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Lake House Style: Easy Peasy Envelope Back Pillow Tutorial



Good morning everyone, we had a new addition to our Lake House Bedroom this weekend. They’re bright, bold and just the right shot of color our are newly neutral bedroom needed after receiving it’s fresh coat of paint last week. These are the first of a few doses of color our bedroom will get. They couldn’t have been easier to sew and they look so good too sitting on the bed all fluffy and colorful. I have plans to make a few more in this fabric and some others to pull the whole room together but those will have to wait for another day and another post since it’s back to work time for me today.


In the meantime while I get my sew on for all the other pillows, here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to sew envelope back pillows. I decided to go with an envelope back because it just might be the easiest way to sew a pillow ever. I made these for my Euro size pillows on my bed which are those big square ones you see all the time. I just love the way they look but never love the price tag on those size pillow covers.

Envelope Pillow Tutorial 1

First you’ll want to choose the size of your pillow. I wanted to cover my Euro size pillows which are 24 x 24 inches.


You’ll need to cut 3 pieces of fabric. I wanted floral fabric on the front with a neutral fabric on the back. Out of the Front Fabric I cut 1 piece 24 inches square. Yes the same size as the pillow, I like mine nice and plump so the finished size will be slightly smaller than the 24 inch pillow. Then you’ll cut the 2 back pieces. My measurements were 24 x 14 inches and 24 x 20 inches allowing for a 3 inch overlap that makes the envelope and a generous 1 inch hem allowance.

Make sure you iron all your pieces flat. Even if they don’t really look wrinkled iron them anyway. It makes sewing a professional looking pillow that much easier.


To finish the back pieces press your raw edge down 1 inch. Fold it over and press another 1 inch.


Using a straight stitch on your machine hem the back pieces you just folded and ironed.


To assemble your pillow lay the front piece down face up. Next lay your shorter back piece face down lining up the raw edges with your bottom piece. Make sure the right sides of the fabric are facing together. Then lay your longer back piece face down which should overlap the first piece.

Pin your pieces in a couple of places along the edge so they don’t shift around as you move them to your machine.

Using a straight stitch sew along all 4 sides of your pillow

Turn the whole piece right side out


Your back pieces should overlap, creating a simple envelope back pillow. Easy. Peasy


Stuff and fluff till your hearts content.

My Inspiration this Week



I’m still on the great fabric hunt for our bedroom makeover inspired by the always wonderful Sarah Richardson and her Farmhouse Master Bedroom. If you follow me on Pinterest you know I’ve been pinning Fabric left and right. from all over the internet trying to find the perfect mix of fabric. I’ve come across some great finds lately and I thought I’d share some of my favorites. I’ve ordered a bunch of samples and can’t wait for the to arrive!

Here’s some of what I’m loving right now.

Fabric 3

1. Sea Breeze Patriot

2. Khandar Jewel

3. Campione

4. Small Scale Gold

5. Khanjali

6. Jiya

7. Houndstooth

8. Licinda

Have a great weekend everyone!

Full Steam Ahead



After the Yellow and Gray idea got thrown to the side and we settled on a new totally awesome inspiration photo for the Master bedroom (you can check out that whole process here) we’re moving full steam ahead gathering fabric, paint samples and scouting a couple new furniture pieces to turn our very green master bedroom from something that looks like this…

to something that looks more like this…

via houzz

But before I get into all that let’s back up here for a second and take  look at what I’m really loving about my inspiration room and what we’re planning to take away from it.

We don’t want to take this exact room and try to plop it our space. Although, if anyone is offering that would be nice. The idea is to emulate the upscale country feel that this room has but on a much smaller budget, in a smaller space and make it our own by changing some elements to fit our lifestyle and needs for our room.

But, back to what I’m loving, the antique quilt on the bed is fantastic, as is the overall mix of fabrics in the room. I love the large scale floral mixed with the stripes and the small scale ikat pattern on the drapes.

Although I think each piece adds to the overall aesthetic and the beauty of the room  the patterned area rug (since we already have a neutral one), bed side tables without any storage and the high ceiling just aren’t going to be possible/work in our space.

So what’s the plan you ask? Well, I’ll get to that in a second.

I started by taking a look at the fabric choices in the room. The floral pillows with yellow trim, striped accent pillow, the smaller scale geometric choices including ikat window treatments and red geometric fabric on the bench. It all leads to a layered over time space. Those are the elements that  really want to take away.

After a little searching I found the source list for the Sarah’s Farmhouse room although they don’t specify which fabric it is they do include the manufacturer. I found a couple of them online,  the lovely floral on the left is  Sunara Ikat Spice by F. Schumacher and it is priced at around $129 per yard. That awesome small print ikat pattern on the right is Sunara Ikat Spice by F. Schumacher priced at about $70. Both lovely, but not going to happen on our budget.

So what’s the plan you ask again?

1. Silsila, Curry $24.95, 2. Mini Chevron $9.95, 3. Soho Sorbet $10.95 4. Hounds-tooth $19.98 5. Arlecchino Riga Stripe $29.98

 Aha, finally she get’s to the point! Well, here it is, I wanted a similar mix of color and pattern. I’m in love with the Suzani style print fabric above. I’ve ordered a bunch of swatches as well a few others  and I can’t wait for them to get here. Follow along on my inspiration board on pinterest to see all my current choices.

If all goes as planned I’ll probably use the Suzani style print on pillows and maybe a chair or two. Although I’m still debating that. I’ll use the small scale Chevron on the windows and layer in the other fabrics around the room. Of course, everything is still very much in the air and there’s tons more to do and decide.

So that’s where we are at in the space, there’s still so much to do like find end tables, chairs, finalize the fabric choices, paint color…you get the idea.

Yeah, I’m totally thinking it’s time for a list!


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