Easy Envelope Pillowcase- Beginner Sewing Project

Easy Envelope Pillowcase

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I recently started learning to sew again. I learned how to sew in the 9th grade when we made a t-shirt in class. But I haven’t sewed anything since then, so it’s been over 20 years since I last made an attempt at using a sewing machine. So when I finally decided that I wanted to relearn how to sew I started looking for easy projects.  I wanted to make something that I actually needed and not just some random thing. So when I found a tutorial for an envelope pillowcase I thought this could be the perfect beginner sewing project to start with. I’ve had the same pillows on my couch for the past 10 years meaning it was definitely time for a change.

I purchased two yards of indoor decor fabric from Joann and one 15×15 pillow. I already had two 17×17 pillows at home. So I made three envelope pillowcases with my sewing machine using the following materials:

  • 2 yards of fabric
  • white thread
  • scissors
  • sewing pins (to pin your material together for sewing)
  • pattern cutting board (to help you measure your fabric with ease)

I found the following youtube tutorial from Melanie Ham from melaniekham.com to be really helpful.

If you watch this tutorial above you will see that she shows you each step that you need to take to successful sew a nice looking envelope pillowcase. Plus if you go to this link you will learn how to figure out what measurements you need for your pillow size.  I followed this tutorial for the envelope pillowcases that I made and they were really easy to make and they look great.

The only thing that this video didn’t cover was matching up your material if you are using a fabric that has a pattern. As a beginner sewer I didn’t even think about this until I was on my third pillow and  at this  point I didn’t have enough material to cut another piece to make my pattern match up. But it’s nothing to worry about since no one will really see the back anyway.

Overall, I think this is a perfect beginner sewing project for anyone to try out.

Do you sew? If so, what are some other great projects for beginners?


  • Reply Dressed2dNines April 4, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Great job, love these pillows!

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  • Reply Nerline April 4, 2016 at 5:57 am

    I love to sew my own pillows using pillow cases and old blankets.

    • Reply Sonya April 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Cool. I have some old sheets that I need to use to make some extra pillowcases for the bed 🙂

  • Reply Mrs. AOK April 5, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    Pinned this to a group DIY board. 🙂 I’d love to give this DIY a try.
    Thanks for sharing.
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    • Reply Sonya April 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Dean 🙂 Sewing is a lot easier than I thought it would be, but I still have to learn how to use a pattern. My mom has told me that it’s really easy though.

  • Reply Rea April 7, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    I could use that! I’m never good with sewing, but I try sometimes. If I have some time maybe I making things again. Those are pretty pillow cases!

    • Reply Rea April 7, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      *I can start making things again (just felt the need to correct my sentence) hehe.
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      • Reply Sonya April 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm

        I understand…I’m the same way 🙂

    • Reply Sonya April 8, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      These are really easy. I’m just now beginning to sew after only sewing a little bit in the 9th grade and I didn’t have a problem. You should give them a try 🙂

  • Reply LaKita April 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Love the pillows!
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    • Reply Sonya April 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Thank You!!!

  • Reply Stacie April 27, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I need to do this with some of my pillows. I used to sew years ago, but don’t anymore.

    • Reply Sonya May 9, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      You should, it’s a great way to change up the look of a space.

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