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Why Make Your Own Decorative Pillows

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Yes, I make my own pillows, why? I simply don’t like paying $30 for a single pillow, and sadly you always need a pair. If you want to see how I did it, keep reading.

My mom was the one that gave me the idea about making pillows. It started out when I was getting married, and she wanted to help me save some money on home essentials. Of course, when you’re starting out as a new family and moving out from the affordable place called your parents home. You realize you finally need stuff that was just always there your whole life.

We always had these huge pillows always getting in the way around the house, when I mean huge, I mean like HUGE. We had them for about forever; the only possible good thing about them was that they were feathered. Feathered pillows are amazing, they are great with shaping, and softness, and all and everything you want from a pillow.  let’s talk a little about sewing machines. If you don’t have one, that’s all right, but this project will be a little difficult to tackle without one. My sewing machine is a

For this project, you will need a sewing machine. My sewing machine is a Singer model 1507.  I got it for $30 from OfferUp (originally asking for $60). This sewing machine came with a guidebook, and it’s simple to use. Which is perfect for small projects like this one.

Now let’s talk about the materials. Since I was using feathers as my stuffing, I needed an extra layer of material, just to hold the feathers in because those little buggers are always trying to get out and poke you. This was a separate project, that included me making a case just to stuff the pillows in. The fabric I used is a heavy duty utility fabric, found at any fabric store.

Now comes the hardest part, looking for fabric for the pillow case. It’s the hardest because there are about a million choices and you can only choose one, and at the point, my mind just explodes. But this is the fabric I decided to go with, it goes perfectly for the winter and fall season.

SIDE TIP: When I get any kind of fabric I usually get enough for one pillow, I like to do that for two reasons. First is you can test to match the fabric to your home. Also, you can see how the fabric comes together (not all fabrics work well for pillows). Second reason is that the lovely ladies at the fabric store will cut the fabric for you, less work for us.

Now that we are talking about cutting fabric lets look at some measurements of pillows you would normally use on your couch. For a standard size pillow usually I measure 19×19- 22×22, my pillows are 20×20. Remember at the cutting counter always ask for 1 inch more. For example, if I’m making my usual 20×20 pillows, I will ask for 21inch. The reason is because you will use up to 1 inch when sewing the fabric in.

There are great video tutorials on how to make pillows, here’s one I like. Also a picture based tutorial for zippered pillows, with a different technique.

The amazing thing about the pillows I make is that they have a zipper, you might not find having a zipper in a pillow amazing, but I do and here’s why. They are easy to remove for washing and I can use the same stuffing for any of my DIY pillow cases. About 2 pillows cost me about $15 (don’t forget your coupon).

Easy? Yes! And that is why I make my own pillows.

With the holidays here, I would love to share a picture of the Christmas pillows I made. Hope you like them. Fabric is linked here.

christmas pillows

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  1. Jimmy and Tina

    November 18, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    super cute pillows and they sound like they would be really easy to make, might have to give it a whirl

  2. Julie Maloney

    November 18, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    My oldest son loves pillows. He would love if I made him one!

  3. Hackrack

    November 18, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I would LOVE to make my own pillowcases! I have so many throw pillows that need some refreshing, but I am so intimidated by sewing machines (despite the fact that I actually own one!) maybe I will give it a try


      November 18, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      It’s actually not hard at all! Let me know how it works out!

  4. Amber Myers

    November 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    How cool! I tend to just buy mine since I don’t think they’d come out nice if I tried to do them myself.

  5. Katrina Jean Carter

    November 18, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Sewing is one if my hobbies but I mostly make clothes and repairs. I certainly want to branch out to home decors, tho! Thanks for the idea 🙂

  6. Debra Schroeder

    November 18, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I’m with you, I don’t want to pay $30 for a throw pillow. But I have zero sewing skills. Rather than spending the money, I just don’t have a lot of decorative things around the house.


    November 18, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    This is very interesting! Such a nice pillows!

  8. Mihaela Echols

    November 18, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    This is a good idea and sounds like a lot of fun. I see a lot of cute pillows out there but they are crazy expensive.

  9. Gessell

    November 18, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Such a great idea. Back when I had a sewing machine I used to make all sorts of home decor. It can be less expensive and a really fun hobby all at the same time.

  10. jill conyers

    November 19, 2016 at 1:44 am

    This makes me wish I was more of a DIYer. I don’t even know how to use a sewing machine. Ha.

  11. TColeman

    November 19, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    This is so great for those that are crafty! Pillows like this can get crazy expensive if you buy them from the store. Great deal!

  12. Glenda

    November 19, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Love the print you selected for your fabric. I used to make a lot my things. It just seems like I just don’t have the time anymore to sew. Although my new year resolution I plan to do more sewing and reading.

  13. Kristen Wilson

    November 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    I have to admit, we don’t have decorative throw pillows because I am like you… minus the seamstress creative side with extra time… because I am so cheap I won’t buy them for $30 bucks! lol Maybe I need to pull out the sewing machine!

  14. Jasmine

    November 19, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I LOVE the idea of making my own decretive pillows! Pillows are great inexpensive way to change up the look of a living room or bedroom!

  15. Sondra Barker

    November 19, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    This is a great idea! I could customize my own to my own personal style and like you said, it’s easy!

  16. Elizabeth O.

    November 19, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    I love the idea of making my own pillows! There are so many tutorials online especially of ones wherein there’s no sewing required! Definitely an awesome idea!

  17. aziel morte

    November 20, 2016 at 2:14 am

    I need an new pillow, Thanks for this ideas I should give it a try

  18. Rain

    November 20, 2016 at 7:59 am

    that’s a great price for a sewing machine. wow. i need to find one. also, i’m totally in agreement. diy is so much better.

  19. Carol Cassara

    November 20, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I wouldn’t mind making my own pillow especially since I love that my decor is up to date with the season! It’a an awesome idea!

  20. Imaobong

    November 20, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I learnt how to back in my Home Economics days and so I make my own pillows (especially throw pillows now).
    Definitely much more economical 🙂

  21. Erin @ Stay at Home Yogi

    November 20, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I have never made my own pillows, but I think I could pull it off! Such an easy way to mix up your decor!

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