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Today I’m sharing one of the easiest ways to affordably change up your home or dorm room decor… DIY envelope pillow covers! I’m taking an old pillow and turn it into a custom-covered pillow (perfect for those college kids wanting to decorate those dorm rooms on a budget!) into something that you want to look at and rest your head on! Pillow covers are so stinking easy to make and this quick DIY envelope pillow cover tutorial shows you how to sew envelope pillow covers in less than 10 minutes and completely transforms an ugly outdated pillow (and allows for some pretty awesome pillow fights!)!
9 steps to a DIY envelope pillow cover tutorial:
- Grab your supplies: You will need: Fun trendy fabric/dish towels/old t-shirts of your choice, an old out-dated pillow that needs new a makeover, an iron, a sewing machine or a great fabric glue (I linked to a great one in my DIY no-sew curtains post), fabric scissors, a measuring tape, thread, pins, and Scotchgard™ Fabric & Upholstery Protector.
- Measure out your three fabric pieces: I used an 18″ square pillow, so I needed one piece of fabric measuring 19″ x 19″ (piece “A”). I needed another piece 19″ x 15″ (piece “B”) and one last piece will be 19″ x 11″ (piece “C”).
- Cut your fabric: Be sure to measure
twicethrice and cut once. I’ve made that mistake before!
- Hem your edges: Iron your fabric pieces and then make a 1 inch hem using your sewing machine or fabric glue along one long edge of pieces B and C. I used fabric glue for this tutorial so I made sure to apply some pressure to the drying fabric glue by placing some heavier items on top of the hems I was creating.
- Stack your fabric pieces inside out: Place fabric piece A right side up. Place piece C upside down on top of piece A (so that the front sides of the fabric are facing each other). Then place piece B on top of piece A (and it will slightly overlap on top of piece C… which you want). See below for a picture of what the heck this all means!
- Sew/glue your fabric pieces together: Sew or glue the three un-hemmed sides of piece C on to piece A using a 1″ hem line. Then sew or glue the three un-hemmed sides of piece B on to piece A using a 1″ hem line, stopping the short sides when they meet up with piece C.
- Flip your envelope pillow cover right-side-out: Once all your sewing or glueing is done (and dried!), flip your envelope pillow cover so that the front side of the fabric is right-side-out.
- Spray your DIY pillow cover with Scotchgard Fabric Protector: Scotchgard as an important part in keeping your new custom pillow in its best shape. Scotchgard Fabric Protector can be used on cotton, polyester, silk, wool, acrylic, and nylon, so things like fabric couches, curtains, chair covers, backpacks and more can be protected using this one product! It repels liquids and blocks stains by pushing them away from the fabric fibers so stains release easily and it won’t change the look, feel or breathability of your fabric and is safe to use on delicate and dry clean fabrics.
- Protect your surrounding non-fabric materials from any overspray. If overspray occurs, quickly wipe it away.
- Shake the can well.
- Test for colorfastness. Spray a hidden area until wet and wipe vigorously with a white absorbent cloth. If color rubs off, please don’t use it.
- Hold the can upright 6″ from the fabric surface. Overlap the spray using a slow, sweeping motion. Two light coats are better than one heavy coat!
- Allow the product to dry between coats.
- Reapply after every cleaning or annually to maintain protection. Remember that the durability of the protection varies with wear.
- Stuff your pillow into your new upgraded custom pillow cover! The last step is to slip that ugly pillow into it’s new trendy pillow cover! Now bring on that pillow fight!
Let me know what DIY home projects that you are needing help with and if you have any questions about this project. You can also check out more ideas on ways to use Scotchgard Fabric & Upholstery Protector and grab a coupon for your Scotchgard shopping needs at Target!