Pillows are one of the easiest ways to update your decor for any season. I enjoy designing and sewing quick pillow covers especially these easy envelope pillow covers. Learning how to make a throw pillow cover is a breeze following this easy pillow cover tutorial. You can learn how to sew envelope pillow covers without a zipper in minutes so let’s get started.
Below is the mudroom hall tree we built in our home. The bench cushion with piping and the pillows I made to add a Boho vibe to the space. You can find that post here.
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How to Make an Envelope Pillow Cover
Let’s begin learning how to make an envelop pillow since they are my favorite easy pillow cover ever! I like to DIY decorative pillows using fabrics that are too expensive to use for larger projects such as upholstery or window treatments.
DIY Pillow Cover Supplies
- Pillow insert or pillow form (I use the same ones for every season)
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Cutting mat (I use mine for all my projects)
- Sewing machine
- Measuring tape
- Water soluble fabric marker
Envelope Pillow Cover Instructions
After gathering your supplies its time to measure your pillow form. My pillow form was 16″ square, but you can use any size.
Envelope Pillow Fabric Cuts
- Cut one piece for the pillow cover front
- Cut 2 back (envelope) pieces using the front piece size divided in half and add 5″. For example, my 16″ square pillow form (insert) was 16″ so half of that would be 8″ plus 5″ = 13″ (cut 2 @ 13″ wide by 16″ tall)
Hemming the Envelope Pillow Backs
Hem the back envelope pieces that will form the opening by turning under 1/2″ and turning it under again then sew the hem in place. Next, serge all the raw edges of the 3 pieces.
How to Sew Envelope Pillow Cover
Place the pillow front on your table with the right side up then place the envelope pillow back pieces one at a time on the front piece with right sides facing and lining up the edges (they will cross over the center.) Pin all sides together then sew using a half inch seam allowance.
Trimming the corners being careful not to cut the stitching.
Learning how to make a pillow is fast and easy, and you are going to enjoy all types of DIY decorative pillows. See more DIY throw pillow ideas at the end of this post.
Inserting Pillow Forms
Now for the easy part turn the throw pillow covers outside right and open the back flaps and insert the form.
Perfection was never so easy! You will enjoy making a ton of these easy envelope pillow covers see below more easy pillow pattern ideas too.
More DIY Envelope Throw Pillow Covers
I wanted to share some fun seasonal throw pillows you might also like.
Halloween Throw Pillows
These cute Halloween throw pillows were made using the envelope pillow cover instructions in this post. The spooky cute Halloween Cat vinyl design I cut with my Cricut Maker and the pom poms I made with my pom pom maker and I sewed them to the corners for some added fun.
Easy Gnome DIY Throw Pillows
Christmas Gnome Pillow DIY I made these in an earlier post you can read about it here. The felt applique Nordic Gnomes are super easy gnome pattern perfect for beginners. The see the chairs and ottomans makeover in this earlier post Family Room Facelift.
Spring Bunny Pillow – Easter
Ps. See how to make an envelop pillow in one piece from my blog friend, Beth.