These baby pillow cases are so easy to make - who needs a pillowcase pattern? I want to show you how to make these simple DIY pillow slipcovers for any size pillow. Use these covers for your baby's bedding, or as simple DIY nursery decor for throw pillows as decoration.
Pillow Slipcover Supplies List:
To begin your project you'll need to determine just how much fabric you'll need. Easy peasy - just measure your pillow! Add an inch or two to the width depending on how much of a seam allowance you want and/or for a roomier pillowcase. Add 7-10 inches to the length to create room for overlap and for a folded hem.
I recommend washing, drying, and ironing the fabric prior to beginning the project. When you're ready cut the fabric specified to the measurements you took earlier.
Next you will sew folded hems on the ends of the fabric (at the short ends across the width). To do this fold the fabric inwards by 1/2" and iron in place. Fold the edge inward again, iron in place and then sew into place with a straight stitch. Repeat for the opposite end of the fabric.
Would you like to add some detail? This is where you can really have some fun with your pillows!
Just a few ideas...
Add some decorative buttons. You can even sew actual button holes and use the buttons to hold the case shut. Or just opt for the easy way out and sew them on for a interesting visual.
Or better yet, sew on some ruffles! To add ruffles all you need to do is cut some long rectangular pieces of fabric (much longer than the width of the pillow), fold them in half the long way right sides together and sew a seam down the edge. Pull the fabric right side out and sew a loose basting/ruffle stitch down the middle and pull the stitches to create a ruffle and sew it in place across the slipcover fabric.
How about some fabric applique? Add interesting shapes with contrasting fabrics or felt.
Let's move on...
Here's where I like to actually wrap the fabric around the pillow to get a perspective on fit. Lay the fabric over the pillow so that it sits directly across the middle of the pillow. The fabric should be facing wrong side up. Wrap the other end around, under and back up the other side. Make the fabric as loose or roomy as you'd like around the pillow and pin it in place on one edge.
Pull the pillow out and pin the opposite side into place. Sew across both edges. Turn the baby pillowcase right side out.
You'll also want to add some sort of way to hold the slipcover shut. It's not an absolute must, but I find some snaps or velcro are very helpful in keeping a roomier cover nice and tightly closed.
Snaps are super easy but it's recommended they are sewn on super duper well as, if given the chance to become loose could become a choking hazard.
Velcro works well, although I tend to prefer snaps as the velcro gets stuck full of lint and things in the laundry and get's less "sticky" over time.