How to Make a Pillow

I have a thing for stripes.

Any kind of stripes.


from landofnod


from layoutparks


from 320480


from revolveclothing


from searchstylesnap


from sweetu29

(okay, not really, but War Damn Eagle, y’all)

I even like the stripes on baby blankets.

from lilsugar

So when I tell you that I’m planning a stripes-only quilt you shouldn’t be too surprised.

I was recently in a fabric store with a friend, minding my own gosh darn business, determined as hell not to buy anything.

from moneymuch


My strength of will was holding firm until I rounded a corner and saw a whole row of linen-y stripe-y fabric.

They were beautiful.

So beautiful that I grabbed every bolt and ran for the cutting table.

from icanyoucanwecan

And now I have a whole bunch more stuff for that quilt.

from mobile-al

While at the cutting table I sorta fell in love with one of the fabrics. Don’t get me wrong–I love them all. Ask the cutting clerk, who tried to avoid making eye contact with my craft-crazy eyes after the first 3 bolts.

from animalphotos

The fabric that spoke to me was different from the rest, and aside from the stripes, I have no idea why I love it so. But I decided to make some pillows (Can’t have too many pillows. Right?).

Making pillows is easy, but don’t fall for that “just sew 2 squares together” bullshit. That’s only half the battle to making good-lookin’ pillows.

First, find some fabric you adore.

Here’s mine.

my lovely fabric

Okay, maybe that’s not your dream fabric, but don’t be judging on mine.

I like it.

Now decide how big you want your pillows, and cut the fabric to be 1 1/2″ bigger on all 4 sides. Do it for both sides.


Now sew the squares together.

You might logically think that you would sew 3 sides together, leaving one side open.

You’d be wrong.

To achieve perfect corners, start about 2/3 of the way down one side and start there. You’ll end 1/3 of the way down that same side, leaving the middle 1/3 of that end open.

Make sure that you leave at least 1/2 an inch seam allowance. If the fabric frays easily, give it some more.

sewing the edges

Ok. Here’s how you get good-lookin’ pillows.

With the pillow still inside out, take a corner and have it match seam to seam, like in the picture:

seam to seam

Make sure that the 2 seams line up, and then sew a straight line across the corner, making a triangle.

sewing corner

Do the same for all 4 corners.

When you turn it right side out, this is what it should look like:

right side out


ready to stuff

Now you can stuff it.

Note: This method uses polyfill or some other type of pillow stuffing. Using a pillow form requires a different method, and is typically more expensive (because the pillow form is more expensive than polyfill).

I prefer to slightly overstuff a pillow because they tend to compact a little after some use.

Now, hand sew the opening together. Be careful how you do it–you want to try to hide your stitches.



Now, wasn’t that easy?

I made 2.

suck it, martha.

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2 Comments on “How to Make a Pillow”

  1. June 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    I love them! 🙂

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