How to Create Pillow Covers with a Snap Closure

Hello everyone! I’m here today to show you how to create pillow covers with a snap closure.

I have to admit, I’ve never spent this much time in my home. The stay at home orders all of faced has given us permission to lounge on our couches more. 

That causes me to realize that I don’t have enough pillows on them for everyone to be comfortable. So, I decided to make some.

Take a look at my new Pillow Covers:

pillow covers finished product

Aren’t these cute? The colors in this fabric match perfectly with my couch.

Let’s talk about this fabric collection:

bees life fabric

Bee’s Life was designed by Tara Reed, a good friend of mine, for Riley Blake Design. This collection comes with 15 pattern prints and 1-panel print in yellow, black, and parchment. Perfect for all kinds of projects. 

Here’s how to create these pillow covers:


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Bee’s Life Fabric
Sewing Machine
Cutting Mat
Rotary Cutter
Plastic Snaps
Snap Pliers
Pillow Forms

Step 1: Cutting fabric

Cut one front panel to 18″ by 18″.

Cut two back panels to 11″ by 18″. 

pillow cover Cut fabric

Step 2:  Prep for sewing

To hide the raw edge of the back panel, fold over an inch on both panels. 

pillow cover edge

Press in place.

pillow cover pressing

Step 3: Sew the edge.

Sew the folded edge 1/8 inch from the edge.

pillow cover sewing edges

Repeat for the second panel.

pillow cover sewn edges

Step 4: Sew the pillow cover together

Once both of the back panel edges are sewn, lay the front panel right sides up. 

Place the back panels right sides down on top of the front panel, overlapping the sewn edges.

Pin in place.

pillow cover pin

Sew all the way around the pillow cover—no need to leave an opening because the back panel has an opening.

Turn the pillow cover inside out.

You can leave the pillow cover like this and just insert the pillow form, but adding snaps or buttons adds to the decoration. 

Step 5: Adding Plastic Snaps

Determine how many snaps you want to add to the outside flap on the pillow cover. I added five snaps.

Use the awl to create a hole where you want the snaps to go.

Place the snaps in the hole and use the snap pliers to attach them to the fabric. 

Follow the instructions that come with your snap pliers. 

pillow cover snap plier

pillow cover snaps

Step 6: Insert the pillow form

Insert the pillow form and close the snaps!

pillow cover finish product front

You’re done, and it took less than an hour. 

Now it’s your turn!

Supplies used:

bees life fabric    Bernina 570QE




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