DIY decorative throw pillows sewing tutorial

how to make cute DIY throw pillows

Monthlychallengelogo2My good friend Amber, who blogs at Crazy Little Projects, has a fun series going on this year called the Sew Crazy Challenge. The first Monday of each month she’s posting a sewing tutorial and linking to other bloggers posting a tutorial in the same theme – the challenge is to sew along with one of the tutorials, and then you can enter a pretty awesome giveaway – click here to check it all out. February’s theme is “for the home” and since we just replaced our old sectional (which the kids had beat to heck!) I decided it was time to try my hand at throw pillows. I came up with two pillow options: a pom pom trimmed pillow cover, and a felt zigzag ruffle pillow.

Let’s start off with the pom pom pillow:

pom pom trim throw pillow sewing tutorial

Cute fabric, right? My Joann Fabrics has been getting lots of nice quilting cottons in lately. To make a cover for a 14 inch pillow form you need 1/2 yard of fabric plus nearly 2 yards of trim. Wash and iron your fabric first. Here’s how to make it:

directions for making a pom pom trim throw pillow

1 – Cut 3 15×15 inch squares of fabric (if your fabric has shrunk enough that you can’t quite fit 3 squares, cut one square at 15×15 and two rectangles at 15×13 or so). 2 – Take one of the 15×15 squares and sew the trim all the way around it. I found it was actually easiest to do this without pinning. Just place one end of the trim along one side of the fabric square, pom poms pointing in and right side of fabric up, and start sewing, about 1/4 inch from the edge. 3 – When you get to a corner, miter the trim. 4 – Continue sewing on trim until you get back to where you started. Slightly overlap trim, then cut off any excess.

instructions for making a pom pom trim throw pillow

5 – To make the envelope opening on the back of the pillow cover, grab one of your other fabric pieces. Fold the right side in (wrong sides together) 5 inches, so you now have a 15×10 inch rectangle. Sew as shown w/yellow dots. Repeat with the other fabric piece, but this time folding in from the left. 6 – Place your trimmed square down on the table, right side up. Place rectangles on top of the square, right sides down, one matching up with the left side of the square and one matching up with the right, to form an “envelope”. Pin very well, then sew all the way around, as shown by yellow dots. Sew 1/2 inch from the edge this time.  7 – Turn right side out and press. 8 – Slide in pillow form.

Totally confusing? I hope not. It makes more sense when you’re actually doing it 🙂

Here’s a close-up of the zigzag ruffle pillow.

cute ruffled throw pillow sewing tutorial

For this one you’ll need 1 yd of 36 inch wide wool felt and matching thread (you can find wool felt on the bolt at Joann Fabrics – it doesn’t need to be 100% wool, just have some wool in the blend).


1 – Cut out 2 15×15 inch squares, and 5 strips that are 3 inches wide and 36 inches long. 2 – Lay out one square. Take your first strip and lay it diagonally out from the top center of the square, as shown. 3 – Zig zag the strip back and forth, making a ruffle, until it looks like the photo. Part of the strip should extend past the top and bottom of the square. 4 – Repeat with the four other strips as shown. NOT SHOWN: Scoot the ruffles in a little closer together, so you have 1/2 inch of open space on the left and right side of the square.


5 – Pin ruffles down, then sew a straight stitch down the center of each ruffle. Trim excess. 6 – Place other 15×15 inch square on top, then sew around edges, leaving about 6 inches open on the left or right side (not the top or bottom). To finish, turn right side out and stuff with polyfil or pillow form, then sew opening closed.

Two new throw pillows with a little personality. Don’t forget to click on over to Crazy Little Projects to see the other tutorials for this month and enter the giveaway.

how to make your own modern throw pillows

linked at: Make it and Love it, I Heart Naptime, Whipperberry



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    Rachel says

    Thank you for the tutorial, I’m here from Crazy Little Projects, Sew Crazy Challenge! I’m thinking this is going to be my go-to for this month! My couch is in dire need of coziness of pillows – and these are adorable and will be perfect.

    I also am a new follower of you on pinterest – a lot of things that I tagged for my (hopefully soon!) to-sew list!

    Thanks again for the tutorial! 🙂

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    Gwen H. says

    Hello, Thanks for the tutorial . I am here from the February challenge at Crazy Little Projects. The pillows look like a perfect project.

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      autumn says

      I used wool felt because the edges don’t fray. If you use a woven fabric (like quilting cotton) the edges will eventually fray and it will start to look shabby. You could try it with a knit fabric that doesn’t fray – the ruffles won’t have as much body though, so the end result will look a little different. I really think wool felt is your best bet for this specific design. Good luck!

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        Terri lynn says

        Hi Autumn, I just happened upon your site and fun projects. I made the ruffle pillow using flannel for the frontside (flannel doesn’t fray or get funny like that) and it looks awesome. I did it with my SF Giants baseball team fabric. Then, I did orange and black on the back with a stripe. It looks great. Just wanted to see what you thought. Flannel is soft and cuddly for the pillow too. 🙂

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      autumn says

      Thanks Sheree! I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out – I was just kind of experimenting – so I’m glad it worked!

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    Oh my god, so cute! Now I know how to DIY the pillow covers and use them to decorate my home. Love it very much! Thank you for sharing experience!

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    I both hope I could do something like that and know I severely lack skills for that. All I can do is pick furniture and a mattress for my bedroom and that’s that. Making a decorative pillow is beyond what I can do =(

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    My wife is very interested on decorative pillows and she often try to make these. I’ve given this tutorial to her and she really liked it . Specially the pom pom pillow ! LMAO!

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