I created this envelope pillow cover pattern 16×16 with one piece of fabric through trial and error. And once I got the hang of it, it became an easy and fun project. If you are wanting to learn to sew, then this is the project for you!Read more
Not only is it a quick project, but I find that throw pillows are the quickest way to change up my decor, seasonally. Not to mention, the added comfort they bring! However, I could never bring myself to spend the money that store-bought throw pillows cost. This is because I have two small kids and two large, destructive dogs. Therefore, I need something I can wash and won’t be too upset if they get destroyed!
So, I bought an inexpensive 2-pack of 16″ x 16″ pillow inserts and found discounted fabric that matched our home decor. Since then, I have made multiple envelope pillow covers.
If you have a desire to learn how to sew but feel intimidated by the process, give this tutorial a try! Because it’s made from one piece of fabric, it is a great basic lesson on top-stitches!
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Materials needed to make this envelope pillow cover pattern 16×16
One pre-washed piece of fabric measuring 36″ x 17″
Bobbin with Coordinating Thread
Fabric scissors or rotary cutter
Step by Step Envelope Pillow Cover Sewing Tutorial
1. First, if you haven’t already done so, wash, dry and press your fabric before measuring and cutting to
36″ x 17″
2. Next, fold top and bottom of fabric inward 1″. Then, press the fold and pin it.
3. After that, sew a top-stitch on both ends at 5/8″. (Remember to back-stitch at the beginning and end of every top-stitch to secure your thread.)
4. Then, lay the fabric print-side facing down. Fold the top of the fabric inward 9″.
5. Now, fold the bottom of the fabric upward and over this piece 9 1/2″. and pin in place.
6. Next, sew a top-stitch on each side at 6/8″. (Again, reminder to back-stitch at the beginning and end of every top-stitch to secure your thread.)
7. Now, cut off excess fabric-especially, at the corners-avoiding the seam line of the envelope “flaps”.
8. Then, turn fabric inside out, push the corners out with long pointy object (pens,chopsticks, scissors, etc. work for this) insert pillow and you’re done!
First Sewing Projects for Adults
Not only is this envelope pillow cover pattern 16×16 a great first sewing project for adults, I have many more that will have you sewing in no time. For example, my very first sewing project was baby burp cloths. Conveniently, that same tutorial doubles for easy unpaper towels! In addition, all of my sewing tutorials make excellent handmade gifts that are sure to be appreciated by its recipients. Like this drawstring bag tutorial!
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