How to Make an Envelope Throw Pillow


I have a confession to make. I love throw pillows. They are so fun and instantly make your couch, chairs and bed look finished and chic. Pillows can express your personality or bring an added texture to your room. In short, pillows rock. If you also enjoy pillows, you’re going to love today’s tutorial.

Envelope pillow covers are easy to make and easy to take on and off a pillow. Perfect for the pillow collector, this style of pillow cover can be used on a pre-made pillow form, an insert you made yourself or as a pillow slipcover. Think of the possibilities! You could cover your everyday pillows with festive Christmas or other holiday covers for their seasons.

These envelope style pillow covers are made from one piece of fabric and require minimal sewing, making them a great starting project for beginners. We made our pillows with a deep overlap, which makes the insert a little more difficult to squeeze in, but allows the fabric to lay nice and flat once the pillow is in place.

This style of pillow is great for both indoor and outdoor applications. In fact, the pillow in the video is made from an outdoor P/Kaufmann Fabric, Native Leaves Red.


How to Make an Envelope Throw Pillow:

  1. Measure your intended pillow insert.
  2. Pattern and cut fabric to size. The height of the fabric should be equal to the height of the pillow and the width of the fabric is the width of the pillow x 2 + 9 inches.
  3. Create a 1/2” single hem on each short side of the fabric rectangle.
  4. With the right side of the fabric facing up, fold one short end over about 1/3 of the way across the fabric.
  5. Fold the other short end of the fabric past the first. When finished there should be about 4-5 inches between the hemmed edge of the fabric and the folded edge.
  6. Pin the fabric in place.
  7. Sew a row of stitches down each open side, reversing over the folds to secure.
  8. Turn the pillow cover inside right.
  9. Insert the pillow form.

You can find all of the materials needed for this project including stylish fabrics for your home, patio or boat at

Have any big plans for your envelope throw pillows? Do you have any sewing tips to share? Share your thoughts in the comments!


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