Making a Pillow With Fabric Scraps

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March 11, 2013

finished pillowI bought a bunch of small pieces of fabric that I liked, but hadn't decided how to use them. I needed a lumbar pillow and found them to be too expensive so I figured making my own would be a great way to use my fabric pieces.


Total Time: 1.5 hours


  • fabrics of choice
  • pillow form
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • pins
  • tape measure


  1. Measure your pillow form to determine how long the fabric strips need to be, don't forget to add seam allowances to the length. (My pillow was 12 x 22 in. so with seam allowances my strips were 13 in., some were longer so after sewing them I trimmed them all to the same length.)
  2. Determine how wide you want the strips to be. Make sure that you account for seam allowances on each piece and that sewn together they will equal the width of the pillow, with end seams. (My strips varied between 1-3 inches in width.) You can lay them out, prior to sewing to get a feel for how they will look.
  3. laying out pattern
  4. Cut the strips, then pin them together. Sew each seam, removing pins as you go.
  5. pinned strips
    sewing strips

  6. Once all of your seams are sewn, press your pillow front with an iron. Then trim off any excess, so that all the edges are even.
  7. sewn strips
  8. The back is made with two pieces of fabric that overlap to conceal the opening. First you need to determine how much overlap there will be. I recommend an overlap of at least 2 inches. Cut the two pieces the height of the pillow and make sure that their total length, including the overlap, equals the width of the pillow. (For my pillow, one piece was 18 1/2 x 13 in. and the other was 10 1/2 x 13 in. That made for finished pieces that were 17 x 13 in. and 9 x 13 in.)
  9. For the two back pieces you will fold the opening edge under 1/2 in. then again another 1/2 in. and sew for a finished edge.
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  11. Now pin the back pieces at the ends, to the pillow front (right sides together) and sew. I recommend stitching the seams twice for strength.
  12. sewing strips together
  13. Now wrap the case around the pillow form to make sure your overlapping is correct for a snug fit once sewn. Pin at the corners and remove the pillow form.
  14. testing overlap
    pinning corners
  15. Finish pinning the back and front together and sew, again I recommend double stitching the seam.
  16. pinning back to front

  17. Turn the pillow case right side out and press with an iron. Now you are ready to put the pillow form inside.
  18. finished pillow case
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Bronze Post Medal for All Time! 190 Posts
April 15, 2013

I love to make paper pieced projects. I took a brief break from a quilt to make this pillow cover for the DH's birthday. I had made my carrot book page weight and that inspired me to look for some veggie blocks.

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September 3, 2014

I wanted to make my own version of a craft posted here on Thriftyfun back in 2009.

patchwork child's pillow with vertical one inch stripes of various 1930s reproduction fabric

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March 15, 2013

Make a cute pillow case with scrap fabric.

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