This pillow cover was especially easy to make because I did not have to line up a pattern on the fabric. I simply hemmed both edges of the fabric so I would have nice clean edges along the opening. Since I wanted the cover to be removable, I needed to fold and sew the fabric so there would be an opening in the back, not along the bottom of the cover. I folded the fabric into thirds, with the right sides in and a little bit of an overlap.Lastly, I sewed both of the long edges together and turned the fabric right side out.
I stuffed the pillow in at this point and realized I had two problems: 1) the pillow cover was humongous and b) the pillow stretched out the opening in the back and you could see the ugly brown pillow.
Since I wasn't worried about lining up a pattern on the fabric, the first problem had an easy fix. I just turned the fabric inside out again and sewed another seam about 2 inches further in. This made the pillow cover about 2 inches smaller in width and that was perfect for my pillow.
The second issue took a little creativity to fix. I bought some buttons a few weeks ago, but I didn't realize that I needed a special setting on my sewing machine to make a button hole. Womp womp. Fortunately, I had some elastic cord laying around. Since I had sewn a hem to make clean edges at the opening of the cover, I could sew a loop of elastic in there without it being visible from the outside of the fabric. Then I sewed the buttons right onto the pillow. I'll let the pictures do the explaining.
The elastic and button do a great job of keeping the ugly brown pillow hidden.
Thanks for reading,