We hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!  The Crafting Chicks are excited to be back with some crafty goodness for 2011!

I don’t know about you, but after I take all the holiday decor down, I want something new and fresh for my house.  Today I want to share with you an easy way to make decorative pillow slipcovers using fun, sassy cloth napkins!  I have been on a black and white kick as of late and made these adorable damask pillow covers for my living room.  And the great thing is, if I get sick of them in a few months, it will be super easy to change them out!  Pillows are the easiest way to add a change or a pop of color to any room.

First, you will need to find cloth napkins that you love.  Some great places to find these are Pier 1 and Target.  You will need 3 napkins to make one pillow slipcover.  These cloth napkins are the perfect fit for any 18 inch pillow insert.  I like having slipcovers on pillows because with 4 little kiddos, they are bound to need a washing! Next, you will want to leave one napkin full size and then cut the other two about 2/3 from the top.  (you will use the larger piece-2/3 of the napkin). Then, lay your fabric, right sides facing each other.  With the two pieces that are 2/3, you will want to place the cut edge on the outside of the pillow.  Since the other side already has a seam, use that for the inside pocket seam (that way you won’t even have to sew a seam:) Pin the fabric together.  (You can see how I pinned the seamless edges around the pillow edge since I will be sewing them together anyway) Sew around the edge of your pillow.  You can sew around the whole edge since you will not need an opening to turn it.  We already created a pocket by using the 2/3 pieces. Now for the fun part:

Turn your pillow right side out.  You have created a slipcover!  I like to iron my slipcover and also poke the corners out well.

Then, stuff your insert into the slipcover!

And there you have it-a new pillow!  & A new LOOK! Hope this tutorial helps you freshen up your home!  I had fun making these and they seriously only took 30 or so minutes to make!

xoxo crafting chick Jamie


  1. Spark*Amy Says: January 3, 2011 at 6:40 am

    This is my kind of sewing! What a great idea! Thanks for the info.

  2. I am in love with those pillows. I need to find napkins just like yours!

  3. Michelle Balletti Says: January 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    OMG!! What a great idea!! I cannot wait to make these, seriously!

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  5. I so love the black/white….how gorgeous…great job!!!! thanks for sharing…

  6. Those are beautiful! Absolutely love them, in fact…feel free to send those my way 😉 Great job!

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  8. I LOVE these!!! They are beautiful!

  9. BEEEEEAUTIFUL! This is also my kind of sewing! I really think I could handle this and want to make some pillows galore now. I also love the green and blue ones you made in your living room. I now have pillow envy!!!! xoxo

  10. I made some of these within HOURS of reading your post! Love, love, love them! I couldn’t find cloth napkins that I liked but I did find a 60×84 tablecloth on clearance. I cut the back overlapping pieces from the finished edges of the tablecloth. It was so fast and easy! Didn’t realize just how much my pillows needed sprucing until I did this:-) Thank you!

  11. What a great idea! I can’t wait to find some cute napkins and make some.

    Question – what size seam allowance did you use for these? It looks like your pillow covers fit the 18inch pillow perfectly. Your seam allowance looks wide in the picture, maybe 1 inch?

    This is my kind of sewing project, easy and quick! thanks so much for sharing.

  12. I just learned o
    How to use my sewing machine and this is the PERFECT project to start with! Thanks so much for sharing. I just have one question, how far from the edge do you sew the napkins together? I cannot tell from the picture. Thanks again!

  13. Love it! It would be great to use vintage napkins too!

  14. WOW! I just googled pillow covers and found your tutorial. Already made two pillow covers in less than an hour!! You rock! Thanks so much!

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  18. Omg i have been dying to find a tutorial for this. Ive had the material for my daughters room makeover for awhile but ive been putting off making her pillows. It may be because she just turned 10 and wanted a room makeover because shes outgrown her little girl room. Tear. Lol i guess ill have to get to it now. Thanks so much. Your covers are beautiful.

  19. Love those prints!

  20. Love these!

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