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DIY Pillows: 50 Easy Ideas for Home Decor

Learn how to make DIY pillows and add a pretty touch to your decor! These homemade pillows are easy and inexpensive to make. Get 50 ideas!

DIY Pillows

I’ll never forget the first pillow I ever made. It was completely happenstance and random that I ended up making a pillow, because that’s not what I was looking to do and I wasn’t even in the correct retail store for it when I made the decision.

What happened? I went to Urban Outfitters and saw the coolest polka dotted skirt on the clearance rack for $3. I completely understood why no one had bought it.

The skirt was made out of what amounted to home decor weight velvet fabric, and there was no way it was going to look good on anyone. Hence the price tag.

After quickly realizing that the skirt had kind of a lot of fabric given the size and flair, I knew that I could use it to make something. And what popped into my head? A DIY pillow. I bought it, took it home straightaway, and sewed it right up.

The funny thing is that I’m not even sure if I still have the pillow (it could be in storage), but I definitely have a picture of it from 22 years ago in my old Seattle apartment. You can see its brown velvet with polka dots to the right behind my friend Gemma in the pic below:

Amy and Gemma the good old days

I was so proud of that handmade pillow, even though I didn’t stuff it enough. When I filled the pillow, just grabbed some polyfill and shoved it in. I had zero clue what I was doing!

Fast forward to current day, and DIY pillows are a regular thing around here. I can’t tell you how many pillows I’ve made over the years! And I never get tired of it.

Pillows are one of those sewing projects that are really satisfying to me because they’re 1) pretty easy and 2) pretty quick. Plus there are no limitations. I usually go for a neutral sofa and let my pillows do the talking, so to speak.

I like that I can design a pillow to be anything I want – any shape, any colors, any size.

If you’re in the mood for an easy home decorating project that also makes a great gift (hello housewarming), try a handmade cushion. In fact, I’ve put together a great collection of DIY pillows together below. You can give your home decor a total makeover in minutes!

Some of them are creations of my own here on the blog, while others are from blogging friends. Some are no sew as well! There’s a little something for everyone on this list, and you’ll find a lot of options perfect

Take a peek at the ideas below and let me know what you think in the comments. Have you ever made a pillow? I’d love to know!

DIY Pillows

Learn how to make a pillow for your home decor! You'll make homemade throw cushions in an afternoon, in a variety of styles.

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Tuesday 17th of October 2023

I couldn't find the tutorial for the no sew pillow (looks twisted on one side).


Sunday 22nd of October 2023

It was broken but I updated it - found it! Thank you :)


Friday 21st of July 2023

In the images at the top all of the pillows are found below except for the cactus with pom-poms. Do you have the pattern for that somewhere?



Sunday 22nd of October 2023

@Samantha, unfortunately that pattern is gone :/