How to Make Cushion Covers:  Envelope Covers in 10 Minutes

I had some old, tired cushions outside on my porch swing.  New cushion covers were just the thing needed to start my fall spruce up outside.  This tutorial will show you how to make cushion covers in an envelope styles in 10 minutes with just one simple piece of fabric.

What you will need

  • Fabric – Choose a decorator fabric, quilting cotton, or even burlap
  • Your cushion insert – These are available from most homeware  stores in a variety of sizes, or just an old pillow
  • The Basics: Ruler, scissors, pins, thread.

How to Make Cushion Covers

Measure your pillow insert’s dimensions. Make sure you are measuring around the curve of your pillow and not just the finished width.



Cut your fabric in a rectangle with the following dimensions. Use a rotary cutter and mat if you have one to get nice straight edges.

  • Height – Add 1 inch to the height for the seam allowance.
  • Width – Multiply the width x 2 (for the back and front) and then add 6 inches (15.2cm) for the overlap.

This will give a finished cushion cover the same size as your insert. If you like a tight cover then reduce the height by 1 inch (2.5cm)



Here is a fabric cutting guide for some common pillow insert sizes

PILLOW SIZE 14 INCH (35.5CM) 16 INCH (40.6CM) 18 INCH (45.7CM)
HEIGHT 15” (38CM) 17” (43.1CM) 19” (48.2CM)
WIDTH 34” (86.3CM) 38” (96.5CM) 42” (106.6CM)

With your fabric WRONG side up, press over the shorter ends by 1/4 inch (6mm). Press them over again by 3/4 inch (2cm). Stitch across the hems.

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With the fabric RIGHT sides together, fold in the left and right hemmed edges so they overlap by 4 inches (10cm). Try and get the overlap centered.  You can double check the width of the cover. It should be the same width as your insert.


Pin the overlap in place and pin the upper and lower raw edges.

Stitch across the upper and lower raw edges with a 1/2 inch (12mm) seam allowance. If you are using a fabric that frays you finish the stitched edges with a zig-zag stitch or serger. Clip the corners.



Turn your cushion cover the RIGHT way out and give it a good press.

Hooray! All finished and ready for your insert. How long did that take you?



The addition of the wording such as Blessed is super easy.  I printed out the word in the font and size that I thought would look good.  I decided to free hand in pen right on the fabric.  Then I painted in black and let it dry in the sun for 15 minutes.  I did this prior to sewing the pillow cover.