Simple Envelope Pillow Case: Tutorial
Posted in Little Black Duck ProductsSewing

Simple Envelope Pillow Case: Tutorial

I have a little pillow in my daughter’s cot and it had a plain old pillow case on it that I whipped up in a hurry many moons ago. It was a more than bland (it may have even been calico) so I thought I’d make a new one for her. I’ve not got a lot of time on my hands at the moment so I decided to go for a simple envelope style pillow case.

Completed simple envelope style pillow case

Here are my making notes if you would like to make a simple envelope style pillow case yourself! This tutorial only requires four straight lines of stitching and no zipper to insert. You only need basic sewing skills so why not give it a try. All you need is some fabric, a sewing machine and an iron.

Simple Envelope Pillow Case Tutorial


Take the measurements of your pillow insert:

Simple Envelope Style Pillow Case Measurements

I have used the measurements of my pillow for illustration purposes

The fabric calculation is as follows:  (A x 2) + 6″ by B + 1/2″

In this case (14×2)+6″ = 34″ by 10 1/2″


At each short end create a hem by turning  under 1/2″ and then tun under another 1/2″

Turn under a half inch hem

From the right side of the fabric top stitch the hem in place about 3/4″ from the edge and then press over your line of stitching.

Hem from right side and wrong side

Lay the fabric with the right side facing upwards. Fold over one side of the fabric so that the edge of the hem is approximately 3/4 of the way across the main part of the pillow. In this case I have placed it 9 inches across.

turn in left hand side of pillow cover

Next overlap the other side of the fabric. Ensure that the width of your pillow case cover matches your pillow insert measurement. In this case 10″

Simple Envelope Pillow Case Finished Width

Next sew along the raw edges of the pillow case 1/4″ from the edge

Sew the raw edges

Finally give the pillow case a press, before turning through to the right side and pressing again

reverse of envelope pillow case

Happy sewing!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin :: sign up for the Little Black Duck newsletter

Comments (4)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Start typing and press Enter to search

Shopping Cart
%d bloggers like this: