Tutorial: Big Bow Pillow Cases

Easy sewing tutorial. 20 Minute Big Bow pillow cases - Rae Gun Ramblings

I finally got around to making some more pillowcases. Just in time for Valentine’s Day I made a bunch of festive pillow cases using and tweaking my trusty 10 minute pillow case tutorial.

Big Bow Pillow Cases Tutorial from Rae Gun Ramblings. Simple and inexpensive sewing home decor.Today I want to share how I made the big bow pillow cases. It it only takes maybe 5 minutes (max) to add the bow to the basic pillow case. Cool right?

What to Do

Big Bow Pillow Cases Tutorial from Rae Gun Ramblings. Simple and inexpensive sewing home decor.
  1. I used 17″ square pillow cases so my measurements are based off of that. If you have different size pillows check out my basic pillow case tutorial for info about how to get the measurements for different sizes and add 11 inches to whatever you need.
  2. For a 17″ pillow you’ll need  28″ of fabric (by the width probably 44″ or 60″).
  3. For a 17″ pillow case you’ll need fabric cut to 17×38 (pillow case), 9-11×38 (bow), 6×6 (bow tie). My red pillow case I used the 11×38 inch bow and the pink one was a 9x 38 inch bow.
  4. First sew the bow. Fold the bow piece in half so that it’s 11x 19 and sew the long sides. Flip it right side out and iron.
  5. Make the bow tie. Fold the 6×6 piece in half and sew around three edges. Flip right side out and iron. Tuck one end into the other to make a little tube (like a napkin ring kind of) and fold under the edge of the top layer and sew shut. I had to sew from one edge to the middle cut it and sew from the other edge to the middle.
  6. Finish the short edges of the pillow case piece.  I did this with a serger or you can just fold the fabric under twice and sew.
  7. Slide the bow piece through the bow tie. And arrange on the pillow base. Find the placement by folding the pillow base so that you have a 17 inch space and the flaps should fold over in the back (if you only finished one edge like me make sure the pretty one goes down first. You can iron the edges so you know where to fold them. Mark the middle of the square with a pin at both the top edge and the bottom edge. Open up the flaps.Then pin the middle of t bow edges to where the pins are. put the flaps in place making sure the pretty side goes down first. Then pin the edge of the bow so they are sandwiched between the pillow from and back.
  8. Sew the two edges making sure to catch both layers of the pillow case, the bows and the flaps.
  9. Now flip it right side out, stuff a pillow in and arrange the tie so it sits in the middle of the bow.
  10. Stare at it and say, that was so easy and quick and look how cute my big bow pillow cases are.
Big Bow Pillow Cases Tutorial from Rae Gun Ramblings. Simple and inexpensive sewing home decor.

I hope you like it. As always I’d love to see pictures if you try it out. Feel free to email them to me or link them up to my What We Wore and Made Party if you post them on your blog. I’ll be sharing my Love Pillow case tute soon too.

Big Bow Pillow Cases Tutorial from Rae Gun Ramblings. Simple and inexpensive sewing home decor.

UPDATED: here’s the tutorial for my “love pillow”

Easy sewing tutorial. 20 Minute Big Bow pillow cases - Rae Gun Ramblings


  1. Adorable-I pinned them!

  2. Super cute Marissa!!! I love the big bows!

  3. thanks guys!

  4. This is amazing!!! It easily looks like a $60 pillow! Love the detailing :)

    Aya ♥ Strawberry Koi

  5. seriously THE CUTEST pillows EVER! Oh my gosh, LOVE that they are easy too. SO FUN and thanks for sharing! I can’t believe I wasn’t following you before either, am now!!! Also, thanks so much for the cute comment on our baby news the other day!!! All those comments made my day! :)

  6. So festive and pretty!!! I loved your 10 min tutorial! It’s what I used to make my first pillow cover!

  7. Oh my I love your pillows! I’m in love with any and all pillow covers!

  8. Cutest pillows ever! I found you through Six Sister’s Stuff. Thank you for sharing! :)

  9. Your pillows turned out lovely. Perfect for Valentines Day!

  10. Very nice. I love pillows and this one will have to go on my “to make” list. (found you on The Girl Creative)

  11. Love this..thanks for the tutorial!

  12. I love those ones with the bows!

  13. These are adorable! Very creative. Stopping by from young and crafty free for all.

  14. These are so cute!!

    I host a Friday weekly Link Party and if you are interested, I’d love for you to join!


  15. I love these, I’ve been meaning to make some new pillows for my couch. I’m hosting a favorite things linky party and would love for you to stop by and link something up!

  16. These pillows are so cute! I would LOVE for you to link this up to my link party!

    – Kathryn

  17. These are way cute!! Lovin it! We’re so glad you linked up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday”. We loved having you!! Please come back next Saturday and share more of your great ideas! -The Sisters

  18. These are so cute…and I love that you shared the “how to”…cause’ I have a new sewing machine to try out…still! Lori

  19. I can’t wait to whip a few of these up to spice up my blah-beige couch – thanks for posting such a great tutorial!

  20. I don’t think the bow could be any cuter! Love this, especially for V-day!

  21. wow! so pretty

  22. Good looking pillows!! Thanks so much for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  23. Love these pillows – super cute!! I’m pinning them!

    Thanks for sharing this on the Take it on Tuesday blog hop! http://romanceonadime.com/take-it-on-tuesday/take-it-on-tuesday-blog-hop-hand-painted-ceramic-mug/

  24. How neat! Great job!

  25. Oh my – I love these pillows. Thanks a bunch for sharing and for the tutorial :)

    Love for you to share this at JAQS Studio Linky Party:

  26. Really pretty! I haven’t been sure how I felt about the new bow-craze, but these have won me over!

  27. So cute! I’m going to have to steal this great idea. :)
    I’ve just started a link party devoted to projects inspired by pinterest.
    Very Pinteresting Party

    I’d love for you to come by and check it out!

  28. What a difference a bow makes… really dresses up the pillows. They look fabulous!!! I would love for you to share this at our ongoing linky that’s just for pillows and cushions…

  29. Those are really cute! My favorite is that bright pink one one with the bow. I can totally see these working in a modern decor with the bright colors or tone the colors down for a romantic look. Thanks for sharing this tutorial for how to make them on my party.

  30. this will really look nice in my living room. thanks for the tutorail

    Hong Kong property

  31. So darn CUTE!!!!! Love them!!

    Would you mind linking up this project on my blog please??

  32. ABsolutely beautiful.

    This throw pillows are one on my Spring list as my DIY project.

    TY for the tutorial.

    Happy mid-week.

    Greetings from a snowy Stockholm,

  33. Love this! Pinning!

    Natasha xx


  34. super cute…visiting from The Sasse Life :)

  35. Your pillow are adorable. Love the bows.

  36. Those are gorgeous! Definitely going to give them a try sometime (nevermind that I have a zillion cushions already…) Thanks for the tutorial!

  37. I have one word for you: STICKER!
    Thank you for sharing… feel free to stop by tomorrow to button-up!

  38. Marissa!! These are FABULOUS! Super hot in those colors! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kiss & Tell party over at I Gotta Create! I had to feature these right away on my Facebook page <3

  39. What a fabulous tutorial!! Thank you so much for sharing, definitely on my to do list on Pinterest!

    Have a wonderful Sunday,


  40. These are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial for those of us who are sewing challenged you make it look soo easy! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can’t wait to see what you share next!

  41. Love these pillows! Perfect for Valentine’s Day! I had to pin them and share them on my CraftBliss Facebook page and link back to you. ~Dee

  42. Thanks for linking up! Just checking, did you see my Lisa Leonard giveaway yet?

    XO, Aimee

  43. These are great! I love, love, love seeing crafters that SEW instead of glue (though there’s a place for that too!) but sewing is one of my loves! Thanks for linking up to our Sleepy/Sassy Linky Party!

  44. Hey, just wanted to let you know that I featured this today from my Show & Share party. Thanks for linking up!


  45. Love the pillows! So cute and festive.

  46. Wow these are adorable! Perfect way to bring in Valentine’s Day. I pinned this! Found you at Motivate Me Monday.

  47. Hi :) – thank you so much for sharing with JAQS Studio’s Linky Party. You were featured today :)!


  48. Marissa, another fantastic idea and tutorial. They’re just beautiful. I want to thank you so much for linking up each week to my “Thriving on Thursdays” linky party. You always have such fantastic ideas. The party will be starting again in just over 12 hours so if you get a chance, I’d love to see what you’ve been up to this week.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  49. I saw the pillows you did on JAQS Studio! So cute! I write a blog for Goodwill about crafting/diy/upcycling at http://www.goodlifeblog.org. Have a great day!

  50. You are featured tonight over at I Gotta Create!
    Thanks for linking up <3 <3
    New party has started, too!

  51. Oooh, you make me wish I could sew! those are SO cute!! THanks for linking up at our Sleepy Sunday blog hop linky party!!

    Leanne @ because (i think) i can

  52. So cute! Thanks for linking up!

  53. LOVE the bow! Just found this on Southern Lovely…pinned!

  54. LOVE these, Marissa! Just letting you know I’ll be featuring them tomorrow for Feature Friday Free-for-All!

    Thanks for linking up each week! : )

  55. These are so pretty.

  56. I’ve left you a comment before on how cute these are!! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I used this as inspiration for my own pillow and I am highlighting this in my “How Pinteresting” series!! I’ve linked back to you of course. It goes live tomorrow (6/7) if you want to check it out!

  57. I absolutely LOVE these pillows.

    I’m having a GOOGLE + Social hop. I’d love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your Google +. If you don’t have Google + it’s ok, come link up your blog or favorite post.


    I’m also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.


  58. Hello,

    Thanks for all these very good ideas and your simple tutorials. It’s really great to find people like you.

    Sophie from France

  59. I love these pillows. Beautiful :)

  60. Great idea, thank you for the inspiration and the tutorial!

    If you have time, I would love for you to come and share this post over at the Really Crafty link party that is live right now! (http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2016/01/the-really-crafty-link-party-3-is-live.html).

  61. These are so cute, I really need to learn how to sew so I can make awesome stuff like this.

  62. Love the bow pillows. I also love the square Love one. Very Valentine-sy!

  63. Love these big bow pillows. Thanks for the great tutorial.

    Thanks for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday,

  64. These pillows are so cute! I am featuring them tonight at the Creative Corner, thank you for joining us and sharing your wonderful project :)

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