How To Make Envelope Pillow Cover?

Making an envelope pillow cover is a simple and stylish way to update your living space or bedroom. It’s a project suitable even for beginners in sewing. To craft an envelope pillow cover, you will need fabric, a sewing machine or needle and thread, scissors, a measuring tape, and an iron. The essence of this design lies in its overlapping flaps on the back, which form an ‘envelope’ that snugly holds the pillow. With no zippers or buttons necessary, it’s not only easy to make but also to remove and wash.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making an Envelope Pillow Cover

Gathering Your Materials

Before you start, ensure you have the following materials:

– Fabric of your choice
– Pillow insert (use this to determine the size of your pillow cover)
– Sewing machine or needle and thread
– Scissors
– Measuring tape or ruler
– Straight pins
– Iron
– Optional: fabric marker or chalk

Measuring and Cutting Your Fabric

1. Start by measuring your pillow insert. Your fabric needs to be as wide as the pillow insert plus 1 inch for seam allowance. For the length, calculate the pillow length multiplied by 2, plus 6 inches for the envelope overlap, plus 1 inch for seam allowance.

For example, for an 18×18 inch pillow, you’d cut a piece of fabric that is 19 inches wide (18+1) and 42 inches long (18×2 + 6 +1).

2. Cut the fabric according to these measurements using scissors.

Sewing the Edges

1. With your fabric cut to size, take the two shorter edges (which will become the ‘envelopes’ flaps) and fold them over 0.5 inches; press this fold with an iron. This will be the hem of the envelope closure.

2. Fold them over another 0.5 inches, press again, and pin them in place.

3. Sew a straight stitch along these folded hems to secure them.

Forming the Envelope

1. Lay your fabric right side down (the pattern or desired side facing the floor or table).

2. Fold over each hemmed edge towards the center. They will overlap and form the envelope. Pin the edges in place.

3. Make sure the overlapping fabric forms a square or rectangle that matches the dimensions of your pillow insert plus an inch of seam allowance on each side.

4. Sew the remaining two open sides together with a straight stitch 0.5 inches from the edge. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end to secure the stitches.

Finishing Touches

1. Remove the pins and turn your pillow cover right side out. Use a point turner or a blunt pencil to get sharp corners.

2. Press the pillow cover with an iron for crisp edges.

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3. Finally, insert your pillow through the envelope opening. The overlapping flaps should snugly cover the pillow without any pins or closures necessary.

Your envelope pillow cover is now complete and ready to add a touch of style and comfort to your room!

Tips for Success

– Choose a fabric that complements your decor and is suitable for the type of pillow. For decorative pillows, consider cotton, linen, or a blend. For something softer and cozy, velvet or fleece might be more appropriate.

– Wash and dry your fabric before cutting and sewing. This pre-shrinks the material, preventing any misshaping after your pillow cover is made.

– When choosing fabric, consider the pattern’s direction and repeat if you’re using a patterned fabric. You want to ensure the design is aligned and centered, especially on the front of the pillow cover.

– For added embellishment, you can sew a decorative trim, such as piping or fringe, along the seams of the pillow cover before sewing the final edges.

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– If you want a flatter look, decrease the dimensions of the overlap flap to 4 or 5 inches instead of 6, keeping in mind this will make the cover fit more snugly.

– You can also add buttons or ties to the envelope flap for decorative purposes, though they aren’t necessary for function.

– To create a seamless look, match the thread color to your fabric as close as possible.

Finishing Thoughts

Creating an envelope pillow cover is a delightful way to personalize your living space. It is not only an easy introduction to sewing but also an opportunity to get creative with fabric choices and additional decor elements. Envelope pillow covers also make for thoughtful gifts or can be crafted in seasonal themes for festive occasions. With this simple construction, you can transform the ambiance of your room at little cost and enjoy the coziness and style it brings to your home. Happy sewing!


  • Dominic Johnson

    Hello! I’m Dominic Johnson, the whimsical wizard behind the world of sleep at With a background in Sleep Psychology and a quirky love for all things dozy and dreamy, I bring a sprinkle of fun to bedtime blues. I've spent my career unraveling the mysteries of the Sandman, turning dense science into cozy bedtime stories. When I'm not buried in research papers or testing the fluffiness of the latest pillows, I'm usually found playing impromptu lullabies on my old guitar for my twin daughters or teaching my labrador, Rocket, new tricks. My approach to sleep is simple: blend science with a touch of magic and a hearty laugh.

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