I’ve said it over and over again – I think throw pillows are the easiest way to spruce up any space in your home. The easiest way to make a pillow that is easy to create, and then change out when you become bored, is to sew an envelope-style pillow. In contrast to a zippered pillow, the envelope pillow has a simple overlapped back where you can easily slip a pillow form in or out. When you’re not adding any embellishments or extra elements to your pillow cover, you can probably whip one or two out in less than 15 minutes. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a pillow – a great project for beginners, too!
You will need:
one pillow form
upholstery-weight fabric or lighter weight fabric backed with interfacing
sewing machine, thread
Measure you pillow form. I cut the dimensions of the fabric the same size as the pillow cover and use a 1/4″ seam – then the pillow fills out the cover perfectly. So, cut a front cover piece and two back pieces. The two back pieces should be the same width as the front, but the height should be a few inches larger to account for the overlap (and hemming) on the envelope closure.
Hem one horizontal side of each back piece. Serge, fold down by 1″ and stitch two parallel lines. You can also turn and press the edge twice and then stitch if you don’t have a serger.
Next, lay the front cover piece right side up. Place the two back cover pieces right side down with the hemmed edges to the center and overlapping.
Stitch all the way around the perimeter of the pillow, keeping a 1/4″ seam. Trim the corners. Turn the cover right side out and press.
Tuck the pillow form in there and you’re all set! You just made a pillow!! Now make a bunch more because they’re super easy!
These pillows are, obviously, decorating my deck. They sure make it a lot more comfortable and pretty!
The yellow prints are upholstery-weight fabric and not meant for the outdoors – they’ll fade if left in the sun. The black and tan prints are outdoor fabric though. I’ve updated this post with affiliate links to similar indoor/outdoor black and white fabric from the same store I purchased the original fabric and I’m so thrilled to report that even after YEARS in the blazing sun and rain, the fabric hasn’t faded a smidge. Click here for a variety of black and white indoor/outdoor fabrics for a similar look.