How to Fix a Pillow Cover That’s Coming Apart at the Seams

pillow cover with torn edgeI just told you about my kilim pillow covers that were getting a little rough around the edges. Here’s how I fixed the pillow covers and made them look like new (well, old but new) again. You could use this same easy, forgiving technique for any pillow covers (not just kilim) that are coming apart at the seams—whether ones you already have or ones you find at a thrift store and upcycle.

Not into sewing yet? Please consider trying. Even if you’re not planning on making your own clothes anytime soon, I highly recommend having a sewing machine just for little home and decorating fixes like this. For me at least (read: impatient person), using a sewing machine is so much easier than trying to mend by hand, and so much more satisfying than tossing or passing over something awesome just because it’s a little rough around the edges.


Step 1

 Open Gallerykilim pillow cover with torn edgeThis pillow cover had some fraying at the top seam—see it in the top left corner? I started by removing the pillow insert and laying the cover out flat, making note of where the fraying started and stopped.

Step 2

 Open Gallerypinning kilim pillow cover to fix tearThen I turned the cover inside out and, again, located the frayed edge. I then pinned below that fraying so that once sewn, the fraying would be inside the cover and not showing on the outside. I made sure to pin through both sides of the cover.

Step 3

 Open GalleryUsing my sewing machine, I stitched a line from the edge of the pillow cover to the zipper, following my pins as guide. (Since the stitch won’t show, it really wouldn’t matter what thread color I used, but off-white was already on the machine, so that’s what I used.) Notice that I placed the pins so that the heads would be pointing towards me while sewing. This is a great tip that makes sewing on a machine easier—you just pull the pins out as you go, no finagling required.

Step 4

 Open Gallerysewn edge of pillow coverHere you can see the new stitch line, which holds the frayed stitches in. I used a fairly tight stitch that will hopefully keep the kilim from fraying further. The line isn’t perfectly straight, which is okay. It’s smooth enough that when turned back right side out and filled with a pillow insert, no one can tell the difference.

Step 5

 Open Galleryfixed edge of kilim pillow coverSee? Same pillow edge, fixed.


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