Christmas Pillow Covers

DIY Christmas Envelope Pillow Covers


I’m a throw pillow junkie and nothing makes me more pleased with myself than changing pillows up for the season. What makes me less happy is trying to store all the pillows I’ve accumulated over the years. Which is why I decided to try my hand at making Christmas envelope pillow covers this year. I figured I can put them over my regular pillows and when Christmas is over, I don’t have to find a place to store two extra pillows. If you want to use pillow forms, the cheapest place I’ve ever found them is here.

I’d like to tell you this was an easy project and it probably is for most people but I’m a non-sewer. And I don’t do math. So any time measuring, pinning, and a sewing machine is involved, I freak out a little.

Since I have no idea what I’m doing, I turned to one of my long saved pins from Krista at The Happy Housie. She does a great tutorial on how to make an envelope pillow cover that I followed as closely as possible.

I basically cut out two 18 inch wide by 42 inch long pieces of fabric just as she suggested and hemmed the envelope side before adding my applique. I used white muslin for these pillows as that was the least expensive and heavy fabric I could find. Broad cloth is cheaper but I was worried it would be too transparent if I was covering my regular patterned living room pillows.


I cut out two deer from a panel of cute Christmas fabric. Get ready….you’re gonna see this fabric a lot over the next few weeks. I heart it so much.

DIY Christmas Throw Pillows- Envelope Covers

Once the deer were cut out, I used Heat n Bond to “glue the deer to the pillow form. Excuse the blur….I sew in the basement.

DIY Christmas envelope pillow covers

For the first pillow, I stitched around the edges of the deer cutouts before sewing the red rik rak ribbon around the edges.

DIY Envelope Christmas Pillow Covers

Then I decided I didn’t like how sloppy that looked. For the second deer, I sewed the rik rak on without stitching the picture on first. I don’t think it mattered that much, I was just having a Jenna moment. (ie neurotic)

Once the deer appliqué was attached, I sewed around the edges of the pillow to make the envelope and popped in the pillows I had on hand. Bam! Christmas pillow covers.  Just like that. Except it wasn’t. Because I don’t sew all that well and it took me over four hours. Next time, I’ll be a total pro though 😉

DIY Christmas Envelope Pillow Covers


DIY Christmas Envelope Pillow Covers


DIY Christmas envelope pillow covers


DIY Christmas envelope pillow covers

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  1. Those are adorable! Where did you find that deer fabric?? I do switch my covers, but am not happy with the ones I made last year. So……where did you get that deer fabric??? I want some!!!!!

    • Thanks, Dona! I live in Canada and I found it a place called Lens Mill Stores. Kind of a warehouse type place so I was pretty shocked when I found this fabric. Ridiculously priced though…$16 a yard! I just bought a half yard of each piece in this collection. They are cute though, so kind of worth it.

  2. Hi Jenna,
    So up until now I’ve never swapped out my pillow covers, but now I’m for sure gonna do it! Feeling a little slack that I never really thought of it before…so much to do, so little time.
    Thanks for the great idea!

  3. I love these pillows! So fun and cute. I am not a sewer either but you definitely gave me an idea to see if I can find a cute image that I could turn into an iron on and put on a case already made! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Yeah. That’d be a days work for me too Jenna. Applique` in general freaks me out. Nice job though! Cute as! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou. Love, Mimi xxx

    • I don’t know where my sewing abilities (and eyesight) have gone. I used to do applique work years ago when I made costumes for the girls….I can barely sew a straight line these days lol

  5. Many years ago I found a pattern on the internet for an envelope pillow, which I measured and made a pattern out of a piece of newspaper. I bought seasonal fabric for every season of the year and made two seasonal pillows that I used on my sofa over the years. It’s a great way to do your own thing and not have to be a sewing master nor spend a fortune on decorating for the holidays…just be able to sew a straight stitch and calculate a bit. Have fun and save some money ladies!!!!!

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