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!
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. It 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:
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!
Learn how to make a pillow for your home decor! You'll make homemade throw cushions in an afternoon, in a variety of styles.
Adding new envelope pillow covers to your space is one of the quickest ways to give your couch or bed a mini makeover. You can slip them on and off a pillow form with the seasons, but you might never want to put these velvet pillows away! Sews with a simple straight stitch.
I can't believe how easy it is to make these pillowcases, and completely transform a basic pillow! This is a great project for newbies since it’s just a few straight lines and you have something awesome and useful in the end. Each cushion uses one medium sized piece of fabric.
This project was made with Cricut Infusible Ink - however, you could use vinyl for fabric, or you could even paint the stripes on! Put tassels at the end and you have a perfect pillow for a kids' room or nursery.
Now that I've got you swooning over DIY pillows, it’s time to make some coziness of your own! I'd definitely put this in the “weekend project” category as these floor pillows take a little more time. However, the results are worth it.
Chelsea found some beautiful placemats while walking through Target and got the idea for making something out of them! It took just a few minutes to turn these two placemats into a gorgeous throw pillow.
Sonja came up with a great idea for baby clothes! Instead of storing them away in the basement, she repurposed some of the outfits into a throw pillow. It's a perfect way to be reminded of those precious moments on a daily basis.
If you’re wanting to try something new for your winter decor, or if you think you just need a little more fur in your life, try these faux fur pillows! Fur can be a great home decor accent to add a little texture, and it is especially cozy in the colder months.
I'll be honest, I love my initials. If I could have everything be "AA" I would! These cute letter pillows are easy to sew, and you can make them for your kids or all your initial loving friends (like me!).
Everyone says that changing up your throw pillows is a great way to update your living room look, and I agree! You can completely change the color palette. And if you know how to crochet, you can do it using this simple pattern.
Add a beautiful and cozy touch with this DIY ruffle linen pillow. For this variation on the classic pillow cover, you are going to pretty it up with a delicate ruffle going all the way around the outside.
Have you noticed that shaggy cushions, pillow covers, and rugs are really trendy right now? Interior stylists call it ‘texture’, I call it fun! It’s a throwback to the 70’s where shag was all the rage. You can follow the trend with this unique DIY cushion.