How to sew an envelope style pillow

Sew an easy envelope style pillow in less than 18 minutes start to finish.  Envelope style pillows allow you to take off the cover easily for washing without having to insert a zipper.

If you want a super classy look, try Shibori Indigo Dye techniques on your fabric first. I used the Arashi pattern technique which I learned in a class with Jennifer Falkowski.

I highly recommend her classes and workshops, she has an easy, low-stress style that jives with me. Every summer in July she offers a weekend retreat and it sells out quickly, so sign up early.  :D

You can purchase Indigo dye kits here.

I used a gauze cotton for this project which dyed beautifully. Any NATURAL FIBER fabric will work, including cotton, canvas, gauze, silk, etc...

Make the pillow any size you want to following the general instructions in the video below.

Mine measures 17" wide x 14" tall (approx).

If making the size I did, you'll need one piece for the front measuring 18" x 15" and two pieces for the back measuring 18" x 10".  Have pinking shears handy OR a serger /overlocker.

I upcycled an old pillow from my bed rather than buying expensive inserts. I do this ALL the time.
Regular bed pillows are super cheap at Target or Walmart- cut them in half and you've got two ready to go.

I like larger seam allowances on home goods because they are used to the max. Seam allowance for this project is 1/2" througout.

Full tutorial video here:

I'm slowly learning how to make better videos, thanks for being patient with me! Here's my husband in the zone:

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How to add Pom Pom Fringe to a quilt

Pom pom fringe is HAPPINESS -- am I right? YES! 

Colorful pom pom fringe is totally over the top H A P P Y, which if you're going to for it -- then GO FOR IT FOR REALS ya know?!  

I thought about this for a while and tested a couple different ways...

First I tried using the glue trick (Elmer's school glue) for basting help. It did NOT help. Too many layers for the glue to adhere both the fringe and the binding, and it was more trouble than it was worth. 

(However I do love gluing regular binding application, as it washes out.)

Second I tried pinning the fringe and "basting" it to the quilt, then folding the binding over on the second pass and sewing it all down. It was "OK" but took a long time (two passes). Plus I could see the basted stitches on the back, and did NOT enjoy thinking about having to unpick those later.

Third time is the charm.

Sew the binding onto the back, then fold it over to the front and tuck in the poms using Wonder Clips to hold it in place while sewing the binding on with a zipper foot or edge foot. 

This gave the best result for me.

I found using a stylet helped A LOT. Mine is actually a precision turning tool but I use it for EVERYTHING. It allowed me to push in the edging of the poms back with the pokey end--  without sewing my finger.

My pillow with log cabin blocks / see this quilt here on IG

It really didn't take much longer than a regular binding, but I'm also not a perfectionist. . . So there's that.  

I now have plans to pom pom fringe ALLLLLLLL the things.

There was that time I made pom pom earrings -- how can that be seven years ago?  In that post I linked a bunch of fun pom crafts.


Artfully Awear: Mike Kelley at MoMA PS1 Pom Pom jacket.

les bas qui ont le plus d'attitude que j'ai jamais vu de ma vie     Pom+Pom+Stripe+Print+Sock
socks via ASOS

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This picnic blanket DIY project uses glue, (I'd probably sew it all on instead --for longevity FYI) and it's  RAD AF.

DIY Pom Pom Picnic Blanket | studiodiy.com

I've also happened upon these amazing scissors called Perfect Scissors by Karen Kay Buckley - they have a texture to the blades so they don't slip around when cutting fabric. I love them so much! Mine are the "large" --they come in really small sizes for embroidery, as well as medium sized blades too.  

OK show me what you're making!


Vinyl Needle Case free sewing tutorial

Sewing with vinyl is fun and easy if you have the right tools for the job. See my Vinyl Chat here for tips for working with vinyl. If you have further questions, you can always contact me, I'm happy to help. 

Mia's backpack is made with 12 gauge green vinyl. See more pics here.  I feel the 12g is the best option for making something that will need to be durable and strong, but has a lot of "turning right side out" issues like a bag pattern might. 

I've listed several little projects working with vinyl in various gauges here, here, and here.  

Santorini Tote in vinyl.

Keep Case in Hot pink vinyl.

Wendy's keep case in blue 10 gauge vinyl.

For this needle case I wanted something SUPER fast that anyone can whip up with minimal time invested. A perfect fit for stashing in your purse or carry-on bag (hello EPP people) - as it's thick enough to protect and yet easy enough to sew, = it won't make you crazy. Plus see-through means Security will be nice, as you're not "hiding anything" right?! RIGHT.

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Don't even start...

You need a piece of 20 gauge vinyl that's approx 13" x 5".

I have yellow, orange, & blue 20 g vinyl in stock here.

Scrap packs in multiple gauges are available here.

*If you want to make it out of 10 or 12 gauge vinyl that's ok too but it isn't as protective because it's much thinner than 20 gauge.

Just so you know- 10 gauge is 0.2mm thick, 12 gauge is 0.3mm thick, and 20 gauge is 0.5mm thick. It seems a negligible difference, but it actually does feel quite different. 

 I designed this project specifically for 20 gauge vinyl.  ;)

Watch the video demo here:

Download the PDF template pattern here. 

Instructions / if not watching video.

1. Cut vinyl out using template download (link above).

2. Place snaps with snap press or snap setter tool. 

3. Sew sides using a teflon sewing foot, remembering to back stitch start and stop.  

Finish by trimming threads.

If you don't want to add snaps, place a piece of vinyl across the body so the flap can tuck under it. I've put indicator marks on the template where it will go (on the outside).  My strap measures 5" wide and 3/4" tall.

See this photo: 

See the flap tucked under the strap here? This is the option to make if you don't want to do snaps.

So fast, so easy, and so useful for any small items you want to keep protected or organized. Make a bunch to keep on hand as quick little gifts, tuck a gift card inside and there you go!

If you'd like another fast sew, my friend Cyndi of The Nosy Pepper just released her Nickle Wallet pattern. It uses a 7 x 10" piece of vinyl, cork, or canvas and is super duper fast.