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Tie Closure Pillow Case {tutorial}

Ever want to make a pillow cover for a throw pillow but lack the confidence to add a zipper? 
Or maybe you just like the added touch of the contrasting fabrics. Either way this pillow cover is just right for you! This pillow puts the P in easy cheesy (hey that rhymes)! 

Here's what you'll need:

3/4 of a yard of main fabric
1/4 of a yard of coordinating fabric (at the very least)
Sewing machine
Fabric marker

Start by cutting the following:
Main fabric: 38"w by 19" h
Inner fabric: 38"w by 5" h
Ties: 19" long by 4" h (x2)

Iron the ties in on 3 sides about 1/4" then again in half.

Stitch closed. 

Take the inner fabric piece and finish one of the long edges. I serged it first then folded it over and stitched it down. If you don't have a serger just fold the edge over twice.

Laying the main fabric RIGHT side up find the half way point (each side will end up being 19"). Find the half way point in each 19" section. Lay the raw edge of the straps on those half way marks with a little overhang. 

Next lay the inner fabric piece RIGHT side down raw edge to raw edge. Sew the inner and main pieces together with a 1/4" seam.

It should look like this...

Next fold it all in half RIGHT sides together with the straps coming out the top. Then stitch a 1/4" seam around the bottom and left raw edges.

Turn it RIGHT side out and stuff with pillow.

Tuck the top edge inside over the pillow.

Tuck the bottom edge inside under the pillow.

Tie it shut. Done and done.

Happy Crafting!


  1. What a beautiful pillow, and such an easy to understand tutorial! I almost paid $7 for this pattern on a craft website. :-o Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Thank you for this how-to and that you provided photos to show us the steps :) I'm excited to make these!

  3. Amy, thanks for the detailed instructions! I am teaching myself how to sew again after 30+ years! I thought you might like to know that I pinned your blog post. You also might like to know about a vintage fabric giveaway I'm hosting on my blog:

  4. thank you so much. looks so beautiful

  5. What size is the pillow form you are using? This is so cute and super easy! Thanks for sharing!


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