Easy-to-Sew Pillows

Add a splash of color and pattern to a room by sewing your own pillows.

Easy-Sew Pillows Add Color to Any Room

It's Sew Easy

By: Janell Beals

Materials Needed:

  • fabric
  • pillow inserts
  • brown paper
  • square or yardstick
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • thread
  • needle
  • scissors
  • straight pins
  • sewing machine

Measure Pillow Insert

Measure dimensions of pillow insert.

Measure Pillow Insert

Measure Pillow Insert for DIY Easy Sew Pillow Case

Measure Height and Width

If using a rectangle insert, measure both height and width.

Measure the Length and Width of Pillows

Measure the Length and Width for Easy Sew Pillow Case

Create Pattern

Using pillow insert measurements, add two inches to both height and width. Mark measurements on brown paper with a square to create pattern. Cut out pattern.

Draw Fabric Pattern

Draw Fabric Pattern for Easy Sew Pillow

Choose Pattern Placement

If using a patterned fabric, determine print placement by outlining finished shape of pillow on fabric.

Measure Easy Sew Pillow Fabric

Measure Easy Sew Pillow Fabric For Size and Placement

Cut Pillow Fronts

Place pattern on fabric, lining up pattern to fabric grain. Cut around edges of pattern.

Cut Fabric for Easy Sew Pillows

Place Pattern on Fabric and Cut for Easy Sew Pillows

Cut Pillow Back

Place same pattern on fabric selected for pillow backs, lining up pattern to fabric grain. Cut around edges of pattern. Tip: Use coordinating fabrics for pillow front and back for an interesting design.

Cut Fabric with Pattern Guide

Use Pattern to Cut Fabric for Back of Easy Sew Pillows

Pin Fabric Edges

Lay fabric front over fabric back, right sides together. Pin edges.

Pin Fabric

Pin Easy Sew Pillow Material

Sew Pillow Pieces Together

Sew pillow pieces together using one-inch seam allowance. Leave approximately five-inch opening to insert pillow on bottom edge.

Sewing Fabric for Pillows

Use Sewing Machine to Stitch Fabric Pieces Together

Trim Edges

Trim fabric edges to 1/2 inch, trimming first layer slightly more than second. Trim close to corners for a clean turned corner. Tip: Trimming seams to varying widths will help make seams less noticeable on turned pillow.

Trim Pillow Fabric Edges

Trim Fabric Edges For DIY Easy-To-Sew Pillow

Turn Fabric and Press Edges

Turn fabric right side out and press edges.

Iron Fabric

Iron Fabric of Easy Sew Pillows

Insert Pillow

Push pillow insert into pillow casing and adjust placement.

Insert Pillow into Case

Insert Pillow Into Open Side Of DIY Easy-To-Sew Pillow Case

Stitch Opening Closed

Sew opening closed using needle and thread.

Sew Opening in Pillow

Sew Final Stitches in the Opening of the DIY Easy Sew Pillow

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