How to Make a Body Pillow Case

    by Liza Hollis

    About the Author

    Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various websites, including and Hollis earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and mass communication from the University of Florida.


    If you love snuggling up with a big, comfy body pillow, but you don't love the way your body pillow looks, consider making a decorative case. With basic sewing knowledge you can make a body pillow case to match your decor. If you tire of the case or if you switch design motifs, make a new one -- or several -- that fit your new style.

    Things You'll Need

    • Pillow case fabric
    • Measuring tape
    • Scissors
    • Iron
    • Straight pins
    • Sewing machine
    • Matching thread
    • Hand-sewing needle

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    Measure the length and width of your body pillow. Most body pillows are about 19 by 60 inches. Add 1 inch to both the width and length for the cut fabric measurements. Buy enough fabric to allow you to cut two pieces this size. A 60 by 19 inch pillow case requires about 2 yards of 45-inch wide fabric.

    Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with the right sides together and cut the two pieces to the required cut fabric measurements.

    Fold one short end of each piece over 1/2 inch, wrong sides together and press the fold. Open the fold and position the two pieces right sides together and the folded ends aligned.

    Sew around the perimeter of the case with 1/2-inch seam allowances, leaving the folded end open.

    Turn the case right side out and insert the pillow through the open end.

    Refold the pressed end and either hand stitch this end closed, or pin the layers together and machine sew close to the fold.

    • Pre-wash your fabric to remove any sizing that may irritate your skin and to prevent shrinkage later.

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