Monday, January 6

DIY Envelope Pillow Cover

I'm not much of a seamstress. You got me. I don't even know how to sew by hand so you can imagine the success I'd have with an actual sewing machine. But in my binge browsing of Pinterest, I found this super simple tutorial on YouTube that showed you how to make an envelope pillow cover.

I know I'm not the only one but I change out the bed's comforter as the seasons change. It's really only twice a year. As you can imagine, we've got lighter colors for Spring and darker colors for Winter. So rather than buying more pillows, this tutorial helped me to make new covers.

I picked out plain brown, dark tan with small gold polka dots, and cream with tan hatchmark lines for the pillows in the bedroom. Then I had two other pillows in the living room I needed to recover and I chose cream & gold threads woven throughout to go with the multi-colored quilt draped over the back of the couch.

Step 1: Gather your supplies.

Step 2: Measure your fabric. This particular pillow was 18x18 so I measured one side 20 x 20.

Now measure the other side of the pillow. Because of the envelope, one length of the piece needs to be half of 20 plus one inch for seam allowance, so 12x20.

And the other side of the envelope needs to be plus two more inches, so 14x20.

Step 3: Take these two pieces from the envelope side of the pillow and sew an inch to close off the end.

Step 4: Lay the pieces together so that you can make the pillow. Make sure the pattern will be on the inside and pin the fabric together all around the perimeter.

Step 5: Sew the pillow closed around all edges and then turn it around. Then you may stuff the pillow or pillow form inside.

Now have fun! If you want to make one, two, or seven pillows...make as many as you fancy!!

If you would still like more of a visual, watch the video below or visit The Crafty Gemini's YouTube page. She has several more videos so check those out as well!!

I'm linking up with Monday Morning Gossip and Mingle Monday.


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