My grandmother didn’t do too much sewing for the home, but she did manage more than her fair share of pillows and curtains and taught me a few things along the way.
This method for sewing simple envelope pillows is a bit different than the traditional method which uses three separate pieces of fabric. By using only one piece, you’re cutting down on the time it takes to measure all three pieces, which for me is nirvana. Measuring has always been my Achilles heel, so whenever I want to sew a pillow fast, this is my method of choice.
There’s a great fabric store in my area that I don’t typically buy fabric at, but love to look nonetheless. They’re a bit pricey, with most fabrics starting at $30 a yard and up, but I found this fabric remnant for $4. At around 42″ long, it wasn’t ideal, but I could make it work. I also picked up a smaller piece of genuine leather fabric for the same amount and figured I would find a use for it.
Let’s get started!
You will need an 18″ square pillow if you want to use the same measurements I did. If you don’t have a pillow that size, the general rule of thumb is this:
Cut your fabric width 1″ larger than your pillow size. For the length, multiply your width measurement by 2 and add 7″. This will allow for the overlap. If you don’t have 7″ (I didn’t) you can get by with as little as 4″. Not ideal but it will be ok.
If you’re using an 18″ pillow, cut your length 43″ at this point. Now you have the one and only piece that will become your pillow in around 15 minutes.
Turn the pillow inside out, push out the corners with something flat but small like a pencil eraser, stuff and admire your handy work!
Here’s that leather piece of fabric I told you about. I added it to some leftover fabric I had from the porch curtains to get the length I needed. I lucked out with that button, don’t you think? I had a few left over after making this button bouquet. It matches perfectly!
I also used this method to make a burlap pillow from some fabric we received from Ballard’s at Haven. This had a couple of extra steps sewing the ribbon and buttons, but it’s still super easy to do and you can still use the ‘one piece of fabric’ method. Just sew the ribbon on before you sew the edges, making sure it’s positioned where you want it.
If you like this tutorial and want to give something a teeny bit more involved a try, check out my ruffled pillow post. You can do it!!