How To Make A Pillow

Decorative pillows are such an easy way to update your space.  You can quickly change out or add new colors to your decor simply by adding a few throw pillows to your couch, chairs or bedding.  This geometric print is going in  my grand daughter’s room, and will be so cute for her bed.  Today I am going to show you, step-by-step how to make a pillow.   This is a two-part tutorial.  In my next post, I will show you how to hand sew your pillow closed 

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How To Make A Pillow

We are going to be making a 20″ x 20″ pillow using a polyester filled form.

Materials needed:

  • 20″ x 20″ pillow form or insert – polyester filled
  • 3/4 yard of fabric -I love the geometric print that I used for this sample.
  • Thread

Step 1: Cut out 2 squares of fabric 20″ x 20″.


You can mark, with a pin, the bottom edges of the pillow to help keep track of them.

Here is a short video with tips for how to cut out your pillow.

Step 2:  If my fabric is one that frays easily, I like to serge around the four sides of the pillow pieces.  If you don’t have a serger, you can zig zag around the fabric instead, or use pinking shears.  This is an optional step.

Step 3:  Sew a long straight stitch 3/8″ from the bottom edge.  This will help to show where you need to fold fabric when you hand sew the pillow closed.


Step 4:  Pin the front and back right sides together.


You can see that I have also marked 2″‘ in from each bottom edge with a pin to show where I will start stitching.

Step 4:  Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the two pieces of fabric together, starting 2″ in from the bottom edge.

Step 5:  Trim corners to reduce bulk.  Making sure not to cut too close to the seam stitching.


Step 6:  Making sure all pins have been removed, turn pillow right side out.

Step 7:  Insert pillow form and pin 2 bottom edges closed.


In 2nd part of this tutorial about how to make a pillow, I will show you how to hand sew a pillow closed.


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  1. Marni @ Haberdashery Fun says:

    Found your pillow over at the Monday Funday link party. You make it look super easy! Like your blog!

  2. Thanks Marni! I love making pillows.

  3. TFS!! Great tutorial. Stopping by from Sew Much Ado and your newest follower.
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  4. Nice tutorial and pillow !
    Have a great weekend !
    Found you through Diana Rambles…

  5. This is a great tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m visiting from the It’s Overflowing link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

  6. Crystal says:

    Great tutorial! Visiting from the Sundae Scoop Link Party! Would love to have you link this one up at the Ladies Only Blog Share link party, too! Every post is promoted across our social networks and blogging community. Stop on by! :)
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  7. A Great Tutorial!
    Thanks so much for linking up on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party this week. Voting has begun, if you have a moment, please do drop by and vote for your favourite link of this week. Thanks :)
    See you again on Thursday.
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  8. Such a great tutorial! I love how the pillow looks so fitted – no awkward bunching like most other pillow tutorials.
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  9. Jann, this is a perfect tutorial and that pillow looks so cute! I most definitely need to make a few of them to put around my house! Thanks so much for sharing such a great tutorial!

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  10. Great tutorial, Jann! Thanks so much for sharing in THAT DIY PARTY! I’ve pinned this for future reference!
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  11. Neat! You’re a great teacher! Thank you so much for linking up with us at One Sharendipity Place! I’m so glad we found one another and hope you’ll be back each week to show us more! New follower!

    Sue from the

  12. I really need this tutorial. I’ve been on a pillow hunt, and can’t find what I like. I’ve been wanting to sew some pillows, so this is perfect! Thanks so much for the great tutorial! Have a wonderful day!
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  13. What a simple and practical tutorial! Throw pillows for the sofa and bed can be so expensive!

    My readers loved it- thanks for linking up and sharing it.

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  14. Great tutorial! I’m in desperate need of new pillows so perfect timing for me! Found you from the link party at Rain On A Tin Roof.
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  15. Great tutorial! Thanks so much for linking up with And Sew We Craft Together

    Amy x
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  16. This is an excellent tutorial on sewing a pillow – the tips are terrific! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
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  17. I love that fabric! And what a great photo pictorial! I pinned it. Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!
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  18. Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon says:

    I pinned this. You make it look so easy.

  19. Very nice and a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing at SEW licious Craft Showcase!

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  20. Best Animated Light Cubes OnlyCubes says:

    Sooo cute. I wanted to make one for my sister on Valentine’s day.

  21. I’ve been meaning to sew some pillows with some silk materials I bought from India. Would I need to put interfacing or lining on the silk before I can sew them into pillows?
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    • Fie, I am going to be doing a blog post about this subject soon. Yes, I usually line silk with a flannel interlining. Good luck, I bet they will be beautiful when they’re done.

  22. Thanks for the great instructions and pictures! I’ll definitely have to try this out!

  23. What a great tutorial! I’m new to sewing, and just learning, and having these clear step by step instructions is a big help. Thank you so much!
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  24. Thank you for posting this- I cannot sew to save my life, but I love the idea of making pillows. Usually the tutorials involve sewing machines, which is way beyond my skill level (though I’m great at sewing buttons back onto shirts!).

    I stopped by from Mix it up Monday.
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  25. Looking at your post as our new puppy is chewing on my husband — yep, I may need to make some pillows before long!!! Thank you so much for sharing this how-to on Inspire Me Mondays. Enjoy your week and I hope to see you again next time1
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