Easy to do DIY pillow cases


20″ long zipper

1 1/2 yard of fabric per pillow (get them cut this way it will make it easier)

26″ x 26″ IKEA pillow insert (per pillow you plan to make)

     sewing machine and sting of your choice

I was in search of a patterned accent pillow. I looked everywhere for the perfect one to add color and pattern for my bed. I like simple natural colors so before my bed was looking a dull and colorless. I found a fabric that I fell in love with and decided I would make my own pillow cases!

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First I bought all of my materials that I need the pillow inserts I got are the 26″ x 26″ pillows from IKEA, but you dont have to get them from there if you can  find something similar. Then I bought a yard and a half of fabric per pillow, I had them cut the fabric in pieces so that it would be easier to have the fabric ready to use. You will have some extra fabric, but because of the square size of the pillow you can only get one for every yard and a half of fabric.

Next I folded the fabric in half and measured a 29″x 29″ square. Since the pillow puffs out the extra 3 inches will be necessary for the puff and for the stitching. Next cut 3 of the sides leaving the folded side as it is. (That will be one less side to sew) Then reverse the fabric so that the outside pattern is facing each other. First you need to sew the zipper on. I recommend attaching the zipper to either side that would be perpendicular to the folded side not the parallel side. Pin the zipper in place and sew it to each side. (It is important to put the zipper on fist so you can easily reverse the pillow right side out after it is sewn together on the other sides) Make sure that you are attaching the zipper so that the the seam wont show. So you will be sewing the zipper front facing front so when you flip it inside out that the seam will be hidden and seamless. ***UNZIP THE ZIPPER NOW THAT IT IS SEWN IN PLACE, YOU MUST DO THIS NOW OR YOU WONT BE ABLE TO REVERSE YOUR PILLOW AFTER THE NEXT STEP, IT WILL GET SEWN SHUT. Next pin and sew the other two sides in a straight line so you should have a square. Last flip your cover inside out and stick the pillow inside and zip up! If your cases are a little baggy wash them and dry them and they will shrink up a little bit.

Hope you enjoy your new pillows as much as I do! Feel free to comment with any questions!!

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