How to Make Easy Peasy No-Sew Pillow “Envelope” Style Pillow Covers

I am obsessed with bold and sassy pillows (don’t believe me? Check out my pinterest pillow board here!) However, bold colors and patterns go out of style quickly the condo doesn’t have tons of storage for old pillows.

Also, every time Sean goes to sit on the couch and has to move 12 pillows to make room, he gets, umm, annoyed.

So, I’ve started making removable pillow covers to jazz up the pillows I already have in a changeable way.

I made these particular covers from an indoor/outdoor tablecloth from homegoods. I Loved the navy blue color & the geometric pattern. If you’re looking for a similar fabric, check this one out!

DIY Envelope Style No Sew Pillow Cover - Charleston Crafted

I decided to cover these pillows that I also got at homegoods! I got them a while ago. They are filled with down and so fluffy. However, they had a weird temple on the front that wasn’t exactly my style.

Here’s what I did:

Lay out the fabric you want to use. Instead of measuring, I prefer to lay the pillow on top. You want room for the fabric to come up to the side seam plus a 1 inch seam allowance.

DIY Envelope Style No Sew Pillow Cover - Charleston Crafted

As far as length goes, You want it long enough to make your envelope. you want the “flaps” to overlap about 1/4 to 1/3 a pillow length, plus an inch seam allowance on each side.

DIY Envelope Style No Sew Pillow Cover - Charleston Crafted

Iron your fabric so it looks nice.

DIY Envelope Style No Sew Pillow Cover - Charleston Crafted

I used no-sew hem tape to do this project. Click here for a vine tutorial on using the tape!

DIY Envelope Style No Sew Pillow Cover - Charleston Crafted

DIY Envelope Style No Sew Pillow Cover - Charleston Crafted

Hem all four sides of the fabric.

DIY Envelope Style No Sew Pillow Cover - Charleston Crafted

Next, Place your pillow on and fold the fabric inside out as if you were wrapping the pillow like a present.

DIY Envelope Style No Sew Pillow Cover - Charleston Crafted

DIY Envelope Style No Sew Pillow Cover - Charleston Crafted

Now, attach the sides of your case!

DIY Envelope Style No Sew Pillow Cover - Charleston Crafted

All you have to do it take it out, flip it inside out, and ta-da!

DIY Envelope Style No Sew Pillow Cover - Charleston Crafted

So easy!

DIY Envelope Style No Sew Pillow Cover - Charleston Crafted

Are you pillow crazy? Why does it drive men crazy to have extra pillows?

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20 thoughts on “How to Make Easy Peasy No-Sew Pillow “Envelope” Style Pillow Covers

  1. After you hem the sides, you fold the fabric inside out. But the next thing says ‘attach the sides’. Are you using no-sew hem again here?

    • Sorry that wasn’t clear! Yes, I used more no sew tape and the iron to attach it again. Lots of tape and lots of ironing!!

  2. I think it’s worth mentioning that if you use thicker fabric (i.e. outdoor or even home decor) the no-sew hemming may not be able to get hot enough to fuse for the final step of attaching the sides you have already hemmed. I love this simple tutorial but I wish that had been flagged before I wasted over an hour working on one of these last night-only to have to end up sewing those ends together anyway. Thanks!

    • Tonya- I’m so sorry that that happened to you! I used outdoor fabric for these pillows & thick upholstery fabric for my no sew curtains and was able to get it done. The more folds that you have, the hotter and longer you will need to get them with the iron to fuse the fabric.
      I’m really sorry that yours wouldn’t go!

      • Actually- just double checked. The pillows were made from tablecloth material, the semi-water resistant type. Your fabric must have been thicker than anything I have tried. So sorry about this!

  3. I am trying to use the iron-on hem tape but am not having much luck. Can you provide more direction how you did this? I am putting it sticky side down and ironing for quite a while, but it’s only sticking to the bottom of the fabric and not the other side of the hem tape. Am I missing something??

    • It depends on the hem tape but yours might have a peel off backing like a sticker? I’ve done this before and ironed and ironed and it wouldn’t stick.

  4. Hey, I love your tutorial. Know it has been a while but I want to try it out. The only thing I want to know is…Do these cushions made with no sew tape last the washings etc?
    Many thanks!
    Natalia

    • Natalia – thanks for stopping by! No – anything made with hem tape is not going to hold up as well as if it was sewn. It’s not a long term type solution. Some hem tapes say they are washable (check your package) but it is my experience that anything made with hem tape does not hold up forever.
      Sorry for the bummer but just keeping it real. 🙂

      • I have used no sew tape for a log time (when I am to lazy to pull out the sewing machine) and while I don’t have the package it came in I always use a wet face cloth over the area which steams it to the fabric. Don’t move it to much, works like a charm. I have even hemmed my jeans with this method. Hope this helps.

  5. Thanks for all the comments. I have used ultra strong tape on a cushion for my son and it still strong though I am to wash it yet. But yes, I must get the machine out and remnd myself on how to use it. I need them to be fool proof. 😉

  6. Just tried this with quite heavy fabric and it worked perfectly! I can’t sew worth beans, but my pillow turned out so well that no one would ever be able to guess! Thanks a ton for the help!

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  8. I understand the directions until the picture right before you fold it. The picture that looks like it is folded at the end and then the folding. It’s confusing me as to what you are doing.

      • Ah ha, i couldn’t tell you were folding the ends toward the center. That makes sense now. I couldn’t tell from the picture. Thanks for the clarification.

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