Make This: Envelope Back Cushion

Before the babe, we did a little sprucing up of an otherwise unused area of our living room. We wanted to make a floor level playspace that could also be shared by adults. A space where I could sit and nurse (or craft) while Ewan played and Xander did what babes do. A space that could help us to meet the needs of our growing family.

While kids aren’t terribly picky about sitting on the floor, adults tend to need something a bit softer to invite them to come and stay awhile. Enter the large cushion. Within a day of setting up the new space it was obvious that a few cushions were needed. It didn’t take me long to reach into the fabric stash, pick out something appropriate and get sewing. We love the cushions and, if you are so inclined, you can make a few of your own!

Here’s how:


  • Fabric (I used 1-yard for two 27-inch cushion covers)
  • Pillow
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Thread


  • Cut one square of fabric, 1-inch larger than the pillow you intend to cover. (My pillow was 26-inches, my square was 27-inches.)
  • Cut two rectangles of fabric that will overlap by at least 3-5 inches for the cover back. (My rectangles were 27-inches by 17.5-inches.)
  • Press one edge of one rectangle up 1/4 inch.

  • Press the same edge, again. This time about 3/4 inch.

  • Using the machine, stitch along this pressed edge.
  • Repeat for the second rectangle. If your fabric is directional, make sure to press and hem the opposite side of the rectangle.
  • Now, set-up your cushion cover to be stitched together. First, place your fabric square flat on your floor or table, right-side up.

  • Next, with the right-side down, place one of the rectangles on top of the square. If your fabric is directional, make sure the pattern is facing the same way.

  • Again, with the right-side facing down, place the second rectangle on top of the square and the rectangle. The two rectangles should overlap by at least 3-5 inches.

  • Pin around the edges of the cushion cover to hold the three pieces together.

  • Using a 1/2 inch seam, stitch all the way around the cushion cover.
  • Clip the corners of the cushion cover.

  • Turn the cover inside out, paying special attention to the corners and press.

  • With a 1/2 inch seam, top-stitch all the way around the cushion cover.

  • Insert the pillow and Enjoy!!

  • Ashley

    I love oversized pillows! It feels just a little bit naughty to sit on a pillow on the floor, which I think is awesome. Thanks for sharing! Will you show us photos of the new play area?


    Danielle Reply:

    I will! Hopefully today!