26 Inch IKEA Pillow Envelope Cover

Have you purchased the 26″ Pillows From Ikea?  They are such a great deal, however they are huge and I like to make my own pillow covers for them.  This is my third set of pillow covers and I have a Christmas Print already purchased ready to be made into covers for these pillows.  They are so big that they really do say a lot in my living room, they really have the loudest voice and set the tone for the space.  I love that I can make whatever pillow covers I want to fill that voice.

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I found there was not a lot of information on how to cover these pillows without purchasing the covers from Ikea.  So below are the dimensions for the envelope pillow covers you see in the pictures.

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26″ Ikea Pillow Envelope Cover Dimensions and Materials

Materials Needed: 

  • 26″ Square Pillow Form, mine are from Ikea.
  • Fabric
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing Machine

Depending on how you choose to cover your pillows depends on how much fabric you will need to buy for your own project.


Front Piece (1)

  • 1 Piece of fabric – 27″ X 27″

I chose to add 1″ for seam allowance, 1/2″ per side of the square.

Back Pieces (2)

  • 2 Pieces of Fabric – 27″ X 16″

Remember to cut your fabric print  to coordinate with the direction it will be on your pillow.



  1. Prewash your fabric.  Dry and iron it.
  2. Cut fabric using the dimensions I provided.
  3. Create a hem on the two outside edges that will create the envelope for the pillow.  Because the sizing is so large for this pillow, you can have a larger hem if you choose to. I chose to do about 1/2″ for the hem on my pillows because I like the look of it.  So I first folded the edge in 1/2″ and ironed, then I folded this in again on itself, ironed, pinned and sewed down about 1/8″ from the edge.
  4. Lay out your fabric facing each other in coordinance of how you want your final pillow cover to look.
  5. Pin and sew all the way around using 1/2″ seam allowance.  I used a 1/2″ seam allowance because it is more forgiving to me on a larger project like this if the fabric shifts while sewing.
  6. I always go back and sew over the parts where the envelope pieces overlap to create extra stability and sturdiness because this is where the majority of stress will be put onto the cover when you put your pillow case on or take it off.
  7. Clip off excess material from the corners.
  8. Turn your pillow cover right side out and press.
  9. Finally, you are all done and ready to cover your pillow form and now you have a brand new statement to your room.


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