So you may know that I have a thing for envelope pillow covers.
And for pillows in general.
I love switching them out with great regularity.
And today I want to share with you how I make my DIY Envelope Style Lumbar Pillows.
Because these are some important pillows.
Really, they are the STARS of the show.
The lumbar pillow is the place to use your ‘best’ or favourite fabric because they get the most visual attention.
And they are the perfect way to tie together a colour scheme in a room.
Like they did in our summer living room that I shared during our summer house tour….
This same beautiful fabric was used in our Master bedroom (you may have seen it when I shared our Master Bedroom Refresh…. ). The stunning scheme of these pillows totally tied together the coral, turquoise, pink, and grey elements of the room.
And even during our Spring House Tour….
For my tutorial, I am using images of a yellow chevron lumbar pillow cover that I made for my son’s bed.
To make this pillow I used:
– piece of fabric (height of your pillow form plus double the length of your pillow form with an additional 8″ added to the length for overlap)
– rotary cutter and mat (you could also just use a straight edge and scissors)
– sewing machine, sewing scissors, and thread
– iron and ironing board
– measuring tape
The trickiest part is figuring out the size that your fabric should be. First measure your pillow form. And don’t measure it loosely. Squish it together so that you get of measure of it with firm edges. My pillow label said it was 16×28 but there was lots of extra space in the form so I squished it up and measured it to be 14″ x 24″. You want to add about 1/2 inch for the seams along the non-envelope part and you add about 8″ for the overlap for the back, so I cut my fabric to 15″ x 56″.
I used my rotary mat and cutter to help me slice up my fabric but you can just as easily measure it with your measuring tape, use a straight edge or ruler to mark it lightly on the back and cut it with some sewing scissors.
Next, you may wish to take the ends and iron a hem and run it through your sewing machine so that you will have nice clean edges on the back of your envelope pillow where the fabric overlaps..
For this demo pillow, I actually skipped this step and just used the rough sewn edge that the fabric came with as it was a 56″ width of fabric, as you can see below. Other times I do sew the edge so I have a neat finishing edge to it.
Once the piece of fabric is cut (and you have hemmed the two edges if you are doing so) lay the fabric out and fold the right side (or pretty patterned side) facing IN on itself. I measured to make sure it was the dimensions I wanted (15″ x 56″) and then pinned it lightly.
I ironed it lightly to the correct size…
And then ran the open, pinned sides through my sewing machine…
Flipped it inside out…
And stuffed the pillow form inside of it.
Each boy has their own ‘color’ – our oldest son’s is red, while our youngest son’s is yellow.
Truly, they are so easy. Especially once you try a few and really get the hang of things. They take minutes!
Want to give it a try?
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