Envelope pillows are the easiest pillow covers I've sewed and let me tell you, my sewing skills are not that good. A fabric rectangle folded to create an "envelope", four simple straight lines to sew and your cover is done! No zippers, no Velcro, the envelope holds the pillow really well.
The special treatment to the pillows comes with thumbprints where your kids can be of big help!
The materials you'll need:
- Fabric (I used drop cloth material), and all the necessary sewing materials. If you don't have a sewing machine, this is a project you can put together using Stitch Witchery.
- Fabric paint (The one used in this project was Tulip Soft Fabric Paint, the colors: Glacier White, Royal Blue and Marine Blue)
- Contact paper
- Utility knife
- 17" x 17" pillow forms
- Starfish and Seahorse graphics
*Pre-wash and iron the fabric
For a 17" x 17" pillow insert, the following are the dimensions that were used.
Now you can lay your fabric down, fold the left side and iron.
Do the same on the other side. These folded lines are a good visual point to center our design on the front face of the pillow later on.
Before sewing across the top and bottom of the cover, lets work on the design, the fun part!
Place each design on top of a big piece of Contact paper, tape it in place.
Using the utility knife cut through all three layers following the design.
Once the design is all cut out, you can go ahead and peel off the big piece of Contact paper and center the design in between the folded lines of your pillow cover. Press the Contact paper firmly all around the design, you won't like paint seeping through.
Now is the time to call all those little artists in the making, give each of them a set color of fabric paint.
The thumb printing can begin!
Until the designs are all full.
Let it dry according to the paint manufacturers instructions. After the paint dries you can go ahead and sew across the top and bottom, making sure the designs are on the inside.
It can be wash and iron again, you can insert your pillow form and this is how it will look.
You can place it on your favorite chair and enjoy it!
Our pillows are a present for a special person.
Of course, the artists had to sign it, or thumb print them! Well, we did both!
Are you ready to give the thumb printing a try? Kids love it!
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