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Decorative Throw Pillows: Create Your Own

Easy DIY Tutorial for Crafting Gorgeous Decorative Throw Pillows

Everyone loves decorative throw pillows. No matter what your decorating style is. No matter what type of residence you have. You can’t go wrong with decorative throw pillows. They’re a home decor staple. A must have. Decorative throw pillows are one of the top luxury home accents that instantly bring your home to life. They add so much character and charm. The great thing about throw pillows are their variety and versatility. You can add them to fit any style, mood or design. One of our favorite things about decorative pillows is your ability to have fun with them. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to create your own diy decorative throw pillow. This tutorial post is all about giving you step by step guidance on how to create your own handcrafted throw pillow.

What You’ll Need

To create one of your own lovely, decorative throw pillows DIY style you’ll need the following items listed below:

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To create your own decorative throw pillow you’ll need fabric, a sewing needle, thread and much more listed below.
  • Fabric of your choice (1-2 yards)
  • Measuring tape
  • Push pins
  • Pin cushion
  • Sewing needle (if you want to do everything by hand)
  • Sewing thread (if you want to do everything by hand)
  • Sewing machine (if you don’t want to sew your pillow by hand)
  • Shears
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Accessories – beads, buttons, ribbons, trim (if you want your pillow to have decorative accessories added)

Fabric for Your Decorative Throw Pillow

There are endless fabric options to create decorative throw pillows for the sofa, bedroom and more. Just make sure you measure the size of your choice accurately.

Once you have all of the supplies you need for to craft one of your very own decorative throw pillows, it’s now time to get started. The 1st thing you have to do is get your fabric together. Now that you have the fabric of your choice, what you want to do is iron it. This is where the iron and ironing board comes in. The reason you want to iron it is because you want your fabric to be nice and neat for your pillow. You want to make sure there are no wrinkles in it so of course iron it. Just be sure you’re ironing in a safe, cautious environment.

Once you have your fabric ironed, you now want to measure it. This can vary depending on the size of your decorative throw pillow you desire. If you want a standard size pillow such as 12 x 12 inches or even 14 x 14 inches you would measure your fabric to that size but go up an inch. For instance, if you want a 14 x 14 throw pillow cut the fabric at 15 x 15. You need this additional inch on all sides for when you sew the pillow. When you sew it in some of the fabric will shrink. This way the additional inch won’t take away from the desired size of your pillow.

Now that your fabric is measure you can cut it out with a pair of shears. Make sure you specifically use fabric shears. Trying to use regular scissors will destroy your fabric and cause it to split.

Be sure to use shears when cutting your fabric for your throw pillow

Once the fabric for your pillow is cut out, pin both sides of the fabric together with push pins. This will hold them in place as you sew. This makes sure your fabric is lined up together nice and even. Of course make sure the fabric is inside out as you sew. The inner part of the pillow should be showing. This way when you’re finished sewing it you can turn it over to the right side.

Sewing Your Pillow

You should now be ready to sew your decorative throw pillow. If you want to use a sewing machine you would simply line your pinned fabric up with the machine needle and let the machine pretty much do the work. If you want to hand crafted your throw pillow 100% and hand sew it, you will need to know how to stitch. There are several popular sewing stitch patterns you can use to create your decorative throw pillow. The choice is entirely up to you. Below are links to amazing videos that shows you how to sew and stitch. If you already know how to hand sew you can skip over these videos. Whether you go with a sewing machine or hand sewing, either way you’ll need thread for this step. To hand sew you’ll need a needle along with your thread.

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When sewing your DIY throw pillow you can always use a sewing machine or choose the hand sewn method

*Always remember when sewing your pillow to leave an opening to stuff your pillow. The opening should be wide enough for a large hand to reach into the pillow. This way you have more than enough room to move around in the opening while stuffing your pillow. Also remember to sew it with the inner side of the fabric facing outside. This way when you’re done you can turn the pillow to the outer side showing, now being ready to be stuffed.

Stuff Your Throw Pillow

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When stuffing your decorative throw pillow always leave enough space to allow your hand to fit inside of it.

After you sew your pillow you should be ready to stuff it. Remember to leave an opening space for your hand to reach inside and stuff it. What you want to stuff your decorative throw pillow with is completely up to you. You can go for a modern decorative throw pillow and stuff it with cotton. You can also stuff it with feathers, fiber fill or even polyester cluster. It all depends on your personal preference. How full or moderate you stuff your pillow depends on you as well. For fluffy, cozy decorative throw pillows for the sofa, you should stuff them relatively full. For smoother, decorative throw pillows for the bedroom you can stuff them moderately.

Closing Up Your Pillow

Now that your throw pillow is stuffed you have to close up the opening. It’ll be difficult to close up your pillow on the machine with it already stuff. Although if you’re experienced it can be done. However, the best way to do this is to follow the hand sewn invisible stitch method. This way no one can tell your opening part was hand sewn and it still blends in well with the rest of the perimeter of the pillow. The invisible stitch method is actually pretty easy to get the hang of. Below are a few videos that show you how to do an invisible stitch and close up your pillow.

To close up your pillow it’s important the you use at least 1 of the invisible stitch methods

Adding Accessories

Congratulations! You’re decorative throw pillow is now complete. But what if you want a fancy throw pillow? What if you want your pillow to have a certain theme. This is where you can add accessories to your pillow. You can add buttons, beads, trim and much more to your pillow. In order to do this you’ll need to know how to sew the accessories onto your pillow. Or you can even super glue some accessories on to your pillow. For this option make sure to use proper craft glue such as gorilla glue. The best type of decorative accessory to sew on your pillow as a beginner is a larger button. It’s simple, easy and still gives your pillow a beautiful finish. Below is an amazing video that shows you step by step how to sew a button on to your decorative throw pillow.

How to Add Buttons to a Pillow

To add a beautiful button to a decorative throw pillow such as this example can be achieved by watching many videos and tutorials

Congratulations again! You have now completed your 1st of many decorative throw pillows handcrafted with an accessory added. The great thing about this DIY home decor project is how easy and non-time consuming it is. You can create your own custom throw pillow in under 2 hours. You can doll it up as fancy as you want. You can make it as modern yet classy as you want. Once you finish creating your masterpiece, you can now add it your home decor collection.

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