Throw Pillow Covers - Free Directions to Sew Envelope Pillow Covers

Throw pillows on daybed
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    Gather Your Materials

    A photo of a pillow slip cover made using these free directions.
    The Front of an Envelope Back Pillow. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    These step by step directions are designed to save you the expense of new pillows. The envelop design of these pillow covers make them removable "slip covers" for your throw pillows. Always preshrink your fabric so that your finished pillow covers are washable.

    Materials needed:

    Note: The cutting directions do not add a seam allowance so that the finished pillow cover is a little smaller than the form and creates a "plump" pillow with no empty space.

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    Marking Directions for a One Piece Pillow Cover

    Pillow Marking Diagram
    Pillow Marking Diagram. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    This step will explain where to place the fold markings on the various size of the simple pillow slip cover.

    Marking Directions:

    • For a 12" pillow mark your fabric 8" in from the end on the longest edges.
    • For a 14" pillow mark your fabric 9" in from the end on the longest edges.
    • For a 16" pillow mark your fabric 10" in from the end on your longest edge.
    • For an 18 " pillow mark your fabric 11" in from the end on your longest edge.


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    Hem the Ends

    A photo showing the ends hemmed.
    Hem the Ends. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
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    Fold on the Markings

    Photo showing the sides folded and being pinned in place.
    Match the sides and Pin in Place. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Fold your fabric, with the right sides together, at the markings you made on the long edge. There should be a 3 1/2" overlap for the back side of your pillow.

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    Sew the Seams

    A photo showing the sewn side seams with a seam finish.
    Sewn Seams with a Seam Finish. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Sew the seams on each raw edge using a 1/2" seam allowance. Use a seam finish to prevent fraying.

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    Turn Right Sides Out

    A photo of the back of a finished envelope back pillow.
    Pillow Back with a Pillow Inside. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Turn the pillow cover right sides out, being sure to turn out the corners. Press and fill with a pillow or pillow form. Use How to Prevent Protruding Corners on Pillows if there are protruding corners on your covers.

    Add tassels to the corners by hand sewing them in place, if desired.