Envelope Pillow Case

Envelope Pillow Tutorial

I love decorator pillows.  I have them all over my house!  Since I began making these envelope pillow cases, no pillow in my house is safe!  I’m gonna make it into a new pillow!

These envelope pillow cases can be taken off and depending on the fabric care instructions, they can either be hand or machine washed or else dry cleaned.  How nice to always have a clean, fresh pillow!

Let’s get started.

First, measure the pillow you want to cover. 

For example, my pillow is 14″ x 20″

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 Photo 1

REMEMBER, the instructions are for a 14″ X 20″ pillow.  You can customize the measurements for your own pillow after you learn this technique.


First, cut 1 rectangle (for the front of the pillow) the size of the pillow, plus 1″ (So the finished cut fabric would be 15 x 21″.)

Next, cut 2 more rectangles (these are for the back of the pillow.)  To get this measurement, 21″ is divided in half (which equals 10.5″), then add 3″ to each rectangle (this allows for the overlap.) 

So you will have 2 rectangles, each will measure 15″ x 13.5″             (See photo #1 above)

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Now, take the 2 rectangles and fold down and stitch a small 1/4″ hem on the edges that will overlap. Notice the arrows in the photo below. Press this hem using your iron.


Pin the front piece to the 2 overlapping back pieces (with right sides together) and stitch all the way around the rectangle, with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Clip the corners as shown below (this will make the corners into a nice sharp point after you turn it right side out.)

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Turn the pillow case right side out.

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Stuff your OLD pillow into your new Envelope Pillow Case and admire your  handiwork!

10 thoughts on “Envelope Pillow Tutorial

  1. Charlene J. Blake

    I have made 10 sofa pillow covers to date. They are soooooooo easy and I have even adjusted the instructions to fit various pillow sizes.

  2. Elle

    Great tutorial! Just a tip — this can be done with one piece of fabric instead if 3. Whatever length you would’ve needed for the front panel, double that plus also for seams at the slit (I add an extra 2″). Once the fabric is the right length, maker sure it’s the right width too (use tips above). Then, stitch a 1/2 inch seam on either end of be fabric. With the good side up, lay on table and fold either end over into the middle, allowing for overlap where the slit will be. Then just stitch along the two open edges. This way you won’t have seams at two edges of the pillow!

  3. Lola

    Thank you for these instructions. I have been making these pillow cases for many years, but I never thought about doing it as all one piece before, so thank you Elle for this suggestion. I would also recommend that you double stitch where the edges of the panel overlap so as to reinforce when you insert your pillow. I learned that the hard way and had to repair tears.

  4. Barb

    Thank you! I have never had any “formal” training on sewing….I have learned it all by tutorials like this….Thank you so much….not everyone adds the pictures along with the instructions….helps us visual people!! Thanks…..gonna make some pillow covers tomorrow!!

  5. Deanna Mills

    Thank You ladies for your great ideas. Pillow cases are something that people can always use. I’m already starting my Christmas lists and asking my friends and family what colors are their bedrooms. I’m becoming friends with the ladies at Wal Mart fabric dept. Thank you again for sharing your great ideas and tips

  6. Janet Gaston

    Easy to follow instructions. I have a tote full of fabric from auction sales that will now be used. Thanks for sharing.

  7. JudyK

    I understand the idea about using one piece of fabric instead of 3. I like the edge on the pillow when you put 3 pieces together. You could always make an edge with the one piece method.


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