Sew Simple Foldover Pillow Cover

Are you here for the Sew Mama Sew! Giveaway?  Welcome!  You have until 11:59PM CST on Thursday, May 20, 2010 to enter and this is the fabric that is being given away!  So click on the sweet eggplant pennants fabric below and you’ll be redirected to the giveaway post (or you could right click and select Open Link in New Tab so you can enter the giveaway and also read this post)!  🙂


Are you here to stay (I sure hope so!) and need an idea for what to sew with the fabric if you win??  Here’s what I would make if I won (since I’m still a beginner at sewing)!  A simple foldover pillow cover that takes merely 10 minutes to make!  Now who doesn’t love a quick and easy tutorial?  OK, grab your fabric and thread, turn your sewing machine on and let’s go!  Oh how I wish I could rig the giveaway so I could win!  😉

Sew Simple Foldover Pillow Cover Tutorial adapted from Apartment Therapy

Based on a 16″ x 16″ pillow, I like to make my covers into 17″ by 17″ squares because I don’t like them super snug.

1) First cut your fabric into a rectangle with these measurements:
L = (pillow size x 2) + 6″ = 38″
W = (pillow size) + 2″ = 18″

2) Hem around all edges of the rectangle about 1/2″.

3) Fold one short end toward the center of the rectangle with the “finished side” of the hem facing down.  The length of the foldover portion about be

X = (pillow size / 2) + 2″ = 10″

4) Fold the opposite side towards the middle by 10″ as well.  The middle portion should be 17″ and the foldover should overlap by 3″.  (Oh dear, I feel like I haven’t done math since 4th grade.  This took me quite some time to calculate out the measurement, so sad.)

5) Sew shut the two open sides of the square.

6) Turn the cover right side out through the center.

7) Iron and you’re done!  Oh and don’t forget to insert the pillow inside the cover of course!

Don’t you think the eggplant pennant fabric from Olive Manna that I am giving away would match well with the pillow I made?


  1. May 19, 2010 / 11:55 pm

    oh my goodness this is so great!!!!
    i’m always lusting after high priced pillows…
    how great is it to make them yourself and save bundles of money!??
    THANKS so much for this!!

  2. May 20, 2010 / 5:53 am

    Fabulous and quick DIY Sandy! I love it. I think you deserve more credit than you give yourself…. you are not a novice at all.. well, at least not to me. You got skillz woman! 🙂 If we lived closer, I’m sure we’d be sewing buddies, and of course regular buddies too! I am still crossing my fingers and toes for that fabric.. I neeeeeeed it!! ha ha ha. I’m sound so crazy. But I am.. and I love that!

    I ate some Maui Onion chips the other day and thought of you. 🙂 Oh, please don’t think I’m stalker-ish!! ha ha ha. BIG HUG girlie.

    xx Love & Aloha

  3. May 20, 2010 / 8:00 am

    Alright it is official, I need you to come to my home and teach me how to sew. My sewing machine still hasn’t even been turned on. I have to get on that. Great tutorial!!

  4. May 20, 2010 / 8:17 am

    What a lovely pillow! And yes, the fabric would look great next to it.

    Have a fantastic day 🙂

  5. May 20, 2010 / 9:19 am

    Yay, I’m so excited about this tutorial!! Totally making these pillows. I’ve had the fabric and the pillows forever but not the guts to actually make anything. I think even I could actually pull these off. But I think I will make my husband do the math, it has been quite some time since that part of my brain was turned on!

  6. Sheena
    May 20, 2010 / 9:44 am

    I love this tutorial! Pillows are my fav thing to sew!!

  7. May 20, 2010 / 11:03 am

    I have two pillows that need makeovers, totally going to follow your awesome tutorial!

  8. May 20, 2010 / 11:11 am

    Thank you again for such a sweet comment! It was much appreciated!
    I am here to stay…but not to sew. I learned when I was very very little, but after sewing as kind of a chore for waaaay too many year….I have developed a strong mental block. BUT, sewing makes others happy & I absolutely love the pillow!

  9. May 20, 2010 / 2:01 pm

    Cute pillows girl. This is how I make my pillow covers!

  10. j*tang
    May 20, 2010 / 7:51 pm

    LOVE that fabric!!! my favorite accent color 🙂

  11. May 20, 2010 / 11:12 pm

    Sandy – so glad you shared the tutorial on making the pillow cover! I can’t think of a better way to use that gorgeous fabric … hope I win 🙂

  12. May 21, 2010 / 12:06 am

    Cute tutorial! 🙂 I’ve just learned how to make such a pillow case, it’s great. 🙂

  13. May 21, 2010 / 4:03 am

    Fantastic tutorial and beautiful pillow! That fabric is so pretty! And thanks for doing the math! Why do I still flinch when I see X = ? 😉

  14. May 24, 2010 / 3:11 pm

    Oh my goodness it looks fantastic!! Great job, Sandy! I’ve been really wanting to make a bunch of pillows for our couch because pillow are SO expensive and fabric is SO cheap! It hardly makes sense!

    Anyway, I’ve been scared to try, but I’m totally going to give it a go now! Thanks for the tutorial! :]

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