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 ½ inch for a seam allowance on each side} by 37 inches long.  The length allows there to be, again, a ½ inch seam allowance top and bottom with an approximate 5 inch overlap to achieve the envelope look.

#FunWithFabric2I folded over and ironed ½ 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 ½ 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 cupcakesandcrinoline.com

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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  1. joeyfromsc says:

    Shoreham Citrine Chevron Decorative Pillow was my favorite!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

    Joey J.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      That is a beautiful pillow, Joey! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    I love it Mary Beth! My favorite is the version with the 3 fall flowers! But, I like them all!!

    Thanks for a chance to win, too!!

    1. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

      The link to the online store doesn't work. 🙁

      1. Mary Beth says:

        Thanks so much for letting me know, Diane! I'll have someone correct it. 🙂

    2. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Diane! 🙂

  3. polly plum says:

    I'm misunderstanding something, or am not seeing something: Where is the step where you wrote on the pillow?What kind of pen or marker? The steps I see are sewing or stuffing the cover, then adding accessories-- when did you write on it?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Polly, the fabric already had the writing on it. I have a link in the post to the site where it is available. Thanks for stopping by ~ mb

  4. Denise Holloway says:

    Adding the flowers to your pillow is a good idea...they can be changed from season to season.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Denise ~ I'm planning to add some faux pine tree sprigs or holly berries for Christmas.

  5. So elegant! Love these ideas 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Abbey! 🙂

  6. Leslie @ House on the Way says:

    Love your pillow! That fabric is fabulous!

  7. Marie@The Interior Frugalista says:

    How pretty Mary Beth - I love the idea of adding a sache to the pillow and changing it up for the seasons! Thanks for the tutorial on how to make an envelope pillow - very timely as learning how to make one was on my To Do List.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Marie! 🙂

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  9. Bailey Dexter says:

    I love the Text Decorative Pillows, Thanks for the instruction! Very easy to make once you showed us how.

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  11. Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio says:

    I love the Text Decorative Pillows, Thanks for the instruction! Very easy to make once you showed us how.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      LOL 😉 I like big bows, too ~ that one was my personal favorite.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Love the sunflowers! Such a great idea to have different looks. That way you can change it up for less!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Elizabeth! I'm all about multipurposing items!

  13. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says:

    I love that you show so many versions of your pillow. You're so creative! Thanks for the inspiration. ~ angie

  14. Oh my, how I love your fabric! And, the BOW! What a lovely pillow fit for any home and style, Mary Beth. Very impressive. I am happily pinning 🙂
    Make it a great weekend.

  15. Paula@SweetPea says:

    I love the fabric that you chose for your pillow. Making a band to go around the pillow is a great way to change the look!

  16. Bonnie Mays says:

    I LOVE the pillow with the bow! The fabric with script was the perfect fabric for this pillow. Thank you for the instructions! I was just online looking for pillow ideas and have now found the perfect one!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Bonnie! 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to leave a message. Have a great week!

  17. Love the fabric you chose and the single flower option. Really pretty Mary Beth!

  18. Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique says:

    Love it with all the variations Mary Beth. You did a lovely job and the fabric is gorgeous.
    Hugs ~ Keryanne

  19. Very nicely done, Mary Beth! I think my fave is the larger floppy bow.

  20. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says:

    Love your pillows Mary Beth! They are so pretty! I'm in serious need for some for our living room! Might have to make my own 🙂 Thanks SO much for linking up with us at Your Turn To Shine! Hope you join us again on Thursday please. Enjoy your week!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Kendra! I appreciate your sweetness. 🙂

  21. Jamie | anderson + grant says:

    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!

    1. Mary Beth says:

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

  22. Mary Beth says:

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

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  24. polly plum says:

    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.

  25. Christy @ Our Southern Home says:

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