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Seersucker Pillow Sleeve

Every year, Kevin Sharkey has a summer fling with cool, colorful seersucker -- and the easy decorations it brings to his home. It feels good, can vary in scale, works well with other fabrics, and lends itself to a lot of different forms, be it a bed skirt, a pillow cover, or a napkin. Doubling the sleeve's thickness gives it heft and will keep it from slipping off the pillow.




  • Seersucker fabric
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Snaps or Velcro fasteners


  1. Step 1

    Decide how wide you want the sleeve, and then measure around the pillow. Add 1 inch to length to account for overlap at closure. Using that measurement, cut 2 pieces.

  2. Step 2

    Pin together with right sides facing. Leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance, stitch along 1 short and 2 long sides. Turn right side out, iron unfinished edges in 1/4 inch, and sew shut.

  3. Step 3


    Pin ribbon to long sides, with 1/2 inch of ribbon showing. Stitch in place.

  4. Step 4

    Sew snaps or Velcro fasteners to short sides, for securing sleeve around pillow.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2012



Reviews (4)

  • rugpillowsreview 8 Jan, 2013

    I would check out Great source to see How they are made. They have some good examples, and you should order some from there

  • Akemi Velho 24 Nov, 2012

    I'm sorry but I don't understand how the ribbon is applied. Shouldn't it be sewed at the same time when closing the sleeve?

    Is it possible to add more pictures for these type of projects? I think it would help a lot understand the making of, with more visuale aid.

    Thank you.

  • scrapyj 11 Jul, 2012

    Sounds really nice and easy to make.. Thanks will give it a try.

  • Pun-kin 11 Jul, 2012

    VARIATION: Make the sleeve a "bib". Make 2 seersucker squares. Extend the ribbon about 12 inches on all 4 corners. Turn on the diagonal on top of the cushion. Tie a pretty bow on each side. This will look like a "diamond" in the center of the cusion.