How to Make Your Own Throw Pillows

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How to Make Your Own Throw Pillows

Staff Writer · Dec 9, 2010

Throw pillows can be viewed as a home accessory that can be done without, but the impact of throw pillows on a bed or sofa can make or break the look of a room. Depending on the type of throw pillows, they can add elegance, charm or whimsy to a room. Once you have decided throw pillows are a necessity, consider making your own instead of breaking the bank on pricey store bought pillows.

Preparing for the Project

Shopping for materials and fabric is the first step in preparing for this project. The material chosen will determine the look of the pillows and therefore the room. Keep in mind the current style of the room and keep the fabric in line with that.

Country style fabric will look out of place in a modern room regardless of how much you like the fabric itself. Decide how many pillows are needed and the size of them. Add up how much fabric will be needed for the project, factoring in extra fabric for sewing the seams.

Other items for this project include:

  • batting or a pillow form
  • scissors
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • needle
  • thread

Pillow forms come in many shapes and sizes so consider how large the pillow should be in comparison to any other cushions or pillows and also the desired shape. Batting can be used instead of a pillow form if you prefer to stuff the pillow yourself.

Getting Started

Measure the pillow form to be used or choose a desired size if using batting. The fabric should be cut to this size leaving an extra inch on each side for sewing. A 15 inch square pillow should have fabric cut out to approximately 19 inches to factor in this extra inch on all sides. Two identical sides should be cut out in the chosen shape and size in order to be sewn together to form the pillow. Once the fabric is cut to the size and shape needed, turn them back to back with the fabric facing inward. Pin the fabric together along the lines to be sewn. Now you are ready to begin sewing.

Sewing the Pillows

Throw pillows can be sewn by hand if you do not have access to a sewing machine or know how to use one. Either way, the fabric while in this inside out position should be sewn together on three sides. Once the three sides are secured, turn the pillow right side out so that the fabric is now showing on the outside. insert the pillow form or stuff with batting material. The final side of the pillow will need to be sewn by hand to close the pillow. A hidden or blind stitch can be used for more knowledgeable seamstresses, to hide the final stitching.

Finishing Up

Fringe can be added around the outside perimeter of the pillow if desired, otherwise the project is complete. Now that you have the confidence, add throw pillows to armchairs or even large floor pillows for extra seating. They will add fun to the home and you will save a lot of money by doing it yourself.

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