DIY Throw Pillow

Posted on: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A VERY productive Sunday...with the help of AEB.
I have been hemming and hawing over the perfect throw pillows for my living room. Finally, I decided on making my own. I am using pillow inserts that I already own and have purchased fabric to recover the inserts. Total cost of this project was $15.99 for one yard of fabric from Calico Corners.
I wanted to keep this as simple as possible so I decided to make an envelope pillow. I needed to cut three separate pieces to create the envelope.
My pillow insert is 18"x 18".
The first piece we cut was a 19"x 19" square for the front of the pillow
(19"x 19" creates room for a 1/2 inch seam on each side)
The back side of the pillow is made up of two separate pieces that overlap.

First we needed to hem the exposed edges on the two pieces of fabric that will overlap and create the envelope opening.
We chose a funky little stitch .

Now we have our three separate pieces and are ready to sew it all together.
All of the fabric needs to face inwards. In the above picture you see the solid piece of the front of the pillow. On top of that is the second piece (the white side on the left) facing towards the front.
Now we have added the third and final piece to the pillow. We have pinned all around the edges and are ready to sew. Remember to mark off a 1/2 inch on each side as to create the desired 18"x18" pillow cover. We marked it off using a pencil.
After we have finished it is time to flip the fabric right-side-out.
Insert the pillow and you are finished.
So thrilled! I am anxiously awaiting the delivery of my other fabric for the remaining living room throw pillows.
So many different options, what's a girl to do?
A special thanks to AEB, my crafting guru and a fabulous friend! I could not have done this without her help. AEB is ridiculously talented and makes any project she takes on seem effortless. She is the one who taught me how to needlepoint. I will be posting on her amazing DIY Lilly quilt later in the week!

6 comments:

Starfish and Sundresses said...

Gorgeous! I really need a sewing machine so I can tackle some projects I have laying around.

Danielle Sands said...

Can you please come to my hobbit home and give me some inspiration? Thanks.

Chic Geek said...

haha I would love to! You can totally do this though! Rock it out and find some killer fabric
xoxo

Emily said...

So beautiful :) Awesome work you crafty girl!

Lacquered Life said...

Can you bring AEB to my apartment? My craftiness stops at lacquering and wallpapering! I wouldn't even know how to turn on a sewing machine.

Deliciously Organized said...

They look perfect!

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