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You can easily make beautiful throw pillows using decorative place mats and backing them with a coordinating fabric.
Approximate Time: less than an hour
By Viki from Abbeville, AL
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
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
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 Tubbygirl from Pompano Beach, FL
Here are some cushion covers I made from 3 tea towels - ideal for our camper van.
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.
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.
Save old pantyhose to use as stuffing when you make dolls or throw pillows.
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.
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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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!