Thursday, August 29, 2013

how to make an envelope pillow case cover: a tutorial

The other day I shared a picture of a pillow case I had just finished making. I had so much fun making these little covers that I thought I would do a little tutorial for you all. 

fabric of your choosing [I used two coordinating fabrics]  
sewing machine
iron and ironing board
measuring tape
fabric scissors

Measure your pillows or look on the tag/packaging to see the dimensions.
Add one inch for each side. Say your pillow is 15x15, you will measure 16x16 

Cut one square [ex. 16x16] of fabric.

For the back over lay: Add 6 or 8 to your measurements and then divide by 2 [ex. 16+6=22 divide 22 by 2 = 11 and 16+8=24 divide 24 by 2 = 12]. Cut your squares into 16x11 and 16x12 inch squares respectively.

[You will need one of each. So this pillow cover will have three pieces you sew together: one 16x16, one 16x11, and one 16x12 pieces of fabric.]

Measure and cut your fabric into squares.

Iron each piece.

For the back pieces fold down and iron a quarter of an inch on one side of the fabric. Fold over one more time and iron [this makes it look nice and much easier to sew. Trust me, take the time to iron your fabric!]

Your fabric should look like this once it's ironed:

 [note how one side of the smaller back pieces are folded and ironed]

Sew your ironed fold of fabric near the edge. Go back and sew a second time, this time closer to the top of the fold. 

Your finished piece should look like this after you've sewn the flap down:
Lay your big square pretty side up, match up the smaller pieces pretty sides down [you should only see the back of the fabric, if you are looking at the front/nice/pretty side of the fabric you need to change it]. 

Make sure that your fabric is "inside-out" [if you don't you will be using a seam ripper to rip out all of your hard work and this little project will take you much longer than it should :]

Pin the pieces together. [Again, take the time to pin your pieces, it will cause you a big headache if you don't.]

Sew your pillow case together with a 1 1/2 inch seam allowance all the way around.

When you get to the openings back-stitch for extra reinforcement.

When you are finished sewing your pillow you can go back around with a zig-zag stitch for extra reinforcement if you want to. If you do this, just stitch closer to the edge of the fabric.

Cut the corners off of your pillow [this helps to prevent big bumps and lumps once you turn it inside out :]

Turn your pillow case right side out.

Iron your pillow case one last time.

Stuff your pillow into the case and then take a nice little nap :]


Susannah said...

I love the fabric you used! Envelope pillow cases are so fun to make! They can really change up a room! :-)

Megan said...

Cute cute cute, wish I could sew! :)


Diana Horsfall said...

Great job!