Envelope Pillow Case- DIY

The living room makeover continues with 2 envelope pillow cases to recover the old, drab pillows that no longer go with the cheery new curtains.  This was an easy DIY project that I will continue to use to make new pillow cases, especially when I get to the bedroom and attempt to make a duvet cover.

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Envelope Pillow Case!











I followed a tutorial I found on pinterest from this site – it was pretty easy to follow and of course I made my own instructions and modifications based on my 19″ x 19″ pillow.

*Disclaimer– I did not Iron before sewing or pinning- I would suggest that you do it, I was just too lazy today!


1 yard of fabric (36″x54″) made two pillow cases for me- depending on your pillow sizes & the number you are making you will need less/more fabric


Old Pillows or pillow form

The usual: scissors, sewing maching, pins, measuring tape, rotator cutter, etc


1)  Measure & cut fabric – my pillows were 19″ x 19″ so I cut the following to cover 2 pillows:

2 squares at 20″x20″ (allowing for 1/2″ seam on all sides) — you will need 1 per pillow

4 pieces at 20″x13″  (allowing for 1/2″ seam on all sides)– you will need 2 per pillow

2) On 20″x13″ pieces, fold 1 long edge over 1/2″, then again a 1/2″ (here is where you should iron, but I didn’t)- pin & sew– repeat on 1 long side for each of your 20×13 pieces — I did this 4 times

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3) Lay 20″x20″ square (design side up) and then lay 20″x13″ pieces (design side down) overlapping each other, so all sides line up — design/pattern sides should be facing each other–

4) Pin edges

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5) Sew edges with 1/2″ seam

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6) Turn right side out, and put in a pillow

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Much better I’d say! It took about 30 minutes to make two pillows from start to finish.




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