Envelope-Back Pillow Case {Tutorial}

Some time, a long time ago actually, I started making a quilted pillow top.  I guess you could say it was my venture into the world of quilting, but it basically ended with that project!  lol  I didn't know a thing about quilting; I just thought, "I'll just sew these squares together and voila, it'll be just fine!"  Little did I know that it wasn't that simple.  I put that project away and didn't pull it out again until this week.  Monday to be exact.

I was very pleased with the final outcome, despite the wayward seams of the "quilted" front (I know how to fix that now), that I decided to share a tutorial with you.

How to Sew an Envelope-Back Pillow Case

pillow form (mine was 12"x16")
basic sewing supplies (sewing machine, thread, pins...)

For the front piece:
Cut one pieces of fabric for the front with sides measuring 1" larger than your pillow form.  (So, since my pillow form was 12"x16", my front was 13"x17")  This will allow for a snug fit, using a 1/2" seam allowance.

For the back pieces:
For the back, you will have two pieces.

Cut one piece at 1" wider than your pillow form, and 2" longer than half the width of your form.  This will be your bottom top piece.  (So mine was 17" x 8" since half of 12" is 6" and 6" + 2" = 8".)

Cut one piece at 1" wider than your pillow form, and 3" longer than half the width of your form.  This will be your bottom back piece.  (So mine was 17" x 9" since half of 12" is 6" and 6" + 3" = 9".)

Preliminary Prep:
For nice clean edges, fold 1/4" of the longest edges of a back piece.  Iron down.  Then fold that hem again 1/4".  Iron down.  Sew along this hem.  Repeat on the other back piece.

With right sides facing, pin the back top piece to the pillow front.  Then pin the back bottom piece onto the pillow front.  It should lay on top of the pillow front so that when the case is turned to the right side, the pillow back piece is on the inside of the envelope back.  Also, make sure that the envelope seams are straight.

Place sewing machine needle along any of the pillow case sides.  Do not start in a corner.  Sew down about an inch and then backstitch to reinforce seam.  Sew around the entire pillow form.  When you have reached your starting place, backstitch again.

Finishing Touches:
Turn pillow case inside out and iron along seams for a nice, crisp look.  Insert pillow form and enjoy!

Other tidbits:
I made this pillow form for myself.  I am super picky about seams (even the ones you cannot see), but since it was for me, I did not pick this battle.  Had I picked it, I would suggest that you serge the inside seams for a more professional look and to keep edges from fraying.  At this point I do not own a Serger, but what I normally would have done is to complete the preliminary prep steps for all of my edges.  Doing so would have meant that I would have needed to increase my pillow pieces another 1/2" around to give room for folding down edges and still having an ample sewing allowance OR I could have just zigzagged my edges.

If you decide to make an envelope pillow-case, please let me know or link up to this post.  I'd love to see your creations!  And as always, if you have any questions or suggestions, shoot me an email or leave me a message in the post.

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Happy Crafting,


  1. Beautiful job Libby! I love the fabric choices! Great tutorial too. :)

  2. Beautiful colors! Great tutorial.

  3. Libby- That pillow cover is beautiful! I love all the different fabrics you used. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier:) Have a great day!

  4. Gorgeous fabrics Libby! And look you go with your own tutorial!

  5. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this!!!!! About to make it immediately! Don't be surprised if you see me doing a blog post and/or video on it soon...

    This is exactly the kind of project I need to work on... Super quick and super cute. Thanx girly!

  6. Ohhhh, I like that pillowcase! The colors are gorgeous! Really nice tutorial too.

    My sewing machine and I have come to an understanding. Simple squares for life, lol!

  7. love...great directions to :)

  8. Thank you so much for this easy pattern tutorial. Made a quilt for my great grandaughter and had scraps enough to make matching travel size pillow case thanks to this pattern. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Oh, I'm so glad that this tutorial helped you. I've created several envelope-back pillow cases throughout my home and it's so quick to do. Hope your granddaughter enjoyed her quilt and pillow set. :-)


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