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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
- 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.