I love patterns and pops of color to freshen up a room. One easy way to add pattern, color or both is with fabrics. Pillow covers are an easy, simple and affordable solution. First, find a fabric you like. I chose this pink geometric pattern for $7.00 per yard from Joann Fabric. Determine the size of the pillow insert you’ll use; you can also buy inserts from Joann. I bought a 16 inch square pillow form.
To make your pillow cover, cut a piece of fabric 1 inch wider than your insert size and 6 to 8 inches longer than double the pillow size. To make a 16 inch pillow cover, I cut my fabric 17 inches wide by 42 inches long.
Starting with your fabric face down, fold your short ends over about 1/2 inch and pin to secure. Then, fold over again, pinning in place. Sew a straight line across. Do this to both ends. Flip your fabric over, right side up.
Fold one end near the center of the piece.
Fold the other end over, overlapping the other end about 4 inches. Measure the distance to make a 16 inch square. Pin the sides together and sew.
Cut your corners, being careful not to cut your sewn edge, to remove the excess fabric to make sharp corners.
Turn right side out and you’ve just completed an envelope closure pillow cover.