Calling All Pillow Junkies


I have a confession to make; I am addicted to throw pillows. It takes serious self-control for me to pass up a perfect one that would go beautifully with the pile of other perfect pillows already in a room. On an old HGTV show this condition was given a name: "Excessive Pillowing". But in my defense, a good throw pillow can be that detail that pulls everything together, adding luxury, and a feeling of comfort to any space. They also can add that pop of color you are craving without committing to paint. 

But can't pillows be expensive? Yes! But they can also be cheap. 

What if I can't find what I want? Dare I say, make it? Don't panic! Sewing pillows is not hard. The best ones have zippers, but I have made plenty that just look like envelopes on the back. 


A few years ago I found this really cute bench in a consignment shop but it didn't have a cushion or any pillows. Not exactly inviting. It was for the "terrace level" in our house where I was using all sorts of colors.

I had some leftover blue fabric which I used to make the seat cushion. But I wanted a variety of colors to add life to the back of the settee.

Our local fabric boutique was my source. Don't be put off by specialty shops. Sometimes you may be surprised by the deals you can find. Also, for pillows, you don't need much yardage so it won't break the bank.

Decide what size pillow you want. Buy pillow inserts or do as I did and reuse old ones. You can also just buy loose filling.

Choose your fabric.

Cut your fabric. If you have, for example, an 18" insert, cut the fabric to 20" x 20". Use something round to trace a curve on all the corners.

On one end of the front of the pillow, attach one side of the zipper. Then attach the other side to the back piece of the pillow.

With the right sides together, sew all the way around the square, attaching the front to the back. Clip the extra fabric on the corners.

If not using a nice new insert, cut some batting to fit the inside of the pillow cover and slide it in.

Take all the stuffing out of the old inserts and pack it in between the layers of batting until it is nice and fluffy.

Zip it up and you are done.


I realize that this is a very simplistic explanation and may have left the beginner wanting for more information. That being said, it really is worth a try to do this yourself. And remember, this is for you. Embrace the imperfect!