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How to make a pillow with a sewing machine

Updated on June 5, 2014

Make a Decorative Pillows with Your Sewing Machine

How to make a pillow with a sewing machine. I am currently in the process of renovating an old Fraternity house I have my skills and my sewing machine. My husband is very handy and I am learning to do some construction and assist him when he needs help. My experience in more in the area of decorating with my sewing machine. I am making pillows to decorate the beds and some for the living room as well. I am going to teach you how to make your own pillows in this lens if you can sew by hand or have a sewing machine.

Very early on my mother taught us how to use the sewing machine. On several occasion I took it completely apart trying to get thread out of various places. It was then my mother an ambitious sewer, bought me my own machine. It was a little beyond a basic model and she taught me all the ins and outs of it. It was then that I really began sewing, the machine was much simpler for me to use than my mothers sewing machine. I began making my own clothes at that time.

When I grew up and got married, I began sewing for my daughter and made some home décor, that was envied by my friends. I have several friends that I taught to sew and they are also making things for there homes. I have a sewing machine that does embroidery so I use it to decorate plan décor such and white pillowcases. I embroider white designs and simply sew a store bought crocheted lace to the edge.

I have another sewing machine that is just a basic model which is perfect for sewing home décor. All anyone needs for home sewing is a straight stitch and a zig-zag stitch. A sewing machine doesn't need to be fancy to sew for your home.


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Making a pillow

Items you need:

1 pillow form or poly stuffing for each pillow

1 yard of decorator fabric

thread to match


fusible webbing tape and an iron

First layout the fabric and measure the size you would like the pillow to be (standard decorator pillows ate 16" and 18") onto the fabric. I usually fold the fabric lengthwise trim off the salvage edge and measure from the edge to the folded side. You will cut the 2 pieces of fabric on the folded side, this will give you a larger scrap piece you may find useful for another project. For a 17" cut a 17 1/2' x 17 1/2" square with the fabric doubled (16 1/2" x 16 1/2" for a 16' pillow).

Sewing Method

Using a sewing machine make a 1/4" seams with the right sides facing each another. Continue around the edge with your sewing machine leaving one end opened for stuffing. Turn 1/4" from the corners and continue until 3 side have been sewn. Turn the pillow right side out, insert pillow form or stuff with poly-fill. Pin the open edge of the pillow closed with the edges turned inward and pin and hand stitch to close.

Fusing Method

Place the 2 sided of the pillow facing each other. Place the fusible tape in between the fabric like a sandwich. With a heated iron fuse the fabric together. Do the other 2 edges of the fabric the same way making sure that the webbing fuses the fabric together. Let the pillow cover cool. When the pillow has cooled turn it right side out. Either use pillow form or stuffing to fill the pillow. Fold the open edge in and sandwich the fusible webbing between the two sides and pin. With a heated iron fuse the edge closed.

Pillows in decorating

Pillows have long been used to add color to an otherwise bland décor. Pillows are simple to sew or they can be made using a fusible iron-on web to make attractive pillows for all kinds of decorating tricks. A plain sofa can become a showpiece in you living room, while simple pillows in decorative fabrics will finish the look of a bed. Pillows are used to bring color, pattern or texture to a piece of furniture. By adding little pops of color to your room you can encourage the eye to take in the whole room.

When choosing furniture for you room neutral colors with different pillows can change the entire room to suit the mood of the season. Consider pillow for the holidays, they add a bit of the season décor right onto your sofa or bed. Children delight in seasonal holidays, so give them some holiday designs like Christmas, Halloween, and Easter pillows.

I like to decorate the bedrooms with pillow which are seasonal. Winter, summer, spring and fall are perfect times of the year to change the décor of your rooms. Simply adding a few pillows around can change the décor inexpensively and easily.

The Perfect Sewing Machine - Inexpensive and Perfect for Home Sewing

Brother sewing machines are light weight and easy to use. Every home decorator should have a sewing machine to create pillows, slip-covers, drapery and all your decorating needs.

What will you do? - Brighten it up with some cute pillows

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    • ajgodinho profile image

      Anthony Godinho 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cushions and pillows do add life to various pieces of furniture if done well. I used to help my mom a little, sewing stuff when I was in my teens :)

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      5 years ago

      I have not sewn a thing in thirty years and that's sad, as I used to always have a sewing project going.

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      Pinar Unlu 

      5 years ago from Mugla Turkey

      I sew a sock monkey :)

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Wedding pillows. My next project is outdoor cushions and the sewing machine is already on the table.

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      5 years ago

      My mom taught me to sew when I was ten and turned all the family sewing over to me when I was twelve. I thought it was great fun and satisfying work.

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      5 years ago

      ooops, your Amazon items all show the note to add something personal there.

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      5 years ago

      Pillows really do change everything. I hadn't thought about the "fusion" technique. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Deborah Carr 

      5 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have made pillows before, and I have helped my granddaughter make a pillow to decorate her bed. They are a great way to change the look of a room for very little money.

    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 

      5 years ago from Diamondhead

      Last thing I made were pillows.


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