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This is a tutorial for envelope backed pillows

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  • How to sew an applique cushion. Envelope Back Pillow - Step 1
    Step 1

    Measure your pillow form - add 1/2" to the measurements. My pillow for this tutorial is 13 x 24, I cut my background fabric
    13-1/2" x 24-1/2" for the front of the pillow. For seasonal pillows, I use pillows I have in the house, this JOY pillow will only be used for a few weeks.

    For the back of the pillow, I use a bit of math. I like my envelope to be off center, really about 3/4 of the pillow. I took that measurement of 24" and mulitplied it by 75% or 24 x .75 += 18. I add 3 inches to the 18, which is 21 (this will be called Back A). The 3 inches for the finished edge we will be creating. So for one side of the back will be
    13-1/2" x 21. For the other side I use the 24 x .25 = 6 inches. I add 4-5 inches to this, for the overlap in the envelope back. So the second back piece is cut 13-1/2" x 11" (this will be called Back B)

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Envelope Back Pillow - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take Back A turn under 1/2" on the short side. Press.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Envelope Back Pillow - Step 3
    Step 3

    Turn under again, this time 2". Press again.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Envelope Back Pillow - Step 4
    Step 4

    Stitch at the fold. Set aside Back A aside for now.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Envelope Back Pillow - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now we are ready for Back B. On this one turn under the short end 1/2" - Press, then turn under another 1/2" and press. Stitch this into place.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Envelope Back Pillow - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place the front of the pillow (with your appliqued lettering) face up. Place Back A, right side down onto the front of the pillow. Right sides will be facing.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Envelope Back Pillow - Step 7
    Step 7

    Place Back B on the other side, making sure all raw edges are even. PIn in place.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Envelope Back Pillow - Step 8
    Step 8

    I like a tighter pillow, so I stitch 1/2" all around the pillow. If you like a looser pillow go with 1/4" I like to do a gentle curve at the corners, this helps the pillow form fill out all of the pillow. Trim corners if you would like.

  • How to sew an applique cushion. Envelope Back Pillow - Step 9
    Step 9

    At this time, turn your pillow right sides out through the envelope back. Press the pillow and insert the pillow form.

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