Folded Napkin Pillow Covers

Here’s an easy way to make indoor or outdoor pillows, using cloth napkins to make an easy-t0-remove pillowcase. What’s ideal about these is that you can make several of them in different colors and fabrics and change them out according to the season or when you want a new look. When it gets dirty, just take the case off and throw it in the wash. You can use your old pillows and just cover them or buy new pillows without¬†a cover. This is a also great way to upcycle pillows and napkins from thrift stores.

You need:

  1. 20 inch cloth napkin
  2. 12″ – 14″ square pillow
  3. Needle and thread
  4. Good sized button (not too small)
  5. Small gauge cord


  • Lay a 20-inch square cloth napkin face down, positioning it to resemble a diamond. Center a 12- or 14-inch square pillow form on napkin.
  • Fold in 2 side points of napkin to middle, then fold up bottom point. Hand-stitch through all 3 pieces of fabric along upside-down V, about 2 inches down on each side. Stitch a button to bottom flap near point.


  • ¬†Fold down top flap; sew a loop of cord to underside of fabric as a button holder, ensuring it fits snugly around button when closed.

Now enjoy your new pillows!

Project and Image Source: Martha Stewart





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