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Sizing Up Fabric Needs for Pillow Covers

By Jan Saunders Maresh

Part of Sewing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

For beginner sewers, pillow covers are some of the easiest, most affordable sewing projects that require the least amount of time and commitment. This table tells you how much fabric you need for typical pillow projects.

Type of Pillow Dimensions (Length by Width) Amount of Fabric Needed for 1 Pillow Cover (Using 54-inch Wide
Fabric with No Pattern Matching)
Standard bed pillow 20 x 26 inches 5/8 yard
Queen-size bed pillow 20 x 30 inches 1-1/8 yards
King-size bed pillow 20 x 36 inches 1-1/4 yards
Square pillow forms 12 x 12 inches 1/3 yard
14 x 14 inches 1/2 yard
16 x 16 inches 1/2 yard
18 x 18 inches 5/8 yard
20 x 20 inches 3/4 yard
30 x 30 inches 1 yard