We’ve been welcoming Spring with open arms around this house, switching out the winter wardrobes for flip flops and shorts, cleaning up the porches, and getting the grill ready to go for outdoor dining. I even decided to brighten up the family room with a few new pillows for the couch. It’s one of the easiest ways to makeover furniture without spending a lot of money.

Zippered pillow covers are great because they’re so easy to switch out with the seasons, and even amateur seamstresses can do this! I know, because that’s what I am!

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Give this a try–I think you’ll be surprised at how simple it really is.

First, you’ll need pillow inserts. I almost always use down pillows because they look great, feel comfy, and can be re-fluffed over and over. Click here for a great deal on various sizes on down inserts.

Start by cutting 2 squares of your fabric to the size to fit your insert. Remember when sewing pillow covers, measure your insert and add one inch to the size to allow for a 1/2″ seam all around. For instance, if you have an 18″ square pillow, you will cut the fabric to 19″.

Choose an invisible zipper that is approximately 4 inches shorter than the zippered edge of your pillow will be. Since my pillow was 18″, I used the 12-14″ zipper.

With the right side of the fabric facing up, line up the zipper (face down) along the bottom edge of the pillow front.

Sew the zipper onto the fabric as closely as possible to the zipper teeth without sewing over the teeth. Then repeat the process with the other side of the zipper, sewing it to the pillow back.

When the zipper is sewn on, the pillow pieces should look like this when opened up with the right sides of the fabric facing up.

Next, fold the pieces right sides together and sew all around the open edges, including the open ends on each end of the zipper. Just sew right up to where the zipper starts and stops to seal off the zipper. Also, unzip the zipper a little before sewing so you will be able to reach into the sewn pillow after and unzip it to turn it inside out.

Once you’ve sewn all around, unzip it, turn it inside out, and press.






Then, just fill it with your insert and zip it up!

When you like to switch things up as much as I do, zippered pillow covers are the way to go! I mixed my new pillows in with a few other bright ones I found or made, and it’s a great new look for a basic brown leather sofa.

The green houndstooth fabric is from Hobby Lobby, as well as the fabric I used to make the turquoise one. I made the big initial pillow using my favorite freezer paper stenciling. Click here for more on that. And I found the gray and coral pillows at Marshall’s.

I’m loving the update for Spring. And the good news is– it’s gonna be so easy to switch it all up again for Fall!