Super Crazy Easy Fast Ten-Minute One-Piece Envelope Pillow Covers

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Today is all about making some super crazy easy fast ten-minute one-piece envelope pillow covers.  Say that ten times quickly.  Saying it would be harder then following this tutorial.  If you can operate a pair of scissors, have access to a sewing machine, can iron a fold/hem, and can sew a semi-straight or even partly crooked line… then you can do this.  It is that easy.super crazy easy fast ten minute one piece envelope pillow covers thumbnail at thehappyhousie

If you are a regular reader you may have realized that I have a little bit of a pillow obsession. Just a little bit.  Anyhooo… I think that changing up your pillows is one of THE best ways to give your house a quick little refresh.  Think of them as soft cushy art.  And with the price of store-bought pillows hovering between $20-30 each or more, learning how to sew my own has quickly become a key skill and priority.  Once you have mastered this simple task the world of fabrics opens up to you and the possibilities become endless. So let’s get started… because you can literally go from 1.25 yards of fabric to three new 18″ pillows in 30 minutes.

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First, measure your pillow.  I was able to get three 18″ pillows out of a yard of fabric because I like my covers to actually be somewhere between the exact measurements to a 1/2 inch smaller then my pillow insert.  That way they fit nice and snugly and you don’t get that unattractive, too big, bagged out cover look.

These pillows were an old hand-me down and I wasn’t a fan of the fabric but knew they would be perfect once recovered.  I checked and they measured 17″x18″.

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I cut my 1.25 yards of fabric into three 18″ sections (it was a 54″ wide fabric so I got exactly three 18″x42″ sections).

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I measured, then took a little snip and ripped my fabric straight down… kinda like they do at the fabric store.  You could always cut it all the way along too, but I actually think that doing it this way  keeps it fairly straight.

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I then trimmed my fabric strips to the correct size – I made them 17.5″x42″ – I love to use my rotary cutter and mat for pillow making because it really speeds things up and gives me straight perfect lines – something I wouldn’t achieve with my scissors.  But you certainly could use regular ol’ scissors for this step.  The 42″ length is because you want double the pillow size plus 6″ for your enclosure overlap (so 18″+ 18″ + 6″ = 42″).  If you want a little extra overlap add a couple of inches of length here (make it 44 or 46″ inches for example).  This is a good thing to do if you have a really firm pillow form to ensure that the envelope overlaps at the back of the pillow.

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Next, I ironed a fold on each of the ends of the LENGHT of the fabric – so if your fabric was 42″ it will be hemmed to become about 41″ long with the two shorter ends folded over and hemmed.  Then I whipped these through my sewing machine.

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With the two short ends hemmed, I folded my length of fabric onto itself, right sides (or the print of the fabric) facing in together.  I then measured to make the square 18″.  That way my finished square before  sewing was 17.5″ x 18″.  That would give me the exact or slightly smaller size I wanted to fit my pillow insert once hemmed because I am only hemming the 17.5″ sides.  I ironed the folded edges down at this point to make sure that my square was measured correctly.

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PIN to hold it together and run the two open edges through the sewing machine.

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Here it is, all sewed together…

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Now turn it right side out…

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And stuff!!

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Once stuffed, here is the way the back envelope closure looks:

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Two of the finished pillows have found their home in my son’s currently-being-revamped bedroom… And, yes, that is a rice bag burlap “pillow” at the front of his grouping.  What was that??… you think that five pillows is overkill for a five year old’s bed?  Waaaaa? No way.  I say one pillow for each year of your age.  You should see how many my husband has on his side of the bed.

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The other little lovely is brightening up a corner chair in the living room:..

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I have a serious crush on this faux bois print right now.  It is available in several super pretty colours and is called Willow by Premier Prints. You can find it here and here…and probably elsewhere as well.

super crazy easy fast ten minute one piece envelope pillow cover tutorial at thehappyhousie

So for $10 worth of fabric and 30 minutes (plus hand-me down inserts) I got three brand new pillows.  Love it.  You may have read my other envelope pillow tutorial before?  It is good for use with a really expensive print where you want to do the backs of the pillows with a less expensive plain fabric…Otherwise if you are doing the same front/back then this tutorial is the way to go.  Easy peasy lemon squishy art.

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Do you love throw pillows as much as me??  How many are too many?  Actually, don’t answer that. What is your favourite way to change up the look of a room quickly?

Thanks for reading. And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day.  Enjoy the journey.

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  1. donna giblin says

    We are selling our house and I need to stage the rooms. Painted everything neutral and it’s so boring. I went to Ikea a bought $4.00 pillows and then fabric and made these covers. They were so so easy and now all the rooms will just POP with color. Thank you so much for sharing this easy tutorial! Can’t wait to make some more for my new house!

    • Krista Aasen says

      That is great to hear Donna! I am so glad you found the tutorial easy and that your pillows turned out well. I know how much I love changing up the look of our rooms with some new pillow covers, and even though I know it is easy to do, I am always surprised by how quick it really is:) Good luck with selling your house!

  2. says

    I found your tutorial on pinterest. I also have a phobia about my sewing machine but this was extremely easy. I made four pillow covers last night and they look great covering my old couch pillows. Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Hi Erica- I used to be terrified of my machine too. You know the scariest part for me? Having to rethread and feed the bobbin. But now that I have gotten comfortable with it (even though it still gives me a little trouble every now and then) – I am thrilled to be able to whip up cushion covers so quickly and easily.

  3. Nancy Saller says

    I have an obsession as well and funny thing so does my dog, yes my dog. She always lays on a pillow on the couch or in her crate. I just made 4 small ones, a square one for the computer chair as well as 2 bed sized ones, all for the couch and dog. So, needless to say, they go in the wash frequently. It’s fun to have a lot of coordinating ones on a plain brown leather couch. They are so quick and easy to make! Thanks

    • says

      Hi Nancy- it is fun to have so many… I love to switch mine out for the seasons. Our dog would love them too but we do try to keep her off the couch since she is black, sheds like a monster, and weighs about 80 pounds! Thanks for your visit and comments!!

  4. Erin says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial–I am going to try it with some old pillows. Did you cut the fabric off of the old pillow before you stuffed it, or did you just stuff it in as is?

    • says

      Hi Erin! I just stuffed them in as-is because I wasn’t convinced that there was a lining inside that fabric and thought I may open them up to find a bag of pillow stuffing… but that only worked because my fabric was thick enough to hide any color or pattern underneath it. I hope that makes sense!! Good luck with your project- I need to make myself some more soon too:)

  5. Nicole says

    HI, I was making this pillow and ran into the same problem as Kathy who commented earlier. I think maybe you meant that you hemmed the shorter 18″ lengths? Then folded it into the square shape and hemmed together the outer edges (which were the 42 length). Because if you hem the long sides, then the short parts that make the opening are still rough.

    • says

      Hi Nicole! I went back and reread the post – I could see how people would read it that way. What I meant by the ‘long’ ends was the ends of the LENGTH (so the ends of the 42″ length) but that wasn’t super clear. Sorry! So I edited it -hopefully it will make more sense now. Thanks for pointing that out:) Good luck with your project!

    • says

      Thanks Kate- hope it works out really well for you!! I love the one piece pillows more then my two piece ones- so much quicker. Actually, I need to make some more here pretty quick for our winter living room:) So thrilled you came by!!

  6. mandyleh says

    This looks easy enough for even me to accomplish… I’ll be making “new” pillows today, thank you for the tutorial!

  7. Lucy C says

    I read your blog this morning and made 4 cushion covers by dinner time. 2 for me and 2 for a friend for Xmas. This is also the first time I’ve used my new sewing machine that has been sat in its box for a year. Super super easy!

  8. Erin says

    I love this. Thank you so much for sharing! The only thing I need is to find the actual pillows to put the covers on. Do you have a good recommendation of where to get a good one that isn’t too expensive?

    • says

      Hi Erin! My favourite pillow form source is IKEA – they have awesome poufy feather down inserts for around 6-7$ (Canadian – it is probably even less expensive in the US). But I know that there isn’t always an Ikea readily available to people… I have also bought forms from Jysk but find that they aren’t as full as I would like and the forms that I have bought at Walmart are polyester fill and I don’t like them as much. If you don’t have an Ikea nearby then perhaps try a local fabric store like Joann’s or Fabricland. Or look pillows on clearance at big box stores and don’t worry if you can’t stand the cover- you can always recover them if the form itself is nice and full. Good luck!!

  9. Kathy says

    Hi Krista, I am going to try making pillows this weekend. My daughters and I bought fabric last summer and I have not been able to get started, since I don’t really sew, but this tutorial looks so easy! One question- the tutorial says you ironed and hemmed the 42″ lengths, but in the picture it looks like the short ends that form the opening. Can you clarify, so I don’t procrastinate even longer? Thanks.

    • says

      Hi Kathy!
      I am slightly confused by the question so I am just going to go ahead and explain what I do using an 18″ pillow as an example. Measure your pillow (so 18″ for a down pillow insert or 18.5″ for a really full and stiff pillow insert – I use down inserts which are squishy so I make my pillow covers slightly smaller then the measurements of the pillow so that my fabric isn’t baggy). So cut your fabric to the correct width (18 or 18.5″) and then double the width and add six -so an 18X18 would mean that you cut a piece 18 by 42 (18+18+6 for overlap). Then I hem the edges of the 42″ length (so really it becomes about 41.5 or 41 after each end has been hemmed. Then I fold the strip of fabric in on itself and measure to make an 18″ square with it overlapping – measure it and make sure that you are putting the RIGHT SIDES (or the printed side of the fabric) together facing IN. Then pin and sew along each edge (about 1/4 inch seam). For a down form I will end up with a cover that is about 17.5 inches by 18″ and it fits the form nicely. Does this make sense? I hope so- let me know if it doesn’t!! Good luck, once you figure it out you will wonder what you were procrastinating it for. That’s how I felt once I got my groove going… now I can’t stop making new pillows covers:)

  10. says

    Hi Krista! Just popping back over to let you know that your fantastic pillow covers are one of my picks and will be feature tomorrow night at Best of the Weekend! Hope you can party with us tomorrow and thanks so much again for joining us. Have a happy Friday! :)

    • says

      Oh Cindy I was so thrilled and honoured to see this!! Thank you so much for the feature, I am so glad to be part of your party now!! Have a wonderful weekend:)
      Krista

  11. Eowyn West says

    Thank you so much for giving me the information on the blue pillows! Thank you for taking the time – that was very kind of you! Many continued blessings to you and yours!

  12. says

    These look sooo cute! I have a ton of old throw pillows that belonged to my grandma just been looking for the right tutorial to try covering them with and this one is definitely it! Thanks so much for Sharing! Definitely pinning♥

  13. Eowyn West says

    Hello Krista! You are fabulously talented – what a wonderful gift! I am so ecstatic to find your blog. I was hoping you could kindly share the fabric on the blue pillow pictured with your new faux bois print. I’ve seen it in Better Homes & Gardens and other décor but I’ve not been able to find the name of it. Thank you so much! I live on a lake also but in Southern N.J.

    • says

      Hi Eowyn! Thanks for your awesome kind comments! That pillow I did not make but the fabric is a print by Duralee by Thomas Paul called Sunflower, I believe. Hope you can track it down!
      Krista

    • says

      Hi Barbara! They are quilting tools that I got from my mother but you can buy them in a lot of fabric or craft stores (maybe even walmart). I find them super useful crafting tools and great for little sewing projects as well! Not just for quilting…

  14. says

    I love this tutorial Krista. Super easy! I’ve made envelope pillow covers in the past and they were not this easy! Can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing friend :)

  15. says

    Brilliant!!! I just started making my own pillows and i’ve also just started sewing. Loving it!! This tip is such a I am all for easy and quick. Thanks for sharing! I came across your spot on A Stroll Through Life. I’m # 144.

    Crystal

  16. says

    Krista- I wanted to thank you for the sweet comments you left about my chicken coop turned coffee table. Your words meant a lot to me coming form someone who is so well revered in blogland. Thank you again.

    On a different note, I love these pillows. Envelope pillows are so easy and fun to make. Have them everywhere. I used to make the permanent kind of covers but then had children! Envelopes make it so much easier to keep clean!

    • says

      Hi Kim!
      Your chicken coop coffee table is unreal! I love it!! Thanks for returning the blog visit, so glad to meet you and find your awesome blog too!!

  17. says

    :-) Krista, I love pillows too but like you said they can be expensive and I really need to do what you do to decorate my very boring living room! :-) I really love the pillows you us and your last picture is gorgeous: you style everything very well! :-) & how many pillows are too many hmmmm…. maybe a 1000 anything under that it’s OK! ;-) wish you a beautiful week Krista :-)

    • says

      Lol Ingrid! Pillows will probably give your living room a quick and easy (and inexpensive if you make your own) wakeup call- you should make some, you will love it! Thanks for your kind awesome comments. Hope your week is awesome as well!!

    • says

      Hi Kelly! I love that idea!! I think I was cutting my fabric in the opposite direction so I couldn’t take advantage of the salvage… next time I will try that!

    • says

      Hi April! I really think these are the simplest ever pillow covers, I am sure you can do it!! Plus, the more times you try the better you get!!

    • says

      Hi Jamie! I put a link to the fabric in the post – it is called Willow by Premier Prints and comes in a few different colours. I love it too, have to get some more for my fall pillows I think, maybe in a different colour:) You can check out fabric.com or tonicliving.com for it….

  18. says

    Love that yellow wood grain fabric – so fun! Envelope pillow cases are such a great way to change up your pillows without having to buy new forms. Thanks for sharing.

    Also – 5 pillows on a bed isn’t overkill. You can never have too many throw pillows :)

    • says

      Hi Rebecca! Isn’t the faux bois pattern the best! It is called Willow by Premier Prints and comes in several colorways. I put a link to it in the post as well. I will check out your link party, thank you for the invite!!

    • says

      Hi Selene! I love this pattern too… think it will be sneaking in elsewhere in the house in some other colours really soon:) It is a fab easy technique, isn’t it!

    • says

      LOL April! A sewing machine helps, I find the hardest part is getting the thread and bobbin set up. As long as I don’t have problems there, the semi-straight lines are pretty easy to conquer!

  19. says

    Krista, that pillow looks fantastic – ok, I need to actually try to sew something and I think I can do this! Thanks for sharing – pinned! Would love you to share these at our Best of Weekend party this Friday, it would be wonderful to have you join us! Happy Monday!

  20. says

    My mother passed the pillow/cushion-obsession gene on to me – I am grateful for that gene!!! It makes decorating so much fun! If I want to change my colour scheme for different seasons (or just because after one week I want to swap with another colour!), I always have a change of cushion/candle/canvas – all matching colours – (I paint cheap canvasses myself to match my cushions), and sometimes a matching fake flower-stick thingy (you get my meaning)!

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