How to make triangle pillow covers

Triangle pillows can add pizazz to a sofa or chair and can enliven an arrangement of bed pillows. Additionally, a set of triangularly shaped pillows made in primary colours can add a lively touch to a child's bedroom. The unusual shape of the pillows complements square, rectangular or round pillows, and they can be made at home very easily. With the addition of a zip, the triangle pillow cover becomes easy to remove and hand or machine wash.

Create a pattern for your pillow by drawing your preferred traingle size and shape onto craft paper and cutting it out. The triangle can be drawn of any size; in particular, an equilateral triangle, where each side is the same length, blends well with round and square pillows.

Fold the 1/2 metre (1/2 yard) of fabric in half and place it on your workspace.

Pin the pattern to the front of the folded fabric and cut out two matching triangles of fabric.

Pin the edges of the fabric pieces together, ensuring that their right sides face together.

Sew a straight seam all the way around the pillow form with your sewing machine or the needle and thread, leaving a 15 cm (6 inch) opening; set the seam 6 mm (1/4 inch) from the raw edges of the triangle.

Turn the pillow covering right-side-out.

Attach the closed zip to one open edge of the 15 cm (6 inch) opening with small stitches, sewing the wrong sides of the zip and fabric together.

Open the zip and attach the opposite side of the zip to the opposite opening edge, again positioning wrong sides together.

Stuff the pillow tightly with polyester fiberfill through the 15 cm (6 inch) zip opening and zip the opening shut.


Polyester fiberfill is the best stuffing for unusually shaped pillows.

Things You'll Need

  • Craft paper
  • Scissors
  • 1/2 metre (1/2 yard) fabric
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • 15 cm (6 inch) zip
  • Polyester fiberfill
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Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.