Introduction: How to Close Pillow With Sewing Machine

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Making a pillow can be one of the best ways to add comfort to any space. And there's no such thing as "too many pillows"! It can also be a great way to inject more color and personality to your room. So let’s take a look at how you’ll be able to make a pillow at home.

The project is pretty simple, so you'll be able to make something like this with your kids.
Basic level is more than enough.


  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Cotton filling (if you want to make your project more eco-friendly, use old t-shirt scraps instead)
  • A sewing kit/sewi

Step 1: Cut the Fabric

The first thing that you’ll need to do is cut out the fabric, to the size that you want your pillow to be. It’s often easiest to work with squares and rectangles. However, if you are a little more experienced, feel free to experiment with other shapes, like circles or curves.

Next, you’ll need to cut the second piece of fabric. This will form the back of the pillow. To do this, you’ll need to line it up with the first. It can often help to pin them together and cut it out.

Step 2: Choose Your Needle and Thread

The next thing that you’ll need to do is pick the needle and thread you want to use. The right one will often depend on the type of fabric that you’re using. You need to find a needle that will be thick enough to penetrate through the fabric easily. The thread should be thick enough to hold everything together.
You might find this source useful:

In general I prefer to use needles for denim as I use very thick fabrics for decorative pillows.

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Step 3: Start Sewing

Now you’re ready to start sewing the fabric together. When sewing, leave one side open. This will allow you to stuff it with cotton in the next step. The way you do this can often depend on your experience level. If you’re new to the world of sewing, you might want to start by hand sewing. Though it can take a little longer, it will be a great way of getting used to the process.

However, if you have a little more experience, you might want to use a sewing machine (whichever you have at home, for example, Janome that I use is pretty basic but It's perfect for small projects). This will be much faster. If this is the case, get everything set up and start feeding the fabric through.

Step 4: Stuff With Cotton

Now you’ll be ready to fill the pillow with cotton. The amount that you will need will depend on your preferences. In some cases, you might want to use a lot of filling, to create a firmer pillow. In other cases, you might want to use less, to create a softer pillow. When you’re comfortable with the amount of filling you’ve added, you’ll need to finish the pillow. To do this, you’ll need to sew the final side of the pillow closed.

As an alternative, you can use old t-shirts, clothes and such. This way you could make your project more sustainable:

Step 5: Finish It Off

By now, you should have a great pillow. If you wanted to leave it like this, it would make a great addition to any room. However, if you want to finish it off, you can tidy up the seams. You might also want to add some embellishments, like buttons or ribbons to decorate the pillow.

Once you’ve finished making your pillow, you can use it as you wish.