Envelope throw pillow covers are a fun, affordable, and super easy way to spruce up your living room or bedroom. The best part: they don’t require you to figure out how to sew in any zippers! I didn’t make this a full tutorial, but I have included a link to the tutorial that I used. In all honesty, though, I use tutorial directions more like guidelines. With a bit of creativity, you can create customized decor for your home. The possibilities are endless!
The last time we moved, I spent a couple weeks packing and cleaning and sorting like a madwoman. It inspired me to look at all of our belongings with a hypercritical eye, meaning the local Goodwill got a couple of large donations. (When did we get so much stuff?!)
During this process, I took a good, solid look at the throw pillows we’d had on our couch since college. When I made their covers, I hadn’t thought ahead to make them removable. A dog, a cat, a baby, and five years’ general wear and tear had left them looking…not fresh. Thankfully, a trip to the fabric store, two yards of fabric, and a couple hours provided an easy solution to that problem.
I’ve recently fallen in love with watercolor-printed fabrics. A 2017 issue of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine featured throw pillows from bunglo.co, so I checked them out, fell in love with some of their products, and then had a heart attack when I looked at the prices. An Etsy search landed a few options closer to the affordable range, but once I factored in shipping and taxes, I knew I could make something just as pretty and significantly cheaper.
How Do You Make Envelope Throw Pillow Covers?
I used this pattern for an easy sew envelope pillow cover as my inspiration, except I did hem the fold-over bits to prevent raveling long-term. Thanks to a stroke of inspiration, I also added some handmade bias tape in a coordinating cotton fabric to the edge underneath to strengthen the edges even more. Hopefully, that’ll keep these covers on even with a kid and a dog jumping on them. (Update 6/17/2018: The folded edges aren’t crisp anymore, but the covers do stay on the pillow. It’s a success in my book!)
I did one cover at night after putting the baby to bed, and I made the second cover the next day while she was napping. I don’t know if I was just extra tired that first night or what, but the first cover took 2 hours, while the second one only took 20 minutes (including ironing and pinning). Oh well, at least I have the technique down now. And, in my defense, I had some impediments that first night (and a brother willing to capture the fun on camera):
The next day, piecing everything together went like clockwork:
I’m really happy with how they turned out! This is by far my most professional pillow cover job to date. The fold-over back looks really nice:
The finished product:
Nothing beats the personal touch of choosing your own fabric, and this easy sew envelope pillow cover project isn’t a huge time commitment. With a few materials and a couple hours, you can give any room in your house a fresh new look.
Want to give this project a go? I put together a complete materials checklist you can print and take to the fabric store:
Tried this project? I’d love to see the results! Feel free to share photos, frustrations, or triumphs. And if you have any questions about the project, ask away! I’ll do my best to help you find a solution.