How To Measure Pillow Covers

Are you tired of buying pillow covers that don’t fit your pillows properly? Maybe they’re too loose or too tight, causing discomfort and frustration. The solution is simple: measure your pillows and make custom covers that fit perfectly.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of measuring pillow covers step by step, so you can create covers that are both comfortable and stylish.

To start, you’ll need some basic materials: a measuring tape, a pen or pencil, and some fabric of your choice.

First, you’ll need to determine the shape of your pillow. Is it square, rectangular, or round? This will affect how you measure the dimensions.

Once you’ve identified the shape, you can measure the length, width, and height of your pillow. Don’t forget to add seam allowance to your measurements, so the cover will fit snugly without being too tight.

With these measurements in hand, you can choose your fabric and get started on your custom pillow cover.

Gather Materials

Let’s start by grabbin’ all the necessary materials to get our pillow cover measurin’ party started! You’ll need a measuring tape, a pen or pencil, and paper to write down your measurements. It’s important to have all of these on hand before you start measuring so you don’t have to stop and look for something in the middle of the process.

Once you have your materials, it’s time to start measuring! First, measure the width of your pillow cover by placing the measuring tape across the center of the cover from left to right. Write down this measurement on your paper.

Next, measure the length of the pillow cover by placing the measuring tape at the top of the cover and pulling it down to the bottom. Write down this measurement as well.

It’s important to measure the depth of the pillow cover. To do this, place the measuring tape at one corner of the cover and measure straight across to the opposite corner. Write down this measurement on your paper. Repeat this process for the other two corners so you have three depth measurements in total.

Now that you have all of your measurements, you can confidently shop for new pillow covers that will fit perfectly!

Determine Pillow Shape

Identifying the shape of your favorite cushion can make all the difference in finding the perfect fit for your decor. Before measuring your pillow cover, determine if your cushion is square, rectangular, round, or another shape. This will help you choose the right size and shape of pillow cover, ensuring a snug fit.

To determine the shape of your pillow, take a close look at its edges. If the edges are all the same length and the corners form right angles, you’ve got a square cushion. If the edges are different lengths and the corners form right angles, you’ve got a rectangular cushion. And if the edges are curved and there are no corners, you’ve got a round cushion.

Once you know the shape of your cushion, you can measure it accurately and choose the perfect pillow cover. Don’t forget to measure the thickness of the cushion as well, as this will affect the size of the cover you need.

By taking the time to identify the shape of your cushion, you’ll be able to find a pillow cover that fits like a glove and enhances your decor.

Measure Pillow Dimensions

Now it’s time to get specific and figure out the size of your favorite cushion. To measure your pillow cover, you’ll need a measuring tape or ruler.

Begin by laying your cushion flat on a table or floor. Make sure it’s properly aligned and squared off to get the most accurate measurements.

Next, measure the width of the cushion from one side to the other. Take note of the measurement in inches or centimeters. Then, measure the height of the cushion from top to bottom. Again, take note of the measurement.

These two measurements will give you the exact dimensions of your cushion and help you choose the right size of pillow cover.

If you have a round or oddly shaped cushion, you can still measure it by wrapping a string around the widest part of the cushion and then measuring the length of the string.

With these measurements in hand, you can confidently choose the perfect-sized pillow cover for your favorite cushion.

Add Seam Allowance

After determining the exact dimensions of your cushion, it’s important to factor in a seam allowance to ensure a proper fit for your chosen fabric. Seam allowance is the extra space added to the measurements to allow for sewing and finishing the edges. Without this allowance, your pillow cover will end up too small and won’t fit your pillow properly.

To add a seam allowance, measure the width of the seam you want to use and add it to the dimensions of your cushion. A ½ inch seam allowance is standard for most pillow covers, but you can adjust it according to your preference. Once you have added the seam allowance, you can use the new measurements to cut your fabric.

It’s important to note that if you’re using a patterned fabric, you need to make sure the pattern is centered on the pillow cover. To do this, you can create a template of the cushion dimensions with the added seam allowance and use it to cut the fabric. The table below shows an example of how to add seam allowance to a 16×16 inch cushion to create a 17×17 inch pillow cover.

Measurement Original Seam Allowance Final
Width 16 inches 1 inch 17 inches
Length 16 inches 1 inch 17 inches
Total 16×16 inches 1×1 inch 17×17 inches

By adding a seam allowance, you’ll ensure that your pillow cover fits your cushion perfectly. It’s a small but crucial step in the pillow-making process that will save you from frustration and disappointment. Remember to always measure twice and cut once to avoid any mistakes.

Choose Fabric

Picking the right fabric is crucial to ensure your final product looks and feels exactly how you want it to. When choosing fabric for your pillow covers, there are a few things to consider.

Firstly, you want to choose a fabric that is durable and can withstand everyday wear and tear. Secondly, you want to choose a fabric that complements your home decor and the color scheme of your room.

To help you choose the perfect fabric, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Fabric Type: There are many different types of fabric to choose from, including cotton, linen, silk, and polyester. Each fabric has its own unique properties and benefits, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs.

  • Pattern: If you’re looking to add some visual interest to your pillow covers, consider choosing a fabric with a pattern. Just make sure the pattern complements the other colors and patterns in your room.

  • Texture: Adding texture to your pillow covers can make them more interesting and inviting. Consider choosing a fabric with a subtle texture, such as a woven or embroidered pattern.

By considering these factors, you can choose a fabric that will help you create beautiful and functional pillow covers. So take your time, do some research, and choose a fabric that you’ll love for years to come.

Cut and Sew Fabric

Once you’ve selected the perfect fabric, it’s time to get started on cutting and sewing your pillow cover.

The first step is to measure your pillow insert and add an inch to both the length and width for seam allowances. Then, use a rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut your fabric to the appropriate size. Be sure to cut two pieces of fabric, one for the front and one for the back.

Next, pin the right sides of the fabric together and sew around the edges, leaving a small opening for turning the cover right side out. Once you’ve sewn the edges, trim the corners and turn the cover right side out. Use a pointed object, such as a chopstick or knitting needle, to push out the corners for a crisp finish.

Insert your pillow form into the cover and hand-sew the opening closed. You can also add decorative embellishments, such as piping or buttons, to further customize your pillow cover.

With a little bit of time and effort, you’ll have a beautiful and functional addition to your home decor!

Test the Fit

Now it’s time to test how well the pillow fits into the cover! This is an important step because you want to make sure the cover is the right size and shape for your pillow.

Start by inserting your pillow into the cover and adjusting it so that it fills the corners and edges. You want the pillow to fit snugly but not too tightly, as this can cause the seams to rip.

Once the pillow is inside the cover, check to see if it looks smooth and even. If there are any lumps or bumps, adjust the pillow until it looks smooth. Then, check the seams to make sure they’re holding up well.

Give the pillow a gentle shake or two to see if the seams are holding up. If they are, then you can be confident that your pillow cover is the right size and shape for your pillow.

Sit back and admire your handiwork! Your pillow cover should now look great and fit your pillow perfectly. If you’re happy with the fit, then you can move on to adding any finishing touches, such as buttons or zippers.

If not, then you may need to adjust the cover or try a different size. With a little patience and practice, you’ll be able to create beautiful pillow covers that fit your pillows like a glove!