Tutorial Tuesday: Pillow Slipcover

So, I’ve been trying to add color to my house and had some ugly pillows to redo.

Some brownish pillows that came with the couch when we bought it.

Yikes! Please ignore the messy background! Note to self: make sure not to include messy house when taking pictures).

Here is a tutorial on how to make a slipcover for your pillows.

I HAD to make mine with a zipper. Too many spills in this house, so the covers I made needed to be removable to throw in the wash.

That being said, all you need it fabric and a zipper for this project. Your zipper size depends on the size of the pillow you are re-covering. The bigger the pillow, the bigger the zipper. I used an 9-inch sipper and my pillow measured 17″x17″ (I wish I had used a slightly larger zipper to make it a little easier to stuff the old pillow into the slipcover, but it worked).

It’s important to remember that you need to wash and dry your fabric before you make these slipcovers. Otherwise, when you take it off to wash it after the “spill-proof” sippy cup spills all over your pillows, it won’t shrink up all weird.

So, after you wash your fabric, measure your pillow!

Like I said, mine measured 17″x17″. 

Then add one inch all around for seam allowances.

You need two panels, so I cut out two 18″x18″ squares out of my fabric.

 Serge or double-fold the end that you are going to attach to the zipper. If you serged the end, fold it down 1/4″.

Lay both panels right side up and line up raw edges. The edges that you have folded over should meet up in the middle.

Center your zipper in the middle of the folded edges and pin in place. Make sure that the zipper teeth are right side up.

Using your zipper foot, sew zipper on both sides. You may need to wiggle the end pull-tab pf the zipper around when sewing on that part.

After zipper is sewn on, fold right sides together (that’s the zipper at the top).

Make sure to open up your zipper a little before you do the next step. Or, you will suffer later. You’ll see why.

Using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew all the raw edges together, including the zipper end pieces that has not been sewn together yet.

Clip your four corners, making sure not to clip through your stitching.

Un-zip the zipper all the way now and turn your pillow right side out. This is why I told you to un-zip it a little in the previous step….it would stink to have to work the zipper with your pillow sewn shut (trust me, I speak from experience).

Stuff your old pillow in and enjoy your new pillow!

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One Response to Tutorial Tuesday: Pillow Slipcover

  1. Brandi says:

    Love the way they POP in your living room! Next tutorial…kitchen back-splash 😉

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