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Making Throw Pillows

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Making your own throw pillows can save you money and allow your creativity and sense of design to take over. This is a guide about making throw pillows.


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By 6 found this helpful
November 4, 2010

You can easily make beautiful throw pillows using decorative place mats and backing them with a coordinating fabric.

Approximate Time: less than an hour



  1. Purchase decorative place mat(s) and fabric that will coordinate that is at least 1 inch larger all around than your place mat. If place mat measures 12 x 15 make sure your fabric that is 14 x 17 or larger. You will also need a color thread that will match the fabric.
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  3. If you need to cut your fabric, lay your place mat on top of the fabric and mark with fabric marking pen about 1 inch out from the edge of the place mat all around, cut out.
  4. Baste all around the coordinating fabric, but do each edge separately leaving long tails.
  5. Pin corners of fabric and place mat wrong sides out.
  6. Pull basting thread so that fullness of fabric is even with place mat, pin doing each edge individually.
  7. Mark an opening for turning inside out. Sew up edges making sure you leave your opening for turning the pillow inside out, it is best if you back stitch each edge of the opening so as not to pull the stitching when turning inside out.
  8. Remove pins, turn inside out making sure corners are pushed out, stuff with poly fill to your satisfaction. Pin the opening closed making sure you turn the raw edges in, hand sew closed.

By Viki from Abbeville, AL

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By 10 found this helpful
June 22, 2009

I wanted to make new throw pillows to decorate my granddaughter's bedrooms. Fiberfill is so expensive, so I started buying pillows, and taking them apart (I see that's now a tip on this site!). That's when it hit me! Why was I going through all this trouble?

Now I take a bed pillow, fold it in half, and pin the ends together. Then I use my hands to separate the fill at the fold. Then I use 8 safety pins to make a channel down the center of fold, 4 to a side, leaving an inch or so between them. Then I unpin the ends, and sew 2 seams down the center channel, next to pins. Cut between the seams, and you have 2 pillows! Now you make your pillow covers to fit them! Have fun!


By Crafty Nanny from Hartwick, NY

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By 6 found this helpful
October 26, 2011

I had 2 long body pillows my son didn't use. I made gorgeous throw pillows for my couch using 2 curtain panels.

Measure two 20 inch squares (or whatever you like) per pillow. Put patterned sides (to be the outside of pillow) together and pin. Sew all sides, leaving about 6 inches open to fill. Remove all stuffing from body pillow, pulling it apart and fluffing it. Fill both new pillows to your preference, then stitch opening.


By babysobluexx from Leominster, MA

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By 4 found this helpful
December 14, 2010

I wanted to give my niece throw pillows for Christmas. Making them myself seemed to be out of my budget, even when I found the pillow forms at 50% off. Buy bed pillows when they go on sale. I found them for four dollars on black Friday. One bed pillow will make 2 to 3 throw pillows.

By Tubby from Pompano Beach, FL

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By 1 found this helpful
September 24, 2008

I made this heart shaped pillow out of old pillow shams. They were already in the quilted pattern, so I just cut 2 hearts from a pattern and sewed matching buttons on the back. The words were iron on stencils that I used a pen to make permanent. I hand sewed the strips of fabric using big stitches and finished it by stuffing slightly and buttons on the corners.


After the embellishments were done, I machine straight stitched around the outside (I did not want the seam on the inside, I wanted it to show), leaving approx. 1/4 inch seam allowance. And I then hand stitched the seam allowance closed with the same big stitches.

By Jenn T from Lenox, MA

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By 2 found this helpful
May 5, 2014

Here are some cushion covers I made from 3 tea towels - ideal for our camper van.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 15, 2008

A quick present to make is a "Handle Pillow" You can use whatever fabric you want, or recycle a favorite shirt or dress. Cut 2 pieces 6x 8 inches and another piece of fabric 3 x 6 inches, this will be the handle.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 26, 2010

Here's a really quick and easy pillow that I did with the girls using their choice of a sewing machine or hand stitching with a needle and thread using all straight stitching. Eight year olds were able to do this with remarkable ease and very good results.

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November 29, 20050 found this helpful

Save old pantyhose to use as stuffing when you make dolls or throw pillows.

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November 8, 20040 found this helpful

To make inexpensive throw pillows for a couch or bed, buy cloth dinner napkins and sew 2 of them right sides together leaving an opening, flip inside out and stuff as you would a pillow, then slip stitch shut.

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March 9, 20050 found this helpful

Buy fabric napkins on sale. You can usually find some in Bed Bath & Beyond for 99 cents to a dollar, sew them to make pillows. Reuse old pillows around the house for the stuffing.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 12, 2016

I am a novice sewing person and would like to know if there is a pattern or directions from anyone here on how to make a handsewn pillow cover. I recently received a yard of different upholstrey samples and I would like to make slipcovers for pillows I already have (size is 24x24 and 22x22). I don't think I would add a zipper, but maybe an easier attempt would be with a Velcro closure? I don't have a sewing machine yet, but I am saving for one. Thank you for your time!


September 19, 20170 found this helpful

It's easy to make a slipcover for your pillow

Step 1
Fold your material in half, right sides together.

Step 2
Put Your pillow against it for measurement

Step 3
Cut off any excess, leaving about a 1/4 Inch seam allowance

Step 4
Hand sew the two sides

Step 5
Turn the slipcover so the right sides are facing out

Step 6
Put the pillow in

Step 7
Sew up the top.

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