Make Your Own Pillow Covers and Throw Pillows

Redecorating my living space is so much fun;  I love to look at different styles and colors as I cruise the home decorating section of stores.  But truth be told, the costs can definitely add up quickly if your home decor items are purchased!

You’re talented!  Why spend a ton of money on items to decorate your home when we have an easy way to perk up your home by making DIY pillows? We will show you how to make a whole new look at a very low cost!

This page is full of ideas to make your own pillows that will compliment any theme you’d like in the cozy living areas of your home.

The ideas you’ll find here include DIY pillow covers as well as simple DIY throw pillows that will get you excited to start sewing up a new look for your house!

Unique DIY Pillows

We have many tutorials that will show you how to make your own pillows that are special and unique.  Get ready to have your mind blown!

Make a quick stop at the Dollar Tree and pick up some colorful bandanas to make the inexpensive and simple Bandana Pillows we have below. They look great in a teen’s bedroom!

Our family would often purchase inexpensive pennants as souvenirs when visiting new places.  But what on earth do you do with all of those pennants?

Make the Pennant DIY Pillow of course!  It’s a great way to display the pennants you’ve collected from your trips, sports games, and carnivals.  These DIY throw pillows are so casual and fun.  Perfect for the den!

Scroll down and don’t miss the therapeutic neck support pillows we have for you as well!

Zippered And Envelope DIY Throw Pillows

I’ve found the best way to make a quick change using DIY pillows is to use a form and sew a cover that can easily be washed and stored.  No sense storing full pillows if I can help it!

You will find many tutorials to make your own pillow covers that have zippers or an envelope style closure.  In my opinion, the zippered pillow covers look very neat and professional, but they do involve that task of sewing in a zipper, which I don’t care for.

On the other hand, the envelope closures are much easier to make, but they don’t seem to look as polished.

I have made both kinds of DIY throw pillows depending on how adventurous I am feeling!

The Zipper Pillow Tutorial will show you how to make a beautiful pillow cover with an invisible zipper.  Check it out!  It may ease our fears of putting in a zipper, right?

Be sure to see all of the zipper pillow directions we’ve gathered for you so you can choose the one that best suits you.

A very helpful tutorial is the DIY Pillow with Flange Trim. This method to make your own pillows is a bit of a hybrid.  The cover is an envelope style, yet it has special touches like the trim to make it look more tailored than traditional envelope pillow covers.

I don’t want to bad-mouth envelope pillow covers at all, though!  They make a quick and easy change possible in your home decor. 

We have many tutorials for DIY envelope pillow covers; be sure to check out the Envelope Pillow tutorial, which has a special feature showing how to beautifully accent an envelope pillow with simple piping.

Specialty DIY Throw Pillows

This page is so chock full of DIY pillow covers and throw pillows that there just isn’t enough space to mention them all.

Don’t miss the monogrammed pillows, ruffle and lace trim DIY pillows, our T-shirt pillows (very popular!), or tea towel pillows!  You will also find some great holiday pillows to create.

If you have a coveted embroidery machine, take a look at our special page to make more monogrammed items!

Time to scroll down and look for yourself!

Make Your Own Pillow Covers and Throw Pillows

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3-D Tuck Pillow PDF

Spruce up your home decor while learning a new sewing technique - tucks.

Ampersand Throw Pillow

Check out this simple tutorial! Stencil an ampersand on fabric and make it into a throw pillow. Lovely Indeed

Apple Tree Applique Pillow

This autumn DIY pillow will dress up any living area of a home. Chicken Scratch NY

Bandana Pillows

Turn those dollar store bandanas into pillows to add fun and color to any spot in your home. Heathered Nest

Bench Cushion

With this pattern, you'll learn how to make a padded bench cushion, tufted with pompoms rather than buttons. Torie Jayne

Bunny Pillow

These mini scented bunny pillows are fun to make as an Easter decoration or tucked in Easter baskets. My Poppet Makes

Car Neck Pillow

Make this cozy DIY pillow to combat uncomfortable road trip neck with this tutorial. Vikalpah

Chair Pillow

Sew a pretty chair pillow. A Pretty Life

Christmas Applique Pillow Cover

An easy-peasy pillow project! With a store-bought pillow or pillow cover, learn how to applique a Christmas design to the front of the pillow. Be Brave and Bloom

Decorative Pillow

How to make a decorative pillow to add color and flair to any living space. HGTV

DIY Cat Pillow

This oversized cat pillow is made with two bath mats. It would be a great addition to Halloween decor. Scratch and Stitch

DIY Pillow with Flange Trim

This method is perfect for beginner sewists! Be Brave and Bloom

DIY Rug Pillow

Turn two ordinary kitchen rug in to oversized pillow. Scratch and Stitch

Dog Bone Pillow

This dog bone pillow free pattern sews up in a flash as it has just 3 seams. Hello Sewing

Envelope Pillow

How to make an envelope pillow with a french seam. The Seasoned Homemaker

Envelope Pillow

A simple pillow idea...

Envelope Pillow (Beginner Sewing Project)

How to make an envelope pillow cover with a back-flapped closure. This is a super easy beginner sewing project for kids or adults.

Kitchen Towel Pillow

Transform new kitchen towels into pillows. AOK Corral

Lace Pillow Cover

Scraps of lace, ribbon and eyelet trim can create a beautiful lace pillow cover. All free Crafts

Ladder Stitch/Blind Stitch

This tutorial will show you how to close on open seam on a pillow, stuffed animal and many sewing projects. The ladder stitch also known and the blind stitch or invisible stitch will finish an open seam so it is completely invisible.

Minecraft Creeper Pillow

Does anyone like Minecraft? Make a Minecraft Creeper Cushion. Instructables

Monogram Pillow

DIY embroidered monogram pillow tutorial. Grab fabric, a block letter, embroidery floss and a few additional supplies to recreate a stunning monogram pillow. Nourish and Nestle

Nine Patch Pillow

A traditional nine-patch block can be used for the front of a pillow. Learn how to make a cute pillow using this patchwork quilting method. Staff

No-Sew Fleece Heart Pillow with Braided Edge

This soft and cozy no-sew fleece heart pillow is easy to make and best of all, there’s no sewing involved.

It's not the typical knotted fringe pillow. It's a weaved fringe that looks braided. Staff

Old Shirt Pillow

Upcycle a shirt into a pillow cover with this easy tutorial. Scratch and Stitch

One-piece Pillow Cover

Make a pillow cover with one piece of fabric. Fairfield

Pennant DIY Pillow

Do you have some pennants hanging around the home? Why not make them into pillows with this tutorial. Heathered Nest

Personalize Pillow

It’s fun to personalize a pillow for your own home or as a gift. This tutorial will show you how. Be Brave and Bloom

Pillow Form

Pillow form workshop - learn how to make the perfect pillow form for you pillow. Curbly

Pillow Form

How to make your own pillow form. Today's Fabulous Finds

Pillow Form

How to make a pillow form. Honey Bear Lane

Pillow Insert

A tutorial on how to make a pillow insert. Penny Dog Patchwork

Pillow Sham

With this free pattern and tutorial sew a pillow sham. Organized 31

Pillowcase - Rolled Up Method (Beginner Sewing Project)

Grab some fun printed fabric and make a simple pillowcase with this tutorial. This pillowcase is so simple anyone can sew it, even kids. And the best part is the seams will not fray because you will learn how to make French seams.

Placemat Throw Pillows

With this free tutorial, make pillows from placemats. Green With Decor

Pocket Pillow

With this tutorial make a pocket pillow. Beginner Sewing Projects

Pom Pom Pillow

Adding a pom pom pillow border is an easy, simple, and inexpensive solution to those boring store-bought pillows. Learn how! Homedit

Ribbon Pillow

This delightful, ribbon-embellished pillow will add a memorable touch to your home. Craftown

Ruffled Pillows

Complete instructions and measurements to make Ruffled Pillows with envelope-backs. The Spruce Crafts

Simple No-Zipper Throw Pillow

With fabric and a pillow form, you can go to town covering pillows to your heart’s content using instructions in this free tutorial. Lovely Indeed

Skyscraper Pillows (No Sew Pillow)

A fun and easy addition to any kid's room! Crafts by Amanda

Starfish Pillow

In a few hours this star fish pillow can be ready for cuddling up to. Handmade in the Heartland

Stitched Cushion Cover

Use the sewing machines decorative stitches to embellish fabric and sew into a pillow. Sum of Their Stories

T-Shirt PIllow

A video on how to sew a t-shirt pillow.

Travel Pillow

Traveling can get very uncomfortable but this travel pillow will make it more comfortable. Hello Sewing

Triangle Pillow with Pompom Corners #ad


Tuscany Table Runner PDF

You can use any fabric you wish to make this simple, fast table runner. JOANN

Woven Ribbon Pillow

Instructions for easy-to-make ribbon pillow. Make-Stuff

You and Me Pennant Pillow

Rah! Rah! Rah! You and Me! This pillow is easy to sew using felt. Lovely Indeed

Zipper Pillow Cover

How to sew a pillow cover with a zipper. Easy Things to Sew

Zipper Pillow Tutorial

How to sew a pillow with an invisible zipper. Heather Handmade

Zippered Pillow

How to install a zipper in a pillow. Upholstery Magazine Online!

Zippered Pillow

How to sew an easy zippered pillow cover My Poppet Makes

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