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

Can you ever really have enough throw pillows?

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.

8 Pointers for Picking and Styling Your Pillows

See All Photos

Shop This Look

Next Up

How to Make an Adorable Pom-Pom Pillow

You can whip together these mod embellished pom-pom pillows in about thirty minutes with no sewing skills required.

Turn Pillows Into Cozy, Kids' Sleeping Pods

Make your kids' next sleepover extra-special with these fun, handmade sleeping pods made from pillows.

How to Make a Wool Felt Appliquéd Pillow Cover

Sew a wool felt pattern onto fabric to create a pillow cover.

Make a Marbled Fabric Pillow Cover

Create a fabric in the exact colors to match your decor with this trendy marbled fabric pillow case project.

How-to: Turn Flower Seed Packets Into Pillows

HGTV Magazine shares the steps to create this pretty pillow inspired by the familiar greenhouse item.

Make Your Own Cuddle-Buddy Pillow

Or as we like to call him, "Slumberjack."

How to Make a Hand-Painted Pillow

Nicci Battilana adds sparkle to her painted pillow with an acrylic jewel and glitter paint.

Make a No-Sew Floral Pillow Cover

Don't have a sewing machine (or sewing skills) but want fresh, new pillows for summer? Learn how to make a trendy pillow cover using only hemming tape and an iron.

Soft Neck Roll Pillows

Create interest and add comfort at the same time by sewing soft neck roll pillows. Get the step-by-step instructions here.

How to Make a No-Sew Pillow Cover

Make a pillow cover in your favorite team's colors to use as a seat cushion during a tailgate and while watching the game in the stadium.

Meet the Team

Get to know the talented writers and editors of HGTV's show and design blog. 

Go Behind the Blog

From the Archives

Take a look back at our past posts, from entertaining and design trends to up-and-coming HGTV shows.  

Read All Our Past Posts