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How to Make an Envelope Back Pillow

Envelope back pillows are the easiest pillows to make, no zippers to install or button holes to make, just sew a couple of straight lines + viola! Pillow.

Easily transform any room in your home + impress your friends, because after all, isn’t that why you craft? No? Weird.

Instructions after the jump.

Other Pillow Tutorials:

How to Sew a Pillow with an Exposed Zipper

How to Sew a Hidden Zipper into a Pillow


  • envelope back pillow 1 of 15
    envelope back pillow
    Can you sew a straight line? Are you somewhat handy with the scissors? Good, then you can sew an envelope back pillow. Transform any room in your home with this easy tutorial.
  • supplies needed 2 of 15
    supplies needed
    Supplies needed, fabric + pins. Measure your pillow for the sake of this tutorial, I used a 12 x 12 inch pillow form. You will cut 3 pieces of fabric. The front piece will be 12 x 12.
  • 2 back pieces 3 of 15
    2 back pieces
    Then cut the two back pieces. I used a 6 x 12 inch piece + a 9 x 12 inch piece.
  • to start 4 of 15
    to start
    First you will want to finish the back pieces.
  • press 5 of 15
    press
    Begin by pressing the raw edge down 1/2 inch.
  • turn and press 6 of 15
    turn and press
    Fold + press another 1/2 inch.
  • stitch 7 of 15
    stitch
    Using a 1/4 inch stitch, hem the back pieces, only one side - on both back pieces.
  • assemble 8 of 15
    assemble
    Now assemble your pieces. Lay your front piece down, face up.
  • right sides together 9 of 15
    right sides together
    Lay one of your back pieces on top of your front piece, right sides together.
  • straighten and pin 10 of 15
    straighten and pin
    Lay down the other back piece. Line up the corners, back pieces should overlap. Pin the edges.
  • stitch 11 of 15
    stitch
    Using a 1/2 inch stitch, sew along all 4 sides, backstitching in the corners.
  • trim 12 of 15
    trim
    Trim your corners.
  • push out the corners 13 of 15
    push out the corners
    Using a bone folder or chopstick or anything somewhat sharp, push out your corners.
  • turn 14 of 15
    turn
    Turn the whole piece.
  • finish 15 of 15
    finish
    Voila! Look at you go! you just made a pillow.
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