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.
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
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
5) Sew edges with 1/2″ seam
6) Turn right side out, and put in a pillow
Much better I’d say! It took about 30 minutes to make two pillows from start to finish.