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Spruce up your space instantly with a customized pillow cover!

Throw pillows are a home decor must have!

Adding them to a room is the easiest way to change up your decor.

They can brighten up any room and change the mood for any season.

Although they are great to have, chances are you don’t have a lot of storage space for plethora of seasonal pillows.

That’s why we love pillow covers!

In fact, having a supply of pillow covers is a great way to update any room in your home without breaking the bank.

Additionally, by making your own pillow covers you’ll be able to customize them specific to your style.

All you need is some fabric, thread, zipper and basic sewing skills to create the perfect #DIYPillowCover.

Trust me, if I can do this, so can you!

See our video tutorial below.

With my mom by my side, you’ll see first hand how I sewed an invisible zipper for my first time! It’s easier than you think.

Follow these simple steps for an easy way to bring new life into any room in no time at all.

Cut Fabric to Size

Fabric scissors placed on red plaid fabric.

First you’ll want to determine the correct size for your pillow cover.

Begin by measuring the pillow form from seam to seam.

For example, our pillow forms are 20″ square.

Then you’ll want to allow for a 1/2″ seem allowance around the pillow cover.

So add an additional inch to your pillow form measurement.

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Attach Zipper to Pillow Cover

Closed invisible zipper placed on top of red plaid fabric.
Press open the invisible zipper before sewing.

First, take a look at the invisible zipper closed, you’ll notice that the front surface is flat.

When you unzip the zipper you’ll notice that the teeth of the zipper roll.

Turn the opened zipper to the back side and flatten the teeth edge with a hot iron.

Invisible zipper is pinned onto the red plaid fabric.
Invisible zipper is pinned onto the red plaid fabric.

Now line the fabric pieces up, right sides together and fold the zipper edge back about an inch.

Then place the zipper along the edge of the pillow cover. Align the right side of the zipper with the right side of the fabric and pin into place.

Repeat with the other side of the zipper.

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Stitching invisible zipper to red plaid fabric.

Place a zipper foot on your sewing machine.

Then align the teeth edge of the zipper about 1/8″ away from the edge of the zipper foot.

The 1/8 allowance will allow the zipper to open and close with ease.

However if you stitch too close it will be hard to get the zipper to close once sewn into place.

TIP: To stitch the opposite side of the zipper, begin by sewing from the bottom of the zipper to the top. This way you can avoid changing the zipper foot which will save a lot of time, especially if you’re sewing multiple pillow covers at a time.

Stitch Pillow Cover

Zipper sewn to red plaid fabric.

Once the zipper has been sewn into place, zip it until there is a 2-3 inch opening.

Pin the pillow cover together with a pin in each corner and one along each edge.

Along the edge with the zipper, place a pin at the top of the zipper where the teeth begin, and another at the bottom of the zipper.

Stitching red plaid fabric for an easy pillow cover for Christmas.

Align the edge of pillow cover fabric at the 1/2″ mark on the machine.

Begin stitching the pillow cover at the top edge of the zipper.

Stitch a straight line to each corner leaving 1/2″ fabric from the end.

Place the needle down into the fabric, lift up the pressure foot and pivot the fabric to align the next edge with the 1/2″ mark.

Repeat on all sides.

Pivot and stitch the remaining length to the bottom of the zipper and knot.

Turn and Press

Trimming corners of red plaid fabric after stitching pillow cover.

To create nice crisp corners, trim each corner at an angle about 1/8″ away from the stitch mark.

Pressing red plaid fabric with iron.

Open the zipper, turn the pillow cover right side out and press all four edges before stuffing with the pillow form.

Easily sew pillow cover for seasonal decor. Three plaid pillows in Christmas fabric on a grey sectional.

Turns out sewing an invisible zipper is easier than I thought!

Makes me wonder why I haven’t learned sooner.

Now I want to run out and buy myself some fabric and spruce our home up for Christmas!

Easily sew pillow cover for seasonal decor. Two plaid pillows in Christmas fabric on a grey sectional.

In all, I made 6 pillow covers for my parents home in just an afternoon!

In less than 30 minutes each, and with the fabric at about $4/yd, this is definitely an affordable project!

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Easily sew pillow cover for seasonal decor. Pillows in Christmas fabric on a grey sectional.

Throw pillows are a decorator’s best friend.

They are an easy way to add color and pattern to any room and can be swapped out for the seasons or for special occasions.

But if you don’t have a lot of storage space, having a supply of pillow covers is the way to go!

As you’ve learned, you can make your own customized seasonal pillow covers in no time at all.

Get started today!

Happy sewing!

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Easily sew pillow cover for seasonal decor. Two plaid pillows in Christmas fabric on a grey sectional.

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