Tutorial: Easy Peasy Envelope Closure Throw Pillow Cover

These are so super easy that you will want to make throw pillows for every couch cushion, bed, and friend that you have!!

We love throw pillows in our home, and the BIGGER THE BETTER!! When JoAnn's had their awesome Black Friday sale, I scored two 18" pillow forms that were 50% off, plus I used a 20% off coupon. Then with some cute fabric I had on hand I made these two throw pillows for our couch.

Want to make your own?

 Here's what you need for one pillow:
• 1 - 18" pillow form
• 1/2 yd home decor fabric (at least 50" wide)
• sewing machine, thread, scissors, rotary cutter and mat, iron, all that good stuff!!
*optional Serger
• *optional snaps

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{{* These are the fabrics I used for my pillows. Fabric 1 is Helen Twill Storm/Yellow by Premier Prints. Fabric 2 is Zippy Chevron in Storm by Premier Prints.}}

Step 1: Iron your fabric. Cut a rectangle that measures 20"x48". You can do this on a smaller mat by folding your fabric in half, placing the fold along the bottom of your mat and cutting a piece 20"x24" so that when you unfold it the measurement is 20"x48".

Step 2: Fold the short ends of each side of your rectangle over about 1/4" and iron. Then fold it over again about 1/2" and iron.

Step 3: If you are a pinner, place a couple pins to hold your ends in place then take your fabric to your sewing machine and sew close to your inside folded edge (about 3/8" inseam). Repeat on the other side then take it to your iron and set your seam by ironing over your stitches. 

Step 4: Fold your fabric in half and finger press it so you will be able to find the center. Open your fabric and place the fold somewhere in the middle of your cutting mat so that you have at least 10" on either side. Fold the sides of your fabric towards the middle so that you have 9.5" on either side of the fold. Your sides will overlap creating the envelope closure for your pillow back. 

Step 5: Pin the open edges of your fabric together (not the middle where the envelope is). Then take it to your sewing machine and sew down both sides closing up the raw edges of your pillow cover. Use a 1/2" seam allowance. You can then serge your edges or zig zag stitch along the edge to keep it from fraying. Iron your pillow cover and turn it right side out. 

Step 6: Put it on your pillow and enjoy it! Then go make a bunch more because it's so easy you will want to make more!!

Since I have four little ones, I decided my pillows could use a little extra security! I added 3 KAM snaps to the envelope of each pillow. You can add snaps or velcro if you think your pillows will be as well loved as ours will. ♥

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