Hi friends! Start your week off right and make your own envelope style pillow cover in the first tutorial of A Maker’s Affair Home Decor Series: The Power of the Pillow.
1. First you’ll need to cut three pieces of fabric.
The first piece will be the front of your pillow cover. It should be the size you want your finished pillow to be plus seam allowances. (I used 1/2 inch seam allowances therefore I added 1 inch on to each side of my square)
The other two pieces will be the envelope back. They should be the same height as your front piece and half the length plus about five inches. So, if you’re making a 16” x 16” pillow, after you add 1/2 inch seam allowances, these two pieces will be 17” x 13.5” (17 x 8.5+5). Make sense?
(The length doesn’t have to be super exact, you just want to make sure you have enough overlap so the pillow form stays secure inside the cover.)
2. Next, hem one long edge of each of the back pieces. These hemmed edges will be forming the “envelope.” Fold the fabric 1/2” to the wrong side and press.
Then fold 1/2” again, press and pin.
Now sew the hem in place with a straight stitch.
3. Now you’re ready to sandwich all three pieces. With right sides together, align one of the hemmed back pieces on top of the front piece so the raw edges match up and the hemmed edge is in the middle.
Do the same with the other back piece on the opposite side and pin all the way around.
4. Stitch around all four sides.
Pivot around the corners by lowering your needle, raising the presser foot, and turning the fabric.
5. Once you’ve stitched around the entire square (make sure to backstitch at the end!) snip your thread and clip your corners to remove the bulk.
6. Next, finish your seams. I simply used pinking shears but you can you a serger, overcast stitch, zigzag stitch, etc.
7. Now it’s time to press your seams. This can be a bit tricky if you don’t have a seam roll - I used the very tip of my ironing board.
8. Now flip your pillow cover and insert your pillow form. Voila!
Make one of these and I promise your couch will be very pleased with you.
If you have any questions or would like to share what you’ve made please comment, I’d love to hear from you!