Quilted Pillow Covers – Simple DIY Tutorial

Hey, my friends. I am going to share with you a simple tutorial about how to make quilted pillow covers.

I used to associate quilting with old time traditions, grandmothers and huge duvets that take a long time to make. Even though they’re kind of pretty, I just didn’t think they fit in with my style. But recent trends have changed my mind, all of the quilted sweatshirts that have been ubiquitous on fashion blogs and the streets of London have shown me that quilting can also be cool.

Before venturing into the complicated world of quilting clothing, I did however want to try quilting out on something easy to make. There’s a good reason making pillows is popular in the crafting world- quilted pillow covers are great beginner projects, requiring sewing a few straight lines only, but fun for seasoned crafters as well, because of how satisfying they are to make. You can completely change the feel of a room with a few new quilted pillow covers, and they only takes an hour or two to make!

A good idea for this project is to use a faux quilt fabric- a fabric printed with a design made to look like someone has taken the time to cut and piece together a beautiful patchwork… so you don’t actually have to. You can find some in quilt shops, but there’s a whole world of faux quilt fabrics on the internet.


What You’ll Need For Making Quilted Pillow Covers:

for 1 square pillow cover, but you can change the shape to fit with the design on the fabric)

  •  approximately 20inches of fabric (assuming it’s at least 4ft wide)
  • 20in fusible fleece
  • 4 matching buttons
  • matching thread
  • scissors, pins, other sewing equipment



Quilted Pillow Covers DIY Tutorial:

1. Lay the fabric flat and cut out a square of fabric in which the design of the fabric looks good, For me, it was a 20in x 20in square.

2. Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the fabric by pressing it carefully with a hot iron and a pressing cloth. (Be careful to lay the fleece on the fabric with the fusible side down – that’s the one with a bit of shine to it, otherwise you’ll fuse it to the pressing cloth. )

3. First quilt all the lines that outline the designs on your fabric (basically just top stitch around them). Then you’ll fill in all of areas you want quilted. Sewing in straight lines around designs is obviously the easiest way to go (you can even draw the lines on the fabric with air erasable fabric pen if you’re not comfortable doing it freehand) or you can try some more complicated designs. A Google search will yield tons of ideas, if you want to be adventurous.


4. Now you have to prepare the back of the pillow. Cut out two rectangles, both as wide as your original piece of fabric, but one with approximately 45% of the length and one with approximately 65% of the length. For me that yielded to a 20in x 8in rectangle and a 20in x 14in rectangle.


5. Hem both pieces on one side. Then sew 4 buttonholes at the hemmed edge of the longer piece. If you have a differently shaped pillow or a pillow of a different size, just place the buttons on top and play around until you think they look nice. Mark those places and sew the buttonholes.


6. Place the quilted fabric right side up. Then place the longer back piece (the one with the button holes) on top of it right side up, and then place the shorter piece on top of both of them, also right side down. Pin all around the edges and sew.


7. Cut away all of the corners and turn the cover. Push all of the corners out. The last thing you have to do is to attach all of the buttons by hand, and your new quilted pillow covers are done!

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8. The last thing is just to enjoy your new quilted pillow covers.