Envelope Pillow Cover

It’s almost that time of year again! New season, new decor! As spring is approaching, I’m starting to incorporate more coral in my home. I have an easy project for you to change up your pillows. This is an envelope style pillow cover, which is easy to remove and wash. The most important part of this project is that it’s really inexpensive. I made these two pillow covers using single fat quarters, which cost me 93 cents each!

FABRIC USED: 4 fat quarters (two in Coral, one in Anchor Print, one in Navy and White Polka Dot Print)

TOOLS USED: Sewing machine, large self-healing cutting mat, 3X18” ruler, rotary cutter, sewing clips, iron, ironing board, coordinating cotton thread, 17″ x 17″ pillow insert

The very first thing you’ll want to do before sewing is to iron your fat quarters. Select one of the fat quarter fabrics you’d like to use for your front panel. Because I am using a pillow insert 17″ x 17″, I cut the front panel of my fat quarter down to 18″ x 18″. Next, choose the fat quarter fabric you’d like to use for your back panel. In order to turn your pillow cover into an envelope style, you’ll need to cut the back panel of the fat quarter in half. Since the original fat quarter size is 18″L x 22″W, I cut my fabric in half at the 11″ mark on my self-healing mat.

Grab one of the back panel pieces you just cut and fold one of the long ends 1/4″ twice to hide the raw edges. I ironed while folding to help keep the ends folded down, then secured with sewing clips.

Next, sew down the folded edge and repeat the same for your other back panel pieces. Here I’m showing how I sewed the raw edge of one of the back panel pieces using the printed fabric.

Placing both the front panel and two back panels right sides together, use sewing clip or sewing pins to secure the perimeter of your fabric. The back panel pieces will overlap. Here is a close-up of the coral fabric I used as the front panel and anchor fabric for the two back panel pieces right sides together.

Using 1/4″ seam allowance, sew around the perimeter of the fabric, turn right side out and give a final press with the iron if you’d like. Insert your pillow and you’re done!

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