How to Make a DIY Throw Pillow

Making your own DIY throw pillow is so much easier than you may have initially thought. In all honesty, it’s the perfect craft project even for the complete beginner. As long as you know how to sew in a straight line using a sewing machine, then everything else is easy.

What is cool about this is the way in which you can choose fabric that brings you joy. Furthermore, you aren’t restricted to whatever is in store. Also, looking out for bargains can easily lead to you having stunning cushions for a fraction of the cost.

So, let’s get started with this guide on how to create your very own DIY throw pillow.

Step 1: What You Need

Of course, you need certain items to complete this project but at least the list isn’t that extensive. For me, all I need is the following.

A basic sewing machine.

Fabric scissors.

A fabric tape measure.

A transparent ruler.

The fabric of your choice.

That is everything apart from if you wish to add your own extras to your design. So, let’s start making the pillow.

Step 2: 1. Decide on the Size

First, you need to decide on the size. Look at the pillow insert that you have and measure it. Say it’s 26inches x 26inches. I would then recommend making your fabric the same size. After sewing it up and inserting the pillow, it will then give you a fuller look.

Step 3: 2. Measure and Cut Your Fabric

The next step is to measure and cut your fabric. Get your fabric tape measure and transparent ruler and make sure your fabric is taught. Measure out each side and do so accurately. Mark the corners and create your template.

Remember you have the front and back but with these measurements I would recommend measuring out two pieces for the back. One size should be around 26inches x 20inches while the other is 26inches x 16inches. This is to create an overlap along with making a hem to allow you to add the pillow insert.

Step 4: 3. Iron the Fabric

Even though this isn’t always necessary, I’d recommend ironing the pieces that you just cut. You will find that it does make the sewing aspect a whole lot easier. If you aren’t that experienced with a sewing machine it may make a huge difference to the end result.

Step 5: 4. Get Sewing

So, now the hardest part of all which is dealing with the sewing. That is after you have colored the factory using a dry sublimation technique. It’s best to start by creating a hem with the two back pieces that you cut out. Try to have a hem of around one inch, so you might have to fold fabric over and then iron it to keep it flat before you sew them together.

Once this step is done, take your front piece in your hand. It’s important that you look at the side that you want to show with the finished product. Place the back pieces on top of this with the joined part facing you.

Next, your aim is to sew each side of the pillow leaving in the region of one inch as an allowance around the edges. If you have small pins, then do pin the two pieces of fabric together to make the sewing part easier. Remember you have those pins there when you use your sewing machine, and take your time when using it as you don’t want to screw this part up. Also, you only require a basic sewing machine and nothing too elaborate.

Step 6: 5. Trim Off Corners

If you see that there’s excess material on the corners, now is the time to trim them off. All I would say is to watch out for your stitching and don’t go too close. This step isn’t always required, but it does make things that little bit neater.

Step 7: 6. Turn It Inside Out

The final step is to turn everything inside out. You will then see that you have the correct side of fabric facing you and all of the rough parts of the fabric are on the inside. If you did this right, then you should see a smooth finish. All you then have to do is to get the inner stuffing to have the completed pillow.

This entire process shouldn’t even take too long to complete, and yet the end result will look amazing in your home. I’d recommend taking your time to find the perfect fabric for your room and don’t feel bad if your first attempt doesn’t quite work out like you expected. Mistakes allow you to learn from them, and I guarantee you will get the hang of it all.

Making your own DIY pillow is for anybody of any skill level. So, what design or fabric would you like to use?



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    22 days ago

    Cool! I am a beginner at sewing, I just got my sewing machine a few weeks ago! This looks like the perfect project to start!


    Cool. It might also be fun to make a pillow in the shape of your house.