Make it: Easy Christmas Envelope Cushion Tutorial

November 4, 2013

Easy Christmas Envelope Cushion Tutorial

Okay. Well it is November now and I have kept my Christmas dreams to myself for long enough. I have dusted off my Etsy shop, hung the stockings and laid the table and now I want to share some of this lovely festive goodness with you too. So I have a tutorial to make a very easy, perfect for beginners, cushion cover. I have used some lovely Christmas fabric but you could make these with any fabric design you like. If you have a sewing  machine these are a brilliant first project for someone starting out – just four straight lines to sew, or if you are a bit of an old hand with the machine you can whip yourself up some festive cushion covers quicker than I can say “Tis the season to be jolly”.

Or if you would prefer – get me to make them for you!

This tutorial will give you a cushion cover that is 14″ x 14″.


  • Christmas fabric of your choice.
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
  • Tape Measure or Ruler


  • To start cut a rectangle of fabric that is 14″ x 40″. If your print is directional make sure that you cut the shortest measurement from the length so it looks like this:

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  • Iron your rectangle of fabric. On one of the short edges fold over the fabric by half an inch and press. Then fold over again and press so it looks like this:

Christmas Envelope Cushion Tutorial

  • Repeat for the other short side and then sew with matching thread along each side securing the hem. (I have used red thread for the purpose of this tutorial so it shows up better).
  • Lay the rectangle of fabric right sides down and measure in along the top edge from one side 11″ and pop a pin in to mark the spot.

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  • Next measure a further 14″ from the first pin and add another. Repeat the last two steps on the bottom edge.

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  • You now have 4 pins in your fabric. Turn the rectangle over so the right side is facing up and then using the pins as guides fold the two short edges in creating a square with the short edges overlapped.

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  • Remove the pins and then use them to secure the layers in place. Add extra pins along the raw edges if you would like extra stability.
  • Sew the layers together along the top and bottom edges. Use the edge of your sewing machine foot against the raw edges of the fabric as a guide for the seams. Be careful when sewing near pins, remove as you go if necessary.

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  • Turn your cushion cover right sides out. Poke the corners out with something like a pencil and press your finished cushion cover. Insert cushion pad and sit back and enjoy your Christmas Cushion.

Christmas Envelope Cushion

I would love to see any cushions that you make. Please let me know if you have any questions.

And if you just don’t want to do the sewing yourself these cushions are available to buy in my Etsy Shop.

I am linking this post up with Festive Friday over at Thinly Spread. Go and feast your eyes on tons of Christmas inspiration!

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  • Reply Jen aka The Mad House November 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    This is beautiful Kelly

    • Reply Kelly November 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you. I am in love with it myself, will definitely be having some festive cushions this year.

  • Reply Chris at Thinly Spread November 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Oh my! This is gorgeous! I have to have a go – I’ve never made a cushion! Thanks for linking to Festive Friday, I’ve pinned and will share again, it’s perfect!

    • Reply Kelly November 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Oh I am so glad you like it. I can’t wait to see what you make.

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