Simple Pillow Cover With Zipper




Introduction: Simple Pillow Cover With Zipper

About: Hi there! I'm a Franco-American hybrid who loves to learn new things. It could be an art, a craft or food. Over time, I've learned how to dance, play Taiko, carve linoleum, paint, make things out of yarn, sew,…

I love adding splashes of color around the house and that usually means making pillow covers.

This is a very simple way of making a pillow cover that would go over a new pillow insert or an old pillow you don't like anymore. The zipper makes the insert easily removable to wash the cover or simply put on another one, say, for a different season.

Step 1: You Will Need

- a pillow insert
- fabric
- a ruler
- a zipper (I used an invisible zipper)
- thread
- pins
- scissors or a rotary cutter
- a sewing machine (this could also be done by hand with more time).

Step 2: Measure and Cut Fabric + Zipper

Plan on 1/4" seams, which means you will need 1/2" more than your pillow measurements.

I cut 2 panels (which means if you wanted to, you could use 2 different fabrics!).

Cut your zipper with and extra inch on either end. I decided to put the zipper on the long end of my pillow.

Step 3: Pin and Sew 3 Sides

Right sides facing each other, pin the 3 sides that will NOT have the zipper.

Sew, rounding the corners a bit (this helps avoid the pillow to look like it has horns when we stuff it).

Step 4: Add the Zipper

Some people like sewing the zipper first, I do it both ways.

- sew shut the ends of your zipper (unless you had a full zipper to begin with, mine came from a roll I had to cut).

- turn your pillow cover right side out.

- pin one side of the zipper.

- using a zipper foot, sew on the first side.

- repeat with the second side, being careful that the zipper will not be crooked.

Step 5: Stuff and Enjoy!

Chop off your threads and stuff that pillow. Your done!

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    4 years ago

    Looks great! You can purchase the fabric here:


    5 years ago

    I made 4 pillow cases the other day without a tutorial and today I found this one. All I needed was to add the zipper and it would have came out way better. I'll save this one for next time.

    Very stylish! I love how simple you made it and that the outside can be taken off and washed!


    Reply 5 years ago

    nice new to sewing but definitely gonna try this