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How to Make Pillow Covers from Curtains

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

A master bedroom is where a person spends a lot of their time, but it is often the last place in a home to be decorated. For me personally, I avoided decorating my master bedroom for a long time because I figured that not a lot of people, aside from my family, will ever see it or spend time in it. Another reason why I justified it is that I thought if I spend most of in there sleeping, then it doesn’t have to be pretty. But that’s simply not the case! I’ve come to realize that a master bedroom should feel like a sanctuary, almost like a bit of an escape from the rest of your home, to help you relax, restore and rest. And prior to any sort of décor efforts, I rarely walked into my master bedroom and felt happy. Our master bedroom was always a little plain and nothing really matched nicely. The furniture was dated and mismatched, the bedding was underwhelming and it was lacking in covers and curtains. So I decided to make decorating my master bedroom a bit more of a priority while still working on the rest of my house. Over the past two years I’ve been ever-so-slowing transforming my master bedroom into an oasis that I actually want to spend time in! It’s been a fun process and I’m really happy with how it’s turning out.

In the master bedroom, I have one long window that never had a cover and curtains in front of it. As a dedicated DIYer, I was originally planning to sew a curtain for that space, but then one day I randomly came across the perfect curtain, for the perfect price, at a local store. I just had to buy it. So the plan for making my own curtain for that space went “out the window,” so to speak. The curtain that I fell in love with came as a set with two panels, as they often do, and since I only needed one panel I started brainstorming what I could do with the other one. I loved the pattern so much that I thought it would be nice to add somewhere else within my master bedroom décor. Having the same pattern on more than one thing in the room would also help the décor feel a little more cohesive and purposeful. I came up with a new DIY plan: the extra curtain panel would make the perfect pillow cover! So I started looking into how to make a pillow cover with a curtain panel.

Here is a picture of the new curtain on my window in my bedroom:

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Learning how to make a pillow out of a curtain would end up being easier then I though. I would consider myself a beginner sewer and am confident that if I can do it, almost anyone could do this too. Some simple sewing projects I’ve made are doll crib bedding, a heart shaped taggie blanket for a baby, and burlap Christmas ornaments. I’ve never made anything really too fancy or complicated. Being a mom and chronic DIYer I’m all about making nice, functional things with minimal effort. A cover and curtains are usually really basic materials that you can easily repurpose for other projects, so I thought learning how to make a pillow cover with my leftover curtain panel would be a perfect way to use the extra material and tie in the pattern throughout my master bedroom.

Chances are you have some extra an extra cover and curtains tucked away somewhere in your house. Learning how to make a pillow will help give new options to switch out your pillow covers and update your décor in any room for a reasonable price. If you have any basic sewing skills and a sewing machine, you can definitely tackle this project. It’s easier to learn how to make a pillow then you think! My curtain panel made two pillow covers. I used older pillows that I already had, but just needed to be updated. If you wanted, you could keep the old covers and just switch them out from time to time when you wanted a change.

Before you get started, I’ve outlined the materials that you will need for this project below:

Materials:

    • One or two pillows
    • A curtain panel
    • Tape measure
    • Scissors
    • Pins
    • Sewing Machine
    • Iron

How to Make Pillow Covers:

Here are the steps I followed to make a pillow cover:

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Once you’ve decided to learn how to make a pillow cover, begin by measuring the width and length of the pillow(s) that you are making the cover for. Add about half an inch to that measurement for seam allowances.

I was going to make two covers for two pillows that were 20″ x 20″, so I measured 20.5″

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Then, cut the hemmed edges of your curtain off to make a new straight edge. Cut out a square using that measurement above. That will be your pillow front. In my example, my pillow front was 20.5″ x 20.5″

Now cut another piece of fabric the same width as the front and add 4″ to that for the height (Mine is 24.5″ x 20.5″). Then cut that piece in half. You will end up with two small rectangles that are the same width as your pillow (mine are 20.5″ x 12.25″). If your curtains had a pattern to them, you will want to make sure that these two rectangles will have the pattern in the same direction. For mine, I wanted the stripes going horizontally for both pieces and I wanted them to line up on the seam.

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Fold over the center edges of your two back rectangles by 1/4″ and iron them down flat. Fold one more time and iron.

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Sew this hem in place.

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Lay your two back pillow cover and curtain pieces on top of the front piece. Right sides together. The two back pieces will overlap a bit.

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Pin all four sides of the pillow cover in place. Using a 3/8″ seam allowance, sew along the edges of the cover. When you are done sewing, clip the corners off and turn your pillow cover right side out.

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps! Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps! Great tutorial for making an envelope pillow in a few simple steps! Great tutorial for making an envelope pillow in a few simple steps!

Here are some pictures of my finished project! I love how the pillows effortlessly match the curtain. Plus, I feel good about repurposing a curtain panel that I wasn’t going to use otherwise. One of my favorite things about DIY projects is how environmentally friendly they are. And while I love how my master bedroom is coming together, I think that you could do this project for any room in the house. From the office, living room, family room or basement – you can’t go wrong with curtain panel pillow covers.

I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a pillow cover from curtains with me!

Great tutorial for making an envelope pillow in a few simple steps!

Have you made your own pillows before? Did you follow this tutorial on how to make a pillow cover, or do you have any trip or tricks to share? Let me know what you think!

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16 thoughts on “How to Make Pillow Covers from Curtains

  1. Lindi, I love this idea! Such a clever solution to making matching pillows for the master bedroom too. I’m going to include your post in my newsletter this Sunday. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

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