Learn how to make a pillow with this easy cheaters guide. You’ll see how easy it is to make your own pillow with this video tutorial. There are added beginner sewing tips to help you make this DIY pillow.
Pillows are the most comfortable accessories for sitting in all places. Maybe an outdoor picnic, while driving in the car or when trying to relax on a sofa, pillows are a great comfort. Being able to customize the pillows allows you to not only have cute pillows for yourself but you can also use it as a gift. I learned how to make a throw pillow a long time ago, and I decided to sew some for our home. I love how they turned out.
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The great thing about making your own pillow is you have complete control over the:
There are so many amazing different fabrics out there that the sky’s the limit when it comes to making your own.
I was having a hard time finding oversized pillows for our family room so I bought some fabric and stuffing and made my own. I thought this would be a perfect time to share with you all on how to sew a pillow.
Let me tell you that I’ve never looked back. I’m so glad I did this myself and now I want to show you how simple it is to do it yourself.
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How to make a pillow
What materials do you need to make a pillow?
- 1 yard of fabric of your choice
- Cotton pillow stuffing (the amount is up to you and the size you want to make)
- Sewing needle or sewing machine
- Tape measure
How much fabric do you need for a 16×16 pillow?
To make a 16×16 pillow you’ll need two 18×18 pieces of fabric which comes out to about 1 yard of fabric.
How to sew a pillow video tutorial
I created a short video showing you exactly how to make a pillow. You can make the pillow by hand or use a sewing machine. Either way with work. The sewing machine will take less time than sewing by hand.
Step 1 Choose your cloth.
Make sure it is at least two feet wide and long. Also, ensure that the cloth is of the material you choose. You can customize the pillow buy creating your own print on the cover or by writing names etc.
Step 2 Line up the edges.
Lay your piece of cloth out with the side you want to be on the outside of your pillow, up. Now fold it in half so that the side you want is in the inside of the fold. Ensure you have proper measurements otherwise it might come out in awkward sizes. Cut it out, keeping the cloth folded.
Step 3 Thread the needle.
Make sure you choose the right color of the thread. Otherwise, it might look awkward later when a different color thread is seen.
Beginning on one of the two corners right next to the fold, begin to sew up the edge perpendicularly. Be careful to create small stitches close to the edge. But also make sure it is not so close that it runs out. Also, ensure that the stitches are tight. But also not tight enough for the stitches to get crumpled Continue, re-threading the needle as necessary, along two sides.
This task can be much easier if it is done on a sewing machine. But if you do not have one, you can always hand stitch it. While hand stitching, just to ensure, that the line of stitches does not go crooked, you can first line the edges with pins and layer stitch it along the sides of the pin.
After stitching, you can remove the pins. This will ensure that the stitches do not come out haphazardly. You should now have one side folded, two sides sewn shut, and one open edge.
Step 4 Turn it inside out.
Turn the ‘pouch’ inside out so that the side of the fabric that you want is on the outside. This will give you a pouch kind of hollow with the necessary side on the outside.
Step 5 Add the stuffing
Carefully stuff the cotton into the hole. You do not want your pillow to be limp but do not overstuff it also. Make sure to be gentle so you don’t rip any stitches. Make sure you put the right amount so that it nice and comfortable with good cushioning.
Step 6 Sew up the open edge.
With this side, you need to be particularly careful because this edge will not be concealed like the rest. Once you finish stitching, go over the last few stitches a few times to make sure it is totally closed, snip the thread off, tie a tight knot, and snip off any excess thread around the knot.
Simple tips and tricks to follow:
How do you stuff a pillow without lumps?
To stuff a pillow without lumps there are 2 things you’ll want to do:
- Don’t over stuff your pillow
- Work the stuffing in as you stuff the pillow
When you over stuff your pillow you might have a hard time to work the stuffing into a nice cohesive surface. The stuffing will want to ball up and cause your pillow to become lumpy.
How to work the stuffing into the pillow?
To work the stuffing into the pillow you’ll want to massage the stuffing as you add the stuffing in. This will help connect the stuffing so it becomes smooth.
How much stuffing do I need to fill the pillow?
The amount of stuffing depends on the size of the pillow and how full you want the pillow to be. The package of stuffing will give you a recommendation of how big of pillow the package will fill.
How to make pillows less lumpy?
If you’ve already sewn your pillow and it seems lumpy. You can punch the pillow, massage the pillow, and work the stuffing in more to make your pillow less lumpy.
Enjoy your handmade pillow.
By making a pillow yourself you’re in complete control over the size, shape, color, and texture. There are amazing fabrics out there that will add color and or textures to any room.
I hope that this post has inspired you to make your own pillow. I would love to see the finished product. You can show me in the comments below or tag me on social media. @homebyjenn