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How to Sew an Envelope Pillow Case – A Step-by-Step Guide

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Are you ready to transform your home decor with a fun and easy DIY project? Envelope pillow case covers are a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your living space, and they offer numerous benefits that make them a practical and stylish choice. In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to create your very own envelope pillow case cover that will not only enhance the look of your home but also offer versatility, easy maintenance, and a beginner-friendly sewing experience.

Key Takeaways

  • Transform your home décor with envelope pillow covers – they’re versatile, maintainable and perfect for beginners!
  • Sew the perfect cover with crisp edges & a professional finish using fabric of choice.
  • Enjoy cozy comfort & stylish atmosphere when you display your new pillow cover!

The Benefits of Envelope Pillow Covers

A woman sewing an envelope pillow cover on a sewing machine

Envelope pillow covers have gained popularity for their incredible versatility in design, effortless maintenance, and suitability as a beginner-friendly sewing project. You can easily customize the look of your pillow cover with different fabrics, colors, and patterns, making them a perfect accessory for any home decor style.

Additionally, envelope pillow covers are super easy to remove and wash, making them a fantastic choice for households with children or pets. Get ready to embark on this intriguing envelope pillow cover tutorial, and start crafting some fabulous decorative covers for your home by learning how to make an envelope pillow.

Versatility in design

One of the main reasons why we love envelope pillows is their ability to be customized with various fabrics and patterns to match any home decor style. If you’re just starting to learn how to sew, cotton fabric is a fabulous choice for envelope pillow covers, as it is durable and easy to work with.

Other fabrics such as linen, velvet, and faux fur can also be incredibly stylish options for throw pillows. With so many options to choose from, you can confidently create a unique and eye-catching cushion cover that reflects your personal taste, especially when considering new throw pillows.

Easy maintenance

Another fantastic benefit of envelope pillow covers is their easy maintenance. These pillow covers can be effortlessly removed and washed, making them a practical choice for home decor, especially in households with children or pets.

No more worrying about accidental spills or stains! Simply remove the cover, throw it in the wash, and your decorative pillow covers will look as good as new.

Beginner-friendly project

If you’re new to sewing, envelope pillow covers are an excellent project to start with. The simple sewing techniques required for these covers make them an ideal choice for beginners looking to develop their sewing skills.

With this easy-to-follow guide and sewing tutorials, you’ll quickly gain confidence in your sewing abilities and be on your way to creating even more exciting DIY home decor projects.

Choosing the Right Fabric for Your Envelope Pillow Cover

A variety of home decor fabrics

Before we venture into the actual sewing process, selecting the appropriate fabric for your envelope pillow cover is vital. While home decor fabric is a popular choice due to its durability and variety of patterns, cotton fabric is also a great option, especially for beginners. However, it’s crucial to avoid certain fabrics that might be difficult to work with, such as jersey, silk, and knit.

We’ll delve deeper into the different fabric options and considerations.

Home decor fabric

Home decor fabric is an excellent choice for pillow covers due to its durability and variety of patterns. As the name suggests, home decor fabric is designed for upholstery, drapery, and other home decor projects, making it perfect for:

  • Furniture upholstery
  • Curtains
  • Pillows
  • Tablecloths
  • And more

Choosing home decor fabric involves considering the fabric type, pattern, color, and durability to ensure the selection aligns perfectly with your envelope pillow cover requirements.

Cotton fabric considerations

Although cotton fabric is an excellent choice for envelope pillow covers due to its durability, breathability, and user-friendliness, keep in mind that it’s generally quite thin. This means that it may require additional layers or interfacing for added thickness.

You can easily add these additional layers or interfacing by sewing them onto the cotton fabric before sewing the envelope pillow cover. This will ensure that your cover has the necessary thickness and structure.

Fabrics to avoid

As mentioned earlier, it’s best to avoid certain fabrics like jersey, silk, and knit when making an envelope pillow cover, as they can be difficult to work with for this project.

Additionally, you should steer clear of fabrics that are too thin or too thick, as well as fabrics that are not colorfast or are prone to fading. By choosing the right fabric, you’ll ensure a smoother sewing experience and a more professional-looking finished product.

Fabrics for Pillows

Selecting the right fabrics for pillows is crucial in enhancing both their aesthetic appeal and comfort. When it comes to choosing fabrics for pillows, it’s important to consider factors like durability, texture, and maintenance. Cotton and linen are popular choices for pillow covers due to their breathability and softness. They provide a comfortable surface for resting one’s head while allowing air circulation. For a more luxurious feel, silk and velvet fabrics for pillows offer a touch of opulence and elegance. These fabrics not only exude sophistication but also add a lustrous texture to your decor. Additionally, faux fur and mohair can be excellent options for creating cozy and inviting pillows, adding warmth and comfort to any space. Remember, selecting the right fabric ensures that your pillows not only look stunning but also provide a comfortable and inviting touch to your living spaces.

Measuring and Cutting Your Fabric

A step-by-step guide on measuring and cutting fabric for an envelope pillow case

With the perfect fabric for your envelope pillow cover in hand, it’s time to proceed with measuring and cutting your fabric pieces.

This section will guide you to determine the dimensions of your fabric pieces, use proper cutting techniques, and angle corners for a polished finish, all based on your pillow’s size.

Let’s begin!

Determining dimensions

The first step in measuring and cutting your fabric is determining the dimensions of your fabric pieces based on your pillow size and desired seam allowance. To do this, measure your pillow and add a small amount of extra fabric to the edges to account for the seam allowance. This will ensure that the seams are properly secured when the pillow cover is sewn together.

Once you’ve calculated the dimensions for the front and back pieces of your cover, it’s time to cut your fabric.

Cutting techniques

Sharp scissors or a rotary cutter are crucial for precision when cutting your fabric. Make sure to follow the measurements you calculated in the previous step, and cut along the marked lines on your fabric.

If you’re using cotton fabric or another fabric that may fray, consider using pinking shears to help prevent fraying along the cut edges.

Angling corners

To create a clean, tailored look for your finished pillow cover, angle the corners of your fabric pieces. Start the angle about 1 inch from the corner if using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Angling the corners will ensure that when you flip the cover right side out and insert your pillow, the corners will be crisp and perfect.

Sewing Your Envelope Pillow Cover

A person sewing a seam on a sewing machine

With your fabric pieces all set – measured, cut, and angled – it’s time to move on to sewing your envelope pillow cover. This section will walk you through preparing the edges, sewing seams, and finishing the edges for a refined outcome.

Let’s move on to this engaging part of the process!

Preparing edges

Prior to sewing your envelope pillow cover, preparing the edges of your fabric pieces is indispensable. To create a clean hem, follow these steps:

  1. Fold the edges of your fabric pieces over.
  2. Iron them to create a crisp fold.
  3. This will help you achieve a neat and even edge when sewing your pillow cover together.

Once the edges are folded and ironed, you’re ready to sew using your sewing machine.

Sewing seams

Begin sewing your envelope pillow cover by stitching straight seams along the folded edges of your fabric pieces. It’s important to use a new needle and coordinating thread for this step to ensure a clean and professional finish. To sew an envelope pillow, start by folding the fabric. Then, sew approximately 1/4” from the folded edge of the fabric following the middle of the fold. This will create a secure seam that will hold up well over time.

Once the seams are sewn, turn the fabric right side out and press the seams flat.

Finishing edges

After sewing the seams, it’s time to finish the raw edges of your fabric pieces. To prevent fraying and ensure a polished look, use a zig zag stitch or a serger to finish the edges.

This will not only provide a clean finish, but also add strength and durability to your envelope pillow cover, ensuring that it will last for years to come.

Assembling Your Envelope Pillow Cover

A person pinning two pieces of fabric together

With your fabric pieces stitched and edges finished, the next step is to assemble your envelope pillow cover. This section will lead you through aligning and pinning your fabric pieces, followed by sewing the pillow cover together.

Following these straightforward steps will soon yield a beautiful new addition to your home decor.

Aligning and pinning fabric pieces

To assemble your envelope pillow cover, start by aligning the front and back fabric pieces with their right sides facing each other. The back pieces should overlap to create the envelope closure. Once the fabric pieces are in place, pin the edges together, securing them in place and ensuring that all layers are caught in the seam. This will help you achieve a clean and even edge when sewing your pillow cover together.

Sewing the pillow cover

With your fabric pieces aligned and pinned, it’s time to sew the pillow cover together. Sew around the entire perimeter of the pillow cover, ensuring all layers are caught in the seam. Be sure to sew with a straight stitch and a 1/2” seam allowance to create a secure and professional-looking seam.

Once you’ve sewn all the way around, trim any excess thread and clip the corners to reduce bulk.

Inserting the Pillow Form and Enjoying Your New Envelope Pillow Cover

Congratulations! You’re on the verge of completing your beautiful envelope pillow cover. In this final section, we’ll walk you through turning your cover right side out, inserting the pillow form, and showcasing your new home decor accessory.

Let’s finalize your masterpiece and relish the enhanced style and comfort it provides to your home.

Turning and adjusting the cover

A person inserting a pillow form into an envelope pillow cover

To turn your pillow cover right side out, first, clip the corners of the pillowcase. This will help create crisp corners when you turn the cover right side out.

Gently push the corners out and adjust them as needed to create a clean, tailored look. Once your cover is right side out, press it with an iron to ensure a smooth and polished finish.

Inserting the pillow form

Now it’s time to insert your pillow form, also known as a pillow insert, through the envelope opening. Gently push the pillow form into the cover, making sure it fits snugly within the cover and fills out the corners nicely.

Adjust the pillow form as needed to ensure a snug fit and an even appearance.

Displaying your new pillow cover

With your pillow form securely in place, your new envelope pillow cover is ready to be displayed and enjoyed! Place your new pillow cover on your sofa, bed, or favorite chair, and admire the added style and comfort it brings to your home.

You can even mix and match your new envelope pillow cover with other pillows to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.


In this step-by-step guide, we’ve shown you how to create a stylish and versatile envelope pillow cover that’s perfect for any home decor style. From choosing the right fabric to sewing and assembling your pillow cover, you now have the skills and knowledge to create beautiful and practical decorative pillow covers for your home. So why not give it a try and enjoy the satisfaction of creating your own unique and personalized home accessories?

Frequently Asked Questions

What does envelope pillow case mean?

Envelope closure pillowcases provide a neat and finished look when making up the bed, with the pillow tucked in and out of sight through the envelope closure at the end of the case!

This type of pillowcase is a great way to keep your bed looking neat and tidy, while also providing a secure closure for your pillow. It’s a simple and effective way to make sure your pillow stays in place and doesn’t move around during the night.

What is an envelope pillow case vs?

Envelope closure pillowcases provide a more finished look than traditional open ended pillow cases! With an envelope closure, the pillow is tucked in and out of sight for a neat appearance.

These cases are becoming increasingly popular – why not give them a try?

How do you make a pillow cover that looks like an envelope?

Create a stylish envelope pillow cover with ease by measuring your pillow insert and creating a hem, folding the fabric to make a square, and stitching it together with 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Finish off the look by zigzag-stitching around the entire outer edge!

How much fabric do I need for a 20X20 envelope pillow cover?

For your 20×20 envelope pillow cover, you’ll need a piece of fabric measuring 19.5 inches wide by 46 inches long – 19-inch final size plus 5 inch seam allowance!

This fabric will be used to create the envelope closure, so you’ll need to cut two pieces of fabric – one for the front and one for the back. The front piece should measure 19.5 inches wide by 20 inches long, and the back piece should measure 19.5 inches wide by 20 inches long.

What type of fabric is best for making an envelope pillow cover?

For an envelope pillow cover, home decor fabric or cotton fabric is perfect – durable, easy to use, and lots of patterns available!

It’s a great choice for a quick and easy project that will add a touch of style to any room.

Andrea Michelle Hunter
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