Making do-it-yourself pillows is a fun project to do. The task is basically easy and it will surely enhance any needler’s hands. In return, you can create sofa accents and slipcovers of your choice, whenever you want, however you want it. Find your old floral patterned cushion boring? Replace it with something fun, like a bright colored cover in coral or blue. Or make it more classic with shimmering gold or silver metallic fabric. The choices are endless, and you are free to decide over built, fabric and design.
Of course, sewing is not some sort of magic that is done within a blink of an eye. You still need a pair of steady hands, a watchful eye, and a handful of tools to keep you on track. If you’re ready to start the project, it’s time for you to gather all the materials needed before you begin. The things you’ll need are:
- Brown paper and pencil for pattern-making
- Inserts (optional)
- Measuring equipment: yardstick / tape measure
- Needle and thread
- Zipper (optional)
Getting On With Do-It-Yourself Pillows
- Choose a fabric. Pick materials with a contemporary flair or decide on basic, solid colors; everything is up to you! You can pair it up with your current furniture upholstery, or create accents with it by opting for a different hue.
- Measure your pillow insert. Determine the height and the width of your pillow and create a pattern with a large brown paper. Add two inches to both measurements for the seams, and an extra space at the opening end. Cut the pattern. Note: You can skip this step if you choose to make a pillow from scratch.
- Place the pattern onto the fabric and start snipping away. You may choose to have different pillow front and back fabrics, but you can use the same pattern.
- Put the front and back covers together and place pins around the edges. This helps secure the ends when you sew it together.
- Use the one inch of fold to give the slip cover’s end a smoother look. With a one-seam allowance, sew both covers together. And leave out one side, the part with extra inches, for the opening. You can optionally sew zippers at the hem of the opening so you can reuse the pillow case.
- You can alternatively use the casing permanently by tucking the insert in and sewing it close.
Designing Your Do-It-Yourself Pillows
With this basic tutorial, you can go ahead and be creative on making your pillows! Play with the edges and create a line of pompoms for a kitschy look. Just sew your DIY pompoms over one part of the pillow cover. Another great option is to add ruffles. You can also add crocheted accessories on your do-it-yourself pillows.
With the right kind of fabric, you can enjoy color pairings and blockings over a basic pillow. You can even make it look more personalized when you have names and things embroidered on the cover!
Have fun with your pillow project, and discover the joy of decorating your own home with your handmade decors and accents.