How to Close a Pillow with a Sewing Machine?

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Pillow is one of the easiest projects to do, and it decorates the space in your house in the most attractive way. They come in different sizes, fabrics, and shapes. You can also use an old sweater or blanket to make a nice cozy pillow. 

As you all know, that a pillow needs to be closed from three sides, leaving the fourth side open to fill in the foam and take it out or change the pillow cover when dirty. There are numerous choices you can make to cover the last side; it depends on how you like it more. 

So, in this article, I will be telling about the nine ways to sew a pillow with a sewing machine. 

Ways to sew the close end of a pillow

There are different ways to close the ending of a pillow.

Basic method 

Here’s what you need, nice fabric and a pillow. Measure the pillow on the top to make a nice tight cover. In case your pillow is 16 inches x 16 inches. Cut the square of the exact same size. Now you might be wondering you don’t need extra space for seam allowance, but actually, the exact size makes the pillow a bit more attractive and snugger around the pillow. 

How to make a cover 

You need to cut two squares on your fabric; a scale will help cut straight squares. Now you have to sew them together like a sandwich. Both the right side should be on each other. And you will sew the three sides, leaving one side open, to insert the pillow inside. Leave at least an inch or a half at each side and go sewing from one side to the end in one go.

Before turning the pillow inside-out, cut corners a little bit to get nice edges when you flip it. Insert your pillow, and then there you go. 

You might be wondering that my article was about closing the last end, so here we go, let’s discuss some ways in which you can sew the last side of your pillow. 

9 easy ways to close a pillow

Envelop closure technique 

  • This is the most suited method for people who like to clean or change their covers often. 
  • You need one side of the exact same size as that of the pillow, while the other sides need to overlay each other slightly. 
  • Fold and stitch half an inch of the fabric from the side that will overlay on the bigger square.
  • And now, you can stitch them together from two adjacent sides that will hold the overlays together. That will make a fabric envelop. 
  • Then make a sandwich with the two squares, right side facing each other. 
  • Stitch all four sides and flip it from that open pocket somewhere at the top back. 
  • You can insert your pillow from that pocket and because it overlays each other, so your pillow will be nicely secured. 


  • In this method, leave a bit of space while cutting the squares. 
  • Stitch threes side together as discussed in the basic method. 
  • Then add piping to all four sides; this will close the fourth side while adding a nice piping to your pillow. 

Outer stitches

  • This is a very easy method, but the squares on each other, such that both the backsides are facing each other. 
  • Fold one inch from each side and stitch it from the outer side. 
  • Insert your pillow and stitched the last side with your sewing machine. 
  • You will get nice outer stitches on all sides. 

Button-close method

  • Again, a very easy method. For this, you need a little bit more space on one of the sides while cutting the squares.
  • Repeat the basic method. 
  • For the last side, make buttonholes on one square and attach buttons on the other. 
  • Close them through buttons.

Zip closure method

  • It is similar to the button closure method. 
  • You have to add a zip on one of the sides during your basic method. 
  • Insert the pillow and zip it to close the last end. 

Pocket style 

  • This style is almost like envelop method, but for this one, you need more fabric than the envelop one. 
  • Take two squares; one would be the exact same size as your pillow, while the other will be large enough to overlap each other; cut the larger square in two equal squares. 
  • Connect the overlapping sides with each other as discussed in envelop method, and then stitch the whole square with the other one from all four sides. 
  • Flip the cover with a pocket and insert the pillow inside it. 
  • Now the only difference in envelopes and pocket style is that the envelope has a pocket at the top back, while the pocket style has a pocket in the middle back, and it contains more fabric, hence covers more. 

Decorative design 

  • This method is not very known, and for this, you have to make some changes in the initial basic method. 
  • When you have cut the two squares, stitch the two opposite sides from the back and flip it. 
  • Add your pillow, leaving the two sides open.
  • Fold one inch from one of the sides, stitch it together using a decorative stitch of your choice, and make sure you are stitching on the outer side this time. 
  • Repeat on the other opposite side as well. 
  • This way, you will have two inner stitched and two outer decorative stitches. 

Hand stitch

  • Now some times, after the basic method, you don’t have enough space in the pillow; your pillow is a little too snug to get it under the machine. Then you have to hand sew it.
  • There is the different stitch you can make with a hand; invisible stitch, ladder stitch, and so many more. 

English pillowcase

  • In this case, all you need is to follow the above basic method as it is, pins the last side of the cover once you have inserted the pillow. 
  • If there is a little bit of space, it can definitely go into the sewing machine easily. So, try to keep a bit of space for it to go under the machine. 
  • Now you need the strength of both arms because it can push you off the machine. 
  • Sew as close as possible to the edge, and there you go, the English-style pillow is ready to be on your bed. 


Here are few closure techniques to close the ending of a pillow with a sewing machine. I hope the article was helpful!

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