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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 1/4 inch and then another 1/4 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 1/4 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}

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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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