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Easy to Make DIY Pillows

 DIY Pillows

DIY pillows sewn with one yard of fabric. One pillow, 5 different styles.Pillows can add just the right touch to almost any room in your home.  They can be expensive to buy but if you are feeling creative it’s so easy to DIY pillows with a fabric you choose to compliment your style.


Easy to Make Envelope Pillow #FunWithFabric

#FunWithFabric1I used one yard of Waverly Pen Pal Parchment fabric to make my pillow and a 16 x 16 inch pillow form.  I could have made two pillows with the same amount of fabric but decided to add some designer touches to mine that can be swapped out while keeping the base the same.

I chose to make a simple envelope style pillow.  #FunWithFabric4I cut my fabric 17 inches wide {allowing 1/2 inch for a seam allowance on each side} by 37 inches long.  The length allows there to be, again, a 1/2 inch seam allowance top and bottom with an approximate 5 inch overlap to achieve the envelope look.

#FunWithFabric2I folded over and ironed 1/2 inch on the top and bottom and then stitched this across.

Next, I wrapped the fabric around my pillow and added a pin on each side to mark the overlap and to use for my side stitching.

#FunWithFabric6Once the sides were stitched I ironed the seams, turned my pillow cover inside out, ironed again, and added the pillow form.

#FunWithFabric8The pillow is pretty enough as is but……..

#FunWithFabric9to add some distinction to it I made a band the same width as my pillow (32 inches total around) x 9 inches (folded in half) and added a 1/2 inch seam to the back so that it had a snug effect once placed on the pillow.

#FunWithFabric15At first I made a small bow to pin on to the band (no need to sew this in place) but then decided I wanted a bigger bow so I made one of those as well.  Printer-Friendly Directions


For a more fun look I took off the bow and added a single flower……



#FunWithFabric13then I clipped multiple flowers to the band.   Easy to Make Pillow #funwithfabric

You can change out the flowers for holidays and seasons adding color and accents as desired all while keeping your base pillow fully intact.

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hugs, Mary Beth cupcake 07.10.2016

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Petticoat Junktion

Postcards from the Ridge

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House on the Way

Fresh Idea Studio

Dio Home Improvements

What Meegan Makes

Restoration Redoux


Country Design Style

Mrs. Hines’ Class


Our Southern Home

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Christy @ Our Southern Home

Wednesday 22nd of October 2014

Beautiful pillow! I love the versatility!!! ~Christy

polly plum

Tuesday 21st of October 2014

I LOVE the pillows with the bow and flowers!!Do you have any suggestions for pillows with a more masculine look?I like the idea of making throw/decorative pillows rather than buying- more economical- but I need some for a den and boys' dorm room.

Project Inspire{d} Link Party ~ Week #89 - Cupcakes and Crinoline

Monday 20th of October 2014

[…] the past week I took part in a fun Pillow Blog Hop and I made one pillow with 5 different options for styling including one pillow with a BIG BOW ~ quick and easy!  I also did a post about 5 […]

Mary Beth

Monday 20th of October 2014

I'll be there tonight ~ thanks for the sweetness!

Jamie | anderson + grant

Monday 20th of October 2014

I love that you dressed this pillow up so many different ways! It really is versatile through the seasons or as your style changes that way. The fabric is fabulous, too!

Mary Beth

Monday 20th of October 2014

Thank you, Jamie. Now I just need to keep it away from my boys!