Envelope Cushion Cover from One Piece of Fabric – Easiest Cushion Cover Ever

By Alanda / November 17, 2017

This is the easiest cushion cover you will ever make, trust me.  I ran these three up in no time at all.

easy envelope cushion cover tutorial

***Scroll to the bottom of this post to watch the full video tutorial***

What You Need
This will fit a 14″ cushion insert

  • 1 piece of fabric measuring 14½” x 36″

envelope cushion cover tutorial

Formula to Make Other Sized Cushion Covers

I have tested this formula with cushion inserts measuring 14″,16″  and 26″  and this formula should work equally well for other sized inserts.

  • For the width of the fabric you need the size of the cushion insert plus ½”.
  • For the length of the fabric you need (the size of the cushion insert x2) + 8″.
Size of Cushion InsertWidth of Fabric CalculationLength of FabricCalculation
12"12" + 1/2" = 12 1/2"(size of cushion x 2) + 8" = 32"
14"14" + 1/2" = 14 1/2"(size of cushion x 2) + 8" = 36"
16"16" + 1/2" =16 1/2"(size of cushion x 2) + 8" = 40"
18"18" + 1/2" =18 1/2"(size of cushion x 2) + 8 = 44"
20"20" + 1/2" = 2- 1/2"(size of cushion x 2) + 8" = 48"
26"26" + 1/2" = 26 1/2"(size of cushion x 2) + 8" = 60"

Method

  • Lay the fabric down and draw a ¼” line from the edge of each of the short edges. Use a Frixion pen or water erasable pen. (DO NOT USE a BallPoint Pen). You can eyeball the ¼” if you wish, I personally prefer to draw a line so I know it’s straight.
  • Add a 1″ line from the ¼” line.

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  • Fold the fabric along the ¼” line that you have drawn and press.

envelope cushion cover tutorial

  • Then fold over the 1″ line and press.

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  • Sew about and 1/8th of an inch along the top edge and also along the edge of the  1″ fold.
  • Do this for both ends.
  • This gives a nice neat finish to our turn ups on the cushion back

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  • Fold the material in half.  Finger press or give the folded material a quick press just to give you a centre line crease to work with.

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  • The fabric should be facing right side up.
  • Lay the centre crease line along a line on your mat, any line will do. I used the 16″ mark.

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  • Bring up one of the ends and lay it, right side facing down, so that the folded edge overlaps the creased centre line by 4″.

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  • Since mine is lined up on the 16″ mark, I will bring my fabric edge over to the 12″ mark.

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  • Bring up the other end and lay it so that it overlaps the other end and the middle line by 4″ .
  • Watch the video below if this part seems a little confusing.

envelope cushion cover tutorial

  • Sew both sides together with a ¼” seam. Back stitch at the beginning and the end of each row.

envelope cushion cover tutorial

  • You are now ready to turn the cushion cover through.

envelope cushion cover tutorial

  • Just insert your 14″ cushion and you are done.

envelope cushion tutorial

See I told you it was the easiest cushion cover you were ever going to make.

WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

  • Jackie Ward says:

    How fabulous
    I shall certainly be giving this a go

  • Carol F says:

    Love this idea and tutorial! Would you provide measurements for other pillow ( cushion) sizes? (12″, 16″, 20″…)
    Many thanks!
    Carol F

  • Marcia in TX says:

    Thank you for this and the video. Like Carol, I was wondering how to figure out for other sizes. This time of year is so busy for everyone so whenever you get to it. Thank you for adding it to your list. Hugs and have a great Christmas time as well as a safe one.
    Marcia in Texas

  • Debbie Willicombe says:

    Thank you Wanda. You are amazing! Everything you demonstrate is so easy to understand.
    Like the other ladies I can’t wait for more sizes to become available.
    I love big cushions and my inserts are 18″ waiting to be transformed into something beautiful.
    Debbie

  • Diane Spring Herzog says:

    Love it!

  • Diane Spring Herzog says:

    Great tutorial!


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