How To Make Removable Pillow Covers Out Of Cloth Napkins

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I’m happy to say that my computer issues have been (mostly) resolved and I was finally able to finish editing the photos for this tutorial.  Thanks so much for stopping back in to check out how I made these removable pillow covers from simple cloth napkins!

Learn how to make inexpensive pillow covers out of cloth napkins

I was so excited to find these napkins on my last trip to World Market.

How to make removable pillow covers out of cloth napkins

I know it seems like a silly thing to get excited about, but let me explain… You see, I have this throw pillow from Pottery Barn that I absolutely love, but sadly Pottery Barn no longer carries them in stock.

removable pillow cases made from napkins

This pillow and a few others came with the PB sofa I purchased off  Craigslist (more on that in a later post) and sadly, there was only one pillow in this particular pattern.  The colors go perfectly with the decorating direction I’m working towards in my house, and I just love the pattern.  Knowing I could no longer purchase additional pillows, I’ve been searching everywhere for something similar.  I recently found a close match, and was ready to pull the trigger on purchasing a few when I spotted these napkins at World Market.

World Market Napkin

I couldn’t believe they were an exact match to my PB pillow!  Oh Happy Day!  I snatched up four of them, then spotted these beauties on the next shelf over.

World Market Napkin

I knew they would make great complimentary pillows, so I grabbed four of them.  Then I picked up a couple more supplies  at the fabric store and headed home to make these adorable pillow covers.

If you’re interested in making some napkin-pillows of your very own, here’s what you’ll need:

* Napkins, two per pillow

* Velcro Brand Fabric Fusion Tape

* Scissors

* Iron

* Sewing Machine

Because my pillows had different border widths, I used a different sewing method on each, to get a different effect.  The grain sack pillows have a bit of a “flange” when finished whereas the patterned pillows do not.  I included directions for making both.

 Pillow covers made from napkins

Floral Pillow:

Step 1) Wash and dry the napkins.

Step 2)  Iron the napkins to remove any wrinkles.

Removable pillow covers made from cloth napkins

Step 3)  With right sides facing eachother, pin three of the four sides together.  You’ll want to leave the fourth side open, for inserting your pillow form.

Removable pillow covers made from cloth napkins

Step 4)  Sew a seam around the three pinned sides, using the existing seam as your seam allowance guide (I sewed my new seam as close to the existing seam as I could get).

Removable pillow covers made from cloth napkins

Step 5) Cut the Velcro in half, lengthwise.  Peel the backing off of the Velcro and stick the Velcro along the remaining seam,  spaced about  2″ apart.  Iron the Velcro into place, following the package directions.

Removable pillow covers made from cloth napkins

Step 6)  Turn the pillow cover right-side-out and make sure to use a pencil or other pokey object to push the corners out.

Step 7)  Stuff your pillow form inside and Velcro closed.

Removable pillow covers made from cloth napkinsPillow covers made from napkins

Removable pillow covers made from cloth napkins

Grain Sack Pillow:

The grain sack napkin had a little bit wider outside border and I thought it might make a nice “flange”, so I sewed these ones a bit differently.  Here’s what I did:

Step 1) Wash and dry the napkins.

Step 2)  Iron the napkins smooth.

Step 3)  With wrong sides facing eachother, pin three of the four sides together.  You will want to leave the fourth side open, for inserting your pillow form.

Step 4)  Sew a seam around the three sides, using the existing seam as your guide (unlike with the patterned pillow, I sewed my new seam right on top of the existing seam, instead of next to the seam – see the picture below).

Step 5) Peel the backing off of your Velcro and stick your Velcro along the remaining seam,  spaced about  2" apart.  Iron the Velcro into place, following the package directions.

Step 5) No need to cut the Velcro in half as the “flange” seam is wide enough to accommodate the full size Velcro.  Peel the backing off of the Velcro and stick the Velcro along the remaining seam,  spaced about  2″ apart.  Iron the Velcro into place, following the package directions.

Removable pillow covers made from cloth napkins

Step 6)  Stuff your pillow form inside, Velcro closed, and enjoy your new napkins-turned-pillow covers!

Pillow covers made from napkins

 I love the way they coordinate with some of my existing throw pillows and add some much needed color and texture to my sofa!

Removable pillow covers made from cloth napkins

Removable pillow covers made from cloth napkins

Removable pillow covers made from cloth napkins

Removable pillow covers made from cloth napkins

How To Make Removable Pillow Covers From Cloth Napkins

These pillows turned out so good, I’m trying to think of other projects I could use cloth napkins for (besides, you know, wiping your hands and face on).  Do you have any ideas? Have you used cloth napkins in an unusual way?  I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below…

Have an awesome day!

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