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envelope back free pillowcase pattern Envelope Back Pillow Case pattern

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ENVELOPE BACK PILLOWCASE PATTERN
Nicely finished pillowcase that completely encloses pillow. Back opening for easy removal of pillow.

Envelope Back Pillowcase

Your Pillow Won't Fall Our Of This Pillowcase


Wonderful For Pets!


This easy pattern has so many uses! Cover an old pillow for an instant, soft dog or cat bed. Create decorative pillows for your bed. Make pillowcases that your pillows won't fall out of; unlike a regular pillowcase, these covers are closed on each end. An envelope back opening allows easy removal of the pillow so case can be laundered.


All patterns, text and images © Christina Sherrod of CraftAndFabricLinks unless otherwise noted.

Supplies


1 yard of fabric (for standard size pillow)
thread to match background of fabric
pillow

Note: all seams are 1/4 inch. Always iron between steps.

envelope back pillowcase

Instructions


1. Compute / Cut Fabric

Measure your pillow. Write down the length and width.
For the front piece, add .5" to the length and width measurements. For example, if your pillow measures 20"x25", your Pillow Front piece should be 20.5" x 25.5" (if you want the cover to be snug, you do not have to add the .5").

For the pillow back piece, add 8.5" to the length and .5" to the width (if you want a snug fit, do not add the .5" to the width, and add only 8" to the length). For example if your pillow measures 20"x25", your back piece will be 20.5" x 33.5".

Cut your front and back pieces. Set aside the front piece.

2. Cut Back Into Two Pieces

Cut back piece 12.5" from one end. NOTE: 12.5" works for any pillow size. Refer to image at right.
cut back piece
3. Hem Back Pieces

Serge or zig zag across one end of each back piece. Fold under 2" and press with iron. Stitch hem in place. Refer to image at right.
cut back piece

4. Assemble Pieces

Lay down front piece, right side up.

Lay down longest back piece, right on top of front piece, wrong side up. The hemmed edge is toward the center. Line up unfinished edges and pin back piece to front piece. Refer to photo on right.

NOTE: photo shows shorter piece, but it is easier to insert pillow if longer back piece goes down first.
piece one of back
Lay down second back piece, wrong side up, on the opposite end. The hemmed edge is toward the center. The two back pieces will overlap at their hemmed edges. Line up unfinished edges and pin all layers together. Refer to photo on right.

NOTE: photo shows larger back piece on top, but it is easier to insert pillow if longer back piece goes down first.
back pieces in place
5. Stitch Layers Together

Baste around all four sides, through all layers, 1/8" from edge.
Stitch around all four sides, through all layers, 1/4" from edge.

Turn right side out, using back opening for turning.
back envelope
Back envelope opening


Debbie, a visitor of CraftAndFabricLinks.com, used our free pattern to make 12 pet beds for an animal shelter (6 were made from fabric we donated). What a wonderful thing for her to do for local animals! She was also nice enough to send in some photos. Debbie said, "Your pattern is so easy and fun to put together. I tested each pillow as I finished them to see if they were pet worthy. My cat took a nap on each one so I knew then that they had passed the test."

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