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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    November 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    So Cute!

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    November 3, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    So cute I love the fabric you picked

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    The Cutest Blog on the Block
    November 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Love your Classy Clutter blog! Thanks for stopping by our blog so we can get to know you a bit better!! I look forward to following your blog:)

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    Summers Camp
    November 4, 2010 at 1:14 am

    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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    I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes
    November 4, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! Pillow covers have been on my list for awhile… lol one day.. Oh and I had no idea you could sew over the pins if you laid them that way. Can’t wait to try it out! I hate stopping to pull out pins.

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    Lori @ Projects Plenty
    November 7, 2010 at 4:57 am

    I love the fabric you chose for your pillow re-do… gorgeous! Also, thanks for the tutorial.

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    November 7, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I always love posts that include pretty fabric, plus you included a tutorial. Nice job.

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    December 15, 2012 at 7:40 am

    How did you close it securely after you put the pillow inside?

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    Dawn P
    April 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Thank you for the tutorial! Want to try this very soon!

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