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Simple slip pillow

This slip pillow cover is a great beginner project and a super easy way to decorate your house with a touch of personalisation. We recommend starting out by making this slip pillowcase with a cotton fabric or a non-stretch fabric, but for sewists looking for a bit more of a challenge, try making these out of velvet, sequins, brocade or try adding some tassels or pompoms around the edges.

This project is great for all sewing levels, from beginner to advanced.

What you'll need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Rasant thread (To match your fabric)
  • Fabric (In your colour choice)
  • Sewing scissors
  • Ruler (we recommend using our 12" x 12" ruler)
  • Pins and small clips
  • Standard zig-zag foot
  • ¼” sewing foot
  • Universal sewing needles 90/14
  • Iron & wool pressing mat
  • Frixion pen (or water soluble pen)
  • Optional: Starch spray
  • Optional: Overlocker
Simple Slip Pillow Case


  1. Don't have an overlocker? Use a built-in zig zag stitch on your machine to finish off the edges to stop the fabric from fraying.
  2. Make sure you have the correct amount of fabric for your desired pillow. This tutorial covers a 14” square size pillow. If your pillow is bigger or smaller, you will need the respective sized zip and fabric. We have a list of measurements required for popular pillow inserts in Australia here →

Step Overview

The steps below are just an overview of the project instructions and must be used in conjunction with the tutorial video. Print these steps out to have beside you when watching the video as a reminder.

  1. Firstly, work out the dimensions of your pillow. For this video, our pillow width is 14” and the length is 10”. Halve your width (14”) which will be 7”. This is your first measurement, your second is the original width (14”). Your third measurement is the first measurement + 3” for the inside flap (3” + 7”), giving you 10”. Keep those measurements in order (7”, 14”, 10”). Now add ½” on either end for the fold and seam allowance (7.5”, 14”, 10.5”). You now have your fabric width, with a total of 32”. With the length, simply add ½” for seam allowance (which will be 10.5”).
  2. Iron your fabric using spray starch to remove all wrinkles.
  3. Cut out a piece in the desired pillow size from your fabric (if following our measurements, your fabric will be 32” x 10.5”).
  4. Overlock each edge. NOTE: If you do not have an overlocker, either use a zig-zag stitch or fold over the edge ¼” Press flat, then turn over ¼” again and top stitch like above.
  5. On both short sides, fold over the edge ½” to the wrong side and press flat with your iron.
  6. Top stitch the folded seams down with a ¼” seam allowance and a 3mm straight stitch.
  7. Starting from the left of your piece, mark your first measurement (7”).
  8. Then from that line, mark your second measurement (14”).
  9. The final section should be your third measurement (10.5”).
  10. Starting from the left, fold your fabric over to the fold line (making sure right sides are together). Press flat with your iron.
  11. Fold over the right side to the fold line, press flat with your iron. Your ends will overlap.
  12. Pin or clip the side seams to secure.
  13. Sew the side seams together with a ¼” seam allowance and a straight stitch.
  14. Trim seam allowance down at the corners on a diagonal.
  15. Turn pillow cover right side out.
  16. Press the seams flat with your iron.
  17. Insert your pillow and you're finished!

Popular Pillow Sizes

Fabric Needed
Fabric Needed
20cm x 20cm 25cm x 25cm 8" x 8" 10" x 10"
40cm x 40cm 45cm x 45cm 16" x 16" 18" x 18"
45cm x 45cm 50cm x 50cm 18" x 18" 20" x 20"
50cm x 50cm 55cm x 55cm 20" x 20" 22" x 22"
55cm x 55cm 60cm x 60cm 22" x 22" 24" x 24"
60cm x 60cm 65cm x 65cm 24" x 24" 26" x 26"
66cm x 66cm 70cm x 70cm 26" x 26" 28" x 28"
70cm x 70xm 75cm x 75cm 28" x 28" 30" x 30"
25cm x 50xm 30cm x 55cm 10" x 20" 12" x 22"
30cm x 50cm 35cm x 55cm 12" x 20" 14" x 22"
35cm x 50cm 40cm x 55cm 14” x 20” 16” x 22”
35cm x 60cm 40cm x 65cm 14” x 24” 16” x 26”
51cm x 66cm 55cm x 71cm 20” x 26” 22” x 28”
51cm x 76cm 55cm x 81cm 20” x 30” 22” x 32”
51cm x 92cm 55cm x 97cm 20” x 36” 22” x 38”
51cm x 137cm 55cm x 142cm 20” x 54” 22” x 56”

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Simple Slip Pillow Case
Simple Slip Pillow Case
Simple Slip Pillow Case
Simple Slip Pillow Project


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