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How to Sew an Envelope Pillow Cover

How to Sew an Envelope Pillow Cover

Thank you so much for sharing!

Hi Everyone! Today, I’m excited to share how to sew and envelope pillow cover! This project is perfect for a beginner and doesn’t use a ton of fabric, in fact, this is the tutorial I recommend for all of my beginner sewers.

How to Sew an Envelope Pillow Cover

Fabric Measurements


Pillow form 14 x 14
(1) 15×15
(1) 15×10
(1) 15×11

Pillow form 15×15
(1) 16×16
(1) 16×11
(1) 16×12

Pillow form 16×16
(1) 17×17
(1) 17×12

Pillow form 18×18
(1) 19×19
(1) 19×13
(1) 19×14

12×18 pillow form
(1) 13×19
(1) 9×19
(1) 8×19

27 x 27 pillow
(1) 28 x 28
(1) 28 x 19
(1) 28 x 17

Front Piece = Pillow form size plus 1 inch (For example and 16×16 inch pillow form needs to be 17 x 17 or a 12×18 form needs to be 13×19)

Back Piece and Overlap – There needs to be 6-8 inches added to the measurements for the overlap. For example if you have a pillow form 17 x 17 then take 17+6 = 23 or 17+8 = 25. Divide that number by 2. So the back pieces will each be either 17 x 11.5 or 17 x 12.5. Add an inch for the seam allowance so the back flaps would be 18 x 11.5 or 18 x 12.5.

These numbers are flexible because the overlap is forgiving and each person may have different amounts of fabric.

Here you can see the back of the pillow and the “envelope pillow closure.”  I hope you enjoyed learning more about how to sew an envelope pillow cover!

Check out the video for all of the instructions! Once you master this pillow, give THIS ONE a try!
Unfortunately I can’t reply to each person’s individual measurement questions. Use this to make your own measurements.

Patty Gardner

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

I was on-line looking to purchase new throw pillows and saw a bunch of covers. That led me to your tutorial on how to make an envelope pillow cover. I don't love sewing but that looks pretty simple. And with small grandchildren, it would be especially nice to be able to remove the cover and wash it. Thanks for the excellent tutorial and I'll definitely be making a Joann's run tomorrow. Not only will I save money, I'll be able to get exactly what I want instead of settling for what's available. Win-win.


Wednesday 7th of September 2016

I have a few of your tutorials booked marked and reference them all the time! Love your happy outlook as well!! Thank you!


Friday 26th of August 2016

Thanks for the easy to follow video and instructions just made to 16x16 covers! I LOVE your blog I just found it and can't wait to see and crochet other things.

Donna Paulson

Friday 5th of August 2016

I found the measurements, Thank you!


Friday 29th of July 2016

Thank you, Melanie, for your helpful video with clear instructions! It took a bit longer than you predicted but I spent most of the extra time measuring and remeasuring before cutting the pieces from scraps left over from curtains made by a professional designer. I had just enough fabric for a 14" cover. For the next one, I imagine that at least a yard of fabric would be practical especially for fabric with a distinctive pattern such as the chevron design you made. Maybe I'll do some more sewing now!

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