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How to Make Pillow Wraps for Fall Decor

Create Fall Decor with Simple  DIY Cushion Covers

These DIY cushion cover banners are the easiest way I know of to update cushions, other than purchasing new ones.    Although I still adore cushions I had so many they wouldn’t fit in one closet.  My first solution was to quit buying new cushions, that lasted about a week.  Then I started updated them with new DIY cushion covers.   This fall I am making it even easier by adding these fall banners to existing cushions.

These are the very feminine handmade cushion covers that I use most of the year.

Handmade DIY Cushion Covers, with crochet and fabric flower embellishments.

Here are two the same cushion covers with the new fall banner.

Two Fall pillow wraps in soft grey and browns for Fall. The Pillows or laying on a white farmhouse bed for neutral Fall decor.

To make the banners you need a long table runner.

The first step is to purchase a scarf that is long enough to cover your cushions.  Measure the width of your existing cushion and then buy a runner more than 4 times the width of your cushion.

Two DIY Fall Pillow Wraps in neutral colours with pumpkins and Fall leaves sitting on a farmhouse bed.

My existing cushions are 20 inches wide, and the runner I liked was 84″ long.  It gave me just enough for seam allowances.  This new table runner cost $19.00 at Home Sense for the two updated fall cushion covers.  If you want your cushions to match a table runner, purchase two. Its often to find two identical table runners than it is a matching set of table runners and cushions.

Once you know your runner is long enough,  fold the runner in half, and cut along the fold. Fold each half in half and cut again.  You will end up with four matching pieces.  Seal the cut edges of your fabric with either a serger or zig zag stitch.

Cutting fabric for DIY pillow sleeves for Fall, starting with table runners.

Lay your fabric over your cushion to judge the seam allowance you can have. Mine was about an inch.  Pin in place if you want to, I cheated and skipped this process.

How to sew and fit DIY pillow wraps for Fall. Showing how to fit the corners of the wrap around the cushion.

Lay your fabric together making sure that the pattern is the same way.  Sew the two outside seams.  Iron the seams flat, turn your covers right side out and place them onto existing cushions.

A farmhouse bedroom decorated for Fall with DIY Fall pillow wraps, and dove grey bedding. The bedroom also has white pumpkins and ticking cushions.

Two seams, on each cushion, that’s all there is to it.

Please comment and let me know if you will try this idea.  I always love to hear your thoughts and feedback.


A farmhouse bed updated for Fall with neutral cushions with hand made pillow wraps.


  1. That fabric is so nice and airy for fall. And what a great idea for changing out the look of pillows with out changing the pillows!! 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Amy. I don’t think there is an easy way to update cushions. Thank you for the feedback.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Deborah. I like how easy and fast they are to do. Glad you like them.

  2. Genius!! What a great idea and such a fabulous space saver rather than having a million cushions in the linen press taking up space! Love that you can change them out as the seasons come and go!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Sam. This is an easy way to have matching linens, and the full linen closet is a challenge. I never met a cushion I didn’t like.

  3. These turned out great. Such a clever idea and you are very good with tutorials.

    Enjoy the rest of your day


    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Cindy. I really appreciate the comment about liking how I do the tutorials. It’s good to know.

  4. Wow, that’s such a simple idea and so incredibly pretty. I also have a big problem with scatter cushions. The hubby says I’m a cushion addict but I just can’t seem to help myself, every time I see them I end up buying one or three 😉

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Oh too funny Michelle, so you can relate. Cushions really are addictive, but I like making things so they are one of a kind. I hope you try the quick update. Thanks for commenting, always appreciated.

  5. That is a very easy update and very clever. They make such pretty linens so it is a great way to use them.

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