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How to Make an Envelope Pillow Cover

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.

Quick Pillow Covers

Quick Pillow Covers

Easy envelope pillow covers

Easy envelope pillow covers

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.

DIY Mudroom Hall Tree with bench cushions and pillows

DIY Mudroom Hall Tree with bench cushions and pillows

Envelope pillow cover and Cat pillow with pom poms

Envelope pillow cover and Cat pillow with pom poms


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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

  1. Fabric
  2. Pillow insert or pillow form (I use the same ones for every season)
  3. Scissors or rotary cutter
  4. Cutting mat (I use mine for all my projects)
  5. Sewing machine
  6. Thread
  7. Iron
  8. Measuring tape
  9. Water soluble fabric marker
  10.  Pins
  11. Serger

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.

DIY pillow covers supplies

DIY pillow covers supplies

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 outside edges of the back envelop pillow opening

Hemming the outside edges of the back envelop pillow opening

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.

Checking the back envelope pillows pieces. Easy pillow covering making.

Checking the back envelope pillow 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.

Placing back piece on the front

Placing back piece on the front

Trimming the corners being careful not to cut the stitching.

Trimming the corner of the pillow cover

Trimming the corner of the pillow cover

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.

Envelop pillow case

Envelop pillow case

Inserting Pillow Forms

Now for the easy part turn the throw pillow covers outside right and open the back flaps and insert the form.

Envelope pillow cover ready to add the form

Envelope pillow cover ready to add 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 DIY throw pillows

Easy DIY throw pillows

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.

Gnome pillow, updated familyroom

Gnome pillow

 

Spring Bunny Pillow – Easter

These cute bunnies were cut out with my Cricut Maker, however, they can be cut with scissors see how I made this easy pillow cover in an earlier post DIY Bunny Pillow Tutorial.

Bunny Pillow Applique, FREE download pattern, easy insturctions

Bunny Pillow Applique

Thank you so much for visiting today I hope you found some inspiration and I would like to invite you to join my Fall Inspiration Newsletter so you can enjoy all the fall inspiration join HERE.

Happy Fall,

Kippi

Ps. See how to make an envelop pillow in one piece from my blog friend, Beth.

 

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Weston

Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Another style of sofa is the cushioned pillow top arm sofa. Although it has a separate sofa base, the pillow top is often supported by the sofa top.

Karen Patrick

Friday 13th of March 2020

Do you stitch the back of the pillow cover closed after you insert the form of leave it open?

Kippi

Friday 13th of March 2020

I leave the pillow open in the back since it overlaps. Happy Spring, Kippi

Barbara at Mantel and Table

Tuesday 29th of October 2019

Oh those are so darling, Kippi! And you make it sound so easy. I kind of gave up on sewing many years ago, because I couldn't get the sizing right. But you're inspiring me to haul out the sewing machine and try again! :) Thanks for the great tutorial!

Rachelle

Sunday 27th of October 2019

Great tutorial and the pillow colors and selection really grabbed my attention! Love that orange and black combo.

Kippi

Monday 28th of October 2019

Thank you so much for your kind comment it made my day! Happy Halloween, Kippi

Jill

Saturday 26th of October 2019

You are really getting me in the mood for Halloween, Kippi at Home. Good thing there is one more day of the weekend for me to do some of these projects! Happy Halloween!

Kippi

Monday 28th of October 2019

Thank you Jill for stopping by today! I hope you enjoy your Halloween! Hugs, Kippi

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