The easiest way ever to make an envelope pillow cover in just minutes! Learn how to sew an envelope pillow cover using one piece of fabric.
Easy One Piece Fabric Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial
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I will readily admit it. I have a bit of a toss pillow addiction. I’m not entirely sure how many toss pillows currently reside in my home, but I’m willing to guess that the number is easily over 50. Right now, as I type from my couch in the family room, I can count 14 toss pillows that are within sight. Addicted I tell you! As much as I love toss pillows I don’t love storing them all. Sewing inexpensive envelope pillow covers is a fantastic way of reusing your pillows and changing your look.
Each month Waverly at Walmart sends me a box of supplies and challenges me to create something with their fabrics, ribbons, and/or paint. I absolutely LOVE this month’s box of supplies. The fabrics are beautiful and the Waverly chalk paint was wonderful to work with. I’ll circle back to give my review of the chalk paint in a separate post, but first let’s sew an envelope pillow cover!
Supplies Needed for Envelope Pillow Cover:
- Waverly Inspirations Fabric
- Scissors (here is a link to the gold pair I own)
- Sewing Machine
- Rotary cutter
Envelope Pillow Cover Step 1: Measure the size of your pillow and cut your fabric.
To determine the size of fabric needed for your cover, first measure the size of your toss pillow. Look on the pillow tag or use a fabric tape measure to measure the size. My pillow is 18″ x 18″.
The formula for your fabric cut is your pillow size times 2 plus 6. So for example my pillow is 18″x18″— 18″ x 2 + 6″=42″. *I like my pillow covers to fit snuggly, so to avoid baggy covers I do not allow for a width seam allowance.
Stick with me. It’s just a tiny bit of math, and I’ll do some of it for you if you don’t want to think and just want to get on with it. 🙂
If your pillow is:
- 16″ x 16″ measure fabric 16″ x 38″
- 17″ x 17″ measure fabric 17″ x 40″
- 18″ x 18″ measure fabric 18″ x 42″
- 19″ x 19″ measure fabric 19″ x 44″
- 20″ x 20″ measure fabric 20″ x 46″
I use a cutting mat and rotary cutter to cut my fabric and highly recommend investing in these tools. You can definitely use a pair of scissors, but it’s more challenging to cut a perfectly straight line with scissors.
Envelope Pillow Cover Step 2: Iron a 1/2 inch seam on the short sides of your fabric and sew.
Fold and iron 1/4″ seam on the short sides of your fabric, then fold that 1/4″ seam over onto itself and iron again. This creates a 1/2 inch seam for you to quickly run through your sewing machine. Sew both seams.
Envelope Pillow Cover Step 3: Fold fabric to measurements of pillow, pin open ends, and sew sides closed.
Lay the fabric so that the pretty side is facing towards you. Fold each end of the fabric over itself so that it measures the size of your pillow. My square is 18″ x 18″. The two previously sewn seams will overlap each other in the center to create your envelope enclosure. Pin the two remaining open ends on the outer edges of the pillow cover and sew them closed.
Envelope Pillow Cover Step 4:
Turn your pillow cover right-side out and push corners out with the eraser side of a pencil.
Stuff your pillow inside your brand new cover and admire your handiwork! Great job! You did it!
And here is a little sneak peek of my winter porch! I’ll post more pictures of it soon with my review of Waverly’s chalk paint, so stay tuned!
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