Bite Sized Sewing: How to Make a Patchwork Pillow Cover

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 Hey there, I’m Stephinie from gypsyforest!

I’m so happy to be visiting Sara’s space to share a really easy pillow tutorial with you today….. enjoy!


  • Fabric (amount will depend on the size of pillow you make)
  • Basic sewing supplies (sewing machine, scissors, thread, etc.)
  • Rotary cutter and mat are optional


  • 1. First you’ll need to measure the pillow you want to cover. Add one inch to this, this is how much fabric you’ll need for each side of the pillow. For example, my pillow is 16 inches. I’ll need two 17 inch squares for each side. If you would like to quilt the front, you will need a 17 inch square of flannel too. I used scraps for my pillow, but 3 fat quarters and a half yard for the backing would be sufficient for the project.
  • 2. To create a simple patchwork front for my pillow, I cut three 17 inch strips in the following widths : 4.5, 8.5, & 6.5. (the extra width allows for two seam allowances when you piece the front.) Press your pieces.


  • 3. Sew the pieces together with a 1/4 inch seam. Press your seams open. Square up your piece to measure 17×17 using a rotary cutter & mat.
  • 4. To lightly quilt the front, cut a piece of flannel into a 17 inch square. Lay your pieced top over the flannel, right side up. I quilted this pillow with a 1/8 inch straight seam along each side of the seam. See picture below.



  • 5. I love linen as a pillow backing! You can certainly use the fabric of your choice. To make a simple envelope closure for the back, you will need to cut two pieces that are 2/3 the size of your front. For a 17 inch front, you will need two pieces of linen measuring 11×17 inches. Press pieces & sew a simple finished hem along one of the long sides of each rectangle. (fold 3/8 inch over, press. fold again, press. topstictch with 1/4 inch seam)



  • 6. Place your front piece right side up and lay your back pieces right side down on top of the front. You will line up the raw edges of the rectangle with the front and your hemmed edge will overlap in the middle. Pin to hold everything in place.


  • 7. Sew around the pillow using a 3/8 seam. I like to back-stitch where the envelope closure overlaps, and I like to sew around the pillow twice for extra durability.
  • 8. Trim your corners, turn right side out, and cover your pillow! You can use a chopstick or un-sharpened pencil to get nice points when your turning the pillow inside out.




Now you have a pretty little pillow to add a bit of color to a rainy fall day!

Thank you Sara for inviting me to your space :)


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Stephinie is a mama, writer & photographer. She blogs at gypsyforest about family life, eating well, & creative living. She is usually making something yummy to eat, chasing kids, or creating for her little handmade shop. She’d love for you to swing by and say hello~


  1. I love it! I have three pillow forms waiting for me. seriously! i was stalling b/c I was nervous about a zipper!!! this is so much better!
    love the flannel – quilting!!! this is perfectly timed for me!
    and I have that turquoise fabric, too!
    xo, a

  2. I’m always just eye-balling it and guessing at the measurements when I make these, so it’s nice to have a more exact guide!

  3. Just discovered this link as I was visiting gypsyforest. I’m a quilter and always looking for simple gifts to make. Love this pattern. The modern look with the linen backing is what drew my eye. I’ll be making lots of these as gifts. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Thank you so much for this – I used your advice as to the backing part of your cushion – worked brilliantly on my patchwork project – simple but effective

  5. Im making a pillow case just like this as my first ever texitles project in school. Thanks for the great how to!

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