After I learned how to use my sewing machine, sewing pillow covers was one of the first projects I learned. An envelope cover is so so so simple to make. If you are a beginner seamstress, and you are looking for a project, starting with an envelope cover is perfect.
If you’re wanting some color or texture changes around your home, sewing a pillow cover can be a really wise investment of your time. Buying a half of a yard of fabric can cost much less than a new decorative pillow.
Below I have created a simple tutorial for sewing an envelope pillow cover specifically for a 16 inch by 16 inch pillow form. This same tutorial can be used for other square sizes, but be sure to add or subtract inches where necessary.
The fabric I used was Emmy Grace by Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics. I mentioned in another post that Art Gallery Fabrics has really been producing some beautiful lines of fabric. Has anyone else noticed this?
1. Start with finding or buying a 16 inch by 16 inch pillow form. Before you run out and buy one, be sure to check your closets or bedrooms for extra pillows lying around. This is a wonderful project for updating some outdated pillows.
2. Cut a piece of fabric 16 inches by 16 inches. This will be the panel for the front of the pillow cover. You may ask: But what about seam allowance? Don’t I need my fabric bigger than my pillow form?
I like my pillow covers to fit snug and crisp. I almost always sew the cover a bit smaller than the pillow form to ensure a tight fit.
If you prefer a lose fitting pillow cover, vary your measurements accordingly.
9. Sew around the entire perimeter of your pillow cover with a quarter of an inch seam allowance. When you are sewing and come to a corner, stop sewing, leave your needle in the fabric, lift up your presser foot, rotate your fabric, and then keeping going again.
Once you have sewn the entire perimeter and come back to where you started, be sure to back stitch to secure your stitch. Back stitching prevents your thread from unraveling.
My husband and I have slowly been updating our entry way, and the plan is to leave this on a chair right by the front door. The varieties of color in this fabric give me much freedom with my decorating options.
If you are looking for additional inspiration for sewing pillow covers, click through to a recent post titled: Four Tips for Improving your Pillow Covers. Learning this trade called sewing has been such a journey for me, and I just keep sharing as I keep learning.
What about you? Have you made pillow covers like this before or do you have a different method??
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