I’m crazy about decorative pillows. I use printed midweight cotton, quilted pillows, decorative canvas, and sunbrella – sky is really the limit on what you can use to decorate your home for each new year, season or holiday. Envelope style pillows are a quick and easy way to turn a room or outdoor space around in a matter of hours. No zippers to contend with a just a few stitch lines – and voila! You just transformed your home with just an afternoon of simple sewing! Plus it can be a lot less expensive, as you will see lower in this post. But I’ve always get tripped up when it came to sizing an envelope pillow. So this little cheat sheet is as much a reference for me as it is for you.
Now, I strongly believe you shouldn’t skimp when it comes to the back side of your pillow, there is nothing worse than not having a big overlap in the back and seeing the pillow form popping out! Yuck! A generous overlapping backside is always the way to go! So, with the measurements provided here, you can maximize your decorative fabrics while saving cost using either Osnaburg, Canvas or Denim for the back side of the pillow. Using less expensive materials on the back is always a great way to save money – particularly if you change your pillows out seasonally or yearly.