Monday, August 22, 2011

Easy Envelope Pillow Covers

Did you have a great weekend? It's still hot here. We are now at 22 days in a row with 100+ temperatures. This is shaping up to be the hottest summer since 1980. I was lucky enough to miss that one, because I was spending the summer working in Wyoming! Anyway, it was a good weekend to stay inside and sew.

It's easy to make covers for your throw pillows, right?  Cut out two pieces of fabric, sew around 3 sides, stuff in the pillow, and hand stitch the opening closed. But if you make your cover like this, you have to rip out your stitches to change the cover.


How about making a pillow cover that requires no hand stitching and is easy to put on and take off?  You can make covers for every season of the year. I found several tutorials online; some were easy and some totally confused me. The best one I found was Rae Gun Ramblings. So I set out to follow her instructions. It was so easy. I started turning out pillow covers faster than you can say "How many pillows do I really need on the sofa?".

Let me see if I can make this easy to understand.

1. Measure your pillow. Stretch your tape measure across the center and measure from seam to seam. If it's a new pillow just read the size on the plastic wrapper. My pillow is 12" x 16".



2. Determine amount of fabric to cut. I'm going to cut my fabric 12 inches in one direction and 36" in the other direction.  I calculated this by multiplying the length of the long side (16")  by 2 (for front and back), and adding 4" (for seam allowance and overlap). So I cut my fabric 12" by (16" x 2 + 4") or 12" x 36".


3. Hem the two short sides. Lay the fabric right side down with a short side towards you. For my pillow this was the 12" side. Measure and pin a 1/4 " hem on each short side. Iron them flat. On one short side hem another 1/2", pin, and iron. (This is the side that will show on the back of the pillow.) Sew both hems.
 


         
4. Sew the side two seams. Now lay the fabric with the right side up with the long side towards you. Fold the side with the 1/2" hem over  a little more than half-way. Fold the other side over so it overlaps the first side. Make sure your fabric measures from fold to fold the same as your pillow.
For my pillow, I folded each side over 9 1/2" and the fabric from fold to fold measured 16". Pin each side seam, and sew with a 1/2" seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance at each corner.



5. Turn each side right side out, and push the corners out.  Stuff in your pillow.





The fabric measurements for some square pillows are:
16"  pillow: Cut the fabric 16" x 36"
17" pillow: Cut the fabric 17" x 38"
18" pillow: Cut the fabric 18" x 40"

The more you make the easier and faster it gets. I'm thinking about some embellishments for the pillows. I may try making some felt flowers. I'll let you know how it goes.

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69 comments:

  1. What a great tutorial! I am not a sewer but have great fabric that I would love to make into pillows. Can't wait to try this.

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  2. Awesome! How easy is this, seriously. Thanks for the tutorial. Would you mind linking it up on my Mommy Monday for others to see? It rocks. http://momommamoney.blogspot.com/2011/08/mommy-monday.html

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  3. wow - I have been dying to try this and so happy that I found an easy to follow tutorial. TFS

    These are beautiful
    here by way of girl creative

    would love for you to visit if you have a chance.
    xo
    tina
    mommy scraps alot

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  4. I love your fabric colors! And yes, you made it easy to follow...thanks for sharing :-)

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  5. I love the prints on all those pillows! very bright and cheery... adorable.

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  6. The prints are beautiful. I think I'll try this to recover my living room pillows.

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  7. I'm lovin' these pillows...really lovin' the prints that you used. Stop by and enter my current giveaway…it’s a $40 Pottery Barn gift card plus a coastal goodie!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  8. Great fabric, and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Thanks for the tutorial, I've used this method myself for a long time. Does make sewing pillows so much easier. Love your fabric!

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  10. New from Coastal Charm and I just love the pillow tutorial and the fabric you picked out is fabulous!!

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  11. This is the easiest tutorial on making these pillows..thanks for the post! Now I just need some spare time for all my projects I want to do! :)

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  12. Isn't it mind boggling how simple this is??? And it looks so great. I take it one step less and don't even measure! I just put the pillow on the fabric and cut accordingly. Works every time. It is actually possible to overlap them too much and you can't get the pillow in, but make sure you do it enough or the pillow might expand the opening and then you'll see it. I love to make pillow covers this way!!

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  13. i love your fabric choices! thanks for the quick and easy how-to!
    Jamie

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  14. Nicely done and I love the fabric! So cute! Found you via Creative Kristi. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment.
    Tootles, Kathryn

    http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/what-do-you-see.html

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  15. Great tutorial! It is so much simplier than I thought! I also LOVE your fabrics! They are awesome!!! I can't wait to try this! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  16. Love your fabric! Envelope closure is my favorite!

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  17. Love the fabric's and thank you for sharing the tutorial. I forgot to mention that I also ordered fabric (on sale)to cover my couch pillows and make some throw pillows too.

    Have a great night...Tracy :)

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  18. Love those fabrics and their colors! Great tutorial!

    I'm involved in a pillow-making challenge. You can find out more about it here:
    http://www.sewlavie.com/p/welcome-to-retro-pillow-challenge.html

    I love your blog!
    You've made a follower out if me,
    Rikka J.
    Ricochet and Away!

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  19. Love this tutorial!! I am adding this to my to-do-list for sure!! Great blog! I am now following you!

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  20. This are just adorable! And thanks for the neat tutorial! I may make some covers this Fall...I sure have plenty of pillows! ♥

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  21. Thank you so much! I am a new-ish sewer and this helps sooo much! Now I actually feel like I can do it!

    Kim

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  22. Thanks so much for the tute and esp the pics to go along with it! I've been looking for a tute like this for a couple weeks now. gonna make me some pillows!!! :)

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  23. thanks for the tute! i hate to sew, but could probably manage these!

    what is the fabric you used...it would look great on the dinette i am planning for my kitchen!

    ~m

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  24. Thanks for this easy tutorial! I took my fabric over to a friend's and we made these in about 30 minutes! SO easy for this non-sewer! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I love my new pillows!

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  25. Found you via pinterest! Love these! I'm following :)

    threemangoseeds.blogspot.com

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  26. Just made a pillow using your tutorial...thank you for making it easy!!

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  27. I just wanted to let you know I included this in my 2011 Ultimate DIY Gift Guide (101 tutorials/recipes)! :) http://danimariedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/10/2011-ultimate-diy-gift-guide.html

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  28. Thank you SO much for the tutorial. I am a beginner sewer and have made 4 of these for myself and am about to make 4 more for gifts. So easy and practical! Love it!

    Heidi-I found the fabric by chance online. It's Waverly. Though the one is discontinued. :(

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  29. Thanks for this great tutorial!!! I am definitely going to make these very soon - pinned! :o)

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  30. Yes. Yes. Where did you find this fabric? I love the front print!

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  31. Where can I purchase this fabric?

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  32. Cindy, I bought the fabric at JoAnn's. It is Waverly Modern Essentials.

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  33. Loved this tutorial! Used it to make throw pillows for my guest room! I'm blogging about it on Monday and hopefully sending some traffic your way. Thanks so much!

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    1. Thanks, Christa! I'm so glad you could follow my tutorial.

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  34. Just made TWO today in less than 2 hours - my husband thinks I'm a superstar - little does he know I had a great tutorial to follow. Thanks so much Sallie. Like the above post, I'm also planning to write a blog about my cute new pillows, so I will surely sends props your way. Found you on pinterest. Merci from France, Lindsey

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    1. You are so welcome, Lindsey! Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment. I'm glad I was able to help with your superstardom! Don't you just love Pinterest? It sure has brought me some wonderful readers!

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  35. Awesome tutorial. I haven't sewn since I was a very little girl but I pulled out the sewing machine last night and cranked out six beautiful pillows. Thanks so much for making my first venture back into sewing an easy success.

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    1. I'm so glad my tutorial helped you get back to sewing! What are you planning to sew next? I've been in to mood lately to sew something. Maybe a quilt? Thanks for reading Texas Cottage!

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  36. I just found your tutorial on Pinterest and I cannot wait to try it out! It looks so easy and fun! My daughter will love her new pillows. I would also like to add my new pillows to my blog :) Everyone needs to know about this tutorial, it's a life saver!! Thank you for sharing Sallie!!

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    1. Thanks, Jenafur! I'm so glad the tutorial will help. I can't wait to see your new pillows!

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  37. Wow, this is so much simpler than what I was going to do, thanks! Now I can FINALLY replace our ugly "puppy" pillows (gift) with something we like more and take less time to make it!

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    1. I'm all about simple. I found other tutorials online. They were too confusing, so I had to come up with something I could do. I hope it works for you. Thanks for stopping by!

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  38. Haven't tried this yet, so maybe I'm not thinking this through correctly. But if you cut the fabric 12" for a 12" pillow, won't it be too small after you sew your seams? The rest makes perfect sense and I am excited to try this to make pillow covers for my daughter's 2nd grade classroom!

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    1. The measurements depend on how tight or loose you want the pillow cover. I personally like the cover to be smooth and tight.Just add 1/2 inch to adjust for the seam allowance to get a looser fit. I hope this helps. Hooray for you! What a sweet mom to make pillows for the classroom! I know the teacher will love them.

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  39. SHUCKS!!! I found these most beautiful curtains using one of the fabrics you have above. I didn't think the fabric existed outside the realm of purchasing $100 curtain panels. I was going to venture out and stencil the curtains. Then, I saw your beautiful pillows! Unfortunately, I also saw your comment that the fabric I want my curtains made from is discontinued! WHY?!?!?! Do you happen to have an extra 8 yards of it lying around? I am joking, but I am serious, too!!!! Great tutorial! I love the combination of fabrics!!!

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    1. Oh shoot, Holly. I only have a few scraps left. I think you should give stenciling a try. Let me know how it turns out!

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    2. I fOUnD iT!!! http://www.fabric.com/SearchResults2.aspx?Source=Header&SearchText=waverly+confetti&CategoryID=1d5f47dc-9991-4088-93f3-26a376046a5e

      Yippe Skippy!!! They even have free shipping over $35 and code: corner12 gives you 10% off!!!!

      Now, I just have to wait for it to come in, so I can use your fabulous tutorial!!!

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    3. Yea!! Great job tracking down the fabric! I'm so excited for you.

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  40. Thank you so much for this tutorial! It was SO EASY and QUICK to cover our old throw pillows. It seriously took me about 15 minutes of sewing time to make 3 pillow covers. Probably took me 45 minutes total, but I have lots of distractions (4 little kids!).

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    1. Emmy, I'm so glad my tutorial helped. I think just changing the pillows makes such a difference in a room. It's a cheap way to redecorate.

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  41. Thanks for this easy tutorial! I had only 1 day to make a pillowcase for my daughter and this was easy enough to follow even for a beginner sewer like me :)

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  42. Just found your tutorial on Pinterest and made two pillows in less than 2 hours. Love it! And the simplicity of the pattern really makes the fabric the star, thank you!!!

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    1. Thank you! I love simple. I just created a tutorial I could understand. I sew, but not enough to be really good at it. Maybe one day I'll have more time to devote to sewing.

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  43. thanks for sharing..

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  44. I am a very novice sewer, and I actually made pillow covers that look amazing because of your easy-to-follow tutorial. Thank you immensely!

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    1. You're welcome, Erin! I'm so glad you were successful in sewing your pillow covers. Thanks for the sweet comment!

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  45. Thanks you for the tutorial. I need words of one syllable sometimes...this was very helpful. I will be using your instructions ALOT!

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  46. Very best and Easy tutorial I've ever read! Thanks so much!
    http://www.mogulinteriordesigns.com/category/26884574581/1/Embroidered-Cushion-Covers.htm

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  47. Can you please make a tutorial on how to cut the fabric to those dimensions I have wasted $30 on fabric because I cannot cut it right!

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  48. I made a square 18" pillow cover! Although due to my "short side" seams I didn't have nearly a 3" overlap, maybe not even an inch overlap! But it fits my pillow and is square (and looks good), I'm happy! Thanks!

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  49. Thanks so much for this tutorial, I made 4 pillow covers last night, easy peasy, and am writing a blog post about it today and will DEFINITELY link back to you! I went ahead and added an extra 1/2 inch to the measurement to make mine a little looser, love how it turned out! Thanks again, found you from google and am your newest follower, great site! I had fun poking around, super content!

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  50. Best. Tutorial. Ever. And even better that you are a Texas sister! ;) Thank you!

    Love, Joy
    Yesterfood

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    1. Joy, so glad I could help. Thanks for stopping by.

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  51. Thank you, this tutorial is great! I made 6 covers in a couple hours.

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  52. This is my favorite way to re-cover pillows. Only I just eyeball mine since I'm too lazy to measure...Love your fabrics!

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  53. Great tutorial. I followed all the steps and had a beautiful set of pillows before my kids got up from their nap. :) thank you!

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