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How to Re-Cover a Pillow

If your pillows are looking old and outdated, give them a facelift and re-cover them with some fun new fabric.


  • Step 1: Wash and iron Wash and iron the fabric you want to re-cover your pillows with.
  • Step 2: Measure the pillow Measure across the curve of the pillow to find the length and width. Add 1 inch to both measurements.
  • TIP: If your pillow has a removable cover, take the cover off and use it as a template to measure the length and width of the pillow.
  • Step 3: Cut the front piece Cut one piece of fabric equal to your pillow’s measurements, plus 1 inch, for the front of your pillow cover.
  • Step 4: Cut the back pieces Cut two pieces of fabric that have the same width as the pillow, but are 6 inches shorter than the length. These will be the back of your pillow cover.
  • Step 5: Fold the back pieces and pin Fold the edge of one of the back pieces ¼-inch along the side that is the same width as the front piece. Then, fold it over one more time and pin it in place. Repeat with the other back piece.
  • Step 6: Sew sides Sew the hemmed sides down and remove the pins as you go.
  • Step 7: Lay pieces together Lay the front piece right side up. Lay the back pieces on top of the front with the right sides down and edges lined up, and pin them in place.
  • TIP: The back pieces will overlap a bit, leaving an open flap for removing the pillow later.
  • Step 8: Sew along the edge Sew along the edge of the cover, using a ½-inch seam allowance, and remove the pins as you go. Trim any loose threads.
  • Step 9: Turn right side out Turn the pillow cover right side out, put the pillow inside, and rest your creative head.
  • FACT: Sleeping on your stomach with your hands around the pillow and your head turned to one side can be good for digestion.

You Will Need

  • 1 to 2 yards fabric
  • Iron
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine

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