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October 10, 2011

Tutorial: Envelope Pillow

Isn’t this so cute? Wait…you don’t think so? Ok, me neither. But, I love the fabric. When I saw it, it reminded me of Amy Butler’s line. I didn’t see myself sporting this house coat, but I did think the fabric would make a cute pillow. Gotta think outside the box.

I already had a pillow form at my house, but you can thrift one or find one at your local craft store. Mine is 14”x 14″.

For the first panel, I added an inch to each side, so I cut a 15″x15″ square out of the fabric.

The back panel has to be longer, because you want the “envelope flaps” to overlap. My back panel needed to be 15″x18″. Because of the construction of the house coat, I only had a large enough solid piece for the back panel, so I just cut from other parts of the dress and added to the back to make it the correct size.

I folded the back panel in half and cut down the folded side, creating two even parts–these will be your back panels.

I turned the inside of each panel (the sides that will overlap to form the envelope opening) in a 1/4 of an inch and hemmed.

You all sit on the floor with your sewing machine, too, right? I mean…that’s normal, right? : ) Next, I placed the back panel and the front panel together–print sides facing each other–and hemmed around the edge of all four sides (about a 1/4 of an inch).

Clip the corners and turn right side out.

Try it! It was so easy. It probably took an hour, total. And, I think I only paid $2.00 for the house coat. Not too shabby. Not too shabby.

Wednesday, I’m giving away a super cute cardigan, so check back!

Enjoying the Good Life,