The decorative edging on an oxford pillowcase cover can transform a plain cushion cover

Our easy-to-follow video will show you how to make an Oxford pillowcase cover with mitred corners for that extra professional finish. Experiment with a mixture of pattern and plain fabrics to add your own stylish twist to our design.



    • Cushion pad measuring 45 x 45cm


    • Fabric measuring 48 x 48cm for the front panel


    • Fabric measuring 48 x 27cm and 48 x 37cm for the back panels


    • 8 strips of contrasting fabric measuring 8 x 58cm


    • Matching thread


    • Contrasting thread


    • Needle


    • Tape measure


    • Set square


    • Ruler


    • Dressmaker’s chalk


    • Scissors


    • Pins


    • Sewing machine


    • Iron and ironing board


How to make the Oxford pillowcase

1. Along two of the long edges of your back panel pieces create a double hem as these will be the edges of your envelope opening. Fold the fabric over by 1.5cm and press, and then fold the fabric over the previous fold by another 1.5cm, press, pin and tack in place.

Create a 1.5cm hem for the envelope opening

Using a sewing machine set to straight stitch to sew the hems on the right side of the fabric.

Sew the cushion cover hems

2. With one of your fabric strips, align the centre of the strip with the centre of one of the sides of your front cushion panel by finger pressing the centre points.

4. Pin the edges wrong sides together and tack in place and then straight stitch with a 1.5cm seam allowance, starting and stopping at the tailor’s chalk markings.

Pin and tack the oxford edging

Repeat until all four sides of the cushion panel have edging.

5. Attach the other four strips to the sides of the back panel pieces,  lining up the panels so that they have a 10cm overlap for the envelope opening.

6. Where the strips overlap at the corners, pin the two strips together with right sides facing. Using dressmaker’s chalk, mark a 45 degree angle across the overlapping fabric.

Mark on the mitred stitch guides

Straight stitch along this line, press the seam open and then trim the excess.

Sew the cushions mitred corners

Repeat this process with all the corners until they are all mitred, meaning the seam sits at a 45 degree angle.

7. With right sides facing, pin and tack the cushion panel together. Using a straight stitch on your sewing machine, sew all four sides of the cushion together with a 1.5cm seam allowance.

Pin the oxford cushion panels together

8. Turn the cushion cover right side out and press. Pin and then top stitch or ‘stitch in the ditch’ where the edging meets the main cushion panel, so that the cushion pad fits snug within the cover.

Topstitch the cushion covers edge

For decorative effect, learn how to make a basic cushion with feature front panels and borders
See our videos of all techniques for how to make a cushion cover