This free crochet pattern was inspired by these wonderful ladies and their great Youtube video tutorials.
It is a combination of the 4 Youtube videos listed on this page.   This is just one of the many wonderful things
that can be made watching video tutorials on Youtube.   Even the shortest videos can spark some kind of
imagination within us all.   This is my crafty inspiration that I am happy to share with all of you.      
All links were allowed through written communication with the video creator.    Thank you again ladies and keep creating the great tutorials. 
Tunisian Entrelac Crochet Envelope Pillow Cover
Following the steps below you should be able create a wonderful Pillowcase cover.  Select your own colors. I know this isn't the "traditional" type of pattern.   However, after you watch these wonderful videos you'll get the idea.  Its very easy to do. 
I got the original idea from watching a tutorial on Crafy Gemini's Youtube page.  Easy concept for a pillow cover.   I looked out at my patio pillows and went hmmmmm.....I continued watching various video tutorials and remembered watching Bethintx1's on Entrelac crochet.   (which I had followed previously just for fun)    I then wanted some type of edging for my pillow.   I searched Youtube once again and stumbled on PlanetJune's video on crocheting an I-cord.  (perfect!)     I figured since I was already following a tunisian style for the pillowcase.   I would include a video on teaching you tunisian crochet.   That's when I found VeryPinkKnits video.  I combined all the videos styles and came up with this somewhat of a pattern.  
How I got the idea: 
STEP 1--- Creating this Pillow cover. 

                  Watch Crafty Gemini's video on sewing an envelope pillow cover.
                  This will give you an idea of what we are doing basically.  
STEP 2--- Making the Front Panel 

                  Now for this part you will need to watch all of the steps in
                  this crochet along series.
You will need to measure the pillow you are considering creating a cover for.   That will determine how large you will need to make the front panel.    In this pattern I used a pillow that was basically about 17x 15.   I just followed the Entrelac steps until I got a size suitable for the pillow I wanted to cover.

This will determine the size of your back two panels.
STEP 3---    Back Panels
The back 2 panels are created by doing just basic tunisian stitch crochet.   If you are unfamiliar with creating this style.   Watch this easy to follow video and she will teach you how. 
To get the proper number of stitches for your size pillow cover.
First determine which way you want the envelope portion of the pillow to open.  

Then once that is determined. Count the number of chains across that end of the Front panel.  That will give you the number of chains to make for your foundation chain for the back panels. 

For the 17x15 size pillow I had a foundation chain of 52.  

I created the tunisian crochet for 40 rows on one of the panels and 34 rows on the second panel.   This will give you the overlapping needed to create the envelope slip opening portion of the pillow.   Basically your going to make 2 panels that are the correct number of inches needed to make the back portion, so that they will overlap one another when they are completed.

**Remember this is Yarn.   It stretches.   When your finished it will appear they are just a tad bit small across.  It will come together fine once you start sewing together.****
STEP 4--- Creating the Edging
This is just basically an ICORD.  I was able to create this using this great tutorial.  
To determine how long to make the ICORD for your size cover.  This is all you will need to do.  

Measure all 4 sides of you project and add them altogether.   In this particular project it was counted as follows:      17+15+17+15=64
I created an ICORD that was 64 inches in total length. 
I also added a single row of single crochet down the length of the ICORD once it was completed.   This is for using to sew together.  
STEP 5---  Putting it Altogether
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Once you have all your pieces completed and the desired length you need.   You will need to start pinning together.     You can do this in many different ways. 

1. Use line markers 
2. single small pieces of yarn sewn through loosely like a base type stitch.   Not tight, just enough to hold it in shape.
3. safety pins

All we are doing is forming it.   Making it easy to sew when all pieces are completed.  
Also you will want to remember that we will be sewing the project inside out.  Nice sides will be inside your work.
I would suggest Blocking your work before starting the assembly.  (or not) This will make your panels completely flat and easy to sew together.
When blocking be sure to measure so all pieces are the same width and length.   
Pin the I-Cord around the outside with the row of single crochet facing the outward edge.   The actual I-Cord rounded portion will be on the inside.
Overlap the two panels on top and pin through all layers to hold pieces in place. 
Once it is all pinned together.  Check to be sure you have plenty of overlap to form the envelope part on the back of the pillow. 
Now you can sew through all the layers all the way around.   Put one stitch through all the chains around.   I haven't tried on an actual sewing machine.   However, if you want to attempt it, you can try that. (Not recommended, fabric may be to thick for a sewing machine.) 
Tip when sewing around the edges.
Place on the table flat in front of you.   Put the edge you are about to sew slightly off the edge of the table and simply sew it around.  One stitch in each stitch around. This way you don't have to hold on to your work.  It is easier to sew around and keep the stitches aligned together. 
Now that you have sewn all around the pillow.  Sew in any loose ends you may have left behind throughout the work.   Simply turn it right-side in.  Insert your pillow.  

Simple and easy idea to crochet with the help of all these wonderful Youtube video tutorials.

Hats off to all that take the time to create them for all of us to use and find creative and fun ways to use them.   Hope you enjoyed this crafty idea.  It was fun to do.   
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