15 Designer-Worthy Throw Pillows You Can DIY in a Day

Can you ever really have enough throw pillows?

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My husband will tell you that I have a major pillow problem. I can power through a home store and pass up just about any other section, but the pillow aisle stops me in my tracks. You could call it my one true weakness. What I’m always trying to explain to my pillow-hater hubs, though, is that it’s really not the worst weakness one could have. Throw pillows can dramatically change the look of a space with little effort, and they can be relatively inexpensive. Plus, pillows add serious coziness to a home.

Anyway, at some point, I kind-of, sort-of had to stop *buying* throw pillows, but that doesn’t mean I had to stop *making* them. Husband knows better than to crush my DIY spirit. So, today I’m sharing a few of my favorite pillow DIYs for my fellow pillow-lovers — because DIYing is fun, inexpensive and, well, MORE PILLOWS.

Stamped Geometric Pillow

Modern Geometric Pillow

Modern Geometric Pillow

This geometric-printed pillow cover is easy to recreate using plain fabric and an easy, DIY stencil.

Photo by: Photo by Lisa Warninger; Photo Styling by Chelsea Fuss

Photo by Lisa Warninger; Photo Styling by Chelsea Fuss

Graphic pillows are totally on-trend, and with this project, you can pick colors to match your space. Guests will never guess your pretty pillows are homemade.

Dip-Dye Pillows

Get creative with dye to make these colorful, ultra-stylish throw pillows.

No-Sew Pom Pillow

Add a touch fun, whimsical color to your home with these pom-pom-lined pillows. The best part? They don't require sewing.

Make This: Pom-Pom Pillow

Ampersand + Hashtag Pillows

Make a hip statement with these DIY pillows embellished with modern signage.

Sharpie-Dyed Pillows

Embrace your inner hippie, and craft these colorful tie-dyed pillows using an unlikely source of dye: Sharpie markers.

Dye-Patterned Pillow

DIY Projects Using Sharpies

DIY Projects Using Sharpies

HGTV Magazine used this common office supply to create fun DIY pieces.

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

If you like the idea of using a Sharpie marker to dye a pillow but aren't a fan of multicolored tie-dye, try this version by HGTV Magazine, instead. You'll use one marker to make a dye-inspired design.

Painted Black + White Beauties

Blogger DIY Painted Pillows

Blogger DIY Painted Pillows

HGTV Magazine shares inspiring (and easy!) DIY projects from beloved design blogs. The blogger, Shannon Claire Smith, bought the Greek key pattern pillows years ago and painted the other two designs to coordinate with them.

Photo by: Courtesy of the blogger

Courtesy of the blogger

Mix crafts paint and fabric medium for this modern pillow project from HGTV Magazine.

Make This: Painted Pillows

Knot Pillow

Made from two pairs of tights, this knot-shaped pillow will add texture and warmth to any space.

Heart Envelope Emoji Pillow

If you’re a fan of emojis, this cutesy pillow project is for you. The heart-adorned pillow requires a very minimal amount of sewing.

Maritime Flag Pillow

DIY Maritime Flag Pillow

DIY Maritime Flag Pillow

We love the bold graphic look of vintage maritime flags! These simple straight stitch DIY throw pillows are a splashy way to add a little nautical style to any space.

Photo by: © Rustic White Photography, LLC

© Rustic White Photography, LLC

Turn a maritime flag into a nautical throw pillow with a few easy steps. This beachy creation is perfect for an outdoor space.

Make This: Beachy Flag Pillow

Personalized Pillow

Learn three different ways to personalize a pillow with your initial.

Marbled Pillow



Marble a pillow with acrylic paint to add an unexpected touch of pattern and color to a neutral space.

Make This: Marbled Pillow

Envelope Pillow Cover

Want a pillow cover that’s easy to remove and wash? Try sewing one of these envelope covers in the fabric of your choice.

French Knot Pillow

French Knot Design on a Pillow

French Knot Design on a Pillow

Wake up a plain white pillow by stitching on French knots.

Photo by: Thomas Liggett

Thomas Liggett

Have a plain, white pillow hanging around? The editors at HGTV Magazine show you how to jazz it up by stitching on French knots.

Make This: French Knot Pillow

No-Sew Outdoor Pillow

How to Make a Pom Pom Pillow

How to Make a Pom Pom Pillow

Transform an old, faded pillow into a chic outdoor accessory with this easy no sew project!

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Does your outdoor space need some sprucing? Try making a couple of colorful (no-sew!) pillows to bring it back to life.

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Blue Velvet

From the velvety oversized pillows to the fluffy wall art, the master suite is the definition of a soft place to land. The bed features a head-to-toe look from Bassett: an upholstered headboard, indulgent custom-made pillows, a quilted coverlet, and a striped linen duvet for extra coziness.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

White and Cobalt

The key to a great pillow look is layering without going overboard. (No one wants to have to search for the bed every night because it’s buried underneath a pillow mountain.) Here in the master bedroom, the pillows play off a white upholstered headboard, and a draped cobalt throw creates a contrasting backdrop for the white pillows in front—without taking up any additional space.

Photo By: Brittany Ambridge

Casual Pillow Talk

In the great room, designer Tiffany Brooks kept the pillow vibe casual with an assortment of fabrics and a relaxed, loose arrangement.

Photo By: Brittany Ambridge

Mix and Match Textures

The success of this pillow combo is in the fabric details. A hip mix of leather, velvet, and a funky Southwestern pattern create a layered look.

Photo By: Brittany Ambridge

Custom Details

Match a great pillow with an ottoman covered in the same fabric. The great room sitting area uses custom-upholstered ottomans in place of a traditional table and chairs, and the small ottomans match the velvety square pillows on the wingback chairs. The result is casual, but cohesive.

Photo By: Brittany Ambridge

A Graphic Combo

In the terrace bedroom, designer Tiffany Brooks chose pillows with a smart mix of bold graphics and traditional patterns. The graphic pillow in front picks up the bold themes from the modern wall art, but the soft diamonds and checks behind give the eye a place to rest.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Odd Elements

When you’re arranging décor objects like pillows, groupings of threes, fives, and sevens usually look more natural than even numbers. So what should you do if you have six pillows? Add a throw (or in this case, an accent rug) over the headboard for your seventh element, as shown here in the guest bedroom.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Bright and Cheery

For the backyard, designer Tiffany Brooks chose playful pop-art pillows that echo nature themes. Bright yellows and lime greens bring in the sunshine even on the cloudiest day.

Photo By: Brittany Ambridge

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