This is a tutorial on how to make an envelope backed cushion cover. Its very simple to do and makes removing the cushion pad easy in order for you to wash the cover. Click the images to enlarge  so you can see in more detail. 
This tutorial is based on making a 10in by 10in cushion cover. However, it can be easily adapted to make different sizes – for the cushion cover I am making, I have a front panel of fabric measuring 11in x 11in, and another piece which will be the back envelope panel which is 11in x15in. So for a different sized cover, you need to add on an inch for your front panel (i.e for a 14x14in cover, your front panel will measure 15in x 15in) and the back panel needs to be 15in x 19in ( always add on an extra 5in to your chosen cover size, so 14in+5in = 19in). Below I have included a few more measurements for other sized covers:
10 x 10in: Front 11 x 11in, Back 11 x 15in
12 x 12in: Front 13 x 13in, Back 13 x 17in
14 x 14in: Front 15 x 15in, Back 15 x 19in
16 x 16in: Front 17 x 17in, Back 17 x 21in and so on. 
Equipment required:
  • Fabric – one piece 11in x 11in for the front panel, and another piece 11in x 15in for the envelope back.
  • Dressmakers pen/chalk or a pencil.
  • Dressmakers pins
  • Measuring tape and/or ruler
  • Rotary cutter and board or dressmakers scissors
  • Sewing needle and thread (similar colour to the back panel (larger piece of fabric) or a sewing machine.
1. With scissors or a rotary cutter, cut the back panel (larger piece of fabric) in half 
so that each piece measures 11in x 7.5in. As you can see I am having plain red fabric for the envelope back.
2. Taking the left piece of the fabric you have just cut, fold the right hand side of the 
fabric over by 1/4inch and press. Then refold again to make a hem. Press the seam and then pin in in place.
NB. If you are using patterned fabric for your back panel please make sure you fold back onto the not-so-pretty side.
3. Do the same to the second piece of fabric you have (make a hem on the left hand 
side of your fabric, i.e so that each hemmed piece meets in the middle…. like this:
4. Straight stitch down the hems on both pieces as close as possible to the edge, but
making sure you stitch through both folds of the hem. I apologise I should have used brighter coloured thread so you could see the stitching but as you can see it is best to get as close a colour as possible to the fabric. 
 (click the image to enlarge)
5. Place your front panel in front of you (the other piece of fabric) with pretty side facing you and then take one piece of your hemmed fabric and place it on top of your front panel. The hemmed part needs to be in the middle and with the folds facing you. Make sure you line up the raw edges:
6. Then place second hemmed piece to cover the right hand side of the front panel, again with the hem in the middle and with the folds facing you. Line up all the edges and pin all the way around. It is helpful the pin the top and bottom of the hems like this:
As you can see the two back panels overlap, this will be the envelope opening. 
7. Straight stitch all the way around using 1/4inch seam making sure to stitch
over the hemmed parts securely:
8. Cut off each excess corner diagonally making sure not to cut any of the stitching. 
You can also cut some of the excess fabric from the side of each corner too.
You do not need to do this however I find that once you have turned the cover the right way out, it allows the corners of the cushion to be pushed out more and do not look so square.
9. Now turn the cover inside out so that it is now actually the right way and it will look like this:
10. Now just insert your cushion pad and there you have your very own handmade cushion cover. Well done and enjoy!
I hope you have enjoyed my first tutorial. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions. 

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