This yellow/gold fabric and a drop cloth were my fabric choices.
I like to create envelope pillows so I can remove the insert and wash the outside when needed. I have a detailed tutorial for these on my blog but basically it is one piece of fabric for the front of the pillow and two pieces that overlap to create the back of the pillow.
There is no zipper or closure. Just the overlap. I love them.
After the pieces are cut, but BEFORE it gets sewn together add the design to the front piece.