How To Make an Envelope Pillow Cover / Simple Sewing

envelope pillow cover

Is it time to switch out some of your throw pillows? Making your own envelope pillow cover is a great way to add a new pop of color to your couch or bed. It’s a super simple sewing project and it only takes about a ½ yard of fabric. There are so many ways to embellish these envelope pillow covers.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a basic envelope pillow cover and show you some different things you can do to customize them. These pillow covers can be made any size.

What type of fabric works well for an envelope pillow cover?

You can use all the same fabric or mix it up and use several different prints or colors of fabric.

  • Quilters cotton
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Corduroy
  • Upcycled sweaters
  • Cotton knit
  • Denim
  • Fleece
  • Cotton blends

Embellishment Ideas

  • Pom pom trim
  • Piping
  • Embroidery panel
  • Buttons
  • Applique
envelope pillow cover

Materials & Items Needed – Envelope Pillow Cover

envelope pillow cover form

Envelope Pillow Cover Instructions

Cutting Out

 

ENVELOPE PILLOW COVER FRONT
FRONT PIECE MEASUREMENT

The first thing to do is to measure the pillow you are making the cover for. Measure from the side seam over to the other side seam. Add 1 inch to that measurement and write it down. THIS WILL BE THE MEASUREMENT OF THE FRONT FABRIC PIECE.

Example: pillow form measures 16”x 16” + 1 inch = 17”. Cut out front piece 17” x 17”

ENVELOPE PILLOW COVER BACK
BACK PIECE MEASUREMENT

Example: Take the measurement for the FRONT PIECE 17” and divide that by 2 = 8.5” + 2.5 inches = 11 inches. CUT TWO BACK PIECES 17” X 11”.

If you want to embellish the front of the pillow with embroidery and applique or if you want to add trim to the sides, this is the time to do that.

In the photo above, I have used a dishtowel with embroidery. A friend of mine gave this to me as a dishcloth and I loved it so much, I didn’t want it to get stained in the kitchen. 

So I cut strips of the back fabric and sewed them around the edge of the panel. I thought it turned out pretty cute. 

So there are no limits when it comes to things you can do with your envelope pillow cover. 

SEWING ENVELOPE PILLOW COVER

1- Hem the back envelope opening edges by folding the edge over ½ inch.

Press a crease at that point. Now fold the edge over to the crease you just made to make a rolled hem and press in place. You will have a ¼ inch  hem. Pin or clip in place.

2- Topstitch the hem using a straight stitch – length at 3.

Do this for both back pieces.

3- Place the front piece on the table with the RIGHT SIDE FACING UP.

Take one of the back pieces and place it RIGHT SIDE FACING DOWN on top of the front piece with the hemmed edge in the center.

Place the other back piece RIGHT SIDE FACING DOWN on top of the other pieces, with the hemmed edge overlapping the other back piece and raw edges even. Pin or clip in place.

4- Sew all the way around using a ½ inch seam allowance and the stitch length at 2.5.

5 – Finish the seam by using a zigzag stitch, serger, or pinking shears, so the seam allowance will not fray.

envelope pillow pressing

6 – Clip corners and turn RIGHT SIDE FACING OUT.

Poke corners out using a turning stick or point turner. Roll edges out and press.

envelope pillow cover yellow fabricTad-ah, insert your pillow form and you are good to go. Now wasn’t that simple!

How to Add Trim or Piping To Envelope Pillow Cover

1- Starting in the middle of the bottom front piece, place the trim onto the pillow edges with the top of the trim facing outward. When you come to the corners, just slightly round the corner with the trim. Pin or clip in place.

2- Baste the trim in place.

Sew around the trim using a basting stitch with the length at 4. (use a 3/8 inch seam allowance)

***You may want to use your zipper foot to apply trim. Now place the back pieces onto the pillow front.

Follow steps 3-5 above.

When adding piping or trim, it is helpful to use a zipper foot with the needle adjusted to the left if needed. (If you have a WALKING FOOT, use it). If you don’t have a walking foot for your machine, you can order one that fits your model. They are really nice to have and I use mine all the time.

buttons pillow envelope pillow cover

If you want to add a button to the opening for looks or because you want to reinforce the opening, you can do that like I have with this pillow. Simply sew a buttonhole and sew on a button.

formal border edge envelope pillow cover

Border Edge Envelope Pillow Cover

If you want to have a little border around the edge of your pillow cover, you can use this method.

1- Measure your pillow form and add 2 inches instead of one. 

This will give you a 1/2-inch border all the way around the pillow. It’s a little more formal look and works out really nicely.

2- Follow the instructions for the regular pillow cover.

3- After you have flipped the cover right side facing out and pressed the edges. Topstitch using that longer length of 3 all the way around the pillow edge, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

Of course, you can make this border wider if you want, just adjust the width when you are cutting out the pieces. 

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do.

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How to make a NO SEW THROW PILLOW COVER.

How To Sew on a Button | Simple Hand Sewing Method

7 Sewing Machine Presser Feet and How To Use Them

Have fun sewing!

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10 Easy To Make DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations and Gift Ideas

DIY VALENTINE'S DAY

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. There is something about the bright cheery colors of red & pink, and all the fun things to make around this theme that makes my heart happy. In this post, I’m going to share with you 10 simple DIY Valentine’s projects I have made over the years that I think you may enjoy making.

I think another reason I am fond of this holiday, is that it’s one of the few times my mother would write me a little personal note and leave it with a little box of chocolates or a Valentine’s treat on my pillow.

As silly as it may seem, I still do that for my kiddos even though they are adults and no longer at home. If they live close enough, I like to leave their treat on the porch, ring the bell and hide. It’s just a fun, quirky tradition that I do. Of course, they come to find my husband and me hiding in the bushes or behind the car.

I’d love to hear what fun Valentine’s traditions you have. Leave a comment below.

1- DIY Valentine’s Day Pillowcase

There is nothing better than a cozy new pillowcase. In this tutorial, I show you how to make a basic pillowcase and how to make one with a cute contrasting fabric cuff. (Using the burrito method).

The post includes all the directions, a measurement guide, and of course, a video tutorial to go with it.

diy valentine's dayIf you haven’t seen my new DIY LOVE LABEL PDF, where you can make your own EDITABLE LABELS, check them out.

These labels look really cute on a pillowcase!

GET THE FILE HERE

 

2- Beaded Coasters

This is a fun little DIY Valentine’s day project that you can use up some of your UPCYCLED SWEATER SCRAPS. You can also make them using regular felt. I show you how to add a beaded trim around the edges that really add a lot of charm to the coasters.

LEARN HOW HERE

diy valentine's paint chip bookmarks

3- DIY Valentine’s Day Paint Chip Bookmark

I have always loved the paint chip sample displays at the hardware stores. All the different shades of color printed on paper draws me in and makes me curious about what I could do with those strips of paper.

In this tutorial, I show you how you can take these little gems of colorful paper and make a fun Valentine’s bookmark. This is a very simple and quick craft that is kid-friendly and something unique that you can give as a valentine.

GET THE INSTRUCTIONS HERE

DIY VALENTINE'S DAY

4- DIY Fabric Gift Bags

If you’re new to sewing, this is a great beginner sewing project. These fabric bags can be made in any size. They make really cute DIY Valentine’s gift bags. Throw in some Valentine’s treats or a gift and cinch it up.

GET THE INSTRUCTIONS AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

DIY VALENTINE'S FELT HEART LOLLIPOP

5- Sweater Heart Hand Warmers

These little heart rice bags really do work quite well. Just pop them in the microwave for 30-40 seconds and place them in your coat pockets. They are a great thing to send your kids off to school with or take in the car on the way to work.

So……go to your felted sweater, fleece, or flannel stash and pick out some cute, bright colors and get to work. They are easy to mail and are a cute gift to add to your Valentine’s day card.

GET THE INSTRUCTIONS AND FREE PATTERN HERE

6- DIY Valentine’s Day Heart Branches

Looking for a quick and easy Valentine’s craft and decoration? These heart branches are the most charming holiday decoration and are a great way to add a bright, happy pop of color to your home in the dead of winter. They are super easy to make and there aren’t a lot of supplies and materials needed.

GET THE WRITTEN & VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS HERE

7- Paper Heart Garlands: Made From Recycled Magazines

These paper heart garlands are easy to make and only require a few supplies. Best of all, this is a project where you can recycle. (I love re-purposing items). You can create such unique items when recycling, and these paper hearts are just that, one of a kind!

GET THE INSTRUCTIONS AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

8- Heart Lollipops: Made with Upcycled Sweaters & Felt

I am always looking for new things to make using my favorite felted wool sweater scraps, and these heart lollipops are the cutest!

It’s a quick little DIY Valentine’s project that you can whip up in no time at all. Trust me, you won’t be able to make just one.

GET THE INSTRUCTIONS AND WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

DIY VALENTINE'S PIPE CLEANER HEARTS

9- DIY Valentine’s Day Pipe Cleaner Toppers

This is such an adorable idea that I’m going to try it this year. This is a fun craft project using PIPE CLEANERS.

Pipe cleaners are another one of my favorite craft items that I love to use. (I have a whole box of them in different colors and I use them for a lot of different projects).

Check out this tutorial on “THE SWEETEST OCCASION”

10- How To Make Charming Heart Gift Tags and Heart Garland With Upcycled Sweater Scraps

I hope you’ve been saving your felted wool sweater scraps. If not, NO WORRIES, these charming heart gift tags can be made using colored felt as well.

DIY VALENTINE'S heart gift tagsI show you how to easily cut out a small heart freehand, a few ways you can apply it to a card, and show you how to sew several hearts together to make a HEART GARLAND.

GET ALL THE DETAILS HERE

Oh boy, I could go on and on and show you more things to make, but I’m going to stop with these 10 projects. Of course, you can always do a search on my blog for more ideas.

I hope some of these ideas are helpful and inspire you to take some “ME TIME” and make something fun.

Have fun crafting!

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How To Sew a Knit Cuff to Pants and Sleeves the Easy Way

cuff

Adding a knit cuff to a pair of pants or sleeves is a very easy thing to do. You can transform a normal pair of pants or pajamas into a pair of jogger pants, and you can add a soft cuff to any sleeve.

This is a good thing to know how to do because once you know how to sew on a cuff, you’re ready to make a lot of other things with knit fabric: shirts, sweatshirts, baby clothes, and more.

knit cuff

What kind of fabric do you use to make a cuff?

You’ll need some knit ribbing. Knit ribbing can be purchased at the fabric store by the yard, or online. (This site has a great variety of colors and is quite reasonably priced).

upcycled cuffAnother great option, and something I do all the time, is to use upcycled cuffs from other items of clothing. Whenever I have a piece of clothing I no longer want, I check it for good buttons, zipper pulls, AND fabric (cuffs).

You can also use recycled knit clothing that has a lot of stretch to it. The fabric will need to have at least 30% stretch to it for it to work as a cuff.

I do it all the time, and you can get some really cute and unique results. Knit leggings fabric works well. You can usually tell what fabrics will work well for a cuff.

Ribbing will come in different weights and fabric content. Some will stretch more than others. Ribbing with a lot of cotton content will not stretch as much. Use your best judgment when choosing knit ribbing for your particular project.

I’m going to show you how to add a cuff to a pair of pants and sleeves. The pants and shirts can be made of knit fabric AND woven fabrics.

Materials & Items Needed

cuff pants

How to Add a Cuff To a Pair of Pants

If the pants need to be shorter, decide the length you want them to be and cut them off. If the pants are the right length, cut off the hem. (Don’t worry, they won’t be too short because you’re adding a few inches of ribbing).

1- Measure the leg opening

Once you have the length figured out, measure the width of the leg opening. If it is wider than 8 inches (adult) or 6 inches (children) then you’ll need to take in the legs. This is easy to do.

Using a writing device mark the desired seam allowance at the bottom of the pants. You may only need to take it in on one side or you may need to even it out and take a little off each side. Start half-way up the leg seam and gradually taper to the point you marked. You can use a sewing machine or serger.

If you have a serger, use it. It will save you time because you won’t have to finish the seams. Once you have the width you want, measure to see how wide it is.

2- Cutting out the cuff

The cuff measurement needs to be about 2 ½ inches less than the width of the leg opening. (Don’t measure the circumference of the leg opening, measure the width of it as it is laying flat, and the fabric doubled). I hope that makes sense.

Subtract that 2 ½ inches from that measurement and that will be how wide you need to make the cuff. (fabric doubled). The height of the cuff is up to you.

Average cuff height (the finished cuff will be folded in half)

Adult: 6-8 inches

Child: 4 inches

Cut two out on the fold.

3- Sewing the cuff

Fold the cuff in half with the RIGHT SIDES FACING TOGETHER.

Sew down the long side.

Fold the sewn cuff in half with WRONG SIDES FACING TOGETHER.

Mark the half-way point with a pin.

4- Cuff Application

If the pants only have one seam, find the halfway point of the leg opening and mark it with a pin.

With the RIGHT SIDE of the pants facing out, place the cuff over the top and around the leg. Align the half-way points and pin in place.

Take it to the sewing machine/serger and starting at the seam, sew all the way around using a 3/8” seam allowance.

Start sewing, adjust the edges and then start sewing again, stretching the cuff as you sew. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.

If you used a regular sewing machine you’ll need to finish off the seam allowance with a zigzag stitch. (width 4, length 3).

Do these same steps on the other pant leg.

sleeve cuff

How to Add a Cuff To a Sleeve

If a knit shirt has been hemmed, most likely the opening is not really wide so you won’t have to take any off the width.

1- Measuring the Cuff Width

Measure the armhole (fabric doubled) and subtract ½ inch. That will be the width measurement (fabric doubled).

Average Sleeve Cuff Height

Adult: 5 inches

Child: 4 inches

Of course, you can make the cuffs as long as you want.

2- Cutting out sleeve cuff

Cut 2 of the cuffs out of the ribbing fabric and place RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, with the stretch of the fabric laying horizontally.

3- Sew down the side.

Turn the right side facing out and mark the halfway points with a pin.

4- Cut off the sleeve hem.

Mark the half-way point with a pin.

 

cuff application

5- Sleeve cuff application

With the right side of the sleeve facing out, place the cuff over the top and around the sleeve. Match up halfway points and pin them in place.

 

finished edge cuff

Take it to the sewing machine and proceed sewing around just as you did with the pants. Take your time! You’re sewing through three layers of fabric and you’re sewing in a very small space. Start sewing, adjust the edges and then start sewing again, stretching the cuff as you sew.

Finish seam with zigzag stitch if needed.

That’s it! Pretty simple, right?

 

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Hash Brown Egg Bites Recipe // Quick & Delicious

egg bites

Wondering what to eat for breakfast? These hash brown egg bites are delicious and easy to make. What’s even better is that you can make a batch up and freeze them for those mornings when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. You can pop them in the toaster oven or microwave and you have something tasty, warm and delicious to eat.

On Christmas morning I was making our traditional breakfast casserole and I had a thought…” why don’t I cook some of these in a muffin pan for egg bites”? So I made some up and they turned out great.

This recipe is so versatile. You can add, or take out any ingredients you want. It’s pretty much an omelet in a muffin tin. The recipe includes my turkey sausage, but you can put whatever meat you want, like bacon or ham, or totally omit the meat if you want.

Egg Bites Ingredients

  • Cooking Spry (I like to use avocado oil spray)
  • 1 lb. Frozen Hash Browns, or 24-36 Frozen Tater Tots, (thawed)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 8 large eggs
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • ½ -1 cup Meat of Choice


Other Optional Ingredients

  • chopped spinach
  • cottage cheese
  • chopped tomato
  • chopped green onion
  • peppers
  • mushrooms

I don’t recommend putting too many ingredients as the muffin cups need space to incorporate the egg mixture.

How to Make the Egg Bites

1- Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2- Generously grease a 12-muffin tin with cooking spray. I love this silicone, nonstick pan because you can omit the oil, and the cooked egg bites or muffins just pop right out when you press upward on the underneath side of the pan.

3- Divide the hash browns into each muffin cup so that they completely cover the bottom or press 2 to 3 Tater Tots on the bottom.

Cook desired meat (turkey sausage, bacon, ham) and disperse evenly into cups on top of the hash browns.

4- Cook desired meat (turkey sausage, bacon, ham) and disperse evenly into cups on top of the hash browns.

5- Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. (This immersion blender is so convenient). I love that it has a whisk and whipping attachments too.

egg bites prebake

6- Pour the egg mixture over each muffin well until the potatoes are completely covered.

egg bites chees shredding

7- Top each omelet with an equal amount of shredded cheddar cheese.

If you need to shred a bunch of cheese, I’ve found using a food processor is the only way to go! This Cuisinart food processor makes shredding cheese a snap. I can’t believe I went so long without it! I love it almost as much as my Instant Pot.

egg bites

8- Place in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. The top will be golden brown and the egg will be cooked all the way through. A good way to tell if the egg is cooked fully is to insert a toothpick into the center of the egg bite.

If it comes out clean, it’s cooked all the way. The bake time might be longer, depending on your oven.

egg bites pop out of pan

9- Let the egg bites cool slightly and then pop them out of the pan or use a knife to separate the omelets from the muffin tin.

10- Serve with salsa or a garnish of chives.

How to Store Leftover Egg Bites

Once the breakfast cups are completely cooled, keep them stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or they freeze really well for up to 3 months.

Wrap them in parchment paper and place them in a zip bag.

Reheat thawed egg bites in the microwave for about 30 seconds or 1-2 minutes frozen.

Hash Brown Egg Bites Recipe // Quick & Delicious

egg bites
These hash brown egg bites are delicious and easy to make. Make a batch up and freeze them for those mornings when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Pop them in the toaster oven or microwave and you have something tasty, warm, and delicious to eat.
  • Prep Time15 min
  • Cook Time20 min
  • Total Time35 min
  • Yield12
  • Serving Size2

INGREDIENTS

    • Cooking Spry (I like to use avocado oil spray)
    • 1 lb. Frozen Hash Browns, or 24-36 Frozen Tater Tots, (thawed)
    • ½ cup milk
    • 8 large eggs
    • Salt & Pepper to taste
    • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
    • ½ -1 cup Meat of Choice

Other Optional Ingredients

    • chopped spinach
    • cottage cheese
    • chopped tomato
    • chopped green onion
    • peppers
    • mushrooms

INSTUCTIONS

1

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

 
2

Generously grease a 12-muffin tin with cooking spray. (I love this silicone, nonstick pan because you can omit the oil and the cooked egg bites or muffins just pop right out when you press upward on the underneath side of the pan.

3

Divide the hash browns into each muffin cup so that they completely cover the bottom, or press 2 to 3 Tater Tots on the bottom.

4

Cook desired meat (turkey sausage, bacon, ham) and disperse evenly into cups on top of the hash browns.

5

Whisk together the eggs, milk, and salt and pepper in a small bowl.

6

Pour the egg mixture over each muffin well until the potatoes are completely covered.

7

Top each omelet with an equal amount of the shredded cheddar cheese.

8

Place in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. The top will be golden brown and the egg will be cooked all the way through.

A good way to tell if the egg is cooked fully, is to insert a toothpick into the center of the egg bite. If it comes out clean, it’s cooked all the way.

The bake time might be longer, depending on your oven.

9

Let the egg bites cool slightly and then pop them out of the pan or use a use a knife to separate the omelets from the muffin tin.

10

Serve with salsa or a garnish of chives.

Once the breakfast cups are completely cooled, keep them stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

These little bites freeze really well for up to 3 months. Wrap them in parchment paper and place them in a zip bag.

Reheat in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or if frozen for 1-2 minutes.

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