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How to Make Four Quick & Easy Envelope-Back Throw Pillows

A really fast and really easy way to spruce up your home is by making simple covers for your throw pillows out of your favorite fabric. Choosing stunning fabrics (like the Soul Blossoms fabrics I'm using) changes the mood of a room in a big way. And, you can whip out four of them (or more, if you choose) lickety-split!

I re-used the boring, micro-fiber pillows that came with our couch (or that I picked up over time from here or there). 


  • One half yard of home dec weight fabric per pillow (if making pillows 18" x 18")
  • Pillow form or old pillow
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter & cutting mat (or scissors)

My measurements are for 18" x 18" pillows. The covers are the same size as the pillows (no seam allowance added) to give them that over-stuffed look. It will take some pushing and pulling to get them in there, but the envelope backs look much better and don't end up sagging.


  1. From each fabric, cut one square 18" x 18" and two rectangles 18" x 12.5". Stack them up and cut them with a rotary cutter to make them quick. 
  2. Use a zigzag stitch around all of the edges of the squares and 3 of the edges of the rectangles, leaving one long side un-stitched.
  3. Fold the un-stitched, long side of the rectangles in 1/4" and press. Then fold another 1/2" (enclosing the raw edge) and press.
  4. Stitch the hems down with a regular straight stitch.
  5. Place one square face up, place two matching rectangles on top, face down, overlapping, with hemmed edges towards middle. Stitch around the entire cover with a 1/2" seam.


Stuff your pillows, arrange and enjoy!

(originally published on Stumbles and Stitches)