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No-Sew Pillow Cover Tutorial

Pillows are so easy to make with or without a sewing machine.  Here is a tutorial for a no-sew pillow cover.  I used some extra fabric from my closet and a pillow insert I already had that has been screaming for a new cover.  All you need is fabric and iron-on hem tape to make this.  The best part about these is that the cover is removable–so it’s super easy to throw in the wash when needed (a MUST for my house)!

My pillow form was 20″ so I measured my fabric 19″.  You’ll want to measure the fabric about one inch smaller than the pillow so that you get a nice fluffy pillow .

To make it removable, I measured one 19 x 19 inch square and two 19 x 14 inch pieces as shown below.

The smaller pieces will create an overlapping flap in the back to put your pillow form in.  Take both smaller pieces and iron a seam on one end.

Cut a piece of your hem tape to size and place inside the seams you just created.  Iron over the seam, holding for about 3 seconds in each spot to make sure the tape sticks well to the fabric.  Do this to both smaller pieces.

Take the larger square and place it right side up.  Place one of the small pieces facing down on top.

Do the same with the other piece.  Those two pieces will overlap on the back and it should look like the picture below when you are done.

Measure the hem tape and iron it on around all 4 sides of the pillow, holding the iron
in each place for about 3 seconds as before.

Let the pillow cool for about one minute just to make sure the tape is set and will not come loose.
Turn the cover right side out and stuff your pillow form in through the flap on the back.

Here is the finished product.

These pillow covers are just as simple to make with a sewing machine.  If you don’t have one, or don’t
think you’re sewing savvy enough, then try these out with the hem tape.  It’s so easy and
SO MUCH CHEAPER than buying a pre-made cover.


  1. Gerilyn says:

    I’d really like to make some of these pillows, but the pictures don’t show up right. It’s just a very small part of the picture that shows. Can you check this? Maybe it’s just my computer. Thanks, Heidi.

  2. mandy says:

    desperately need to make new pillows for a craft room. love this idea but can’t see all the pictures with this tutorial – only showing a very small part of the picture – can you check this?

  3. Pam says:

    Thanks for this!! Following your steps, I just made a pillow from fabric scrap my sister had left over from doing seat covers for kitchen chairs . (She got the chairs from Goodwill for $25 and they look great with her existing table.) Now she’ll have a matching pillow for the adjoining family room, at no extra cost! Love your site.

  4. sara says:

    Would love to try this but can’t see the pictures! Are you able to fix them?

  5. Tamika D. says:

    These are fab! Cannot wait to try to make some. I will let you know how they turned out. Cute.

  6. Karyn says:

    I just made some of these, but I REALLY wish that some of the pictures/directions were a bit more clear. I ended up with a big flap on the back of each of my pillows (because to my understanding I wasn’t supposed to attach it down), and it looks kind of ridiculous. Also, when trying to stuff my pillows into the covers, it starts to rip the seams. Help!


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