Throw pillows are a widespread option for home decor. They are usually offered in a range of shapes and colors and are readily available at most home furnishings stores. However, if you need more than one or two accent pillows for your couch, the cost quickly escalates.
Making decorative pillows is a more affordable option than purchasing them in a supermarket. Although this may seem challenging, it is straightforward to complete and only involves a few basic sewing skills. One of the primary advantages of making your pillows is that you have complete control over the fabric and size. Additionally, customized throw pillows can be less expensive than store-bought ones.
Select a Color and an Emotion
The initial move is to choose a color scheme and fabric pattern. Consider the room’s other furnishings and the overall color scheme. Are you looking for your pillows to blend in with the rest of your furniture or to stand out like a bold accent?
After deciding on the color, consider the feel you want the pillows to have (s). Which kind of pillow do you prefer: soft and cushiony or solid enough to lean against? Consider how easy it is to stitch. If you are a novice sewer, start with a thicker, more tightly knit cloth, such as cotton, suitable for drapery. Sewing silk and certain polyesters with a “sheen” will be more complicated.
Choose a Size
Before you purchase fabric and begin sewing, you must decide the dimensions of your pillows. If you already own throw pillows, measure them to ascertain their size before determining the size of your handmade pillows. If you’re going to position your pillows on a sofa or chair, consider the back’s height and the amount of room you want the pillows to occupy.
Sources for Fabric and Sewing Supplies
Purchase the fabrics used to build your decorative pillows at a nearby fabric shop. You can also buy fabric and accessories online if you live in a place without a fabric shop. Alternatively, you can already possess an item of clothing or fabric that you would want to recycle for this initiative.
Additionally, you’ll need something to “fill” your new pillows. You may either use batting or a pre-made pillow shape insert to stuff the pillow. Although batting is less expensive and can be separated for different uses, pillow types retain their shape better. Include the kind of padding used in any throw pillows you own while making your selection. If you want to use a pillow shape, purchase one that is a few inches larger than the size pillow you want to create. This ensures that the pillow is soft rather than flat.
If you’re new to sewing, you’ll still need to get some basic materials. To begin, look around your house to see if any of them are already in your possession. You’ll need a decent pair of scissors, pins, a needle, and matching thread. (If you want to use scissors already in your possession, ensure that they are sharp enough to cut fabric.) You could be able to use an old sewing kit that you obtained from a hotel, provided that you have not already used a large amount of the thread in the color you’ll need.
Preparation for Sewing
Arrange the cloth horizontally on a flat floor. Draw two squares the final scale you want PLUS an additional 1 – 1/2 inches using a ruler or measuring tape.
Create Your Pillow
Loop a long piece of thread (approximately 2 feet) into the needle. Pull the thread through before two equal-length stretches of thread hanging from the needle. At the bottom, connect the two pieces to create a “double” thread for sewing.
Start stitching roughly a half-inch from the fabric’s edge. When a length of thread approaches the end, make the shortest stitch possible and thread the needle around the loop before ultimately bringing the thread through. Sew across three of the pillow’s ends, but just 2-3 inches on either end of the fourth. (Almost definitely, you will have to rethread the needle several times). This would provide an opening for inserting the pillow shape or stuffing. Eliminate the pins. Snip a small amount of fabric from each corner of your pillowcase, being careful not to cut the stitches, to prevent the fabric from bunching up as you turn it inside out.
Turn the pillowcase inside out through the fourth side window. Extend the corners to make them as pointy as possible. Flatten the pillowcase and draw in the edges of the fourth side gap, aligning them with the sections you’ve already sewn shut. Iron the folded-in opening flat to make closing it smoother later.
Stuffing or pillow shape into a pillowcase, pushing it into the corners. Rethread the needle and secure it with a knot. To create a secret stitch, keeping the pillow lengthwise, almost as if it were an open envelope. There would be a cloth flap on the top and bottom of the opening formed by the ironing. Stitch around the top flap’s crease on the far right side of the window. Draw the thread taut, and the two sides of the opening will come together. Repeat the procedure, starting the next stitch on the top side to the left of where the last stitch started. Eventually, the entire opening would be closed. Finish by tying a final knot and cutting the remaining thread.
You now own a whole new decorative cushion! And you now know how to build more in the future. The other disadvantage? Be prepared if your friends and family members request that you make them a few throw pillows after seeing yours!
The following table compares your handmade pillow to a typical store-bought pillow, even if you had to purchase all of the supplies in advance:
$2.00 – $5.00 Fabric (per pillow) thread – $1.50 needles – $1.00 sPins – $2.00 stuffing/Pillow Form – $4.00 – $14.00
Pillow Total Cost – $10.50 – $23.50
Pillow Purchased in a Store – $25.00 – $50.00
(If you make several pillows, the costs will be much smaller since you will reuse the needles, pins, and thread.)