Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Envelope Pillow Tutorial

So I am just now getting into sewing
I feel like once you are a mom you like need that skill haha
and it is safe to say that the sewing bug has for sure bit me
I am by no means an expert
But I am teaching myself and having a blast 
I have been looking for projects to make to practice my skills
and thought I would share a couple tutorials with you
throughout my blog

Since I am working on redoing my bedroom 
from brown and Green 
to Yellow, Turquoise, Brown and White 
I am needing some new pillows 
so I have decided to try to make my own

I know most have made the pillows you sew all the way 
around inside out leaving a little opening 
turn it right side out stuff it with your stuffing 
and then sewing the opening shut

Well I decided to share with you an alternative 
that I am loving 
It is the envelope backing pillow
This way you can change them out for holidays,
seasons, or room color changes using the same pillow form 
which is awesome cuz pillow forms can be expensive!
You can also take them off easily to wash them
and it is just a more convenient way

What you will need:
-Fabric scissors
-thread that matches your fabric
-A sewing machine
-ruler or tape measure
-pillow form to fluff up your fabric
-any embellishments you want

What you will do:

-First you are going to want to measure the dimensions of your pillow form
-Mine was a rectangle 14 inches X 20 inches 

Also since I wanted this one to be rectangle I just got a Walmart Travel 
pillow for $3 to use for my form
instead of getting an actual pillow form that are $7
I love saving money
And for the rest of mine I am just going to use old pillows as forms
even cheaper!!!

So now I am going to explain measuring the fabric the best I can
-For your main front piece you want to measure an inch extra all the way around for seam allowance 
-So for my 14 x 20 pillow form I am going to cut my material 15 x 21 inches 
Does that make sense?
Ok so that is your first piece all done now set that aside

-Then you are going to cut two pieces for the back creating the envelope overlap
Your two back pieces will be the same size and overlap each other
-the height will be the same as the front piece of 15 inches
-then here is how you figure out the length you will take your length / 2 + 4= new length 
so I took 21 and divide it by two making it 10.5 
then you will add four which makes the length of each piece 14.5 
-So your two overlapping back pieces will both be 15 x 14.5 inches 
I hope that made sense 
If not totally let me know and I will try to explain it better

-The next step is to take your two overlapping pieces and make a seam for them
because you will see these so we want them to look pretty and finished
this is very easy
-I took my piece and marked with a fabric pen very lightly three dots 
at the 1/2 inch mark, the 1 inch mark and the 1 1/2 inch mark like the picture above

Then you fold your piece so the fold is on the first dot and touching the second dot
making it a half inch fold
-then iron that down so you get a good crease
-then repeat and fold it one more time to the third dot so it is another half inch fold
and iron that down
-This makes it a half inch seam which I feel is perfect

One it is folded over twice and ironed down you will pin it

Then you are going to sew the seam as close to the edge as you can

-Then to make it a more finished look I did a second seam right next to it
There was about a centimeter between the two seams 
I just moved the fabric to the next line on my sewing machine
Now make sure to sew the seams on both of your back envelope pieces 

Your next step is very simple
You are going to put your main front piece right side facing up 
(because we are sewing it inside out and then flipping it right side out when we are done)
then you will over lap your two back piece on top with the right facing down so the right sides are facing and touching each other (make sense?)
-Then pin all the way around so it looks like the picture

(I know I went from a white pillow to a yellow one 
but they are the same size and I will revile the front of the white pillow later)

-Next you are going to sew all the way around the pillow 
making sure to do back stitching at the beginning and the end
-You want to sew 3/4 inch in from the edge all the way around 
-Then you are going to turn it right side out
and the back will look like the picture above with all the seams inside

Next you will slide your pillow form right into your envelope openings 
This is the back side again
and it will look all fluffy, comfy, luscious and full 
Cool huh!

And the front will just look like a normal front
With whatever embellishments, patterns, or colors you want
you would never know the back was an envelope

You can do this envelope technique with any kind of 
fabric or design that you want it will even work with burlap pillows 
I hope this was a helpful tutorial
if you have any questions pretty please email me because I would love 
to answer them and make sure you can make your very own 
envelope pillows at home :)

This technique is linked up HERE
and here 
Todays Creative Blog


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Also stay tuned for a fun pillow design tutorial I will be posting shortly


  1. I've been doing some envelope pillows recently for my sister and I agree....none of that pesky slipstitch!! Well done...yours look great!

  2. Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I need a few new pillows on my couch so I'll have to try it out!

  3. I just did my first envelope style pillow for the retro pillow challenge. Great job explaining it!

  4. LOVE this! Thanks for the tutorial! I must add this to my to-do list! You are pretty amazing Whit!

  5. LOVE THIS!!! Hi there.. I absolutely LOVE your blog.. Found ya via linky party over at Trendy Tree House and officially following ya with smiles.. Great creativity here.. So indulged.. I'm Marilyn via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/ and I'd love for you to stop in sometime. Have a great Wednesday. : ))

  6. I love the result! I am visiting from Southern Lovely and am your newest follower!



  7. thanks so much for this tutorial. It turned out so cute! I started a link party at my blog and I'd love for you to link this up. If you're interested it's http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/ Have a lovely day, Maria

  8. Great tutorial! I'd love for you to join my brand new linky party! http://www.coffeeandtheirkisses.com/2011/10/stitch-n-niche-saturdays-linky-party-1.html

  9. LOVE this pillow! Great job! I would love for you to come link this and/or any other projects you have been up to at the Tuesday Talent Show! Hope to see you there!

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