How to Make Pillow Covers from Curtains

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Over the past 2 years I’m been ever so slowing transforming my Master Bedroom into an oasis that I actually want to spend time in! I have one long window in the room that never had a curtain in front of it. Originally I was going to sew a curtain for the space (obvious DIYer solution!), but then I found the perfect  curtain for the perfect price and dropped that plan. Since I only had one window and the curtains came with two panels, I came up with a new DIY plan. Simple Envelope Pillow Covers. 

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

I would consider myself a beginner sewer. If you have any basic sewing skills you can tackle this project. My curtain panel made two pillow covers.

Materials:

1 or 2 pillows
Curtain panel
Tape measure
Scissors
Pins
Sewing Machine
Iron

 

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Begin by measuring the width and length of your pillow. Add about half an inch to that measurement for seam allowances. My pillows were 20″ x 20″, so I measured 20.5″

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Cut the hemmed edges of your curtain off to make a new straight edge. Cut out a square using that measurement above. That will be your pillow front. In my example, my pillow front was 20.5″ x 20.5″

Now cut another piece of fabric the same width as the front and add 4″ to that for the height (Mine is 24.5″ x 20.5″). Then cut that piece in half. You will end up with 2 small rectangles that are the same width as your pillow (Mine are 20.5″ x 12.25″). If your curtains had a pattern to them, you will want to make sure that these two rectangles will have the pattern in the same direction. I wanted my stripes going horizontally for both pieces.
Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Fold over the center edges of your two back rectangles by 1/4″ and iron them down flat. Fold one more time and iron.

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Sew this hem in place.

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Lay your two back pillow cover pieces on top of the front piece. Right sides together. The two back pieces will overlap a bit.

Transform old curtain panels into envelope pillow covers in a few simple steps!

Pin all 4 sides of the pillow cover in place. Using a 3/8″ seam allowance, Sew along the edges of the cover. When you are done sewing, clip the corners corners off and turn your pillow cover right side out.

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Hope you enjoy your new Envelope Pillow Covers!

Great tutorial for making an envelope pillow in a few simple steps!

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7 thoughts on “How to Make Pillow Covers from Curtains

  1. Lindi, I love this idea! Such a clever solution to making matching pillows for the master bedroom too. I’m going to include your post in my newsletter this Sunday. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

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