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DIY Homemade Pillows by Sewing Machine

Updated on December 29, 2016
How to Make Pillows with a Sewing Machine
How to Make Pillows with a Sewing Machine

Do-it-Yourself Pillow Covers Instructions

First you will need a bag of cotton material or pillow forms for stuffing your pillows. The cotton stuffing or pillow forms for making pillows can be bought at craft stores such as Michael's Joann's, Walmart, etc. Then you will need fabric material for the pillows, it's a good idea to get fabric that matches your furniture or other items in that room.

Some people that sew make their pillows by hand and some make pillows on a sewing machine. When buying thread, try using the good quality sewing machine thread and the good quality sewing machine needles. Measure your fabric for a standard size couch/sofa pillow at 15" x 15". Then begin to cut out the fabric material for the pillow cover; you'll need two 15" x 15" squares of fabric for one single pillow.

Now turn the fabric inside out, place one square of fabric on top of the other square. Begin sewing all three side of the fabric leaving one side of the fabric square open, and make sure to go over the stitch once again to secure the stitching. Sew the pillow seams down on all three sides to lock-in the stitch.

Now flip the pillow fabric inside-out to the outside part of the pillow cover, and start stuffing the cotton material inside the opening side of the already sewed pillow cover. The more cotton you add the better because pillows may get flatter over time. To finalize the pillow you would just have to sew down the last opening side of the pillow, make sure it's secure by sewing down the last seam at least 2-3 times.

The reason for sewing the sides of the pillow 2-3 times is to make sure the pillow will not fall apart when washed in a washing machine.


How to Make Pillows with a Sewing Machine
How to Make Pillows with a Sewing Machine

Types of Pillows to Make - Do it Yourself Pillow Covers

  • Sofa pillows
  • Bed pillows
  • Decorative throw pillows
  • Patio pillows
  • Car pillows (for children)
  • Pet pillows
  • etc.


The fabrics, prints, and colors you choose for making your pillows is half the fun. There are different styles of fabric to choose from when making beautiful pillows. The fabrics you can use are: silky fabrics, cotton, suede-like fabrics, corduroy, and more.

Sewing pillows is not just for a creative hobby but can also become your side income. After you make beautiful fluffy pillows you can sell them online and in person.

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      That's so creative and such lovely colors. Well explained and illustrated hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ann810 4 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Chitrangada, thanks for your interest in this article; color is in these days instead of bland colors.

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