Easy Envelope Fold Pillow Covers

7 Materials
1 Hour
Update any decorative pillow in your home easily and in under an hour using fabric or in this case, a tablecloth, a sewing machine and sticky velcro with only a few minutes of straight stitch on a machine are required!
I love this method because I love to change my decor often (as you can see on my Insta Page ) and as a mom to 8, the fact that it can easily be removed and cleaned is a definite plus! Mom Win!

For this project, I am covering 2 Euro Sham size pillow forms. The tablecloth I had on hand was large enough to cover both pillows.
*To check - Lay your pillow form across your laundered and ironed fabric to ensure that the fabric is large enough to cover the entire pillow (or pillows). You want to make sure that not only is your fabric wide enough to cover your pillow, but that your fabric is also about half your pillows size in length as well for the envelope fold at the end*
Once your fabric is cut to size, lay it with the "good" sides touching. This is to keep your stitch hidden in your final product.
Stitch 3 of the 4 sides using a simple straight stitch.
Once you are finished stitching your 3 sides, turn your fabric right side out and insert your pillow form. Tuck in the top piece of fabric alongside the pillow.
You will then take the other piece of fabric from the end and tuck it OVER the pillow and into the coordinating side.
These pieces are to hold your enveloped fabric in place. Only 2-3 inches are needed per pillow.
Place your first piece of velcro and remove tape backing to adhere to fabric.
Line your velcro pieces together and place onto fabric pressing firmly (velcro may also be sewn on instead of using the sticky back velcro)
This is what your envelope fold will look like once it is velcroed.
Finished Product. I left the ruffle from the tablecloth because I really liked the look. But, I could have easily trimmed off the ruffle before sewing if I preferred.
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Kristin Gambaccini
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  • Kathleen Kathleen on May 16, 2018

    I don’t get the fabric being 1/2 the pillow size in length. Did you mean twice or double, then extra to tuck in?

  • Adina Fulsom Adina Fulsom on May 19, 2018

    Ive never had luck with the stick on Velcro! It pulls loose, especially if it gets warm used outdoors, and becomes a sticky mess. How do you solve this problem?

  • Kgaletin Kgaletin on Oct 04, 2020

    Great project to reuse thrifted sheets/table cloths/shower curtains. :)

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  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 28, 2019

    Here's a tip: If your thread keeps getting caught up in the Velcro when you don't sew exactly on that skinny non-Velcro strip, try using a ball point needle. My favourite is Schmetz.

    • Eil54995392 Eil54995392 on Feb 22, 2022

      I always use double sided tape, I find Velcro too bulky for these projects. Only use if the actual pillow is washable

  • NancyMaria NancyMaria on Dec 30, 2019

    You can buy "Sew on Velcro" no glue to ruin sewing equipment. I keep both on hand. I preferer to use a Leather sewing machine needle they are triangle very sharp tips.