How to Make Your Own Polyester Fabric Pillow Cover

How to Make Your Own Polyester Fabric Pillow Cover

What do you want your fabric pillow cover to look like?

Do you want to be a polyester sponge, or something that won’t break?

Let PolyesterWise have your answer.

This is a great tutorial for all of us who want to create our own polyester pillow cover. 

The instructions below are for the polyester-based version, but the linen version can be made with any polyester fabric, including the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used in the fabric itself.

If you want a softer fabric, then just make sure you soak the fabric for 24 hours, and then you can wash it out after 24 hours.


Get a towel and a bowl.


Lay a sheet of linen or a cotton blanket in a bowl and soak the cotton and linen in a bucket of water.


Remove the towels and soak them in the water for about 24 hours to harden them.


Rinse the cotton out and dry it.

(Don’t use detergent, this will just make the cotton softer!)


Fold the fabric in half and place it in the bowl.

Repeat for the linen pillow cover and add your fabric.


Using a needle, thread a bead through the fabric and onto the cotton or linen.


Cut the fabric so that the bead sits snugly on top of the cotton.

(This is where the tape comes in handy!)


Place the folded fabric in the lined bowl.

(See step 7.)


Add your fabric and leave to dry overnight in the warm spot.

The pillow cover should be completely dry.

If the fabric is a little wet, you can leave it on the edge of the fabric, and it will be soft enough to wrap around your body without breaking.


Once it is completely dry, take it to the tailor and have them make it to your exact measurements. 

For the linen fabric, it will take about a week for it to become soft enough for use, so if you’re going to buy it from the tailor, make sure it’s clean and neat. 

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, there are lots of online fabric retailers that sell the same pillow cover for around $10-15, but we think you’ll be able to find one that works better for you. 

To make a linen pillow, you’ll need to start with a bowl, which is easy enough to do with your fingers. 

Once you have your bowl, cut the fabric into strips.

For the linen, we use a serger to make the strips. 

Cut each strip into two sections. 

Each strip should be about an inch wide. 

Now you’ll cut out two strips that measure about 2 inches apart. 

These will be the “nubs” of the pillow cover, and you can use the serger and your scissors to trim the nubs to your desired length. 

Next, you will sew the strips together on the outside of the towel.

Use a serging to sew the two strips together. 

Finally, you need to sew a knot through each strip. 

Again, use the scissors and your serging. 

You’ll need about a 1-inch seam allowance for each strip of fabric. 

When you’re done, you should have something like this: You can make these as big as you like, but be sure to trim them enough so they don’t break. 

Using the serging, sew the edges of each strip together and sew the end of the strip through the nub. 

With your sewing machine, cut out your nubs with a 1/4-inch serger. 

 Now that you’ve sewn the strips, it’s time to cut out the ends. 

Make sure to cut your strips as long as possible, so they will be perfectly formed. 

Attach your fabric strips to each other using a 1×1 piece of scrap fabric.

If your fabric is really too big to fit, just double-stick a small bit of string and sew it around the nubb. 

Sew the fabric strips back together using the sergers. 

This will take you about an hour to do, so you should be done before noon. 

As you can see in the photo, the fabric now looks like this. 

Here’s a little picture of the finished product. 

The only thing that needs to be done is to make a simple patch for the lining.

Cut a long piece of fabric (about 2 inches wide) that is 2 inches in length.

Sew it around each strip, and attach it with a zipper. 

Then sew a simple “patch” on the fabric.

Fold it into a neat triangle and place on the lining, like this! 

Now, you’re ready to sew it on. 

First, attach the


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