DIY 10-minute Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial  (Step by Step with Photos)

This super easy tutorial to make an envelope pillow cover is the perfect beginner project if you’re on a tight budget or just want a simple project to enjoy. This 10-minute envelope pillow cover is super easy to make, wash and put back in use. What else can we ask for?

DIY 10-minute Envelope Pillow Cover (Step by Step with Photos)

Don’t you love pillows? I’m kind of obsessed lately with pillows and I love having pillows everywhere. I just can’t help it whenever I see one I need to buy them. The problem is that I love them all and let’s face it, not all pillow designs fit our home and that’s when my struggles begin.

DIY 10-minute Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial

My solution was simple, buying the plain pillow and then making myself the covers. Today I’m sharing you the most basic and easy pillow cover you will find out there: A 10-minute envelope Pillow cover. From here you can tweak and variate in so many different ways as I have.

I’ve made quite some pillow already using different decorations and styles but to give you a start point. I’ll teach you how to make this super easy envelope pillow cover and then stay tuned for more pillow covers tutorials as I’ll show you the different ways I’ve made them!

DIY 10-minute Envelope Pillow Cover (Step by Step with Photos)

Seriously! This pillow cover was made in 10 minutes. Once you decide what size it will be, the rest is just easy peasy Lemos squeeze LOL. Sorry!

Actually, you don’t even need a sewing machine to make these pillow covers. You can hand-sew them really quick too (it might not be 10 minutes but still quick). If you would like a tutorial on how I hand-sew things let me know in comments and I’ll happily put it together for you!

A few years ago, I made a whole Wall Diaper Stacker for my baby girl and I didn’t have a sewing machine then, so I’m honest when I say it’s not that hard, just slightly more time-consuming.

How to make this Envelope Pillow Cover.

Supplies needed:

  • Your favorite fabric.
  • A pillow (of course, :p)
  • Matching-color thread.
  • Sewing machine or needle (If you are going hand-sew)
  • Measuring tape or ruler

Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial

I’ll start by showing you some graphics of how this works so you have a better idea and then I’ll share a step-by-step photos tutorial, alright?

Wanna know the best part of this envelope pillow cover?

Prepare yourself for awesomeness…

A while ago, I would cut 3 separate pieces, like I did for these Christmas Pillow covers (2 for the back and 1 for the front) and pin them together (I also love Laura’s technique, so clever!). Ha.

Now, (Ready???) improved envelope pillow covers to ONE piece.

You heard that right. ONE piece. Back panel-front-Back panel all in one piece.

Nice huh!

You will need to cut your fabric as follows:

100% means your pillow’s size  (hem allowance only on top and bottom because you are folding sides).

75% means the percentage of the front size you will use for the back panels. You can use less but I love thick hems on the ends and large overlap. SO you can adjust as you like you can use 65% for example if you like thin hems.

In a life example if your pillow is 16×16 Inches, your 100% would be about 16 x 16.6 Inches and then your back panels (75%) would be about 12 x 16.6 Inches. Sum all the widths and you have the length of your main piece.

From there, it’s just about folding and stitching basically. Double fold your hems and then fold and stitch the pillow cover.

Step by Step to make this fun Envelope Pillow Cover

  • Once you cut your fabric with the right measurements, make sure you marked well your folding lines.
  • Iron Your Fabric. This isn’t necessary, but it will make your sewing job so much easier if you do!
  • Fold the fabric with right sides together. Fold one of the short sides over, make sure it’s straight, then fold the other side over. Pin in place close to the folding line.
  • Work on the hems: as I mentioned I love thick hems, so I made it a little less than 1 inch. So measure it, fold it once and fold it again. Iron it. Pin it. Sew it. Repeat on the other end.
  • Lay them in place to make sure you like it or if you want to give more or less to the hems.
  • Check the width; it should be the width of the pillow (16” in my case). Adjust until it’s right, and pin along the top and bottom.
  • When everything is ok there, then sew two straight lines (I do reverse the machine and go over each finished end again for reinforcement since that’s where the pillow gets the most abuse from inserting and removing the pillows, but that takes maybe an extra 5 seconds). Did I mention this was a super easy project?
  • I like zig-zag stitching along the edges to avoid fraying.
  • Turn the envelope pillow cover right side out, stuff it with a pillow, and enjoy your finished work.

Isn’t it Pretty and easy?

This way you can make as many as you want and then start playing around like I did. I made another one stenciled and then another one part stripped and part solid with a cute tassel ribbon in between. SOOO cute!

You should try. I’ll be sharing the tutorial for these cute pillows and also how I make zipper pillow covers! So stay tuned!

How can I style this envelope Pillow cover?

  1. Mix with other pillows on your sofa.
  2. Iron on some pretty designs.
  3. Stencil paint some pretty sentiments.
  4. Place a blanket underneath the pillow on a reading chair.
  5. Mix and match colors on your bed.

There you go!

What do you think?

DIY 10-minute Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial

The easiest and quickest way ever to make a pillow cover in just a few minutes! Learn how to sew an envelope pillow cover using one piece of fabric.

Course Sewing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Camila

Ingredients

  • Your favorite fabric.
  • A pillow of course, :p
  • Matching-color thread.
  • Sewing machine or needle If you are going hand-sew
  • Measuring tape or ruler

Instructions

You will need to cut your fabric like follows:

  1. 100% means your pillow’s size  (hem allowance only on top and bottom because you are folding sides). 
  2. 75% means the percentage of the front size you will use for the back panels. You can use less but I love thick hems on the ends and large overlap. SO you can adjust as you like you can use 65% for example if you like thin hems.
  3. In a life example if your pillow is 16×16 Inches, your 100% would be about 16 x 16.6 Inches and then your back panels (75%) would be about 12 x 16.6 Inches. Sum all the widths and you have the length of you main piece.
  4. From there, it’s just about folding and stitching basically. Double fold your hems and then fold and stitch the pillow cover.
  5. Let’s go to the details shall we?
  6. Once you cut your fabric with the right measurements, make sure you marked well your folding lines.
  7. Iron Your Fabric. This isn’t necessary, but it will make your sewing job so much easier if you do!
  8. Fold the fabric with right sides together. Fold one of the short sides over, make sure it’s straight, then fold the other side over. Pin in place close to the folding line.
  9. Work on the hems: as I mentioned I love thick hems, so I made it a little less than 1 inch. So measure it, fold it once and fold it again. Iron it. Pin it. Sew it. Repeat on the other end.
  10. Lay them in place to make sure you like it or if you want to give more or less to the hems.
  11. Check the width; it should be the width of the pillow (16” in my case). Adjust until it’s right, and pin along the top and bottom.
  12. When everything is ok there, then sew two straight lines (I do reverse the machine and go over each finished end again for reinforcement since that’s where the pillow gets the most abuse from inserting and removing the pillows, but that takes maybe an extra 5 seconds). Did I mention this was a super easy project?
  13. I like zig-zag stitching along the edges to avoid fraying. 
  14. Turn the envelope pillow cover right side out, stuff it with a pillow, and enjoy your finished work.

If you like this simple yet super fun and decorative project please share it with your friends!

DIY 10-minute Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial (Step by Step with Photos)
DIY 10-minute Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial

If you make some, please tag me so I can check it out and share your project!

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My name is Camila Rojas but everyone call me Cami. I'm a mommy, blogger, baker, do it yourselfer, crafter and graphic designer. Owner and founder of The Crafting Nook {formerly TitiCrafty} and TCN Design Studio: web design for bloggers. Join me on my crazy adventures!

16 Comments at DIY 10-minute Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial  (Step by Step with Photos)

  1. Camila

    my body pillow is 38 inches long by 26inches

    1. Camila

      I’m sorry, not sure what’s the question. If it’s about the size of the fabric, just follow the formula shared on the post and you should be good to go!
      Hugs

  2. Camila

    Does this work for rectangular pillows too?

    1. Camila

      Of course! The process is the same you just need to adjust the back measurements. For example: If the pillow is 12″ X 24″ I would cut the fabric 12″ X 56″. Follow the percentages described in the graphics in the post.

      Hope this helps!

      Merry Christmas!!!!

      1. Camila

        Thank you ! Merry Christmas to you as well!

    2. Camila

      Thank you ! Merry Christmas to you as well!

  3. Camila

    Cami, what beautiful pillows! You are very talented! Thanks for the simplicity of your technique. Unfortunately, I don’t have a sewing machine because I do very little sewing! Could you please post, or send me instructions on how to hand-sew this pillow!! Again, thanks so much!

    1. Camila

      Hi Lisa,
      Thank you so so much for your kind words. I completely understand your point. I started hand-sewing because I didn’t have a machine. I can definitely create a post for hand-sewing but I can’t right now, it would take a couple weeks since I’m having some visit over for almost a week. what I can do for now, is giving you 2 posts I’ve done that I’ve used techniques to non-sewing machine projects. One is using heat n’Bond which I would use for the hems. if you are not familiar with that, heat n’ Bond is like double-sided tape but for fabric. This post explains how to use it. And then for the stitches, I made some fabric pumpkins last year and I used hand-sewing for that and even made a video. You can see the post here check the second pumpkin. Following the same instructions here but instead of sewing machine use heat and bond for the hems and hand-sewing for the side stitches. I would love to have step by step instructions to help you specifically for this right away but I truly can’t But I will create a post for hand-sewing as soon as I can and I’ll let you know!

      Again thank you so much for your lovely comment and taking the time to contact me.
      Hugs

  4. Camila

    Such a great tutorial, I’ll be making a lot of these soon for my first apartment! xoxo

    1. Camila

      Your comment just made my day! Thank you so much! I’m sure you will get hooked. You have no idea how many pillow covers I’ve made already LOL. I would love to see your pillows once you have them done!!!
      Hugs and good luck!

  5. Camila

    Made one and it turned out perfectly! Now on to the next three. Thanks so much!

    1. Camila

      SOOOO glad to hear that!!!! you made my day!
      I’ve already made so many and I still want to make more, does that happen to you or am I too weird??? LOL
      Hugs

  6. Camila

    Beautiful

    1. Camila

      Thanks!!!! <3
      hugs

      1. Camila

        😊😊😊

      2. Camila

        That’s creative , beautiful and looks so easy to do..
        😊😊😊

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