How to Make a Euro Pillow Case

pillow on sofa image by Pavel Losevsky from

Things You'll Need

  • Medium weight fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Chopstick

Many older design elements never really go out of style, and that is the case with the Euro pillow. This versatile pillow style is a favorite of designers, as it can change the look of a room with little effort or expense. The Euro pillow is a 26-inch square pillow with a removable pillow case that has an envelope back. Euro pillows are large enough to make a visual impact, yet simple enough to fit in with any decor.

Cut one square from your fabric that measures 27 inches square. This will be the front of your pillow case. Cut two fabric rectangles that measure 16 1/2 by 27 inches. These will be the two back halves of your pillow case.

Fold one long edge of a pillow case back piece toward the wrong side, or less colorful side, of the fabric, creating a 1/2-inch fold. Pin this fold securely and sew it, stitching near the fold line.

Fold the same edge again another 1/2 inch and pin and sew it. Make the second seam line very close to the first stitching line. Make these same two sewn folds in the other pillow case back piece. These edges will be the pillow case opening edges.

Lay the pillow case front on the table with the right side up. Lay one back piece on top of the front piece with the right side down. Make sure that the hemmed opening edge is facing toward the center of the pillow and that the other three edges of the piece line up with the top, bottom and right hand edge of the front piece.

Lay the second back piece on top of the front piece with the hemmed edge facing toward the center and the other three edges lined up with the top, bottom and left hand edge of the front. The two hemmed edges of the back pieces will overlap about 2 inches.

Pin all these layers together around all four edges. Stitch all of these edges together using a 1/2- inch seam allowance.

Turn the pillow case right side out through the opening created between the two overlapping back pieces. Use a chopstick or other small object to poke into the corners, making sure that they are sharp and no fabric has bunched up inside. Slip your pillow into the opening in the back of the pillow case.


  • Hand stitch tassels to the corners of your pillow case for added decoration.

    Create a variety of cases in holiday fabrics to change your decor with the seasons.