DIY: Accent Pillow Covers

pillow covers

I love having accent pillows on my couches, chairs and beds in my house. I just think they make a house homey and well decorated. I recently moved in May and we inherited these great maroon/red colored leather couches from my husband’s grandma. I had pillows from my last couch set but obviously they didn’t match with my new decor in the room and couches. They needed a makeover for sure. I decided that rather than buying new pillows that could cost a lot more, I would just recover them. How simple is that. Well I bought the material about a month ago, but just made the covers this weekend. They look great with the room, and I am in love with them. So check out this tutorial for recovering pillows and let me know what you think. If you have any questions please leave me a comment below. Happy sewing.

You will need:
A pillow that needs recovered
Fabric (I used approx. 3/4 yard for a 19×19″ pillow)
A sewing machine and coordinating thread
Measuring Tape

1st- You need to measure your pillow. Mine was 19×19.
2nd – Cut your fabric into three pieces. I cut one 19×19″ for the front, and two 14×19″ for the back.
Note* no matter what the size of your pillow be sure to make the length of the two back pieces of the pillow 5 inches shorter than the front piece.

100_60523rd – You will do a 1/4″ – 1/2″ hem on ONE of the 19″ sides of the 14×19″ fabric pieces
3rd- Place the right side (print side) facing in, imagine the pillow cover turned inside out. Pin the edge of the back pieces to the front piece of the pillow.

4th- Sew around the edges of the fabric you have pinned together.


5th- Now you can turn it right side out, and stuff your old pillow in.

Look how wonderful your pillow looks now. This is a great project for beginner sewers as well. It’s so simple you will want to cover every pillow in your house.