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Easy to Make DIY Pillows

Easy-to-Make Envelope Pillow :: One Pillow Five Styles from Cupcakes and Crinoline


One yard of fabric - I used Waverly Pen Pal Parchment fabric

16 x 16 inch pillow form


Sewing Machine



Cut fabric 17 inches wide {allowing ½ inch for a seam allowance on each side} by 37 inches long.  The length allows there to be, again, a ½ inch seam allowance top and bottom with an approximate 5 inch overlap to achieve the envelope look.

Fold over and iron ½ inch on the top and bottom and then stitch across.

Next, wrap the fabric around your pillow and add a pin on each side to mark the overlap and to use these marks for your side stitching.

Stitch each side.  Press.  Turn right side out and press again and add your pillow form.

 To add some distinction I made a band the same width as my pillow (32 inches total around) x 9 inches (folded in half) and added a ½ inch seam to the back so that it had a snug effect once placed on the pillow.

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  1. joeyfromsc says:

    Shoreham Citrine Chevron Decorative Pillow was my favorite!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    Joey J.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      That is a beautiful pillow, Joey! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    I love it Mary Beth! My favorite is the version with the 3 fall flowers! But, I like them all!!

    Thanks for a chance to win, too!!

    1. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

      The link to the online store doesn't work. 🙁

      1. Mary Beth says:

        Thanks so much for letting me know, Diane! I'll have someone correct it. 🙂

    2. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Diane! 🙂

  3. polly plum says:

    I'm misunderstanding something, or am not seeing something: Where is the step where you wrote on the pillow?What kind of pen or marker? The steps I see are sewing or stuffing the cover, then adding accessories-- when did you write on it?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Polly, the fabric already had the writing on it. I have a link in the post to the site where it is available. Thanks for stopping by ~ mb

  4. Denise Holloway says:

    Adding the flowers to your pillow is a good idea...they can be changed from season to season.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Denise ~ I'm planning to add some faux pine tree sprigs or holly berries for Christmas.

  5. So elegant! Love these ideas 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Abbey! 🙂

  6. Leslie @ House on the Way says:

    Love your pillow! That fabric is fabulous!

  7. Marie@The Interior Frugalista says:

    How pretty Mary Beth - I love the idea of adding a sache to the pillow and changing it up for the seasons! Thanks for the tutorial on how to make an envelope pillow - very timely as learning how to make one was on my To Do List.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Marie! 🙂

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  9. Bailey Dexter says:

    I love the Text Decorative Pillows, Thanks for the instruction! Very easy to make once you showed us how.

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  11. Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio says:

    I'm crushing on your fabulous pillow 5 ways Mary Beth! #IlikeBigBowsAndIcanNotLie 😉 The big bows my fav!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      LOL 😉 I like big bows, too ~ that one was my personal favorite.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Love the sunflowers! Such a great idea to have different looks. That way you can change it up for less!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I'm all about multipurposing items!

  13. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says:

    I love that you show so many versions of your pillow. You're so creative! Thanks for the inspiration. ~ angie

  14. Oh my, how I love your fabric! And, the BOW! What a lovely pillow fit for any home and style, Mary Beth. Very impressive. I am happily pinning 🙂
    Make it a great weekend.

  15. Paula@SweetPea says:

    I love the fabric that you chose for your pillow. Making a band to go around the pillow is a great way to change the look!

  16. Bonnie Mays says:

    I LOVE the pillow with the bow! The fabric with script was the perfect fabric for this pillow. Thank you for the instructions! I was just online looking for pillow ideas and have now found the perfect one!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Bonnie! 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to leave a message. Have a great week!

  17. Love the fabric you chose and the single flower option. Really pretty Mary Beth!

  18. Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique says:

    Love it with all the variations Mary Beth. You did a lovely job and the fabric is gorgeous.
    Hugs ~ Keryanne

  19. Very nicely done, Mary Beth! I think my fave is the larger floppy bow.

  20. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says:

    Love your pillows Mary Beth! They are so pretty! I'm in serious need for some for our living room! Might have to make my own 🙂 Thanks SO much for linking up with us at Your Turn To Shine! Hope you join us again on Thursday please. Enjoy your week!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kendra! I appreciate your sweetness. 🙂

  21. Jamie | anderson + grant says:

    I love that you dressed this pillow up so many different ways! It really is versatile through the seasons or as your style changes that way. The fabric is fabulous, too!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Jamie. Now I just need to keep it away from my boys!

  22. Mary Beth says:

    I'll be there tonight ~ thanks for the sweetness!

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  24. polly plum says:

    I LOVE the pillows with the bow and flowers!!Do you have any suggestions for pillows with a more masculine look?I like the idea of making throw/decorative pillows rather than buying- more economical- but I need some for a den and boys' dorm room.

  25. Christy @ Our Southern Home says:

    Beautiful pillow! I love the versatility!!! ~Christy