Drab to Fab: A Pillowcase Tutorial

As y’all know we recently moved into a new house.  We also are doing our best to spread out major purchases and be “thrifty” in our decorating.  So, to add some color and spruce up our front porch rockers, I decided to cover some old pillows that I found.

It was so easy, I decided to make a little tutorial so you can do it too.

And boy do I have some ugly, faded pillows!

 First, measure the length and width of the pillows you want to recover.  I used 19″ square pillows, but these directions will work for any size square/rectangle pillow.  For the front piece of fabric, cut an inch longer and wider than your pillow.

For the back, measure an inch extra down, but 4-6 inches extra wide to account for the overlap.

Then, cut the back piece in half.

Fold over the raw seams of the two halves and sew.  I actually folded them over twice so I wouldn’t have to worry about fraying.  These two seams will be the overlapping part of your pillowcase.

Then pin the pillow case, right sides together, all the way around.  The long pieces will overlap.  Sew a 1/2″ seam around the edges and then use shears to trim excess.  Make sure you clip your corners too.

Turn the pillow case right side out.

And put your old, ugly pillow inside.

Tada!  You’d never even know those old things were in there!

And don’t they look so lovely?

Hmmm…what else needs new pillows now?!?!

If you use this tutorial, please let me know….I’d love to see your “new” pillows!


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  1. Love the fabric! I need to do that to the pillows on my couch. Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!