Pillow Tutorial: Envelope Back

Posted on February 02, 2011 by admin | 34 Comments

Here is the tutorial for the envelope pillows that were made during my class at Alt Summit. I decided to go with the envelope back pillow because it just might be the easiest thing that you've ever made.

First choose a pillow. Any pillow will do. For this tutorial, I used a 12 x12 pillow.

Then cut 3 pieces:

Front piece, 12 x12 inches.
Yes, cut the fabric the same size as the pillow, this makes the finished pillow look fuller.

Then cut the two back pieces. I used a 6 x 12 inch piece + a 9 x 12 inch piece.

Now we will finish the back pieces.

 Start by ironing one side of each piece.

Press raw edge down 1/2 inch.

Fold + press another 1/2 inch.

Using a 1/4 inch stitch, hem the back pieces, only one side.

Now assemble your pieces.

Lay your front piece down, face up.

Lay one of your back pieces on top of your front piece, right sides together.

Lay down the other back piece. Line up the corners, back pieces should overlap. Pin the edges.

Using a 1/2 inch stitch, sew along all 4 sides, backstitching in the corners.

Trim your corners.

Using a bone folder or chopstick or anything somewhat sharp, push out your corners.

Turn the whole piece

Here is a shot of the back overlapping pieces.

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Cayci
Cayci

April 25, 2014

I just made this today and my pillow is lovely! I used a 16 × 16 pillow form, and the only thing I would have changed it may be a little bit more of an overlap in the back.

So for a 16×16 pillow i recommend cutting three pieces; one at 16×16, one 9×16, and one at 11 × 16.

Thanks for the tutorial!

Kathy
Kathy

March 31, 2014

Great tutorial; however, I tried to do this with a 24"x 24" pillow over the weekend and didn’t take into account the seams and hems on the BACK panels. You cut yours 6″×12″ and 9″×12″ equals 15"x 12", which is 3 inches wider than the desired width (1/2 inch on all outside seams = 1 inch, plus the 1/2 inch on the inner panels folded over = 1 inch each, equal 3 extra inches total). This is where I messed up.

You may want to include this explanation in your directions so others will catch it for different sized pillows.

Thanks again for the great tutorial!

Lauren at Molly and Mama
Lauren at Molly and Mama

December 07, 2013

Hi Susan, Just letting you know that I’ve shared your awesome tutorial in a blog post demonstrating how to make a simple Christmas cushion. Hope you don’t mind! It’s so complrehensive! Thanks, Lauren.

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May 18, 2013

Thank you for this tutorial! I made a pillow cover (10″ × 10″) but my pillow insert (same size) was way too small. I decreased the cover size to 9″ × 9″ and it looks ok except for the corners which look flat. Is it just my pillow form or am I doing something wrong?

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Christine

December 01, 2012

Question I have is I want to make this envelope backing, my front piece is done in counted cross stitch, pillow form is 14×14. If we are supposed to cut the front piece the same size as pillow form, how do I know how much to trim off of all 4 sides of my counted cross stitch design/piece? Of all the tutorials I’ve viewed today I like yours the best! But I’m stuck on my front piece? Hope you can help, thank you in advance.

{jane}
{jane}

February 20, 2011

…you know, after meeting you at alt., and putting your face together with 'freshly picked,' i have quite a few of your shop items around my home from handmade markets…AND, i think you might be in the book club i joined, too. look forward to hopefully getting to know you even better! i'm hosting the next book club in march – if you can make it!!!

skatieperdue
skatieperdue

March 03, 2011

Hi, this seems so easy! where did you get this fabric? i love stripes!

Georgie
Georgie

July 20, 2011

Thanks for this tutorial — I just added a link to it on my blog, as you explain it so much better than I could, and your photography is beautiful.

Nicolle
Nicolle

February 04, 2011

I just made a duvet cover (+ how-to-no worries, not as good as your tutorial) using the envelope technique! Next up, baby quilt using 1" squares. I miss having crafty friends in Salt Lake…

Sarah
Sarah

February 04, 2011

I was just thinking that my next project needed to be an envelope pillow such as this. Thank you for making me not think too hard. Mucho appreciated!

meg annan
meg annan

February 07, 2011

I made 3 of these over the weekend… and I'm not done yet!! My bed & couch extend to you their thanks :-)

Liz R.
Liz R.

February 04, 2011

my MIL, who is an interior decorator and works w/ custom bedding/pillows/drapes etc…, says to make a pillow 1" smaller than the form.

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