Beginner DIY Pillow Tutorial

Beginner DIY Pillow Tutorial
Beginner DIY Pillow Tutorial
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Are you new to the sewing machine and looking for some basic sewing projects to get started on? Try this Beginner DIY Pillow Tutorial for an easy way to practice some of your basic sewing skills. This tutorial explains each step for sewing an envelope pillow cover, with are great for decorative pillows on your bed or throw pillows on your couch. When you start making pillow covers yourself, you can pick whatever pattern or texture of material you want for your pillows around the house. Sewing pillow covers is very simple; you'll be glad you took the time to learn this skill. 

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening


Primary TechniqueSewing


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Classic Stick Rotary Cutter (45 mm)
  • Cutting Mat (24" x 36")
  • Stitcher Scissors (No. 5)
  • Acrylic Ruler (6" x 24")
  • 1 yard cotton print fabric
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pillow form 14” x 14”


DIY Project Instructions

  1. Wash and iron your fabric.

  2. Lay the fabric on the cutting mat and use the acrylic ruler for accurate measurement. Cut one piece of fabric 14” x 14”. Cut two pieces of fabric 14” x 11”.

  3. Take one of the two smaller pieces and turn over one long edge ½” to the wrong side and ½” to the wrong side again. Press with an iron.

  4. Repeat for the second smaller piece of fabric.

  5. Sew the folded edges down on the machine. Trim excess threads with the Stitcher Scissors.

  6. Place your larger square of fabric on your cutting mat, with right side facing up. Lay one smaller piece on top, with the hemmed edge towards the center. Rights sides should be facing and raw edges matched. Pin the two pieces of fabric together.

  7. Lay the second smaller piece of fabric, face down, on top. The hemmed edge should again be at the center. Raw edges matched. Pin and then sew around the entire pillow cover.

  8. In order to turn corners on your machine, stop sewing ½” from the raw edge and wind the needle down into the fabric. Lift the presser foot and swivel the fabric 90 degrees. Lower the presser foot once more and continue to sew.

  9. To finish, clip the corners with the Stitcher Scissors and turn the cover the right way. Insert your pillow form and enjoy!

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This is a wonderfully clear tutorial and pillows are always a great way to get into sewing while providing a nice usable item to enjoy or to give as a gift. I have made several gift pillows and on some I have made it personalized by creating the word 'HOPE' in buttons or embroidering a name or other special word for the recipient! I have also appliqud desogns and embellished them with ribbons and buttons. Thanks for sharing!

I've only (successfully) made one pillow, and it was with a lot of help from my grandma. When I move into my new house, I'm going to make it a goal of mine to make more pillows! This way seems really easy :)


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