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How to Sew Toddler Pillow Case Covers

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How to sew toddler pillow case covers to match your nursery theme. Such a fun and easy project!

We bought this toddler pillow for Baby G on Amazon and while the satin pillow cover that it comes with is great, I decided to make a coordinating cover for two of these pillows so they’d match the nursery.

Before I get into this more, I should mention that it’s not recommended to give pillows to babies and even young toddlers because they pose a suffocation risk; I think we didn’t give G one until 18 months or so. These two covers will be for G’s pillows and Baby K won’t get one until he’s older, of course. I’m hoping he can just inherit this one when G moves into the big boy bed.


  • Toddler Pillow to use/measure
  • Coordinating fabrics to your nursery theme

How to Sew a Toddler Pillow Case

I used this tutorial for a slipcover for a pillow when I made the pillows for my couch. I followed what I remembered from that one, but did my own thing with measurements because that was for a square pillow and I couldn’t wrap my head around how I did a rectangular pillow last time, ha.

For our project, the Amazon listing states that the pillow is  3 x 12 x 10″ and one of the reviewers mentions a good pillowcase that fits, the Bucky Small Duo Pillow Case. That pillowcase is 10 x 15″. I’m gambling on the information all being correct because I sew during bed and nap time which is obviously when he uses his pillow.

Assuming 10 x 15″ and adding an 1″ for .5″ seam allowance on each side, I needed a top piece for the pillow (fox fabric) that is 11×16″. For my back fabric, I cut two pieces that were big enough to overlap over each other, even after I finished one edge. The pieces of minky for the back were 11×10.5 and 11×9.5″.

1. I cut out my fabric. I immediately pinned the one inside edge of the minky so I’d remember which side to finish.

Again, the measurements are:

  • Top fabric: 11 x 16″
  • Back fabric: 11×10.5″ and 11×9.5″




2. Finish the one inside edge on each piece of minky. Just fold in and fold over again so there’s no raw edge showing that could fray later on.


3. Lay your fabrics right sides together. Your minky pieces will overlap. Pin.

4. Sew a straight stitch around your fabrics, making sure you caught all the fabrics.

5. Trim if needed and turn right sides out.


6. Iron, then top stitch.


Final Product




Second one (just cotton fabric, much easier to sew):


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Karen J

Monday 11th of November 2013

Very good tutorial. Love that you included pics. Thank you so much.