Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial For Lazy Girls

Hi friends!

We are in “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe we are doing our first sale in less than two weeks” mode here.

I cut out and sewed four envelope pillow covers today and thought I’d share my new secret for speed and accuracy.


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Since I’m sewing several pillow covers each of an 18×18 square and a 12×24 rectangle, the engineer made some “patterns” for me out of MDF.


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I kind of stink at measuring, and at cutting a straight line, so these patterns were a God send.  The large rectangle is 14×26 to allow for a one inch seam allowance and a finished pillow front of 12×24.

The smaller rectangle is 14×20 and two of them will form the “envelope” back.

I just laid them on a piece of fabric, and using my roller cutter and a cutting mat, make quick work of the cuts.

I folded over the overlapping ends of the back pieces twice, pressed them,

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And sewed down that fold with my machine.  Not so straight straight lines are pretty much all I know how to sew.


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Next I assembled the pieces, wrong side out


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And pinned them together.


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The last steps are to stitch a rectangle around the edge and through all of the pieces, and then turn the finished pillow cover right side out!


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Easy!  My new “patterns” make churning out envelope pillow cover after envelope pillow cover easy, quick and accurate!

Now I need to decide how they will be painted.  I’ve got lots of ideas brewing, and will share soon!


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5 thoughts on “Envelope Pillow Cover Tutorial For Lazy Girls

  1. this is about the 100th tut on making these pillows that i have read and you made me so much closer to actually using my almost new in the sewing machine that’s actually 8 yrs old lol xx

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