Easy-Sew Envelope Pillows

Monday, August 8, 2016

A while back I finished up the curtains in the main room and I am really pleasantly surprised that they look as good as I imagined them.  There's always that moment of panic after I make a purchase (especially the kind made on a whim) that maybe it's too dark/bright that it isn't going to match or it's going to be too matchy....
But I am really, really happy with the curtains.

Since I cut a bunch of fabric off the bottoms of one of the shower curtains to make the short kitchen curtains, I ended up with a chunk of fabric leftover.  This was the perfect amount for a couple of coordinating pillows to throw onto the couch.  The couch looks so Plain-Jane that even hubby says we need some throw pillows. I picked up a couple of inserts from Ikea, and whipped up these little babies in just a few minutes.

Living in a house full of munchkins and puppies, it is important that everything be washable.  That means that pillow covers have to be easily removed.  Enter the envelope pillowcases.  My favorite thing about these is that there are no zippers to fuss with.

  •          Fabric & thread
  •          Pillow insert
  •          Scissors, Pins, measuring tape
  •          Sewing Machine
  •          Iron & ironing board

Envelope Pillowcases

1)   Iron your fabric if you are a dedicated to straight lines.  The cut your front piece to be 1" bigger in all directions than your pillow insert.  My pillow was 20x20 so I cut my pillow front to measure 22x22.

2)   Cut your back pieces big enough so they will overlap fairly significantly when finished.  Again, my pillow insert was 20x20 which means I cut two back pieces to measure about 22x16.  The exact length will depend on how big of an overlap you want.   Be sure to make it overlap by at least a few inches, but there is wiggle room in case you have a limited amount of fabric.

3)   Fold & Iron the edge of each back piece that will be the hem for your overlap.  Then fold and iron a second time.  Doing a double fold on your hems covers the raw edge of your fabric so that it doesn't fray and also evens out your edge in case you are bad at cutting straight lines like I am.  

4)   Sew the hems that you just ironed.  Then lay the front piece (right side down) and top with your back pieces (right side up) and hems overlapped in the center.

5)   Sew all the way around the outside edge of the square and trim your corners.

6)   Flip your pillow case inside out, so the right sides are together.  Pin around the entire outside edge of the square (iron it first if you are feeling frisky).  Sew around the entire perimeter again, but leave a slightly wider seam this time to ensure clearance for the raw edges of your first seam to be totally enclosed.  Do not trim your corners this time.

7)   Flip your case again, right side out.  Insert your pillow.  Enjoy!

Here are the pillows on the couch with the curtains in the background.  It's the small touches that really make a big difference.  Anytime you use fabric in a room, finding a way to incorporate it as an additional accent piece can go a long way to making the room feel cohesive.

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