{Tutorial} Personalized Envelope Pillow

May 30, 2011

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend!  Mine was filled with BBQs, relaxation, spending time with family, and remembering those who have fought and are fighting for our country!  How did you spend this holiday weekend?

Now let me share with you, what I’ve been up to…..

Using my favorite new material – – drop cloth – – I created this stylish, yet simple envelope-style pillow, then stenciled the initial of our last name on the front.   To be honest with you, I’m usually not a monogram-type person, but I have to say, I truly enjoy seeing this cute pillow showcasing our family initial.

Let’s jump right in, so you can make one for yourself!


* Drop Cloth or a similar heavy weight fabric
* Scissors or rotary cutter
* Measuring Tape
* Cutting Board
* Sewing Machine
* Pillow Insert
* Iron
* Other misc. sewing supplies

1. Gather all of your supplies together and decide the size pillow you want to create.

The pillow that I created was a kidney size ~ 12” x 20”

2. For the front face, add 1” to the length and 1″ to the width – – so the pillow will be 13″ x 21″ (this extra inch will provide enough room to stuff your pillow).  Then with a rotary cutter or scissors, cut out the front face of the pillow.

You will need 2 back pieces, and for EACH add 1” overall for the height, which will give you 13”, and then add 3” to the width.  This additional 3” will give the overlap for the pillow envelope.

Here’s a little math for ya…

Divide the overall length in half and add 3

21 divided by 2= 10.5 + 3 = 13.5

Front Face = 13” x 21”

Back Pieces = (2) 13.5” (envelope edge) x 13″

3. Take one of the back pieces and fold over  1/4”  on the envelope side (this will create the opening for the pillow insert) and IRON the edge.

4. Sew the folded edge. 

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for the other back piece (envelope side).

5. Lay your front face down (right sides together), then lay the back pieces on top (the sewn envelope sides together and should overlap).  Pin and sew all around the outer edge with a 1/2” seam.

6. Clip the corners.

7. Turn it to the right side and iron the edges flat to make a clean and crisp look.

8. Your envelope pillow has been created ~ add your pillow insert.

Complete…now you have a pretty little pillow

But wait…let’s personalize it!

Some of you lucky ladies out there have silhouette machines that can personalize just about everything.  Well, I don’t have one and I know many of you are in the same boat, so this part of the tutorial is for those that want to personalize the old fashion way.


Computer (or stencil)
Fabric paint
Paint brush

1. To create your initial letter, open a Word document and find a font and size you like – – I used the century font at a size of about 150.

2. Print and Cut out the letter with an X-acto blade.

3 /4. Lay it on your pillow and trace the letter using a black Sharpie or pencil.  I used a sharpie because my paint color was black, but if you’re using another color, use a pencil.

5. Paint within the stencil.

Fill in the rest with the fabric paint – – like this one!

Now I have to admit, this project didn’t start off perfect.  Before stenciling on my finished pillow, I did a test run on a scrap.  I originally had skipped the tracing-with-a-marker step and attempted painting right on the stencil.  Nope…that did not work at all.  The paint bled underneath the stencil resulting in ugly, ugly!  Take a look at these pics ~But it’s done and…

Here’s the finished pillow

Along with this “B” personalized pillow, I also made the pretty pillows behind using the same steps.  I wanted to freshen things up for the Spring, so I’ve been making lots of changes – – stayed tuned for more pictures!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful!  Have you ever made an envelope-style pillow? What about stenciling ~ have you ever stenciled before?

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  1. What a great post! Thank you…..I’m new to all this and now I’ll be using your blog as inspiration (if that’s ok?!) All I need to do now is get my sewing machine fixed!
    becs x

    • Hi Becs,
      Thanks so much for visiting SAS Interiors and you can absolutely use my blog as inspiration!! You have to get your sewing machine fixed because there are so many fun things to create with it :) Thanks for stopping by SAS Interiors

  2. Love this project!

  3. Great Tutorial!

  4. All of your pillows looks so good. Thanks for sharing it!
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    • Thanks so much for the sweet comment. These pillows are truly easy to make and they give a whole new look!

  5. I love this project, isn’t drop cloth fabric just the best discovery ever??? What do you mean you aren’t a monogram person??? well, you are now :).
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    • You are SO right…I am definitely a monogram person now! My discovery of drop cloth is awesome…it’s such an awesome material to work with. Thanks so much for stopping by SAS Interiors. ~Jenna

  6. What a great idea! I love initials and this one looks completely classy!
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  7. No way can I make the envelope cover – BUT I could take a stab at personalization – just love this pillow.

  8. What a fun blog you have! I love these drop cloth pillows, the personalization makes it look so professional! I am having a little pillow contest for charity on my blog this month. I would love it if you would consider joining!

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    • Hi Carlee! Thanks for stopping by SAS Interiors and for the kind comment. I will definitely stop by for your pillow contest.

  9. Great job Jenna. I have been wanting to make an envelope pillow for ages and you make it look so easy. I definately need to pick myself up a drop cloth too and give this a try.
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    • Hi Kim for stopping by SAS Interiors. How have you been? Thanks for the kind comment! Making this style pillow IS SO EASY! And the drop cloth material is great to work with because the it’s a heavier weight than most fabrics. It’s a simple (but impact) change for the season.

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