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{easy envelope pillow cover}

DIY pillow cover from {nifty thrifty things}

See this sad-looking couch? It was desperately in need of a little spring update. It definitely needed a pop of color!

I looked in several stores but couldn’t find a pillow that I really liked (or wasn’t willing to spend the money), so I decided to buy fabric instead and sew my own. Nifty & Thrifty! My favorite! ;)

DIY pillow cover from {nifty thrifty things}

What you’ll need:

  • a pillow
  • fabric (amount depends on the size pillow you use)
  • rotary cutter or scissors
  • sewing machine
  • coordinating thread
  • straight pins

DIY pillow cover from {nifty thrifty things}

How to:

  1. Use the pillow of choice as a guide to cut your fabric. Measure the pillow (mine were 12″ x 12″).
  2. Cut your fabric to size. For my 12″ x 12″ pillow, I cut a rectangle that was 12.5 inches by 31 inches. This will give you a 6 inch overlap for the envelope.
  3. Fold the short edges of the fabric 14 inch and then another 14 inch and use straight pins to hold it in place. Hem the edges with a straight stitch.
  4. Lay the fabric right side up and fold the short edges over so they overlap.
  5. The rectangle should measure 12.5″ x 12″.
  6. Use straight pins to stitch the sides together and sew a 14 inch seam along the open sides.
  7. Turn the fabric inside out and stuff the pillow inside.
  8. Voilá!! ;)

DIY pillow cover from {nifty thrifty things}

DIY pillow cover from {nifty thrifty things}

I’m partying here! ❤

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13 Comments

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    Carrie @ My Favorite Finds
    Friday April 26th, 2013 at 06:01 PM

    I love the pink and gray tones together! So pretty! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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    Monsterscircus
    Saturday April 27th, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    What a difference, they are so wonderful! And love this wonderful closure. Much easier that sewing zippers. Thank you for the tutorial and have a lovely weekend :-)

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    Monsterscircus
    Saturday April 27th, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Love the fabric btw!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday April 30th, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Thank you so much for your comments, Mette! :)
      I hope you’re having a great week so far!
      We have a holiday tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to a lazy day, hehe.
      Hugs! Vanessa

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    Carrie @ My Favorite Finds
    Thursday May 2nd, 2013 at 02:54 PM

    Featured you today from last week’s Pinworthy Projects party! Hope to see you back tomorrow!

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    Shannah @ Just Us Four
    Thursday May 2nd, 2013 at 09:30 PM

    So pretty! I love envelope pillow covers…so easy to put on and take off.

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    Alyson @ Starting Over at the Dirty 30
    Wednesday May 8th, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    These are great! I have been wanting to try these for some time. I may have just get my MIL to show me how to sew:) Do you recommend this project to a beginner?!

    Visiting from Tell Me Tuesday

    Cheers,
    Alyson

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday May 9th, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Alyson!
      This project should be successful even if you don’t have much experience sewing. :)
      Just let me know if you get stuck and I’ll try and walk you through it.
      Have a fantastic week!
      xo’s from Germany,
      Vanessa

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    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Tuesday May 14th, 2013 at 05:11 PM

    These came out so cute. Thanks for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Join us at 8:00PM tonight for this weeks party.
    Debi and Charly
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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