Envelope Pillow Tutorial

Envelope Pillow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hello! It’s Melanie back from Find it, Make it, Love it!  It’s always a pleasure to be here at The Ribbon Retreat, and I’m excited to share these easy envelope pillows!  Envelope pillows have changed my life.   I have made about a dozen since I discovered the technique.  They are so quick and easy! 

These pillows are for my 8 and 10 year old girl’s bedroom.  We were ready for some fresh new colors.

Here’s the list:
Fabric (1/2 yd.-1 yd. depending on pillow size)
Pillow insert (or old throw pillows to cover)
Thread, measuring tape, rotary cutter (or scissors)

First, the fabric.  The Ribbon Retreat has amazing fabric choices!  I love browsing around plotting my next projects.: )  For these pillows,  I fell in love with these two fabrics:
I am always impressed with how quick shipping is from the Ribbon Retreat and there’s always a hand written “Thank you for your order,”  or “Have a great day!” on the receipt.  What a fun package to get, right?!

My pillow inserts (from IKEA) are 18″ x 18,” which is a very common size.  
(All the throw pillows I have covered have been this size.)  First, cut the fabric. 

 For 18″ x 18″ pillow:  
 Cut one square 19″ x 19″
And two 12″ x 19″ pieces.
Next, iron and hem down one edge of each 12″ x 19″ piece, lengthwise.  (So down one 19″ side.)

Now lay the two 12″ x 19″ pieces on the 19″ x 19″ piece matching up all the edges, right sides together.
Be sure the hemmed edges are in the center, they’ll be overlapping.
Pin in place.

Sew around the entire pillow.

It will look like this!  An envelope with no slip stitching to do 
and completely interchangeable!  

Just turn right side out.

And put your pillow inside!

Envelope Pillow Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
These are such a great way to update and change the look of a room!  They fold up small for storage for seasonal pillow covers too.  I’ve got some pillow covers I just switched out for Halloween.  Seriously fun!  
 Thank you to the Ribbon Retreat for having me today!  

Thank you Melanie! What a great way to decorate your home and add a touch a color, spice, or a darling holiday flare! These pillows are awesome, and I love how quick and easy they go together. Grab your favorite fabric, 30 mins and WaaaLaaa…you have a gorgeous new pillow! AND…With Halloween right around the corner, think how adorable some statement pillows would be with spoooooooooooooktacular Halloween fabric. You could even add some ric rac or ribbon for a little more pizzazz!

Do you remember these super fun projects Melanie has shared with us here at The Ribbon Retreat…
Kid Designed Monster Tutorial and Barefoot Sandals?
For more AMAZING creations and fun fun projects from Melanie, don’t forget to check our her crafty blog at
Find it, Make it, Love it! Be ready to be completely inspired!

Happy Creating & Happy Pillow Making!
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  1. Judy Seaman
    Posted September 17, 2015 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Perfect timing. My daughter’s car is packed and we are loading up ours to take the rest of her stuff to her new place some 120 miles away. We made placemats, table runner, and pillows. She wants to make some envelope pillow cases to change out the pillow for the seasons. I would like to surprise her with a couple sets of these. Thank you for the simple and great tute! She likes hers very snug, so I will probably move the opening over a couple inches to make snug ones easier to get on and off. Love this blog.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 17, 2015 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      Hi Judy! How fun! I love that you are going to surprise her with some fun seasonal pillow covers. You are awesome! Good luck with your sewing and moving your sweet girl! Have a wonderful day and thank you so very much for sharing! Michelle 🙂

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