We recently got a new couch and decided to cover some pillows to make it a little more comfortable. I bought two pillow forms from IKEA and decided to make some envelope pillow covers. Envelope pillow covers are my favorite - they fit well, look great, and sew up very quickly. :D
This is super easy and should take about a half hour per envelope pillow cover once you get into the swing of things.
Plus, these envelope pillow covers are washable! Yay!
Step 1: Before you start
Some words of caution:
If you plan to wash this pillow cover, wash the fabric beforehand in the way you normally wash. Otherwise, the unwashed sewn fabric can shrink in a hot wash or dryer later and cause seam rippage.
If you're in a hurry to get started, make sure to at least steam press your fabric.
You'll just need to wash it normally and hang it out to dry later! This will keep your pillow cover in nice shape. :D
Step 2: What you'll need...
- 1/2-1 yard of fabric. (I am estimating because I don't know how big your pillow is. We'll talk about that on the next step!)
- matching thread
- scissors (pinking shears will work perfectly!)
- pen/pencil for marking
- ruler of some sort
- sewing machine
- iron & board
- measuring tape
- sewing pins
And that's it! Pinking shears are awesome but not necessary.
Step 3: How to measure for the cover
This is dead easy if your pillow has a cover.
- take cover off, measure across and down
- add one inch to each of these measurements
Uncovered pillow or pillow form:
- use your measuring tape to conform to the curve of the pillow and take the measurements from seam to seam
- add one inch to each of these measurements!
In this instructable, I'm covering a 16x26 inch pillow, so I'd consider my measurements to be 17x27.
We'll be cutting out three pieces all together, one for the front and two for the back. Many other tutorials just have you cut one long piece, but the I believe the extra seams make for a better fitting pillow. :)