Make a No-Sew Pillow Cover

Step-by-step tutorial to create a custom pillow cover, with no need for needle and thread.

Throw pillows are a fun, super easy way to add a pop of color to your decor. And with so many amazing fabrics out there it can be hard to commit. But with a cover this easy to make, you can change up your pillow covers as often as you want. So grab some fabulous fabric and give your pad a quick update.


  • Pillow
  • Fabric (we used 19 in x 36 in)
  • Iron-on Fabric Tape
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  1. Measure your pillow’s width and height to calculate the size to cut your fabric. The width of your fabric should be the width of your pillow plus 2 inches. The height should be the height of your pillow, times 2, plus 10 inches. For example, we used a pillow 17 in x 13 in. So the fabric size we cut was 19 in x 36 in. 03.Cut
  1. With the fabric wrong side up, fold the short sides over 1 in. and press with an iron (set temperature based on fabric). 04.FoldIron
  1. Turn your fabric over to right side up. Fold bottom end of fabric up bringing the pressed crease past the middle of the length of the fabric. 05.Fold Up
  1. Fold the top end of the fabric down, overlapping the other end by 5 inches. Measure the height of your now folded fabric. This should match the height of your pillow. 06.FoldDown
  1. Measure and cut iron-on fabric tape for the height of you pillow cover. 07.CutTapeB
  2. Follow the instructions on your iron-on tape. We put the sticky side onto the the fabric under the overlapping top and bottom ends. 08.Place
  3. Arrange the flap ends into place and press with an iron to adhere the sticky side to the fabric (follow tape instructions). Pull up the flap ends and peel the non-stick backing from tape. Rearrange the flap ends into place and press to seal. 09.PressPeelPress
  4. Repeat on other side.
  5. Seal the 5 inches where the flap ends overlap with iron-on tape. Measure and cut the iron-on fabric tape to fit. Repeat the iron-on steps to adhere. 11.FlapTape
  6. Almost done! Pull your new pillow cover inside out through the flap hole. Poke out the corners with your finger. 13.InsideOutCorner
  7. Stuff your pillow into the case and enjoy your fresh new pillow! 14.Fin