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Decorative Pillow Tutorial For Beginners

Hi! I’m Christine, and I’m the lady behind
I Dig Pinterest…a fun blog where I share “Pinterest Success Stories”…essentially Pinterest projects (i.e. crafts, recipes, home makeovers, party ideas, etc.) that have both WORKED and ROCKED!
I keep busy with my three adorable kiddos and of course my many Pinterest undertakings. I wanted to share a super easy method to make these cute decorative pillows. I’m not much of a seamstress, so trust me when I say that if I can do this, you can too! Decorative pillows can be quite expensive, but now you can make your own for much less!
I’m so excited to be here at Craft-O-Maniac! Thanks for having me, Jen!

I’ve been envious of all the cute chevron-patterned things floating around Pinterest lately, so I decided it was time to make something of my own with the fun print.  I’ve said before that I am not much of a seamstress.  For the most part, I only take on simple sewing projects (we’re talking ones that can be done in two hours or less), and this fits the description completely.  So just know that if I can do this, anyone can!

I found some fun printed burlap and chevron fabric at Hobby Lobby and went to town!  


Project Supplies:

Fabric (how much you need will depend on how big you want your pillows to be.  A yard was enough for my two chevron pillows.  The burlap ones required a little more.)
Sewing machine
Batting, stuffing or pillow-forms
  1. Cut your fabric into squares or rectangles (whatever shape you want your pillow to end up being), making sure to account for 1/2″ seam allowance on all sides.  I just used a pillow I already had in a size I liked and traced it onto my material with a fabric pencil.
  2. Serge or zigzag stitch around the edges to ensure the fabric won’t fray through the seams.  This step is crucial for burlap.
  3. Put right sides together, (pin if you like) and sew around edges, using 1/2″ seams.
  4. Leave an opening at least 4″ wide so you can insert the stuffing, or wider if you are using a pillow form.
  5. Clip the corners on an angle, ensuring not to cut the seam.  Turn the fabric right side out.  Push the corners out, iron it flat, and stuff the pillow.  **I slit open an old pillow and re-used the stuffing.
  6. Hand-sew the opening closed.
  7. Repeat for additional pillows.
You’re done!  Easy, peasy, right?
Place them on your couch and admire.


These would sell for at least $20 a piece on Etsy, and I made each for under $3!  Doesn’t it feel good to save money?

Let me know if you have any questions and I’d be happy to answer them!

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