If you are new to sewing, accent pillows are a great project to start with! Throw pillows are easy to make, affordable, and can be applied in just about any room in your home. Based on the fabric and method to creation, they can add pop and bring all the colors together in one room. To show you how easy making your own pillows can be, I am going to show you how to make your own throw pillows.
Easy Peasy Throw Pillows
- 30 to 1hr (Depending on your speed)
- Pins w/ Pin Cushion
- Sewing Machine
- 2 yards of Medium Duty Home Decor Fabric
- Upholstery Thread
- Tape Measure or Ruler
- Polyfill Stuffing
The directions below can be used to make one 18×18 inch throw pillow.
Usually the first thing you want to do is decide on the size of your pillow and the type of fabric, but in this case since we already determined the size, we can move forward and begin creating our pillow. The images below reflect the process as well.
- Measure the fabric. Fold your fabric in half with the inside out (light side of the fabric out). Use a ruler to measure your fabric to 20 inches on each side. Use your ruler and marker to draw a square reflecting the measurements. This will make it easier to cut. I added two additional inches on each side for hem allowance.
- Cut the fabric. While the fabric is still folded in half, use the lines previously drawn as a guide to cut out the pillow shape. Once the pillow shape is cut out, align the pieces on top of each other making sure that the lighter side is faced outward on both sides.
- Iron and pin your fabric. While the lighter side is faced outward on both sides, measure 1 to 2 inches from the edge all the way around and pin the two pieces together. Make sure that you leave a 6 to 10 inch opening on one side of the pillow. This will make sure that you have an area where you can stuff the pillow once you turn it inside out.
- Sewing the pieces together. Once the pillow is pinned, sew the pillow on all sides, excluding the 6 to 10 inch opening. Once you complete the sewing, trim the ends so that the corner of the pillow won’t be so bulky.
- Turn the pillow inside out and iron. Flip the pillow case inside out so that the exterior of the pillow (usually darker) is facing the outside.
- Stuff the Pillow. By using Polyfill stuffing, stuff your pillow. Make sure that you take spread the stuffing around so that it is even throughout the pillow.
- Sew the opening. Using a overlapping or invisible stitch, sew your pillow closed.
- Enjoy your pillow!