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. 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.
How To Make A Pillow
We are going to be making a 20″ x 20″ pillow using a polyester filled form.
- 20″ x 20″ pillow form or insert – polyester filled
- 3/4 yard of fabric
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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