Add a splash of color and pattern to a room by sewing your own pillows.
- pillow inserts
- brown paper
- square or yardstick
- tape measure
- straight pins
- sewing machine
Measure Pillow Insert
Measure dimensions of pillow insert.
Measure Height and Width
If using a rectangle insert, measure both height and width.
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.
Choose Pattern Placement
If using a patterned fabric, determine print placement by outlining finished shape of pillow on fabric.
Cut Pillow Fronts
Place pattern on fabric, lining up pattern to fabric grain. Cut around edges of pattern.
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.
Pin Fabric Edges
Lay fabric front over fabric back, right sides together. Pin edges.
Sew Pillow Pieces Together
Sew pillow pieces together using one-inch seam allowance. Leave approximately five-inch opening to insert pillow on bottom edge.
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.
Turn Fabric and Press Edges
Turn fabric right side out and press edges.
Push pillow insert into pillow casing and adjust placement.
Stitch Opening Closed
Sew opening closed using needle and thread.