DIY Envelope Pillow Slipcover (with Pom Poms!)

Feb 2, 2015

As promised, today I'm sharing an easy tutorial for a DIY Envelope Pillow Slipcover. This tutorial has come in handy for me on several occasions. It's such an easy way to switch up your home decor without having to purchase new pillows. The best part is that you aren't limited to the fabrics selected by retailers, you can customize your pillows by choosing whichever fabrics and patterns  you like. You can choose from even more options when you consider that placemats, napkins, table cloths and curtains will also do the trick.

You will need some basic sewing skills and access to a sewing machine for this tutorial, but I have seen a few similar tutorials online which claim to be "no sew" if sewing isn't an option for you.
Step 1: Measure the length and width of the pillow you wish to cover, from the middle of the edge on both sides. For the Christmas pillow that I'm covering, it measured 16"x15".

Step 2: Cut one piece of fabric to measure the length and width of your pillow, this will be the front piece. For the back piece, you will use two pieces to create the envelope. One piece should overlap the other by approximately 2-4", the total length of the two pieces should still equal the total length of your pillow (in my case, 16"). Iron all of your fabric.

Step 3: To create a neat edge on the back pieces of your slipcover, fold the edge of the fabric down about 1" and iron this down so that it stays in place. Then sew along the edge to create your seam. Do this for both pieces.

Step 4: Lay your front piece down, right side facing you, then lay your two back pieces wrong sides facing you, over the front fabric. The two back pieces should be overlapping. Once all your edges are lined up, pin around the perimeter to hold the fabric in place.

Step 5: Using your sewing machine and a coordinating thread, sew around the edge of your slipcover with a 1/2" seam allowance.  
Step 6: Turn your slipcover right side out and try fitting it on your pillow. If all is in order, turn the slipcover inside out again and snip off the edges of the corners (outside of your seam) to create a nice pointy corner when you poke them out.
Step 7: If you want to add pom poms to the corners of your slipcover like I did; simply make your pom poms (I followed this video), then attach them using basic sewing using a needle and thread. I used transparent thread so the look would be seamless, but a coordinating thread would also work fine.
Step 8: All you have to do now is insert your pillow into the slipcover and enjoy your "new" pillow.

When I first started making slipcovers for my pillows, I was always concerned that I would make them too small, so I would add a few inches to each side. This really isn't necessary. Although it's better to have a bigger slipcover then a smaller one, in my experience, when you measure from the middle of each edge and sew no more than a 1/2" allowance, your slipcover will fit perfectly snug.


There haven't been any major projects on our agenda as of late. Our next task is installing new hardwood floors in the spare bedrooms which I hope to be able to share before and after pictures of soon. In the meantime, I'll be contenting to post some DIY projects for around the house, and on Friday I'll reveal a new Friday Feature. Stay tuned! :)

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