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Easy Envelope Pillow Tutorial

These envelope pillow tutorials are all over the Internet, but I figured if everyone else has one, why can’t I? 🙂 These are easy to make and literally take me about 10 minutes.

Like most things there are several ways to do this, but this is what works for me.

To figure out the size you need to cut your fabric:
Width: width of your pillow + 1 inch.
Length: length of your pillow x 2 + 6 inches.

(My pillows are 18×18 inches, so Icut my fabric 19 inches wide and 42 inches long.) If you want them to be kind of baggy and loose, add an inch, if you want them to fit snugly, make them close to the actual pillow dimensions like I did. I like them to be snug because I think they look better, but that’s just me.



I hemmed both ends, which means I folded one end about 1/2 inch and ironed, folded it over another 1/2 inch and ironed and then sewed (backstitching when I started and stopped sewing) straight down the length of the hem.


sewing the hem

Now place your fabric right side facing up. Fold the bottom half up…

envelope pillow cover

and the top half down.


At this point, I want my pillow cover to be 18 x 19 inches, so this is what it looks like. (I want it 19″ in width before I sew because I’m going to sew both sides with an 1/2″ seam allowance, which will make my finished product 18″ wide.)

Pin and then sew down both sides of fabric, backstitch when you start and stop. (The red lines show the sides to sew. I used a 1/2 inch seam allowance.


Turn it right side out and you are finished. It’s easy and quick, I promise!

3 envelope throw pillows


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