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How to Make an Envelope Pillow

How to Make an Envelope Pillow

I have a lot of throw pillows in my house especially in Bedrooms.  With this in mind I thought I would do this tutorial on how to make an envelope pillow cover for any size square pillow.  I like this pattern because you can make pillow covers for every holiday and to match any decor.  These pillow covers are super simple to make and can be done in no time at all using basic sewing skills.  Trust me when I tell you that anyone can spruce up their decor using these pillow covers.

As usual I raided my stash to show this project but if you need fabrics to match your decor or for any holiday season head over to Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com to get exactly what you need.  This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

What you will Need:

  • Fabric – The amount of fabric needed depends on the pillow size. I used 3/4 yard.
  • Pillow form – You can choose any size you like but I used a 16″ x 16″ pillow that I had on hand.
  • Standard Sewing Supplies

Step 1: How to Make an Envelope Pillow

Cut your fabric.  You will need to cut three pieces of fabric.  The first piece will be the size of your pillow form and will be the front of your pillow.  In my case 16″ x 16″.  You will then cut two pieces for the back of the pillow.  The best way to do this is to cut one piece the length of the pillow form + 6″ x the width of the pillow form.  For my pillow I cut a single piece that measured 22″ x 16″.  Cut the second piece in half.  That left me with two pieces that measured 11″ x 16″.  Your measurement will be different depending on the size of your pillow form.

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Cut your fabric

Step 2: How to Make an Envelope Pillow

Hem one of the 16″ sides of both of the back pieces by folding the raw edge under 1/2″ then again by 1/4″.  Sew the hem either by hand or machine.

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Fold over the edges

Step 3: How to Make an Envelope Pillow

Pin the front and back pieces right sides together with the hemmed edges toward the center and over lapping.  Sew all the way around the perimeter using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Place the front and backs right sides together

Step 4: How to Make an Envelope Pillow

Turn the cover right side out and poke out the corners.  Insert the pillow form and you have finished your envelope pillow cover for any size square pillow.

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Back of envelope pillow cover
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Front of Pillow

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