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Pillow Cover Pattern for Autumn

Learn How to Make a Pillow Cover

I want to share my easy pillow cover pattern for autumn with you. These pillows will sit on our porch glider for autumn.



Actually this technique would work for any season or holiday of the year.

These autumn pillow covers are easy to make. I had a ball with the orange batik and brown polka dot fabric.


Make these easy autumn pillows


Three autumn pillows I just made for our porch



Video: Pillow Cover Pattern for Autumn



Watch how easy it is to sew autumn pillow covers for your porch.



What You WIll Need

Materials


- A square pillow form or an older pillow that you wish to re-cover

- Autumn fabric for the front cover of the pillow (see about measurements below)

- Muslin or painter's cloth for back cover of the pillow (see about measurements below)

- Thread and scissors

- Embellishments


finished pillow



Measure your pillow. Add 1.5 inches to the length and the width. For example, an 18" pillow would require about a 19.5" square of autumn fabric for the front cover.

I always like to be on the generous side because it's easy to fit it down.

Make the Decorative Pillow Front First

Decorate the pillow front before you sew the front to the back. It's much easier that way.


finished pillow



Decide how you want to decorate. For mine, I simply cut an extra square of the drop cloth material, hemmed it on all 4 edges, then glued a felt leaf to the center of it. I just drew the leaf pattern right on the felt and cut it out.

You could get more fancy and embroider a blanket stitch around the leaf. Or your square of material could be another beautiful fabric that harmonizes with your base material.

Sew your embellishment to the front.


Make the Pillow Back

cut backing in half



I make my pillow backs so that you can easily slip the cover off to wash it or to slip on a different pillow cover.


rectangular back



Cut a piece of your backing fabric that is the same width of the pillow, but add about 10" to the length. The reason is that the back will be in two pieces. So you will have a rectangle.


cut backing in half



Now cut that rectangle in half (across the short distance).

Sew a hem on each of the pieces on one side (a short side).

Now it's time to sew the back to the front. Place the pillow front fabric on your work surface, right side up.


first half of backing face down



Next place one of your backing pieces on top of the pillow top face down.


2nd half of backing face down


Then place your other backing piece face down. .


pin backing to top


Pin around all 4 sides

Now sew around all 4 sides. You don't need to leave an opening because you will have an opening through the flap you are building in!


cut backing in half



Once sewn, slip your pillow inside (don't worry about turning it right side out. You just want to see if the pillow fits well. If not, then sew a little closer in.

Once you are happy with how the pillow fits, trim the excess edges of your pillow and trim the corners (but don't get too close to the stitching). Turn the pillow cover right side out. You can use a pin or needle to pull out the four corners to make them crisper.


finished pillow


Now slip your pillow back in and smooth it all out. Now your pillow is done! I hope my pillow cover pattern for autumn is helpful to you. Try it for any season.


Variations of the Pillow Top

ruffled pillow with felt flower


Ruffled pillow with felt flower



This ruffled pillow is just another variation of the pillow cover pattern for autumn. I cut a strip of the brown polka dot fabric about a third of the width of the pillow top, but about twice as long. I didn't even hem the sides (although admittedly they do ravel some), but you could.

Then I just scrunched it into a ruffle with my fingers and used my sewing machine to keep it that way. Make sure you cut your fabric long enough to allow for ruffles across the pillow. Then I dressed it up with the orange felt flower.


bow tie pillow


Bow tie pillow (wouldn't this be cute with red polka dots?)


I made this pillow cover completely out of painter's drop cloth except for the embellishment on top - so inexpensive and easy to work with.

To do the "bow tie", (see picture collage below) I simply cut a rectangle of the polka dot fabric that spans about a third of the way across the pillow top and several inches longer than the pillow top (to allow some extra for scrunching it in the middle). I put a narrow hem into the long sides of the fabric.

Then I laid it across the top of the pillow front before it was sewn to the back. Once the pillow cover was sewn (as explained above), I just cut a little strip of the colorful orange fabric to make a tie for the middle of the "bow". That's it. Super easy.


bow tie collage to show you the steps


Pictures of the steps for making the bow tie












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