A Guide On How To Make An Envelope Cushion Cover

Cushions are a basic part of both home decor and the couch. Decorative pillows can enhance your living space and make it look more appealing. Even if you don’t have many decorative items in your living space, just a few cushions can brighten it up and make it look more vivid and inviting.

A grey sofa with patterned pillow cases

If you’re already a DIY-er, you will probably know how to create cushion covers with zippers. If you have never made cushion covers before but know how to make a dress or sew a scrunchie, or the simplest, how to make lavender bags, then making an envelope cushion cover will be a piece of cake for you. Ready to dive into an easy envelope pillow cover tutorial?

How to make an envelope cushion cover

DIY home envelope style pillowcases is an easy sewing project. You don’t need to be a professional tailor to make one. Just to know what type of fabric to choose, to have an amazing result. 

Opt for upholstery fabric, canvas, or medium weight quilting cotton. These fabrics are sturdy enough and washable. Avoid linen, especially if you are sitting on your couch a lot. Linen gets creased, making your sitting room look a bit messy.

Now, having said this, are you ready to learn how to make an envelope cushion cover?

Needed materials:

  • Cushion pad
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Needles
  • Fabric scissors/ rotary cutter
  • Matching thread
  • Tape measure
  • Pins
  • Iron

The materials you need to make an envelope cushion cover

Steps to follow:

Once you have gathered all the tools and materials you need, things are pretty easy. Let’s see what you need to do to make your covers:

1. Measure and cut the fabric

The first thing you need to do is to measure the pillow form. According to the pillow size, you are going to cut a piece of fabric. You need to add 2.5cm to the height for the seam allowance. As for the width of the fabric, double the width (for the back and front) and add 15 cm, so the envelope overlaps. Cut the fabric using your scissors or rotary cutter. Keep in mind that using your scissors, you risk not cutting a straight line. If you want the envelope pillow cover to be really tight, then instead of adding 2.5cm to the height for the allowance, reduce the height by 2.5cm.

Measure and cut the fabric for the envelope cushion cover

2. Create seam to the short edges

Now you need to hem the short edges. Place the fabric on the ironing board with the wrong side facing out. Fold a 6mm seam and iron it. Then, fold the seam by 2 cm over itself and iron again. Finally, sew the seams. Set your sewing machine to a straight stitch and sew the hems on the right side.

Create seam to the short edges for your envelope cushion cover

3. Sew the pillow cover

Fold the edges to create your envelope cushion cover

With the fabric sides together, fold in the left and right hemmed edges. Just be sure they overlap by 10cm. Pin the upper and lower raw edges and stitch each one with a 12mm seam allowance. To prevent the fabric from fraying, serge the seam of the outer edges. In case you don’t have a serger, just sew a zig-zag stitch. Next, place the front piece and the right sides of the back pieces together. Line up the corners, ensuring that the top back piece overlaps the bottom piece. Pin in place and sew around the pillow cover with a 9.5mm allowance.

Sew the pillow cover with your sewing machine

4. Clip the corners

You’re almost there. Turn your cushion cover the right side up, and using something pointed, like a pen or chopsticks, push out the corners. Then, iron your envelope pillow cover.

5. Stuff your DIY pillow cover

Your envelope pillow cover is ready to be stuffed with your pillow form

Once you finish your cover, you can decorate your pillows by adding some embellishments. Here are some great ideas for embellishing your pillows:

  • Add some large, fluffy pom poms to the pillow corners.
  • Hand-stitch designs.
  • Add some tassels to the corners.

Stuff and decorate your envelope cushion cover

Why make a cushion cover

Throw pillows are vital decorative pieces in the house. To tell the truth, we don’t have them only to improve the interior design. They serve other purposes as well. Pillows cover up any damages on the sofa, make couches more comfortable, improve the appearance of the house but also reduce the pressure from joints and muscles while sitting.

Since cushions are used a lot throughout the day and by different people, it’s important to use pillowcases. But making your envelope pillow cover is even more important.

    • A cushion cover keeps your pillow insert clean, as it can prevent the build-up of germs, dead skin and dirt from getting inside the cushion. An envelope cushion is easy to remove and wash.
    • It protects us from allergens. The pillow insert doesn’t come into contact with allergens. Once again, removing and cleaning envelope style covers is very easy, and that’s why you should try and make them on your own.
    • Sewing, like crochet and knitting, helps reduce stress and improve your mood. It’s well known that when someone focuses on a hands-on project, it can help relieve the daily stress, plus it gives you a sense of pleasure and satisfaction. Why not make an envelope pillow cover to benefit also the home decor?
    • Making envelope pillow cases saves you money. Instead of spending money to get covers, you can make your own, upcycling old pieces of fabric.
    • Update your living room. Making cushion covers is an inexpensive way to change your living room decor regularly.

PIllows on a small table and white brick wall background

Having this step-by-step great tutorial by hand, you can level up your interior design without spending a fortune. Choose your favourite fabric, measure your cushion pad and start sewing. Even if you don’t have a typical sewing machine, you can use a handheld one. It won’t take you a lot of time to make your envelope cover. 10 minutes will be enough. Follow our tutorial and create unique cushion covers to upgrade your sofa!

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