13th Jun2011

How to make an Envelope Pillow

by Dinah Wulf

How to make an Envelope Pillow

Making your own personalized pillows cost literally a quarter of what decorative throw pillows cost you at retail department store prices. This is what I love about this project! Even at a discount, doing it yourself is a much more creative option that allows you to show off your personality (and your sewing skills).

Pillows are also a simple and budget friendly way to update any bedroom or living room and alter the decor throughout the changing seasons and holidays.

For this project, I decided to use an outdoor/indoor fabric from Joann’s Fabrics due to the durability.  Also known as, outdoor/indoor fabric is perfect for dogs and kids!

Just so you know I am not very good at the sewing machine, well, sewing period.  These pillows are very easy to make (even for me) because you don’t have to mess with buttons or zippers. This was also perfect for me because I’ve had these old pillows that have been collecting dust in my linen closet.  I ended up making four pillows and spent $20.00; AND I had fabric left over!

Materials Needed:

  • An old pillow
  • Fabric of choice ( 1” wider and 2.5 times longer than your pillow’s dimensions)
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine


Step one: Cut the width of your fabric to the size of your pillow plus one inch to allow for ½ inch seam allowances. Next, cut your length at 2 and ½ times the length of your pillow.

Step two: With right side of fabric facing you, fold bottom of fabric up about 1/3. Then fold that raw edge back about 1/3.

Step three: Fold the top of your fabric down, covering the fold you made in step two and pin raw edges.

Step four: Sew raw edges, using ½ seam allowances.

Step five: Turn pillow slipcover inside out.

Step six: Insert your pillow.



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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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