Body Pillow Cover Tutorial

Hello Friends! I'm excited to be back. It's been a long year and I'm ready to start the next part of my life, i.e. SAHM! I'm so excited to get to hang out with Adelle all day every day and do more than just dabble in sewing,I have a ton of plans that I'm hoping you like and if you don't, let me know.
We're gonna start this off right with a tutorial. It's an easy one but a much needed one, at least for my home. One of the things I love about my home is that we have pillows everywhere you turn. on the bed, on the couch in the lazy boy on the love seat, literally everywhere you turn. I'm even thinking of making floor pillows because we have hardwood floors and when playing games your butt goes numb. The only thing is I get tired of looking at the same pillows day in and day out and when you finally decide to take a trip to Target to look at pillows you end up weeping at the price, because like I said I like A LOT of pillows. Well here's a little idea: PILLOW COVERS!

I have this body pillow that I bought when I was pregnant with Adelle, and I love it. I like it in decor, I like snuggling up to it, Adelle even likes throwing it on the floor and jumping on it, the only thing is it's very, um, colorful. I love color and I love that it has lots of color but our house is already so colorful I kind of needed a neutral to balance it all out.  So lets go from this:
to this:

What you'll need:

  • fabric 11/2 yards should be good for a body pillow
  • sewing machine
  • old body pillow cover
  • pins
  • thread
  • hand needle
Start out by measuring your fabric to your old bp cover

Cut fabric on fold leaving an extra 1/2 inch for seam allowance
With right sides facing each other cut your fabric leaving one short edge open to insert the pillow and sew

Then clip your sewn corners and turn your pillow case right side out

Next fold down your seam allowance on the open side and iron flat.

This next part you have a few options:
Insert pillow and close the remaining open edge, you can do that by either installing a zipper, doing an invisible stitch by hand or take the lazy way out and put it through your machine. I went the lazy route. 1: I couldn't find a hand needle to save my life and 2: The zipper always kind of bothered me when I'd sleep with the pillow.
I admit it's a little hard to run it through the machine with pillow inserted but you just kinda shove the pillow out of the way and fix it afterwards

And there you have it. A fresh new pillow to compliment your color scheme. I like it a lot! Enjoy the rest of your Saturday, we're all snowy here!


  1. I love love love this tutorial! I am looking for covers for two of my body pillows for the same reason! I want to put them on the floor under my coffee table and use the the table as a board game area in my family room. This makes it so easy that even I could probably handle it! I did find a cute one on Etsy that was closed with three cute buttons on one end. Thank you for posting!

  2. Hello -- I just found this post via Google and find it super simple and inspiring. Thank you! I want to try this out, but I don't have a body pillow cover -- just a body pillow insert. Would you mind sharing the dimensions of your pillow cover?

    Thanks so much!

  3. Hello Rachel, I'm happy you found what you were looking for, as for dimensions it really depends because some body pillows are fluffier than others,(stupid manufacturers!) However, what I would do is lay your pillow out on your folded fabric and bring your fabric up to the seam of your pillow to see how long and wide you need to cut it, than I would add a 1/2" for seam allowance on all sides. hopefully this helped and if you have any other questions just let me know. I would love to see your pillow cover when you're done, Send me a picture and I'll feature it!