Designer Envelope Pillow Cover

How to sew a designer envelope pillow cover

How to sew a designer envelope pillow cover

Have you ever priced throw pillows? That is to say, they are pricey!   Therefore, maybe you want to make your own.  Plus, you can purchase material that matches your decor.  That’s the great part. This is a fun and easy pattern for a beginner.  Continue to find your directions on how to sew a designer envelope pillow cover.

If you are just starting out, this post on how to wind a bobbin and how to thread your machine will help you out.  It’s five steps to learn how to sew.


Front fabric – cut 1 piece 18” x 18”

Back fabrics – cut 2 pieces 12” x 18”

Pillow Form – 18” x 18”

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Cut out your front and back pieces out of your new favorite fabric.  It should look something like this.  Furthermore, match them to your decor or bedding.

Designer envelope pillow cover


On the back pieces, hem each one.  On the 18” long edge, turn under 1/4”, then another 1/4” forming a hem.  Stitch 1/8” from edge.  Repeat with other back piece.  If you are using tapestry type fabric, then 1/2” would be better.  These will overlap each other, so make sure you hem the bottom of one and the top of the other especially in the case you have a one way design.  Press seams flat.

From wrong side

Designer envelope pillow cover

right side

Designer Envelope Pillow Cover

With right sides together, place one back piece at the top of pillow with hem toward the center of the pillow. The top raw edges are even.  Pin in place. 

Designer envelope pillow cover

To continue, place the other back piece at the bottom of pillow, right sides together with hem towards the center.  Pin in place.

Designer envelope pillow cover 

The two back pieces will overlap to resemble an envelope.  Stitch around the entire pillow using 1/2” seam allowance.  Back-stitch where the back pieces overlap to secure the seams and to prevent the seams popping open when inserting the pillow form.  

Trim the corners being careful not to cut through the stitching and turn the pillow right side out through the back opening.  Poke the corners out for a professional look.  Press the edges of the pillow.

Designer Envelope Pillow Cover

Designer envelope pillow cover back

Now in conclusion, wasn’t that fun and easy!  You should make two while you are at it. 

Designer Envelope Pillow Cover

Insert an 18” x 18” pillow form.  These are a good choice!

WAY TO GO!!!  I’m so proud of you.  Now go throw that throw pillow on the couch or on a bed.  My husband keeps one in his lap to prop up his iPad.  The nice thing about an envelope pillow cover is that you can switch them out when you change your decor or bedding.  Just remove the cover to clean or launder.

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How to sew a designer envelope pillow cover

For a fun variation – Hand paint a design on plain material.

I painted this one to display at a wedding.

Pillow Mr and Mrs
Pillow Mr and Mrs

Print out your words on the printer in a font that you like.  Trace the back of the design with a conti pencil.  Rub it on the front pillow piece.  

Mix your acrylic paint with textile medium and paint the letters in.

Let it dry good.

Iron it from the back to heat set it.  Continue making the pillow.

See this post on how to modify and make it a reading pillow.


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