Learning How to Sew an Envelope Backed Pillow Cover is a great beginners project and a will add a personal touch to your home.
Selecting the Best Fabrics to Sew an Envelope Backed Pillow Cover
I promise this envelope backed pillow cover is a awesome beginner project. To be successful at any sewing project, a home beginner needs to know a couple of things on how to sew a envelope backed pillow cover.
First, you need to understand basic sewing skills and have an eagerness to learn.
Second, obtaining the best results for sewing an envelope backed pillow cover choose decorator multi-purpose fabric instead of popular fabric used for other purposes.
How to Sew an Envelope Backed Pillow Cover Video
Prints bring optional and stylish room settings to any space in your home. Selecting a print fabric for a beginner sewer is great to hide any mistakes in stitching that have been made.
Remember when sewing with a print, match up the print at the seams but, be patient because this will take a little time.
Coordinated Prints give a custom, organize look in a room by selecting fabrics in varies prints but within the same color scheme.
For Example, I selected a stripe blue and white fabric to sew an envelope backed pillow color. Choosing the stripe color scheme will pair nicely with my existing blue and white buffalo checked pillows.
Plaids and Stripe Fabric are a great option because it is easy to match up straight lines verses other options.
Also, plaids and stripes are timeless and growing with changes in décor and lifestyle.
Texture of material is important when sewing any beginner project and sewing your pillow cover. I like to use 100% cotton, sateen, upholstery, or polyester.
Beginner Sewing Machine Stitching
For this project I am using a sewing machine. If you are a beginner sewer there are many options for sewing machines on the market that are affordable and easy to use by following the user manual that comes with the machine.
Sewing with a sewing machine offers many opportunities such as creating stitches from straight to zig zag.
Selecting thread when sewing your stitches should be multi-purpose in either all-cotton or all-polyester in your coordination color of your envelope pillow.
Use the same thread when threading machine in the needle and bobbin.
Incorrect threading can cause a stitch to be too loose or to tight. Please, check with your users manual on how to thread needle and bobbin before starting to sew your envelope backed pillow cover.
Sewing Machines Tension and Pressure
Use a scrap piece of material to check your machine’s tension. Tension is the balance between the upper and bobbin threads as they pass through the machine. When your tension is balance; the stitches will be even and not to tight or loose.
Pressure is essential to regulate the feeding of fabric. If the pressure is too heavy the material will gather. Skipped stitches will occur because your pressure is too light.
Beginner Stitches on a Sewing Machine
Straight stitch I have used often on my sewing machine. This stitch is simple and will link both fabrics together. Adjusting your tension and pressure will create stitches that are even and will not bunch up!
Zigzag stitching is when the links are interlock at the corner of each stitch. I love the zigzag stitch because it provides a clearer, professional look to any project. Sewing a zigzag stitch should lie flat and connect.
How to Sew an Envelope Backed Pillow Cover Instructions
This beginner sewing project is great for anyone who like to learn to sew. This simple envelope closure pillow cover is simple and perfect to add a personal touch to your home.
- Pillow Insert ( I will be using a 12×12 for this project; there are many options out there choose one that fits your needs)
- Fabric Pen
- Fabric Scissors
- Sewing Machine
- Fabric of Choice
- Long Pins with a Ball Head
- Multi-Purpose Thread in coordinating color
First, Wash all Material to eliminate stiffness and shrinking.
Once your material has been washed and dried; iron it to remove the wrinkles. Measure the dimensions of the pillow insert you will be using.
Next, to determine the size of you envelope backed pillow cover add one inch on top and bottom. On either side, muliply by two and add six inches.
Now take your Fabric Pen and Ruler and draw the dimension onto your fabric.
Take your fabric scissors and cut out your rectangle with increase sizes.
I am making a 18 inch pillow and my total dimensions will be 19×42 inches.
Now that your material is measured and cut out, place right side down.
Fold the left and right edges overlapping them by three to four inches. The goal is to have proper length such as 18 inches.
Double hem the left and right edges about a 1/inch. Pin your top and bottom edges and sew with your sewing machine 1/2 inch allowance. Pinning your fabric should be pin right sides of fabric together. Make sure your pins are in line and vertically.
Iron all hems before you sew anything. Verify your pillow width and length.
Sewing your Pillow Cover
Sew your Envelope Backed Pillow Cover edges using a straight stitch. Use the seam guide to sew even seams on your sewing machine.
Next, sew the top and bottom of the envelope pillow cover.
After your material is sewn together; remove all your pins and trim all lose threads.
Take a hot iron and press all your seams open Cut small diagonally slits every 3 cm to prevent puckering.
Turn your envelope backed pillow right side out. Use the hot iron to press the outside of your Envelope Backed Pillow Cover.
Fill your envelope backed pillow cover with your insert and fold and fluff.
Your pillow cover is ready to use anywhere in you home. If your pillow covered needs to be launder using a mild detergent and the delicate cycle on your washing machine. Dry your envelope pillow cover on low and iron on the proper setting.