How to sew the easiest cushion cover (ever)

How to Sew | simple envelope pillow case via Randomly Happy

This has to be the easiest way to make a pillow. No zippers. No ribbons. No velcro. None of that nonsense. Just three pieces of fabric and away you go.

How to Sew | simple envelope pillow case via Randomly HappyHow to Sew | simple envelope pillow case via Randomly Happy

Now can we just talk about this beautiful fabric? From the archives of one of the UK’s oldest department stores. I bought it John Lewis a few years ago, so I’m not sure if they still sell it.

I hope so. It would make me sad to think you can’t find it in shops anymore.

a simple envelope cushion cover via Randomly Happy

But it’s not all about fancy fabric. The back panels for two of these pillows came from an old IKEA cushion that I was no longer in love with.

how to sew a simple envelope cushion cover via Randomly Happy

Now before I unleash you onto the tutorial there are a few tips I wanted to share that I’ve always found have come in useful:

  • Use heavier fabric if you can (upholsteryΒ or curtain fabric should do the trick). It not only stands up to more knocks than cotton fabric, but it also gives the pillow a better shape.
  • Be a bit of a miser when it comes to cutting your fabric. A snug fitting pillow case makes for a plumper pillow.


    How to sew the easiest cushion cover (ever)

You will need:

a pillow

fabric for the front of the pillow, about 16 x 16″ (or 40 x 40 cm) but check your pillow

fabric for the back of the pillow, about 20 x 20″ (or 50 x 50 cm) but check your pillow



Make your own envelope pillow case via Randomly Happy

1. Lay your pillow on top of the fabric you’ll be using for the front.

2. Trim around the outside of the pillow, leaving 1 inch of fabric from the edge of the pillow.

3. Do this all the way around your pillow. It looks quite small, but a snug fit makes for a more plump pillow.

4. Lay your the fabric you’ve just cut for the front of the pillow on top of the fabric you’ll be using for the back. Line up one corner. Trim off the excess at the bottom, BUT LEAVE THE EXTRA BIT OF FABRIC AT THE SIDE.

5. You should be left with a rectangle of fabric to form the back of the pillow. Cut this in half. You should now have two back pieces of fabric.

6. Zigzag all the edges to stop the fabric from fraying.

7. Lay the front part of your fabric face up.

8. Take one piece of the back fabric and line this up to two corners of the pillow.

9. Take the other piece of back fabric and line this up with the opposite two corners of the pillow. Pin all of this in place.

10. Sew all the way around your pillow. I sewed at 6/8 inches or 2 cm on my machine.

11. Trim off the corners to get nice clean edges.

12. Turn the pillow inside out, stuff in a pillow… now lounge!

  1. Reply

    I've been needing to make some new cushions to replace the one's that are no longer loved. Here is the motivation I needed!

  2. Reply
    Chloe Moon

    I love that you can use whatever fabric you want! I don't think i will ever have to buy throw pillows in my life! =)

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  3. Reply

    I love the fabric you chose! Those came out so adorable πŸ™‚

  4. Reply

    Thank you so much! This is exactly what I needed to know how to make πŸ™‚

  5. Reply
    McKenna Ryan

    I am definitely pinning this right now!! Thanks for the tutorial! xx. McKenna Lou

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    I love how you reused the old Ikea fabric. I've been meaning to make some pillows for my sofa and these look easy enough for a beginner to make.

  7. Reply
    Nikki Banham-Hall

    This is the kind of tutorial I have been looking for to practice my sewing.
    Hope to see you soon

    Nikki x

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    Coloured Envelopes

    fantastic…..Its too good to see such a fantastic post .I just love this …:)

  9. Reply

    Wow! Its really gr8 idea.

    Thanks for Sharing!

  10. Reply

    Hi – just to say, the 50's Sanderson material is available everywhere still

  11. Reply

    When you say zig zag the edges – do you use the sewing machine or zigzag fabric scissors?

    1. Reply

      You could use either, but I used a zigzag stitch on my sewing machine.

      x Elena

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    Sewing pattern

    Love it Elena – such a great pattern πŸ™‚

  13. Reply

    Hey this is so helpful its just what I was looking for

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    Ele,I did it for my home! Two covers for my cushions! Thank you sooo much.. I Love your projects. Looking forward to seeing you in Italy! Love my cugina. Bacio, Alessandra

    1. Reply

      Brava! Go team Bianchi!

  15. Reply
    god bless

    thank you very much

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    kathryn lamont

    What size of pillow did you use for this?

    1. Reply

      Hey Kathryn,

      My pillow was 50 cm by 50 cm, but you can use any size pillow and use that as your template.

      Hope that helps!

      x Elena

  17. Reply

    Absolutely brilliant I made this on my new sewing machine which I bought a few weeks ago, easy steps so thank you. I will be making all my own cushions from now on!

    ADVICE PLEASE!! my cushion was 49 cm by 49 cm I added an inch on either side and then then sewed it an inch in. If I want it plumper how much should I take off each side? Thank you!!

    1. Reply

      Well done for sewing this up. If you wanted a plumper cushion I would only add half an inch on the sides.

      Of course it all depends on your fabric and cushion. You could start with 1/2" and see where that goes and take it in if needed.

  18. Reply

    My first project! Lovely.

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    French ticking cushions

    Love the fabric and great tutorial, it probably sounds silly but I never never about zigzagging the edges to stop them fraying. Thanks you

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    Bipasha Sarkar

    the fabric is really fab! Thanks for sharing this simple tutorial πŸ™‚

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