Envelope Flap Pillow Pattern

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    Envelope Flap Pillow—Materials

    Free sewing pattern and directions to make a pillow with an envelope flap
    Make an envelope flap pillow. Photo: Debbie Colgrove

    This pillow resembles a standard envelope. It makes wonderful eye candy in any room but is exceptional in a den or office situation. Experiment with colors and piping to make the design details stand out.

    Materials:

    • One 12" by 16" Travel Pillow Form
    • Newspaper or Pattern Grid
    • 3/4 yards of 45" wide fabric
    • Thread to match your fabric
    • A small scrap of fusible web or a strip of fusible hem tape
    • A button
    • Optional: Piping 
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  • 02 of 06

    Make the Pattern—Cutting Out the Fabric

    Pattern for a Pillow with a Decorative Envelope Style Flap
    Pattern for a pillow with a decorative envelope style flap. Photo: Debbie Colgrove

    Your fabric could be measured and cut but since there are some angles, it is best to make the pattern on paper first.

    • Draw one rectangle that is 13 1/2" by 17". Use the 13 1/2" edge as a straight grain line. This will be the front part of the pillow that is under the envelope flap.
    • Draw a rectangle 10 1/2" by 17". Mark 3" from the bottom on both 10 1/2" sides. Find the center of the top 17" edge. Draw lines from the 3" mark to the center mark. Use the 3" edge as a straight grain line. This will be the lining piece for the flap of the pillow.
    • Draw a rectangle 17" by 21 inches. Mark 7 1/2" down from the top on each 21" edge. Find the center of the 17" top edge. Draw a line from each side marking to the top center marking. Use the 13 1/2" edge as a straight grain line. This will be the back and flap piece.
    • Use the final marked lines as the pattern pieces—The black lines in the diagram.

    Cutting:

    • Cut out one of each pattern piece. The facing can be cut out of a complimentary fabric if you are short on the pillow fabric.

    Note: All directions refer to a 1/2" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

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  • 03 of 06

    Piping

    Piping on an Envelope Style Pillow
    Piping on the envelope style pillow. Photo: Debbie Colgrove

    Using a 1/2" seam allowance, sew piping to the edges of the back and flap piece. Clip the corners to allow the piping to lay flat on the fabric. 

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  • 04 of 06

    Hem Edges

    Hemming edges while making an envelope pillow
    Hemming edges. Photo: Debbie Colgrove

    On the flap lining:

    • Sew a straight row of stitching 1/4" from the edge of the fabric on the 17" edge.
    • Turn under and press,so the wrong sides are touching, using the row of stitching as a fold line.
    • Turn under again to enclose the raw edge.
    • Sew a closely to the inside folded edge as possible to hold the hem in place on the flap.

    On the front bottom panel:

    • Sew a straight row of stitching 1/4" from the edge of the fabric on the top 17" edge.
    • Turn under and press,so the wrong sides are touching, using the row of stitching as a fold line.
    • Turn under again to enclose the raw edge.
    • Sew a closely to the inside folded edge as possible to hold the hem in place on the inside of the front bottom panel.
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  • 05 of 06

    Assembling the Pieces

    Assembling the Pieces of an Envelope Style Pillow
    Assembling the pieces of an envelope style pillow. Photo: Debbie Colgrove
    • Lay the back and flap piece right side up on a flat surface.
    • Lay the front bottom piece, right side down on top of the bottom of the back and flap piece, aligning the side and bottom edges.
    • Lay the flap lining, right sides down on the top section of the back and flap, aligning the edges.
    • Pin all pieces in place.
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    Sewing and Finishing

    Sew the seams and apply a seam finish.
    Sewing the seams. Photo: Debbie Colgrove
    • Sew all the edges using a 1/2" seam allowance or following the stitch lines from the piping.
    • Trim the corners and seam allowance to prevent bulk. Trimming Seams to Remove Bulk and Have Sharp Points and Edges
    • Apply a seam finish.
    • Turn right sides out and press well.
    • To hold the flap facing in place without having any stitching that shows, slip a strip of fusible web between the hem of the facing and body of the pillow cover.
    • Use the iron to fuse the layers in place.
    • Insert pillow form and close the flap over the front of the pillow.
    • Sew a button in place to hold the flap closed.