Step 3: How to measure for the cover

This is dead easy if your pillow has a cover.

Covered pillow:

  • take cover off, measure across and down
  • add one inch to each of these measurements

Uncovered pillow or pillow form:

  • use your measuring tape to conform to the curve of the pillow and take the measurements from seam to seam
  • add one inch to each of these measurements!

In this instructable, I'm covering a 16x26 inch pillow, so I'd consider my measurements to be 17x27.

We'll be cutting out three pieces all together, one for the front and two for the back. Many other tutorials just have you cut one long piece, but the I believe the extra seams make for a better fitting pillow. :)

<p>I just made a square one! I had to test out my new sewing machine. :) Nice and easy instructions. Thanks!</p>
<p>im trying to make one</p>
<p>Easy to follow directions. Whipped up a couple of pillows in one evening. I used pillow form in mine. Easy to get in and easy to take off to laundry.</p>
<p>I want to cover my couch cushions, I hope that it will work for that as well. On my leather couch, the seat cushions are getting dirty so I want to make washable covers to put on them</p>
<p>Square cushion covers might work better! You can modify this dog bed pattern to make them. :D</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-dog-bed/">http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-dog-bed/</a></p><p>Here's a ible showing how to I re-covered my old couch using that method:</p><p>http://www.instructables.com/id/Vintage-patio-set-into-an-awesome-couch-and-chair/</p>
Thank you very much for helping me, I do not know how to sew so this should be interesting.
<p>You can do it!! It's all straight lines, really. :)</p><p>Let me know if you get stuck on anything in particular and I'll try to help!</p>
<p>Those look amazing. I think I need new covers for my pillows now! <br></p>
<p>Thank you for the excellent instructions. So easy to follow and worked perfectly.</p>
<p>This is the first tutorial I found that was clear, thank you!! </p>
<p>Jessie, Thank you for the very good instructions. I had 30 inch European pillows and have been wanting to make cases for them. Your instructions were perfect and I did deduct 1 inch to make the cover tight. It worked perfectly! I didn't have enough fabric for the whole cover so I used blue and white ticking fabric for the back and blue and white buffalo check for the front. My pictures are on my tablet and I am not sure how to get them on here. Sorry. Thanks Again! Karen</p>
Good work...
Turned out perfectly!<br> <a href="http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j115/maximumVW/DSC_0016.jpg"><br> http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j115/maximumVW/DSC_0016.jpg</a>
Oooooh! I love the print! They look fantastic! :D
I took a long rectangle piece of fabric and just overlapped the selvages and serged down both sides. Your idea is good if you want to add a trim around the edge. I like it, simple and you can slip the cover off for cleaning.<br />
You rock! Thanks!!!
PINK IRON! How very <em>dare</em> you.<br/>
It's cute and dangerous! :D
I agree with Nacho, quite nice. Question, have you ever tried to simple double the length of the piece of fabric (plus an inch or so) and then just fold it over, eliminating one edge to sew?
I have - but without those side seams it can lack structure and look really frumpy. :) Plus, it can be a lot harder to keep everything pressed and measured throughout the process. :P
Ok, I was looking for your experience in that, which is why I asked instead of stating ;-) IIRC, the fold method was taught me in middle school, during my semester of Home Ec, when we did Gym bags. The heavier material might have helped however in keeping it even. Thanks...
. Very nice.
Thank you sir. :D

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