How To Sew A Vintage Pearl Earring Envelope Pillow Cover

Hello Frugalistas, I had a fun furniture makeover planned to share with you today but instead, I've been flat out with a nasty cold and didn't get it finished. That's what I get for kissing on my adorable snotty-nosed 1-year old grandson.

When I shared our Bedroom Window Seat REmakeover last month I had several of you ask about the throw pillows.  That's when I realized I hadn't shared a post on how I made them so today we'll start with the Vintage Pearl Earring Pillow.

DIY Window Seat Throw Pillows

How To Sew An Envelope Pillow Cover

A couple of summers ago I found some pretty vintage pearl clip-on earrings at a country market. The vendor was closing their booth and clearing everything out. I'm someone who rarely wears jewelry but when I saw these pretty earrings, they were calling my name.

I had no idea what I was going to do with them, especially since I had no intentions of wearing them. But the original price was $18.00 apiece and reduced to $5.00 so how could I resist.

Vintage Pearl Earrings

And so they sat and sat in my jewelry box. When we finished our custom window seat, I realized we had no pretty throw pillows. After several unsuccessful attempts at buying some, I decided to make my own.

Vintage Pearl Earring Throw Pillow

I will do anything to avoid sewing zippers and so the perfect alternative is making simple envelope pillow covers. You don't need uber sewing skills to make these - as long as you can sew a straight line, you're good!

How To Sew An Envelope Pillow - Part One

Step 1

Measure your pillow form - mine is a 16-inch square pillow form.

Step 2

To get a nice fluffy pillow, do not add a seam allowance to the width of the fabric, therefore cutting it at 16-inches wide.  I used an inexpensive drop cloth to make my pillows.

Step 3

For the length double the size (16 x 2 = 32 + 2 (seam allowance) = 34-inches.  Cut your fabric 16" wide x 34" long.

Step 4

To finish the top and bottom ends of the fabric fold the edges over 1-inch and iron the fold. Fold it under again 1/2-inch and pin in place. Straight stitch each seam.

How to sew an envelope style pillow cover

Step 5

Place the pillow form on top of the good side of the fabric and fold the bottom half of the fabric over to the halfway point of the pillow and pin the side seams together.

Step 6

Fold the top half over the pillow form so it overlaps the bottom piece and pin the side seams in place.

At this point, we are going to STOP the assembly and add some pretty to the front of the pillow.

Painting A Horizontal Stripe

Step 1

Mark the center of the front of the pillow inside the 1/2-inch seam allowance on both sides.

Step 2

Unpin the side seams and lay the fabric flat with the good side facing you.

Step 3

With chalk and a straight edge, draw a line across the center marks you made in Step 1. Measure two inches above the center line and again using a straight edge draw a line with chalk. Repeat this step below the center line.

Step 4

Lay painter's tape along your chalk lines and rub the edges for a tight seal to avoid paint bleed.

Step 5

Lay something down under the fabric to protect the work surface from getting any paint. Using a small foam roller paint inside the tape lines.  I used Americana Multi-Surface Paint in the color Turquoise Waters. Let it dry between coats and repeat until you have the coverage you want. It took two coats for my pillow.

Painting a stripe on a Vintage Pearl Earring envelope pillow cover

How to Sew An Envelope Pillow - Part Two

Step 1

Repeat Step 5 & 6 in Part One and pin in place.

Step 2

Stitch the side seams together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

Step 3

Snip the corners at an angle being careful not to cut into the seam. This removes the bulk from the points at each corner.

Sewing seams together on Vintage Pearl Earring Envelope Pillow

Step 4

Turn the pillow right side out and using the handle of a wooden spoon, push the corners out until they are nice and pointy.

DIY envelope style pillow cover for Vintage Pearl earring Pillow

That's it! The instructions look more complicated than it is.

Adding the Embellishments

Step 1

Measure the center of the stripe both vertically and horizontally and mark a dot with chalk.

Step 2

Measure the center point (again both vertically and horizontally) between the seam and the center dot and mark with chalk. Repeat this for the other side.

Step 3

I pulled the clip open on the back of the earrings and taped them in place making sure the center of the earring lined up with the center chalk mark on the pillow. I hand stitched the earrings onto the pillow by wrapping the thread around the clasp through the fabric and over the clasp again. Once secured in place I closed the clasp and voila!

Using brooches with pin backs would be so much easier!

DIY Vintage Pearl Earring Envelope Pillow

I love the touch of glam these pillows add to the room. If you found this envelope pillow cover tutorial helpful please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Vintage pearl earring throw pillow

Have you ever made a pillow cover? What is your preference,  zipper closure or envelope?

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