The Easiest Pillow Cover Ever

by leanneja on March 30, 2011 · 105 comments

in Fabric Crafts

This is the easiest pillow cover ever. No measuring! No sewing! Just fold and tie. You need a piece of fabric 3 times as wide plus a few more inches and twice as tall plus a few more inches as the pillow. Place the pillow in the center, on the wrong side of the fabric.

I used pinking shears to cut the fabric so it wouldn’t fray. Start by folding the bottom half of the fabric to the center of the pillow.

Then fold the top down to the center.

Fold both ends like the picture. Sorry, I don’t know how to explain it.

Bring one side over the top of the pillow.

Then the other side.

Now tie the ends in a square knot. To tie a square knot you take the fabric over-under then under-over.

Ta-Da! Hey, I don’t sew much and this is the perfect no-sew solution.

I love the knot.

And it looks great on the loveseat.

It even looks great on the back if I want to switch sides.

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Ali March 30, 2011 at 11:23 pm

this is fantastic. And it looks so much cuter than if you sewed a square. Love it

Whitney Ulrich March 31, 2011 at 1:08 am

I am soooo doing this! I LOVE it mom seriously i want to make some right now but i guess ill have to wait since it is 1 in the morning :)

Kim March 31, 2011 at 4:42 am

LOVE this. I’m not very into sewing, so this is perfect for me!! Thanks for the great idea.

Catherine March 31, 2011 at 4:48 am

Oh my! I adore this – -so quick & easy…and perfect for someone fickle like me that wants to change pillow covers pretty much all the time. Thanks so much for sharing – - and for the easy to follow pictures. :)

Heather L. March 31, 2011 at 4:59 am

Wow, this looks amazing, I can’t believe it’s that easy! I am going to try this for sure – thanks for the inspiration!

Visiting from the CSI Pillow party =)

Gina March 31, 2011 at 5:55 am

Ingenious and cute!

Sharon at Momof6 March 31, 2011 at 6:50 am

Now this is a project I CAN DO! I love it- so simple and it really looks great! Can you share some tips on finding fabrics?

Kristie @ Making life a Bliss March 31, 2011 at 10:00 am

Wow! That was super easy. I just came over from the CSI project and I love this pillow! Thanks for sharing!

kristie @ making life a Bliss

Kelli @ A House to Fill March 31, 2011 at 11:35 am

This is brilliant. I’ve hated the pillows that came with our sofa for years. I think I know their fate now.

Trisha March 31, 2011 at 12:22 pm

This is awesome! I can’t believe there was no sewing involved with this pillow! Stopping by from CSI

Carolyn March 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Brilliant! And beautiful! I cannot bring myself to buy nice looking pillows because they are so pricey. But we do have some cheap ones we’ve had for years now. This tutorial is the perfect thing for them! Of course I had to share! http://www.apurposedrivenhome.com/?p=923 Great thinking, Leanne!!

Finding Home March 31, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Really clever, thanks for sharing. Take care, Laura

alyssa johns March 31, 2011 at 9:21 pm

i love this and that you didn’t even have to sew anything! lovely!

Katie March 31, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I love this! I can’t sew so this is great!

Anita @ GoingalittleCoastal March 31, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Brilliant! I may try this with some outdoor pillows that are looking tired. That knot looks great with the ends all tucked in!

Tara April 1, 2011 at 4:11 am

I love it! I need to update my pillows but do not own a sewing machine. This idea is perfect!

Kristie @ Making life a Bliss April 1, 2011 at 8:14 am

I featured this on my blog! Thanks for sharing!

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Lana @ ilovemy5kids April 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm

LOVE this! I’m so doing this! I love no-sews!

Blessings,
Lana

MeckMom April 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I’m such a sewing slacker! This solution is perfect for me. Thanks for posting. I can’t wait to share it with my readers on MeckMom.com.

patti @ pandora's Box April 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm

What a great idea…especially if you are looking for a quick change!

Michele Chastain April 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Awesome…and I don’t need to sew…I’m sold! :) Thanks for sharing!

Tammy April 5, 2011 at 7:11 am

The is great! I made a similar pillow for winter, but mine was sewn which stresses a lot of people out! ;) I love, love, love your way of doing it. (And, quite frankly, I think it is much prettier than mine!) Thanks for sharing this idea!

DaughterByDesign April 5, 2011 at 7:12 am

This is BRILLIANT!!! I’m going to be doing just this very soon! Thank you for sharing!!!
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Amber P. April 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

Great minds think alike. I made something similar yesterday :) I love the fabric you used!!!! Very cute.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims April 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm

What a cute and easy pillow! love how it looks and how easy it is to do!!

I’d love for you to link this up to my new link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-whims-wednesday-1.html

michelle@decorandthedog April 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I can’t wait to try this! Love it. I”ll link back when I do!!

Cindy@Cinsarah April 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Love the idea! Will have to try this!!

Wendy April 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

Fabulous!! Will definitely be trying this. Thank you!!

Meredith April 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I wrapped a birthday gift like this a couple of weeks ago, so it’s useful for more than just pillows!

-dweej April 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Oh my goodness, I just (literally) stumbled upon this post and I am in love! Awesome :)

The Vintique Object April 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

I think I love you! Seriously, this is one of the best tutorials I’ve seen in awhile. There are so many of us out there that don’t sew, and are very jealous of the wonderful things people whip up with their sewing machines. Now I can change out my pillows with the season. Perfect. Thank you!
Camille

Vanessa April 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Geez, Louise, thank you for posting this! I have about ten throw pillows that I need to sew covers for. I have the pillow inserts. I have the fabric, just haven’t had time to get out the sewing machine and DO IT! This is a great temporary fix!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design April 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Oh wow!! I love a fabric project that I don’t have to sew!! And your instructions are great! I think the knot on the front looks so pretty. I’m having a giveaway on my blog of some zebra-print fabric, so if you’re interested I’d love it if you’d come check it out.

Inspire Me Heather May 1, 2011 at 5:50 am

Great idea and fantastic tutorial! I linked this to my no sew pillows project post too, well done!
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Carlee June 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm

So lovely, I can not believe how easy it is! I am having a PILLOW FIGHT on my blog {contest for charity} and would love it if you would consider entering! Link below!

Carlee
http://www.ladybirdln.com/2011/05/pillow-fight-for-causepart-1.html
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Megan June 8, 2011 at 6:07 am

This is GENIUS!

Megan
http://www.CutTheCraft.com

Top Fabric June 16, 2011 at 3:46 am

Great technique – I think I’m going to go with silk to give my old cushions a new lease of life!

Cara June 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

This is brilliant!!! I’m going to be covering many of our pillows to match our new color scheme, this is such a great and easy idea! I am so excited to give our pillows a facelift!
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modern furniture decor ideas July 14, 2011 at 5:20 am

wow, your idea is very impressive. in this time, when we have to save money, we can use ur way.
i will copy how you make your throw pillow looks cute and fantastic :)
but maybe not every fabric can be used like yours i think, maybe we will hardly get nice shape when we use light-weighted fabric such as silk and so on…. maybe it best made from thick fabric (of course, i can be wrong :) )
i love your idea

sara @ it's good to be queen July 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm

found this on pinterest…i love it so much i want to cry! i’m going to go dig around through my fabric stash now…thanks!!!
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Heather @SimplyCottageLove September 8, 2011 at 10:33 am

This looks great! I’m on a hunt to find a no sew solution to cover a chair pad and stumbled onto this. I’ll have to pin it, I can think of so many places to use this! Thanks for the great pics and explanation : )

Susanna September 13, 2011 at 5:18 pm

just wondering if this is strictly a deco pillow…. im thinking that if too many ppl touch or play with this pillow the fabric may separate in the middle… just wondering. very very cute though!

Dorria @ embroidery designs to download September 20, 2011 at 8:21 am

that is so easy, no sewing no any thing just fabric only.
Thank you for sharing Leanneja. ;)
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Monica Robledo @ Everything Awesome About Food September 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm

This is perfect! I love this idea. The tied side is super cute!
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Dorria embroidery design October 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I love this idea …. so easy and simple Pillow Cover but really great … thanks so much
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Carrie November 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

How do you tuck the knot for the finished look?!?!

Also I didn’t have a piece of cloth long enough, so I just turned my pillow and folded the corners over – still works!!

Maury @ A Fabuless Home November 10, 2011 at 9:49 am

This is awesome! Seriously, so clever. I’m a new follower! I hope you’ll follow me back but no pressure :-)

Ashley November 13, 2011 at 7:12 am

This is a great tutorial–thanks! I’m curious what fabric you used. I love it.

Jessie December 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Can you show a photo of what the square knot looks like before and after tucking? I don’t know how to do one and make it look so pretty!

Sara December 26, 2011 at 9:04 am

Could you clarify a bit more on how to tie the square knot? Do you just tuck them underneath? Thanks!

justmeflo January 13, 2012 at 12:01 am

This is one smart idea. I have seen them but had no idea how to do it. Thanks. I am doing that with my cushions,

Linda January 16, 2012 at 11:10 am

lI need more detailed instructions on how to fold the pilllow. Have not crafted in a long time, but I do know how to tie a square knot, but for some reason I cannot get the visual on this pillow. I would love to make it as soon as possible for a friend.

Thank you;

linda lindamattio@att.net

tracy March 2, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I love this! How did you do the knot. I’ve gotten to that point but I’m stuck.

Pamela March 16, 2012 at 6:26 am

I just made two of these pillows for my bedroom and I love them! It couldn’t get easier. Thank you for sharing the pattern and great tutorial.

Dannie March 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

how do you tie the square knot?

Elizabeth March 31, 2012 at 12:23 am

I have wolf fabric to make a pillow for my husband, but I am sewing-challenged! I can, however, tie a square knot and this is perfect…thanks so much!

Meghan April 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

What do you do with the ends after you tie the know? Any specific trick to tucking them in/away?

Frankie Woody April 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm

This looks awesome!!!! Please give me instructions on how to tie the square knot because I have not a clue on how to do it. I will be waiting with fabric and pillow in hand ready to get started!

S Rhea June 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

This was the best trick for covering pillows I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing. I will be covering several of my pillows. I wasn’t sure what a square knot was but thought it may be similar to the way you tie your shoes, and it is. I found this site that has an illustration but there are several of them online. Here it is:

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Knot

Alexandra Abarca June 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

It is a nice idea, thanks for share it.

Ale
Costa Rica

Alecia June 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I LOVE the look of this pillow!
I am redecortating my bedroom right now and I have a pink throw blanket on the foot of my bed and I needed an extra pop of pink at the head of the bed. I looked and looked for premade pillows but nothing matched.
I found the perfect fabric and I have been trying to make my knot look as good as yours but I am unsuccessful! Do you have any tips for us? I know the square knot but I don’t understand what you are doing with the ends.

Thanks,
Alecia

Miranda June 30, 2012 at 5:41 am

How much fabric do you use?

Teresa Agrello July 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

Amazing! Thanks for the great idea!

Barb July 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

Just made this tie pillow……Love it so easy!!!!!

Angela July 4, 2012 at 11:20 am

I also want to know how much fabric per pillow??

Thanks

Jennifer July 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

While this is a great idea and I love an easy no sew project…the directions could use a little help. I under bought my fabric to start with- it’s not just 3times and 2 times the height and width of the pillow you are using. You have to include the curve of the fabric around the pillow. So you will need enough fabric to wrap all the way around your pillow for the height and enough fabric to wrap around one and a half times around for the width. For my pillow that was standard-ish at 16 inches square I needed 45 inch x 55 inches for my fabric.

Lots of people have had trouble with the knot, including myself. I did the first step of the knot like tying your shoes (like shown in her pictures above) and then just wrapped and tucked in the two tails around the knot to make it look like the finished product. To keep the tails tucked in, I used safety pins to tack in it place on the underside of the knot. My finished product looked great, just a little frustrating to get there. Hope these extra tips help you!

Jane July 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

I tried this using outdoor fabric for some pillow to use outside on the patio. Perhaps it is because the fabric is thicker and sturdier than most decorative fabrics, but it didn’t work! The knot ended up being way too bulky and wouldn’t stay intact. Time to break out the sewing machine…

Jen July 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Great idea — thank you! I tried it and was short on fabric (the tails weren’t long enough to tie), so I started over and turned the pillow diagonally and it worked! Obviously, this only works if your fabric looks OK going diagonally.

Laura August 3, 2012 at 5:42 am

I tried this pillow cover and it and it was SO easy and cheap! Thanks for a great idea. You can see where I blogged about it (and linked to your post) here: http://thesoulfulhouse.com/2012/08/a-diy-living-room-in-progress/

Plove August 5, 2012 at 7:16 am

you are a genius!!!!

Cristina August 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Loved making this pillow!!

A FEW TIPS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO MAKE IT!!!

Use a little bit more fabric for the long side, I used a few extra inches and even that was a little less than I liked.
If you don’t know how to tie the square knot (which I did not) then tucking the edges under and SAFETY PINNING them looks really great!

Julie August 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

I tried with some upholstery fabric and had the same results as the commenter who used the outdoor fabric – it was wayyyyy to bulky to get the cute final product shown here. I improvised and still ended up with something cute – but I would definitely recommend using a thinner fabric to be able to get the cute knot!!!

Brendaelaine Waddell September 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

A “Square” Knot is one of the simplest to tie.

You take an end of your rope (or in this case fabric) one end in each hand. Tie the left over the right and under; and the Right over Left and Under. I imagine for the sake of the neatness of the finished product the ends would simply be tucked inside the fabric out of sight.

Kerby September 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Very cute! I love the fabric! Where can I find it?

Amber November 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm

This is the most FRUSTERATING pillow cover EVER! I bought two different fabrics in the specifications listed, and in your pictures, when the fabric is folded and brought over the top of the pillow; it looks very flat and neat, but when I am doing it, regardless of how I try to fold it, I have a ton of fabric that is at the ends where it’s supposed to be tied for te finished product. I FINALLY figured out how to tie that knot, but it’s impossible to get a clean finished pillow with so much extra fabric, regardless of how much I iron it down. HELP!

leanneja November 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I’m sorry it’s frustrating you. I just fold it how it shows in the post. Try to make the fabric on the ends as narrow as possible before you try to tie the knot. Tie the knot over under, then under over (it’s a square knot). That will make it flat in the front then just tuck the ends under the side fabric. Make sure your fabric isn’t too think or it makes it a little harder to work with.

Joy December 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Hi, I am a contributor for The Lovely Project, a lifestyle blog. I would like to include a link to this tutorial in my next blog, due to post Dec 19. This is great and easy!

Debbie December 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I love this idea. The knot makes it! Can’t wait to try this. It looks “sew” easy. Thanks for sharing!

Anshu March 8, 2013 at 11:31 am
FRAN HOLOD March 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm

NEVER SAW ANTHING SO EASY…….THANKS I WON’T BE SEWING….LOVE THE WAY THE PILLOWS LOOK

jaki April 2, 2013 at 10:00 am

I do everything as it shows and I cannot get this finished look… Perhaps my pillows r too old, I think this would work w a very squared and firm pillow, mine is a lil worn out and wen I do thins it just like a bigblobof fabric sitting on my couch :( I bought enough fabric for the four couch pillows and now I have all this fabric AND. No couch pillow covers! :’(

Sheryl England May 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I love changing pillow colors and patterns all through the house. This will make my life so much easier!! My wallet thanks you!!

Jessica July 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I know this is really weird, but where did you purchase the blue ikat pillow in the bottom picture? I found 3 of those pillows a few months ago at Salvation Army and I LOVE them, but the tags were cut off, so I’ve never been able to figure out where they are from! This is the first time I’ve seen them outside of my own.

And also – cute pillow idea!

Jane September 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm

LOVED this idea, but couldn’t do the knot. Also, my fabric was about too short so there was a 1-1/2″ gap when I folded it over. I ended up using safety pins instead. I just safety pinned each side to the pillow after folding it over so it would stay in place. Then I did the step before knotting and safety pinned each end to the pillow, pinning under so the pins wouldn’t show. Looks great on both sides and no need to attempt a knot. This also solves the issue with thicker fabric not knotting.

debbie September 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Cute but not as easy as it looks. I used a lightweight cotton, and there is just to much fabric to make a nice knot.

Melody August 17, 2014 at 4:55 am

This is perfect where I’m constantly changing colors on my mantle. What ever my mantle is that’s the colors I decorate with (pillows/candles). My spring/summer mantle is yellow and teal, Christmas is teal and red, Halloween was black and white but this year I’m going with black and teal, Valentines red and teal, etc………I got tired of buying pillows and storing them. I’ll post pics when I’m done. Thank you for your post! <3 it!

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