How To Make A Pillow

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I’ve updated this post and made a new video that shows step-by-step how to make a pillow.  Enjoy!

Decorative throw pillows are 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 is a quick and easy sewing project.  I’m going to share with you how to make a pillow using this step-by step video tutorial.   This is a two-part tutorial – in my next post, I will show you how to hand sew your pillow closed 

Be sure to check out our popular How To Make Pillows page for over 25 pillow ideas, tips & techniques.

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How To Make A Pillow

We are going to be making an 18″ x 18″ pillow using a polyester filled form.  You can make any size pillow that you would like.  Your fabric yardages and pillow form size will need to be adjusted accordingly.

Materials needed:


**I’ve done a new video that shows step-by-step how to make a pillow.  The steps for fabrication are also written out below.

  1. Cut out 2 squares of fabric for the front and back sides of the pillow.  Squares are cut the same size as the pillow form – don’t add seam allowances.  Our pillow form is 18″ x 18″, so our fabric is cut at 18″ x 18″.  Mark, with a pin, the bottom edges of the pillow to help keep track of them.
  2. (Optional step)If fabric frays easily, serge all four sides of the front and back pieces of fabric.  A zig-zag stitch or pinking shears can also be used.
  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.
  4. Pin the front and back right sides together.
  5. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew the two pieces of fabric together, starting 2″ in from the corner on the bottom edge.  Stopping 2″ from the last corner on the bottom edge.  Leaving an opening for the pillow form.
  6. Trim all 4 corners, at an angle, to reduce bulk.  Making sure not to cut too close to the seam stitching.
  7. Making sure all pins have been removed, turn pillow right side out.  It’s helpful to use something such as That Purple Thang to help turn the corners right side out.
  8. Insert pillow form.  If needed – add extra polyester fiberfill to fill out corners.
  9. Fold fabric of bottom edges over 1/2″ (using the long basting stitch as a guide).  Pin the two bottom edges together.

 In the 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!

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  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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!).

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  6. says

    Jann this is a great post. I love that you included a video tutorial. That is always more helpful. I need to make some throw pillows for our living room. I am adding in some new accent colors and don’t have a lot to spend on decor but pillows add a lot for little money. Thanks again!
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    • says

      Thanks Amy! This would be a great project to make with your kids. My grandkids love helping me make quick little pillows for them to take home. They’re getting quite a collection of pillows! They love to stuff the pillows with the poly fill!
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  7. says

    I am trying so hard to learn how to do these basic things. This was a great tutorial as it made me feel like I can actually do it. My mom is an amazing seamstress so I have never HAD to learn. But at 40, it is time I be able to do some of these things! Thank you!


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