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How to Sew Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial

Simple Envelope Pillow cover tutorial. Takes only 15 minutes!

Hi Craftaholic friends! It’s Brandy and today I’m sharing one of the easiest ways to change up your home decor on the cheap…. Pillow envelopes! Pillow envelopes are a snap to make. I’m sharing this easy tutorial on how to sew envelope pillow in less than 15 minutes. This is an easy way to completely transform an out-dated pillow. Make several in different colors to keep on hand for a quick room update! Spring is a perfect time to freshen up your home decor.

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How to sew Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial

  • 1 pillow or pillow form
  • Fabric
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron

1. Begin by measuring the width and length of your pillow. Add about a half inch to that measurement for seam allowances.

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2. Cut out a square using that measurement. That will be your pillow front. (As a reference, my pillow was 17″x17″ so I cut out an 17.5″ square. All measurements in parenthesis will be the ones I am using. Adjust accordingly for your pillow form.)

3. Lay your front piece aside.

4. Cut another piece of fabric the same width as the front (17.5″) and add 4″ to that for the height. (17.5″x21.5″). THEN cut that piece in half. You will end up with 2 rectangles that are the width of your pillow (17.5″) and shorter in height (10.75″).

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5. Fold over the center edges of your two back pieces 1/4″. Press. Fold one more time and stitch the hem.

Envelope pillow tutorial. Only takes 15 mins to make!

6. Here they are laying on top of the front piece. Right sides together.

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7. With right sides facing, lay the two back pieces on top of the front piece, matching outer edges. The two back pieces will overlap.

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8. Pin and stitch all 4 side seams using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Clip corners and turn right side out.

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Your pillow envelope is done! It really is as simple as that.

Simple Envelope Pillow cover tutorial. Takes only 15 minutes!

 Stuff your pillow form into the envelope and make another one for a matching set!

These are a great beginner sewing project. If you’d like another one, feel free to check out my 3 Step Pillowcases! They take about 10 minutes to make!

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  1. 1
    Elena says:

    Very nice ♥

  2. 2
    Jan says:

    I have been looking for a tutorial like this for a long time! Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3

    I’ve actually got fabric with mental plans to make one of these, I just need to pull out my machine. Thanks for the step by step, pinned!

  4. 4
    Jennifer says:

    Hi! I was reading the tutorial and I see it says to sew all four sides then flip right side out. Im curious as to how you flip it and insert the pillow if you have already sewn all four of the corners. And I dont see anywhere else to flip it. The center is also sewn together it appears. Thanks!

  5. 5
    Robin says:

    Thank you Brandy! I must say, your directions were so SIMPLE that even I could follow! That’s saying a lot!

    I can’t wait to make some for gifts! I have mentioned your fabulous directions on my blog:


    Thank you again for an awesome site!

  6. 6
    Vicki says:

    Great tutorial! Do you recall where you purchased the brown and blue floral fabric? It’s perfect for my living room! Thanks.

    • 6.1
      Brandy says:

      Hi Vicki,

      The brown and blue floral were store bought pillows that I recovered with the striped fabrics. Sorry I couldn’t be more help!

  7. 7
    Sara Pieri says:

    So easy to follow!


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