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Making DIY Throw Pillows

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I had so much fun doing this project, and I can’t wait to share with you how I made DIY Throw Pillows!! First a little back story… I have a Bernina sewing machine that was handed down to me by my grandma. I feel a little guilty that I have it, because I don’t typically use it. Anytime someone who knows anything about sewing finds out that I have it, they look like they want to punch me because it just sits there. So… I’ve been wanting to actually do some sewing projects. Because despite the fact that the ol’ Bernina has just been sitting there, I do actually know how to sew. My grandma taught us when we were kids how to sew with a sewing machine AND how to quilt by hand. I consider that to be quite a blessing in this day and age. :o) Anyway, here we go!

Making DIY Throw Pillows

I started in the fabric section of Hobby Lobby and chose 4 cotton fabrics that I thought were cute and complemented each other.

Fabric Selection

And of course, I grabbed my trusty (and OLD) Bernina. I’m not complaining… she is quite fabulous. *By the way, in case you’re wondering why all my pictures are staged outside in my backyard… it’s because the house we’re renting right now is about 16 sq ft, and it’s very difficult for me to get the lighting that I want. Not only because it’s small, but also because the landlord won’t let me paint. And the walls are DARK. That doesn’t help at all. Anyway, back to the Bernina.


To get started, I laid the fabric out in all different kinds of patterns to figure out exactly how I wanted it to look. I ended up deciding I would make “stripes’ on the front and then one solid piece on the back.

Fabric Strips1

Obviously in this picture, I had already cut the strips… because I forgot to take one beforehand. I did take a picture of the cutting process… kinda. The pillows are 16×16, and I’ve heard differing opinions on what size to cut your fabric. Some say to cut the same size as your pillow so that your cover fits tight.. but I was afraid that I would make a mistake and need more. So I went with 17×17 and used 1/4″ seams. After I cut out the 17×17 piece for the back of the pillow, I measured and cut out strips in the sizes I wanted for the front. You really can make this up as you go along… just make sure if you’re using multiple strips (like I did) that you leave enough room to do the 1/4″ seam on MULTIPLE pieces. This will end up making it shorter than the back piece if you’re not careful.



Once all your strips are cut out, lay the patterned sides on top of each other, and pin on your line that marks the 1/4″ seam. That will hold it in place so you can make sure you’re lining everything up right when you take it to the trusty sewing machine. Then you’ve got all your strips sewn together … like so:



Next I sewed my seams down (towards the darker fabric) so that the front looks flat and more crisp and clean. Then you want to line up your two sides to the pillow (front and back, patterned side in), pin them together, and sew three sides together. Leave the bottom open so that you can get the pillow in!


Iron Fabric1


Then take the hem on the bottom, which is the last side you will sew together and sew just partway towards the middle of the hem. Turn your pillow cover right side out and iron one more time so it looks beautiful. :o)

Hem Fabric1


Lastly, you’ll want to pin the hem at the bottom and sew the last section closed by hand. Of course, I was too busy sewing by hand to take a picture… Also, I’m a little forgetful. Sorry! But I think you get the drift.

Once I finished that pillow, I wanted to make another one that was similar, but still a little different. So I didn’t use strips, I just  did solid squares for front and back, and then cut out a little heart from a coordinating fabric and sewed it to the front.

Fabric Heart1

I wanted it to have a bit more of a homemade feel, so I decided to go around the heart with embroidery and cock the heart a little to one side.

Follow those steps with fabrics you love, and WAH-LAH! You have DIY Throw Pillows. What do you think?

DIY Pillows11



DIY Pillows2

These pillows were way easier than I expected! I’ll definitely make more! Plus, I really found sewing on my trusty Bernina to be quite relaxing. And everyone could use a little relaxation in their life.

I hope this little tutorial helps to get you started on your own craft project! If you make some awesome pillows, be sure and post it on our FB page!

Have you made your own pillows? What project relaxes you?

DIY Throw Pillows Pin


If you love these and aren’t feeling like making your own, these are available for purchase in my Etsy shop, The Printed Lemon. Thanks in advance for supporting this site! Love y’all :)

Leah Sannar


For more awesome DIY projects and posts, make sure to visit these link parties where I share my projects:

The Shabby Nest, The Diary of a Real Housewife, DIY Show Off, Place Of My Taste, Dandelion Patina, Design, Dining + Diapers

11 comments… add one
  • Julie @ Logger's Wife August 14, 2015, 11:32 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. We recently got a new sofa and I got rid of the old, stained pillows. I knew that I wanted to make new pillows so that I could match them to new curtains but wasn’t sure where to start. Now I know! (visiting from Friday Favorites)
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    • Leah Sannar August 14, 2015, 12:17 pm

      You bet Julie! Good luck on your project. DIY is the way to go! If you have any questions, and I left anything out – shoot me a note!

  • Shannon Peterson August 16, 2015, 2:48 pm

    I love this! And the colors and patterns you chose are so cute!

    • Leah Sannar August 16, 2015, 7:37 pm

      Thanks Shannon! I’m so excited to find more fabric and pick another project! I had a lot of fun with that one. :)

  • Diane and Dean DIY August 17, 2015, 3:24 pm

    You are making me want to break out my sewing machine now😊. The last pillow project I did was turning some of my kids memorable tshirts that we couldn’t bear to part with into to fluffy little pillows. They were great for them to take in the car on trips. Thanks for the inspiration.
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    • Leah Sannar August 17, 2015, 3:40 pm

      Ooh, what a great idea!! I love that! I have a lot of baby blankets that I’m having a hard time getting rid of, and I’ve been thinking I’d turn them into one big blanket. Maybe we’ll get started on that next. :)

  • Lisa Diane Tummers August 19, 2015, 1:30 pm

    I love to make my own throw pillows! They’re a fantastic way to freshen up a room & doing it yourself makes it easy to stick to any budget. I shared your post on my Facebook page — I hope that’s ok — you did a fantastic job explaining exactly how to make them!
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    • Leah Sannar August 21, 2015, 2:32 pm

      Thank you Lisa! I’m always afraid when I write directions that it makes sense in my head, but that everybody else thinks I’m totally rambling. It’s nice to know it made sense to you! Thanks for sharing. :o)

      • Lisa Diane Tummers August 21, 2015, 2:50 pm

        I alway think I’m rambling too! In my case, I probably am, but you were definitely not. I loved how you explained everything! I also have a huge crush on the colors you chose, and you were super resourceful by taking advantage of natural lighting by moving your photo shoot outdoors! Have a wonder-filled weekend! :)
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  • LZ Cathcart@ The Summery Umbrella August 20, 2015, 8:45 pm

    I’m totally crushing on the patterns that you selected! Super cute, and the color palettes are so pretty :)

    • Leah Sannar August 21, 2015, 2:34 pm

      Thanks so much! They caught my eye immediately when I walked in. Hubby isn’t loving them though, I think maybe he thinks they are a bit girly. :o)

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