than the standard quilting weight 45" bolt.*
1. Measure the width of your pillow form along one side. Make sure to stretch it out to get the full measurement.
2. Cut a rectangular piece of fabric that is as wide as your pillow and 2.5 times longer.
3. One one short end, fold the raw edge towards the wrong side of the fabric 1/4" and press. Fold it 1/4" towards the wrong side again and press. Sew a seam along the fold. Repeat with the other short end.
4. Lay out your fabric horizontally with the right side facing up. Fold the left hemmed edge in to the center of the fabric. Then fold the right hemmed edge on top of it so that the distance from the two folds measures 1" smaller than your pillow. Pin fabric securely.
5. Sew a seam down each raw edge with a 1/2" seam allowance,
backstitching at beginning and end AND when you pass over the hems. Zig zag raw edges.
6. Turn your pillow inside out and CAREFULLY poke out the corners with a pencil eraser. Put your pillow form inside, plump it up, place on your couch, and enjoy!