Easy 2-Seam Pillow Cover {No Cutting or Measuring!}

 The trick to making pillow covers that require no measuring or cutting in a matter of minutes. Great for that seasonal decorating! From TheDomesticHeart.comAs a busy working momma and blogger, I love projects I can do in a very short amount of time, like my 5 Minute DIY Vintage Industrial Pendant Light.  Today’s project is not only quick, but thrifty as well.  The supplies only cost $3, and I had enough to make two pillows!  You’ve probably seen other’s make pillow covers out of cloth napkins, but these are made from inexpensive tea towels I picked up at TJ Maxx the other day.  Aren’t they cute?

The trick to making pillow covers that require no measuring or cutting in a matter of minutes. Great for that seasonal decorating! From TheDomesticHeart.comThe trick to making pillow covers that require no measuring or cutting in a matter of minutes. Great for that seasonal decorating! From TheDomesticHeart.com

I really love this method because it’s no fuss – you don’t have to measure or cut, which is usually pretty time consuming when sewing.  If you’d like to make some pillow covers of your own, here’s how.

1) Purchase tea towels – TJ Maxx and Marshals have a lot of great options for only a few dollars each!  Tea towels generally measure about 20″ by 28″, so you will be able to cover a pillow that’s no larger than 18″ x  14″.  My larger pillow was 18″ x 14″ and it barely fit.

2) Lay the tea towel face down, place the pillow on top, and then fold the towel over it, placing seam where you want it.  Ideally, you would want it somewhere near the middle of the back of the pillow.  On my smaller pillow I had to place the seam close to the bottom in order to get the grain sack stripes to show.  This did make it more difficult, but not impossible.21The trick to making pillow covers that require no measuring or cutting in a matter of minutes. Great for that seasonal decorating! From TheDomesticHeart.comThe trick to making pillow covers that require no measuring or cutting in a matter of minutes. Great for that seasonal decorating! From TheDomesticHeart.com

3) Pull the folded part over snug and pin it in place on the sides.  Then pinch the sides tight against the pillow and pin on one side, then the other, as shown.  This is where you will sew your seam and is how you are able to skip the measuring and cutting.  Try to pin in a straight line as much as possible.

The trick to making pillow covers that require no measuring or cutting in a matter of minutes. Great for that seasonal decorating! From TheDomesticHeart.com

4) Remove the pillow form very carefully (those pins are sharp!) through the flap created by the fold. (This pic actually shows the pillow being reinserted into the finished cover, but you get the idea :))The trick to making pillow covers that require no measuring or cutting in a matter of minutes. Great for that seasonal decorating! From TheDomesticHeart.com

5) Using the straight pins as a guide, sew a seam along each edge.  If you have a good sewing machine, you really just need to start the seam at the right point, and then make sure you don’t pull or twist the fabric as it feeds through the machine.  I am fortunate enough to be able to use my MIL’s Bernina, so all I had to do was start my seam on the first pin, and then just allow the fabric to feed unimpeded.The trick to making pillow covers that require no measuring or cutting in a matter of minutes. Great for that seasonal decorating! From TheDomesticHeart.com

6) You will want to trim the excess fabric so that you don’t have extra bulk inside the cover.

The trick to making pillow covers that require no measuring or cutting in a matter of minutes. Great for that seasonal decorating! From TheDomesticHeart.com

Turn the cover right side out.  This is what the back of my large cover looks like.

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Stuff your pillow throughout the flap.  It was a pretty tight squeeze for the larger pillow, so I have a tiny gap at the back.  I knew this would bug me, so I just sewed a little piece of velcro on to close the flap.8

Yay!  Two adorable pillow covers for a very small investment of time and money!  Gotta love DIY!  I love the way they look with my new DIY Pottery Barn inspired headboard, which I shared in this post.

The trick to making pillow covers that require no measuring or cutting in a matter of minutes. Great for that seasonal decorating! From TheDomesticHeart.comThe trick to making pillow covers that require no measuring or cutting in a matter of minutes. Great for that seasonal decorating! From TheDomesticHeart.comThe trick to making pillow covers that require no measuring or cutting in a matter of minutes. Great for that seasonal decorating! From TheDomesticHeart.com

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Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post!  If you make a pillow cover using this method I’d love to see it and share it on my social sites!

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  1. says

    What a great idea! I’m thinking some of the towels at Anthropologie would be great for this project…although that would up the cost (as all things at Anthro tend to do)! Even so it would be less than pillows normally would. Thanks for the great idea! I’m hosting a “Found & Foraged” link party this Saturday at 8 PM at http://www.averystreetdesign.com and would love to have you link up. Hope to see you there!
    Laura Irion recently posted…shopping for…christmas cardsMy Profile

    • says

      Yes that is the hardest part is learning the machine, I put off any sewing for the last 8 months cause I didn’t want to have to learn how to use my mother-in-law’s machine!

  2. says

    oh I want to go find some neat towels now!! I love this! Thanks for sharing this at the Create link Inspire party. it’s being featured today at Nap-Time Creations… I’ve shared it all over my social meadia.. i’d love any reshares you could do, thanks! Emily
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  3. Kathy says

    Shelly I adore you pillows. One question. I have square pillows but I have never purchased rectangular ones except small baby pillows, where did you find the rectangular pillows? Thanks

    P. S. Just signed up to receive your blog.

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