Envelope Pillow Covers

When I worked at Birch Fabrics we had a fabric allowance so when Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Shinning came out, I got a quarter yard in each fabric over the span of a few weeks so I could have just about every print! Sadly I am not working there anymore {I’ve decided to be a stay-at-home mommy!} and needed to get my favorites from that collection elsewhere.


Absolutely love, love, love this one. And I specifically purchased it to make some pillow cases for our ugly couch pillows. We have two larger ones and a smaller one so I used the typewriters for the larger and the coordinating vintage flowers for the smaller one.

I really love her stuff!

And I love making these envelope pillow covers. They’re very easy to make and can transform and boring ol’ pillow into something fabulous!


Very happy to have these beauties next to me while I type this.

To view the tutorial on how to make these envelope pillow covers, go here.

I also was able to work a bit more on an Etsy order for unpaper towels. I got the top stitching done and am now just waiting for the snaps to get here! Cannot wait to add these to my shop.

Remember the unpaper towels I made for our kitchen? They were made from scraps from this order! Unpaper towels… such a rad concept!


|Mini Tutorial: Envelope Pillow Cover|

A while back a lovely customer was browsing our store looking for some westernish type fabric for her baby in the oven. After selecting a few good ones she asked if I knew anyone who could sew a mattress cover for a bassinet and a pillow for a rocking chair – I instantly thought ‘ME!’

Her idea was simple and I plugged away.

I thought it would be best to make them removable {slipcovers} so that she can wash them at her discretion since it will be in baby’s nursery.



In making the baby’s new pillow, I decided ‘why the heck not make one for our house too?’

 So I did.

And I would like to give you a mini tutorial in how to make a darling little 12×12 pillow cover yourself.


a 12×28 piece of fabric of your choice {I used Echino Scooters Yellow}

coordinating thread

your very own, super rad, label {optional}

12×12 in. pillow form {I got mine at a local craft/fabric store for under $3!}


Mark your fabric at 8 inches in on the longest edges, both ends

Press each short end 1/4″ in and hem

Fold your fabric right sides together at your 8″ markings. There should be about a 3 1/2″ overlap for the backside of your pillow.

Pin in place and sew the seams with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Use pinking shears or a serger to prevent fraying.

Turn right side out, poking the corners out

{OPTIONAL: Sew or iron on your label for a personal touch}

Fill with pillow form

Echino and Kokka are my favorite fabrics ever. They are so modern and hip – and totally compliment my funkyness!

I will be making some more of these and listing them in my shop as well as going pillow crazy in the house. I might adorn Bry’s room with tons of throw pillows and floor pillows and…..

It will be a cushy house in no time.


In case you want to make bigger pillows, here are fabric measurements for all standard pillow sizes:

12″ Pillow – Fabric 12″ by 28″
14″ Pillow – Fabric 14″ by 32″
16″ Pillow – Fabric 16″ by 36″
18″ Pillow – Fabric 18″ by 40″
Marking measurements for all standard pillow sizes:
 12″ pillow – mark your fabric 8″ in on the longest edges, both ends.
14″ – pillow mark your fabric 9″ in on the longest edges, both ends.
16″ – pillow mark your fabric 10″ in on your longest edge, both ends.
18 ” – pillow mark your fabric 11″ in on your longest edge, both ends.