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DIY Pillow Tutorials

We all have that one room in our home that needs a little more decorative charm. What better way to transform a room from “blah” to beautiful than making your own custom pillows? These simple pillow tutorials are a great way to introduce a new pattern or splash of vibrant color to your décor.

Check out our collection of 12 DIY pillow tutorials below!

Envelope Pillow with Piping

An envelope pillow is the easiest style of throw pillow to make, the overlapping pieces on the back make taking off the cover easy.

This pillow also has piping around the edges, but you can choose to make it with or without the piping. Piping adds an extra finishing touch that can make the pillow look polished and professional.

How to Sew an Envelope Pillow with Piping.

Throw Pillow

There are many different styles of pillows, this one is a basic throw pillow that’s finished with an invisible stitch.  It’s easy to make and a quick way to update your decor with the fabric of your choice.

How to Sew a Throw Pillow.

Quilted Pillow - Strip Quilt Technique

This decorative pillow cover is made using a strip quilt technique to create a pattern. If you haven’t quilted before, that’s not a problem. Doing a smaller project like this is a good introduction. You can also use this technique to make a larger quilt.

How to Make a Quilted Pillow – Strip Quilt Technique.

No Sew Outdoor Pillow

This no sew project is outdoor pillow using fabric glue instead of sewing. This is an envelope pillow, so the cover is easy to swap out. It’s easy to make, and also easy to change out for a fresh look.

How to Make a No Sew Outdoor Pillow.

Burlap Pillow with a Ribbon Heart

This decorative burlap heart pillow is great for Valentine’s Day as a gift or décor. You can also create other shapes for holidays or even monograms.

Flanged Pillow Shams

These are simple flanged pillow sham with an envelope back. The flange refers to the extra fabric around the edges. You can use quilting weight cottonsheeting, or décor fabric. Customize your pillow sham in any way you want.

How to Make Flanged Pillow Shams.

Want to make a matching duvet cover? Check out How to Make a Duvet (Comforter) Cover to see how.

Roll Up Satin Pillowcase

Make your own satin pillowcase with this easy roll up method. Your hair and skin will thank you!

Floor Pillow

This simple DIY floor cushion makes for comfortable seating for the living room, bedroom, or playroom. The optional zipper opening makes it easy to switch out the pillow form if it starts to get flat.

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Sequin Pillow with Ruffles

This ruffled sequin throw pillow uses two-sided sequin fabric, matte satin, and a round pillow insert.

Knotted Throw Pillow

Knotted throw pillows are a really fun way to bring a little texture and a funky look to your decor. They’re really easy to make so even beginner sewers can make a few for themselves and their friends.

No Sew Fleece Pillow

This no sew fleece pillow is a quick and easy project. The one seen here is a 16 by 16 inch kid’s pillow. In addition to fleece, stretch knit fabrics are also great to use because they don’t fray and they tie well.

How to Make a No Sew Fleece Pillow.

Scrap Fabric Pillow

With leftover scraps of fabric you can create this fun, decorative throw pillow. No machine is required, just hand stitching. It’s a great way to use up those leftover scraps of fabric and re-use them, samples or swatches of fabric will also work.

How to Make a Scrap Fabric Pillow.

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How to cover a cushion for outside wicker rocker with piping? U shaped
A shopper on Mar 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It would be similar to this box cushion tutorial with U-shaped top and bottom pieces instead of rectangles: www.onlinefabricstore.net/makersmill/how-to-make-box-cushions-with-a-zipper/

See our piping tutorial to find out how to make piping and add it to your project: www.onlinefabricstore.net/makersmill/how-to-make-and-sew-piping/