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Simple & Stunning DIY Envelope Pillows Tutorial {Freshen Up for Spring}

Simple and Stunning DIY Envelope Pillows how to at The Happy  Housie

Simple & Stunning DIY Envelope Pillows are one of my favourite things. Ever. I love them. They are such a quick and easy way to give your room a whole new feel. And part of the fun for me is looking for new fabric each season… I HEART fabric. Like, big time. It makes my heart pitter patter.

I love perusing beautiful online fabric sources for design inspiration. And my top inspiration choice has long been the stunning curated collection offered at Tonic Living. That is where all my fabric for this spring’s pillow collection is from… and I LOVE it.

 These pillows were super quick to create…in fact I made this couch full in an afternoon. Not bad for an easy way to transform your décor!

Simple Stunning DIY Envelope Pillow Tutorial how to collage at The Happy Housie

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  1. Just looking at your pillow covers I could tell it was a better fabric. Couple of them look like linen, very nice. Your pillows are all so pretty, love the fabrics but afraid they’re a bit too high for me. I’d better stick with the duck cloth prints at Hobby Lobby, really pretty fabric actually and great for pillow covers and curtains.
    All your gorgeous pillows look so pretty piled on sofa. Really does add Spring to a room. Enjoy
    Happy Spring

    1. Thanks JaneEllen! Some of the fabrics are a really fabulous quality- and higher end (the blue cherry blossom is just under $30/yard – but I made two lumbar pillows from 1 yard). The the purple dot is a Premier Prints fabric – which are always really reasonably priced. I love the fun graphic prints they make!

  2. They are so beautiful, Krista! I was just going to post asking if any of my FB friends have suggestions for online fabric stores. We just have a Fabricland and they don’t have what I need/looking for! S excited to check out this site! Thx!

  3. Krista – this fabric is gorgeous – lovely choice! I’ve loved – and stalked – Tonic Living’s fabrics for years now. You’ve got good taste, lady!

    1. Thank you Debi!! I love having the purple added in to our spring décor this year:) Thanks for coming by!

  4. Krista, this is a great tutorial on making these gorgeous pillows. I really love your choice of fabric! Looks like I’ll be getting the sewing machine out and making some (needed) pillows on my big sectional! Pinned!

    1. Oh, I would love to have a big sectional to make pillows for, Gloria! You could fit so many more on it!! (As it is I think my husband thinks we have too many already…I can imagine what he would think if I had a sectional). Good luck with your project!!

    1. Thank you Jo-Anna! I am loving the fabric too – especially the cherry blossom print. Thanks for coming by!

    1. Lol- it is totally Spring here! I guess it comes a little later on a lot of our continent – and some places kind of skip spring and go straight to summer!! I have been craving spring since February!

  5. This makes me want to learn to sew so much. I really need to get beyond what I learned in Grade 8 Home Ec many MANY moons ago! I LOVE Tonic Living fabrics. I could seriously get lost in that store. Love your pillows. 🙂

    1. Thank you Tash! I love Tonic Living too- I would say they are at least partly to blame for my throw pillow addiction. How can you not want to make more when they have so many beautiful fabrics to choose from. I am so glad I finally got over the fear of my machine and learned to sew- best skill that I have ever forced myself to accomplish!!

    1. Oh, snow in April?! Wow! I think the latest we ever had snow around here was early April (April fools day if I remember correctly:) but it was just a skiff that didn’t last. I guess adding a little colour could help get you through the last dregs of winter!!

  6. See this, this is why I need to learn how to sew. I’ve been scouring for new pillows for weeks and can’t find anything I love though I have found tons of fabric I love instead. Beautiful!

    1. Yes- you do need to learn, Alex! I let stark fear of my machine hold me back for waaaaaaaaay too long but now I have fully embraced it. I am not a great sewer by any stretch of the imagination. I am way too impatient and curse every time I have to rethread my needle or bobbin… but it is all worth it in the end because you can make exactly what you want for a fraction of the price of buying in stores.

  7. Love the pattern mix you did Krista! I am not lucky even with the iron on webbings!!! Luckily I have a friend who just learned how to sew and is making pillows for me. 🙂

    1. Vel- you can do it!! One you get the hang of a machine and learn to sew a straight line (or, even just a semi-straight line) you can make these!! I am not a great sewer at all and I whip them off like nothing now… it is quite the sense of accomplishment when you finish:) Or, even easier I suppose, is to get your friend to do it! Lol

  8. I love those fabrics, Krista! I discovered Tonic Living a few months ago and they really have the best fabric selection! You are a pillow sewing expert. I love love love these!

    1. Thanks Chelsea- lol, I wouldn’t say I’m an expert but I certainly do love them – they change up the look of a room in such a flash. Tonic Living is an endless source of inspiration… sometimes I browse on there and try to imagine what room I could possibly redo next with their fabrics:)

    1. Hi Shauna! We are full-bloom into spring out here on the coast – the trees are flowering everywhere, daffs are up, and forsythia is blazing yellow all around us. This is one of my favourite times of year… so I had to bring a little of that inside! I guess you have a little more time until Spring truly arrives there – definitely time to make some pillows:)

    1. I hear ya- once you get the hang of it, it is seriously amazing how quick they go. I guess you could call my eleven pillows in one afternoon a bit of a spree…lol

    1. Aw, thanks Amy… I don’t know about queen but I sure have a bit of an addiction to them:) Easier then repainting the furniture every season, anyhow… lol

  9. Eeek!!! LOVE Tonic Living’s fabric selection! Thanks for introducing me to them!! And THANK YOU for the Envelope Pillow Tutorial! Pinned!

    1. Aren’t they fabulous Christine?!? I LOVE that shop, seriously… I always find beautiful inspiration there. And I love that they are Canadian but ship worldwide! Thanks for the pin!!

  10. Oooooh….la…la… Love the way you mixed the colors and patterns. So refreshing to see after the Winter we had. I want to come to your house and sit and enjoy all the happy colors!

    1. Aw, thanks Diane! That means a lot coming from someone as talented with colour as you are! Things are really brightening up around here… all the flowering trees are out and it makes me so cheery to see it!! I love bringing some of that cheer indoors:)

    1. Thanks Tricia! They are easy… I used to fear my sewing machine but have overcome that now and every time I make this pillows I re-amaze myself at how easy they really are:)

    1. Thanks Anne! I am thrilled to bring some of the freshness of spring indoors right now…. yay for April!

  11. Thanks! Nice, easy tutorial! I love your fabric choices! I am not good at putting different fabrics together!

    1. Hi Lynn! It can be tricky- that is another great thing about the Tonic Living website… when you click on a fabric you like, they have a bunch of other coordinating fabrics shown along the side of the page so you can’t go wrong!

    1. Hi Diana! I have to admit to you that my lines aren’t always all that straight… but straight enough. No one sees that part anyhow- it is all hidden inside:)

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