How to Make a Cover for a 16 x 16 Inch Pillow

pillow on sofa image by Pavel Losevsky from

Things You'll Need

  • 16 x 16 inch pillow
  • 32 x 18 inch preshrunk fabric
  • Straight Pins
  • Iron
  • Stable ironing surface
  • Fabric chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

Decorative pillows placed on your sofa or bed can add a feeling of comfort and warmth to the space. Pillows with removable, machine-washable covers are easy to care for and allow you the freedom to change the cover to match the season. But finding an affordable pillow cover that matches your style is not always possible. In that event, you can quickly make a pillow cover using the fabric of your choice.

Fold the short ends of the fabric over 1/2 inch and pin to secure. Iron the fold and remove the pins. Sew the ironed hem.

Lay the fabric on a stable surface. Place one short end in each hand and fold the fabric in half to find the center. Mark this point with fabric chalk.

Fold one of the hemmed ends 2 inches past the center. Face the finished side of the hem down. Fold the other hemmed end in the same manner. Both hemmed ends should overlap 2 inches and the fabric should now form a square.

Iron the folds. Sew the open sides of the square shut.

Turn the pillow cover by pulling it right-side-out through the open center. Insert the pillow through opening.


  • Decorate your pillow cover by sewing on buttons or ribbons or gluing on craft jewels.


About the Author

Based near Kansas City, Mo., Sally Syak began freelance writing in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, primarily focusing on home improvement, hobbies and business marketing. Syak is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in occupational therapy at Pennsyvania Valley Community College.

Photo Credits

  • pillow on sofa image by Pavel Losevsky from