Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Envelope Pillow Tutorial

Hello everyone! I have a tutorial for you today!

I know...what?!? First of all, I don't really do tutorials because 1. they are a lot of work and 2. they are really hard! This might be the first and last tutorial I ever attempt.

But, I felt inclined to share with you my easy-peasy way of making pillow slip covers.
So, here we go.
I used an 18" old pillow form for my pattern. This material I got at Ikea on clearance forever ago.

Next, measure your pieces. For the front, measure about 21" for each side. For the back, add around 8" to the length for your envelope. So, your piece should measure 29" x 21". Then, take that long piece, fold it in half and iron down the seam.

Open it up and cut down ironed seam.

Now, take your pieces of fabric and lay them together front-facing each other. So, you'll sew on the back of the fabric. When you open it up, it should fold open like this:

After your back pieces are sewn onto the front piece.

Now, you need to sew the hem on the flap of your envelope. I do this by simply ironing around 1/2" down the length.

It should look like this....

Now, fold it over AGAIN to make your hem. I like to make them big, so this one is about 1" wide.

Iron it as well.

 Here's the finished seams on the envelope flaps.

Now, sew along the first ironed seam...

Then flip it over and sew along the edge of the fold.

Here's a look at the underside once you're done sewing.

Now, to sew the side seams, simply flip the envelopes over and pin the hems together, to avoid it all slipping around.

I like to pin the middle as well.

And sew away! Don't forget to back-stitch...

Then, cut your corners diagonally so you can have a clean corner.

Turn the whole thing right-side out and check out that envelope flap!

Cool, right? Here's the back...

And the front....

And the final project!

I thought the back would look cute with a red button...

See how my stripes are off! Oh, I am so not perfect. Sigh. Someday, I'll sew straight seems. Someday.
Hope that made sense! Let me know if it doesn't! Ha!


  1. That looks like even I could do it... maybe I'll dig out the sewing machine and whip up some pillows today.

    Thanks for todays design inspiration.

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Bunny Jean's Decor and More! (my Main blog)

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I love the pillow! :)


  3. Great tutorial..can't wait to try this myself!


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