How To: Recover a throw pillow for beginners

Maybe this is a super simple project (if you can sew) but when I was first learning to sew and make pillows, I didn’t know how to recover a throw easily. I wanted a pillow cover I could remove and wash if necessary, I do live with 3 boys ya know! 
Here’s how I did it….
You will need:
A pillow to recover
Fabric (I used approx. 3/4 yard for a 19×19″ pillow)
A sewing machine and coordinating thread
Measuring Tape
1st – Measure your pillow.  Mine was a 19×19″ square
2nd – Cut your fabric into three pieces.  I cut one 19×19″ for the front, and two 14×19″ for the back. 
3rd – You will do a 1/4″ – 1/2″ hem on ONE of the 19″ sides of the 14×19″ fabric pieces (the two smaller pieces-your measurements will most likely be different.)
Your three pieces should now look like this…
4th – You will put the pillow together. You will put the right side (print side) facing in, imagine the pillow cover turned inside out. 
5th – Pin the three pieces in place 
TIP: If you pin it like shown in the photo, you can sew right over the pins. Something I didn’t know when I started sewing. :) 
6th – Sew around the edges of the pillow cover. I usually round the corners to avoid them looking “dog earred” when the pillow form is inside of it. Rounding them helps them to stay perked up over time. 
FINALLY, turn your pillow cover inside out and put a fluffy pillow inside!

That’s it! So easy! Even for beginners! 
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  1. says

    I usually add a half inch to the fabric… for seam allowance. But I love making envelope pillow covers! No zippers 😉 A quick way to change the look of any room. I just made Halloween slipcovers for my couch. Love it! *B

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