How To Make An Envelope Pillow Cover With One Piece Of Fabric?

Quick Guide to Crafting an Envelope Pillow Cover

Creating an envelope pillow cover with one piece of fabric is a simple and efficient way to update your home décor. In essence, you’ll cut a single piece of fabric to the size of your pillow plus additional length for the envelope’s back flaps. Fold the fabric around your pillow insert to form an envelope closure, where the back has two overlapping pieces of fabric allowing you to insert or remove the cushion at your convenience.

In-Depth Guide to Sewing An Envelope Pillow Cover

Sewing an envelope pillow cover is a great beginner project for those new to sewing. It involves straight-line sewing and no complex patterns or closures, making it an excellent exercise for practicing and building your sewing confidence.

Choosing Your Fabric

Before you begin, you will want to choose the right fabric for your project. Opt for a fabric that not only suits your interior design but one that is also sturdy enough for pillows, such as cotton, linen, or canvas. If the pillow will be used frequently, choose a fabric that can withstand wear and tear, as well as washing.

Measuring and Cutting the Fabric

Once you have your fabric selected, you will need to calculate the size to cut. For a snug-fitting cover, use the following calculations:
1. Measure your pillow insert to find the width and length.
2. To determine the width of your fabric, add 1 inch (2.5 cm) to the pillow width—for seam allowance.
3. For the length, triple the pillow length and then add 6 inches (15 cm)—this allows for the overlap of the envelope closure and seam allowance.

For example, for a 18×18 inch pillow, you will need a piece of fabric measuring 19 inches (width) by 60 inches (length).

Folding and Pressing

Next, fold the edges of the long sides of the fabric inward 1/2 inch (1.25 cm), press with an iron, fold over another 1/2 inch, and press again to create a clean edge for where the pillow’s envelope closure will be. Sew along these folds to create a hem.

Creating the Envelope

To create the envelope flaps, lay the fabric flat with the right side facing down. Fold each end of the fabric towards the center to create an overlap in the middle. The amount of overlap should be at least 4 inches (10 cm) to ensure the pillow insert remains concealed. The total length from end to end once the fabric is folded should match the length of the pillow insert.

Sewing the Edges

With the fabric folded and the right sides together, pin along the open sides to keep everything in place. Sew down each side using a 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) seam allowance. Remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of your seams for added durability.

Finishing the Pillow Cover

After you have sewn the sides, clip the corners diagonally, ensuring you don’t cut the stitches. This will help you get neater, crisper corners once you turn the cover right side out. Now, turn your pillow cover right side out, properly pushing out the corners. Press the cover with an iron to tidy it up for a clean finish.

Inserting the Pillow

Lastly, insert your pillow form into the envelope closure. Adjust the fabric and corners to ensure the pillow sits nicely within the new cover.

Tips and Tricks

To ensure a professional-looking finish, here are a few handy tips and tricks:
– Pre-wash your fabric to prevent shrinkage after your pillow cover is made.
– Use a clear acrylic ruler to ensure your measurements are precise.
– Match your thread color to your fabric for a seamless look or use a contrasting color for added flair.
– If using a thin fabric, consider adding interfacing for extra stability.

Finishing Thoughts

Making an envelope pillow cover with one piece of fabric is not only an eco-friendly option—since it requires less material—but it’s also cost-effective and customizable. With this simple sewing project, you have the freedom to choose a fabric that resonates with your style and the flexibility of easily swapping out designs with seasons or trends. Once you master the technique, the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re crafting a cozy corner or refreshing a room, these envelope pillow covers can be a touch of homemade elegance that truly makes a house a home.


  • Ashton Roberts

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