DIY Pillows

I have been looking for couch pillows for a really long time. I could never find just the right color or just the right size. I saw this tutorial from the blog, idigpinterest.blogspot. I had an "Ah-ha" moment. These are made just like my burp cloth tutorial. I kept trying to find cheap pillow forms to wrap fabric around. I am so glad I never bought any pillows, because I absolutely love the fabric I found. I also saved a ton of money. My husband told me I could make pillows til I was blue in the face. . . he may regret those words. I know I have found a new addiction. . now to find more fabric.

Step 1: Cut out size you want. Make sure if you want a square to make all sides the same size. Also remember that the size you cut out will not be the final size of the pillow. I grossly underestimated this step.
 Step 2: Pin together. Make sure the pretty sides are touching. :)
Step 3: Sew together. Make sure to make a 1/2 inch seam, and use a sturdy stitch(not just a basic stitch, your pillows may or may not be thrown around by a 7 and 4 year old. . .just sayin.) Also make sure to leave a slot to stuff your pillow.
 Step 4: Clip edges of corners. This will ensure a crisp corner when you are finished. Make sure you don't cut your stitch otherwise you will have a hole.
Step 5: Turn pillow right side out. I ironed them flat, and then stuffed them.
Step 6: Sew slot closed. I suppose you are supposed to hand sew it closed, but I am terrible at that so I just used my machine. You can hardly notice the finished edge.

This is the fabric I found for the smaller pillows for my couch. This is where I underestimated the final size of the pillow. They still turned out pretty cute, but I would have love to have had them a little bigger.
This is also something I found that made finishing the pillow easier. Making the opened slot in the middle of the side instead of on the corner. That way when you stuff the pillow you can get all of the corners.
Ta-Da. . .This is my finished product. My 4 year old was asleep when I did these and when she woke up she thought they were hers.

I love how they turned out, and I promise they will not be my last pillows!

*For the green pillows I bought 1 1/2 yd. For the black and white I bought 1/2 yd. I should have at least bought 1 yd.


Tiffany said...

Very cute! They look great on your couch.

The Jones Family said...

Those look awesome! I love the fabric.