Learning how to make a pillow is one of those fast, easy, and rewarding sewing projects that we can all enjoy, whether you’ve been sewing for years or are a beginner.
There are so many ways to customize a pillow, and once you know the basics of how to sew a pillow, the options are endless!
So if you’re ready to up your DIY pillow sewing game, I’m sharing some of my favorite pillow tutorials that will up your sewing game and leave you inspired and ready to sew some new pillows for your home.
How to Make a Pillow
When you’re learning how to sew a pillow, you’ll find that there are many different techniques and ways to choose from.
From envelope style, where the pillow back fabrics overlap each other and a pillow form can just slide inside, to a zippered opening, to a pillow without a removable cover, where the opening is stitched closed, the tutorials below will give you lots of options so try a few and find your favorite method!
DIY pillows also have different options for filling. Some of the projects below are pillow covers that are placed over a pre-made pillow form, and some are made to not be removable, with the pillow stuffed directly with filling and then stitched permanently closed.
And don’t think you’re limited to only home decor fabrics when learning how to sew a pillow! While the stability and structure of home decor fabrics are great for pillows, below you’ll see options for linen, quilting cottons, and even sherpa. Plus, you can have fun adding embellishments like iron-on vinyl, leather, stamping, and more!
Scroll through the ideas below, learn a new technique or two, and get inspired to spice up your own home decor!
Fun Pillows to Sew
Made with help from your Cricut Maker, learn how to make a pillow with iron-on vinyl and leather accents. One of my favorite pillows to sew! In this tutorial you’ll also learn how to sew the cover with a traditional zipper.
If you want to learn how to make a pillow that’s not your average square or rectangle, this project is for you!
This DIY pillow project is perfect to snuggle up to when reading, watching tv, or just lounging around. Pair it with a DIY Hoodie Blanket for a match made in Heaven!
Learn how to make a pillow embellished with fun stamped shapes. Even better, you’ll learn how to create the stamps yourself, so you can create whatever shapes you can dream up!
Here’s another totally unique and not-square DIY pillow for you. I think you might feel like a genius once you learn how to make a pillow like this ;).
Couldn’t we all use a little more ruffles in our lives? This DIY pillow has a sweet gathered window in the center, and is one of my go-to ideas when I have pillows to sew.
Use an envelope style DIY pillow to your advantage and add some buttons for a fun design that’s meant to be seen!
Learn how to make an envelope cover that uses only one piece of fabric! If you have a large number of pillows to sew, this might be the perfect project for you!
This pillow tutorial will teach you how to sew a pillow with an invisible zipper. It’s such a great staple skill to have under your sewing belt.
If you’re looking for a FUN home decor project to sew, I think this just may be it!
Try another new take on sewing pillows and make a lounger with this great tutorial!
Here’s another unique pillow to sew that includes free templates to sew your own!
This sweet project has a ruffle around the edge that is perfect pair with soft linen.
What kid wouldn’t want this next to their bed to hold their favorite book and trinkets?!
If you are looking for a personalized home decor project, it doesn’t get much better than this!
There you have it! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles and materials, and you’ll love your new DIY pillows.
For more home decor sewing inspiration, be sure to check out our home decor and DIY tutorials gallery!