How To Sew A Pillow
This video walks you through each step of sewing an envelope-style cushion cover. It teaches you all you need to know in order to make a pillow, and does it in less than five minutes.
Hi. I'm Roz. I'm the owner of Sew Much Fun, where I love to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for sewing.
The important thing about cushions, and cushion covers, is that you actually make your cushion cover quite tight, to fit on your cushion pad. So I've got a cushion pad here that is an 18 inch, or 45 centimetre pad. So what I've done is I've cut a length of fabric that is about a 19 inch length.
So just a little bit longer than my pad, and I'm going to make an envelope cushion cover, so it's got no zipper or anything like that. So the first thing I'm going to do, is on either end of the piece, I'm going to fold over, and I'm going to sew down that folded edge nice and neatly, and backstitch straight down. When you're using a big piece of fabric, you want to make sure you keep it nice and flat.
Now I need to make the envelope, so I'm going to put my right sides together, and I'm going to basically fold one side over, like that, and one side over, like this. Now what I want to make sure is that the width of my cushion is going to be 18 inches as well, and then we're literally just going to stitch from one end to the other, making sure that we're going to end up making a square. Again, back-stitch at the corner, and make sure my corner doesn't come undone.
Stitch and fold. And again on this side. And then we must always cut away, at the corner, the excess fabric.
Don't cut off machine stitch, obviously, but we just want to cut away all the extra thicknesses, and then trim it nice and evenly. And then we're just going to zigzag that edge neat, because you might very well want to wash this cushion and you don't want your fabric to fray. And we just go zigzag around, and you would do the same around the other edge.
To save time, I'm going to turn it through, making sure I turn my corners through, just like you would a duvet cover. That's how you make an envelope cushion.