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DIY Envelope Pillow Cover: A Beginner’s Project

Do you like throw pillows? But maybe you don’t want to invest a lot of money to have throw pillows for every season. Try making these easy envelope pillow covers. This pillow cover is simple enough for even the beginner.

The beauty of this type of cover is that there is no closure (zipper, button or velcro) which makes sewing them VERY easy. They still look completely covered, it just takes a bit more scrunching to get the pillow inside the packet/envelope.

finished envelope pillow

This project doesn’t require any sewing skills beyond sewing a straight line. It’s perfect for beginners. Keep reading to see my envelope pillow cover guide for a 20-inch throw pillow, which can be adapted for any size throw pillow.

Envelope Throw Pillow Tutorial For Beginners

Step 1 – Choose Fabric – If you are looking to buy fabric online, check out this guide by type of fabric.

Step 2 – Decide the size of your finished cover. I’m making a 20-inch pillow cover in this example, but you can adapt the formula to any size and shape.

Step 3 – Cut Fabric – Cut your fabric according to this formula:

  • Width = Width of the pillow. 20 inches
  • Length = Length of your pillow x 2 plus 5. 45 inches
fabric size

In my example, I want a piece of fabric that is 20 inches wide x 45 inches in length. If your fabric has a pattern and your pillow is not square, be sure you get the fabric’s pattern in the right direction. It’s pretty easy with a square pillow because you can flip it any way, but if you’re making a rectangle you might not want the flowers to go sideways.

Step 4 – Add Hem to Long Sides – Iron over a 1-inch hem on BOTH the long sides. Turn the raw edge in so that you have 1/2 inch, press, and pin. See the photos.

Step 5 – Mark Center – Lay your fabric out with the two hemmed edges on the left and right side. Be sure that the right side of the fabric faces down. Mark the middle with a pin.

mark the middle of your fabric

Step 6 – Fold Each End In and Pin – Fold each hemmed side in toward the middle. Use the formula below to decide how far to fold. Make sure the hemmed sides overlap the middle pin. The distance from the middle to the side edge should be:

(cover size divided/ 2 )- 1/2 – For my 20″ pillow this is 20/2 = 10 – 1/5 = 9.5 inches

throw pillow fold

Pin the folded sides together so they are ready for sewing.

pin both sides

Step 7 – Sew Folded Sides – Sew along both folded and pinned edges.

Step 8 – Turn Pillow to Right Side – Now that both sides are sewn flip the pillow to the right side and it’s ready to stuff.

finished envelope pillow

The entire cutting, pinning and sewing process takes about 30 minutes for one pillow. At the end, you have a custom pillow cover that you can easily remove and wash. This is a really great project for beginners like me. It’s quick and satisfying and you only need to be able to sew a few seams.

If you’re struggling to choose fabrics for your pillows, ready this Guide to Choosing Throw Pillows that Coordinate.

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