Simple Throw Pillow Slipcover
Simple Throw Pillow Slipcover

Simple Throw Pillow Slipcover

I’ve been on the hunt for some cute, but cheap throw pillows for our couch for quite some time – why are they so hard to find!? Finally I decided I should just find cheap pillows in the size I wanted and then cover them with a fabric I like…

I found these on a local for sale site – they’re 18″ and I got them for $8 total – not tooo shabby.

This fabric I got for free from our local “free-cylce” group and I knew I wanted to use it as soon as I decided I was going to cover my own pillows! For my 18″ square pillows, I cut two 19″x43″ strips {one for each pillow.} The 19″ is the height, and I just added 1″ for the seam allowance. For the length I knew I wanted thicker hems for the overlapping flaps {2″} and I wanted allow 3″ to overlap my pillow opening: 18+18+2+2+3= 43″.

After ironing my fabric strips smooth, I folded each end over 2″, ironed them flat, and then hemmed them using the edge of the foot pedal as my guide for the seam. {I did one at a time.}

It was really hard to tell which side was the “right” side with this fabric, but you want the “raw” edge of the ends to be on the back side of the fabric.

To line up my overlapping flaps, I folded my fabric in half and marked the middle with a pin in either end.

I then overlapped the ends making sure they measured 3″ from the beginning of one flap to the end of the other.

Next, I pinned the middle of the flaps to the middle of the fabric on both sides and sewed the ends closed.

Here’s what the end looked like after sewing it shut:

And then I turned the pillowcase right-side out through the pillow opening…

And inserted my pillows!

I love how they turned out… and how simple it was to make these!


  1. Mulder Shannon

    I'm also loving the gray striped look as well! I made some pillows and curtains with some similar looking fabric and I'm totally love it! Mini makeovers are so fun aren't they? 🙂

  2. MalloryMusing

    They turned out awesome! I am going to do this once we paint our living room.  Cute throw pillows are so freaking expensive, I going to just recover the ones I have already.

  3. How great are these??? Now, if only I knew how to sew… lol 🙂 There are some things I'm pretty god at, and sewing is unfortunately not one of them! ha!

    GLAD you found me and commented on my blog! Super stoked to get to know you better! Following you too!!


  4. Great post Kate!  I make all of my pillow covers this way.  Sometimes it is hard to tell which side is the raw side, but most of the time the raw side looks slightly lighter than the other.  And when you buy it from the fabric store, it's folded so that the outside of the fabric is facing out to the customer…so the inside is the raw side.  Good job on adding an 1in. to the height to give room for the pillow…some people don't do that, and the pillow case ends up looking too tight.  Also luv how you displayed the pillows so that the stripes are going in diff. directions..nice photo layout =)  luv luv luv!!

  5. Becca

    They look beautiful! I am so going to try these, I have some fabric I want to turn into pillows but had no idea how to do it. Thanks for the tutorial!

    P.S. thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. The pork chops are amazing, I think you'll love them!

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