It’s bound to happen…you take off your pillow covers to wash them, and they just don’t come out of the washer the same way they went in. Yeah. No worries! Let’s learn how to make a simple envelope pillow cover that will look even better than the original!
Fortunately, I have the former pillowcase to measure from to make my new pillow. However, if you don’t have the original pillow case, you can simply measure across your pillow, length and width, and add an inch to each end.
My pillow case measures 25×15 inches and I have two pillows to re-cover. After digging through my stash, I’ve decided to use a checkered, flannel fabric that I just LOVE! It’s soft and cozy for winter, PLUS it’s the colors for The Ohio State University….win/win.
Ok, time for the math. You will need three pieces for this envelope pillow cover. The first and largest piece should be 1-2″ larger than the width and length of your pillow.
The two remaining pieces should measure the same width as the first piece, however, they only need to be 60-75% of the it’s length.
So in other words, my first and largest piece measures 24×15. (Depending upon how “fluffy” your pillow is, you might want to add an inch or two to the width and length).
The two remaining pieces measure 15″ (the width of the first piece) x 15″ (which is 60% of the original length of 25″). The length of the second and third pieces need to just be long enough to “envelope” and cover the pillow, so if your measurements aren’t exact, it’s ok.
Now, we’re going to finger press and stitch the over-lapping edges. Fold the edge by 1/4″, and then do it again, and stitch with your machine.
See how fast this goes? To finish, simply lay the largest piece on the bottom, right side of fabric inward, and place the two smaller pieces like this. They should overlap a few inches, at least.
I recommend that you pin the pieces together around the edges. Then stitch all the way around the perimeter, with about a 3/8″ seam allowance.
Remove all of the pins and turn your pillow right-side out. Insert your pillow evenly. The back of your pillow should look something like this…
I just love the way my new pillow pairs with my winter birds pillow! Can’t wait to start on the second one!