DIY Tutorial: Envelope pillow cover

envelope pillow cover

When we bought our beautiful little Scamp camper, I immediately wanted to start creating pieces that would make it more “ours.” The first thing I wanted to do was cover the pillows with a fabric that better fit our style. I had a lot of fun with this project, so I wanted to share a tutorial with you.

If you’re looking for a sewing project that’s both fun and easy, look no further than this!

envelope pillow cover

DIY Envelope Pillow Cover

Materials:

  • Fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine & thread
  • Pillow form/old pillow

envelope pillow cover

The first thing you need to do is pick your fabric. I got ours from Hobby Lobby (if you go this route, don’t forget the 40% off coupon!)

The amount of fabric you’ll need depends upon the size of the pillow you’re covering. Here’s a few common sizes:

Pillow: 15×15
Pieces:

  • 16×16
    16×11
    16×12

Pillow: 16×16
Pieces:

  • 17×17
  • 17×12
  • 17×13

Pillow: 18×18
Pieces:

  • 19×19
  • 19×13
  • 19×14

First, cut your pieces.

envelope pillow cover

Next, set aside the large front piece and focus on the two (shorter) back pieces.

With your fabric face down, fold the top of the longer piece a quarter-inch. Then, fold it again. Tip: it helps if you iron the fold before folding again. But if you’re short on time or patience like I was, you can still make it work.

Do the same for the bottom of the shorter piece.

envelope pillow cover

Pin in place.

envelope pillow cover

envelope pillow cover

Sew the hem you’ve created, removing the pins as you go.

envelope pillow cover

If you’re new to sewing, you’ll want to make sure the bobbin (bottom thread) matches or compliments your fabric. With this particular project, your bobbin color will be what’s visible (see below):

envelope pillow cover

Next, lay your front piece down (right side up) and place your shorter pieces on top (right side down).

Make sure the “wrong” sides of the fabric show. So, the project is inside out right now. First, lay the top piece down, aligning the corners. Then, lay the bottom piece on top.

Pin around the edges.

envelope pillow cover

Sew around the entire pillow, about half an inch from the edge.

Tip: Sew a few back stitches to reinforce the corners.

envelope pillow cover

Next, clip the corners just above the thread.

This will make for more pointed, precise corners when you flip it right-side-out.

envelope pillow cover

Now, flip your pillow cover so that’s it’s right-side-out.

envelope pillow cover

Make sure to pop the corners out.

envelope pillow cover

Lastly, stuff your pillow by sliding it into the “envelope” you’ve created.

envelope pillow cover

envelope pillow cover

And that’s it! Show us a picture of your project!

envelope pillow cover


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