Making Pillow Covers from Table Linens

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I love to switch out pillow covers to correspond with the seasons. But changing all the pillow covers for each season can be a bit pricey. Also, I hate to spend money on anything that I am capable of making myself with just a little time and effort. Making pillow covers involves easy straight-line sewing for the most part. I prefer to install a zipper, so that’s really the most difficult part of making a pillow cover.

I love all those gorgeous pillows in the Pottery Barn catalog, but, oh my, I am not crazy about those prices. I saw this one in September and knew it would look great on my sofa throughout the fall. But the price of two pillows was more than I was willing to spend at that time.

PB inspirationPottery Barn Pumpkin Plaid Pillow Cover

I have found table linens to be a less expensive way to get a similar look. For example, Pottery Barn often carries table linens that match some of the seasonal pillows in their catalog. So when I saw these napkins on sale, I bought four napkins for less than what one pillow cover would have cost.

PB napkinsPottery Barn Pumpkin Plaid Napkins

I opened the hem all the way around each napkin and pressed the pieces. Then I took two of the napkins and matched up the plaid (shown in photo below.) I was able to cut two matching 19-inch squares from each pair of napkins to make 18-inch pillow covers.

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I installed invisible zippers along the bottom of each pillow and then stitiched the other three seams after the zipper was installed.

My plaid matching isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty close.

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Four napkins made two 18-inch pillow covers like this and the price was less than the cost of one of those in the PB catalog. Even with the cost of the zippers, I made two pillow covers for less than $30.

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Sometimes other table linens such as tablecloths or place mats can be used to make pillow covers. Recently I purchased a seasonal placemat on sale at Kohl’s for $5, and made a pillow cover.

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I pulled out all the original stitching, cut a back panel from a coordinating fabric, installed an invisible zipper, and stitched the other three sides.

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Here’s another seasonal pillow cover that I made from a placemat last fall.

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It’s fun to find table linens that can be used in other ways. Whenever I am out shopping, I am on the lookout for table linens in discount stores and I also watch for sales at the end of each holiday season in stores such as Pottery Barn and Pier 1.

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2 Responses to Making Pillow Covers from Table Linens

  1. Love it….I have made pillows from napkins, but not placemats…they are beautiful!….

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