Learn to Sew a Throw Pillow

throw pillows

Interior designers will tell you you can never have enough throw pillows in your home. Throw pillows provide bold colors and patterns to complement traditional furniture and décor in a home.

There is no better way to decorate your home with throw pillows than to sew your own. This will add a homemade touch to your décor and save you a little money too!



Here are the steps:


The first thing you need to do to sew a throw pillow is measure the amount of fabric you need and then cut those measurements from the swath of fabric you purchased.

You need to first measure and cut a panel for the front and back of the pillow. You want the pillow to look full so we recommend you measure one full inch short of the necessary size for a tight fit over the pillow core.

Use the fabric marker to line your measurements and then cut out the panels from the swath of fabric.


Align the two sides of fabric with the right sides facing eachother and then pin them together with your pins.

Use a half-inch seam allowance and a backstitch and start sewing along the borders of the two panels of fabric. Don’t sew the corners. When the needle reaches a half inch before the corner pivot the fabric and start along the next end.

After you have sewn along all four lines, remove the fabric from the sewing machine and cut the excess fabric from the four corners at a small angle.

Then turn the pillow cover inside out and use your finger or a pointed tool to push the corners of the cover all the way out.


Lay the cover flat and layer the edges of the fabric half an inch under at the opening.

Then lay the cover flat and insert the pillow core into the bottom opening of the pillow cover.

Now hand stitch the opening closed. You will need a hand needle and invisible thread for this step in the project. Continue along the entire bottom of the pillow until you reach the other corner.

Then sew the thread into a knot and pull the thread through the knot and the fabric and cut off the excess.

This completes the project. You now know how to sew a throw pillow.

You can repeat the project again and choose different colors and patterns to complement the original pillow or sew multiples of the same one for use throughout your home.

You can display the throw pillow in your home on a bed or piece of furniture for many years.

You can maintain the color and style of the throw pillow with routine cleaning from an upholstery cleaning service such as Nature’s Care Chem-Dry. This will ensure the throw pillow lasts several years and you won’t need to buy or sew a new one for a long time.

Types of Hand Sewing Needles

hand sewing needle

Those who are not familiar with how to sew think that all hand needles are the same. This is not true.

It is true that most hand sewing needles have a sharp point on one end and a eye on the other end but this is one of the only common similarities between different types of hand sewing needles.

Learn more about the different types of hand sewing needles:


This is a long, thin hand sewing needle with a larger eye on the end. The purpose of this needle is to attach sequins and beads and other accents to fabric.


This is a long, thick needle for ribbon or pulling several strands of yarn or embroidery floss through the eye end of the needle.


This type of hand sewing needle is often used to repair holes in knit fabrics such as socks or scarves. This is a long needle with a large eye at the end.


This is one of the most common types of hand sewing needles used for general purposes such as sewing on a button onto clothing. The eye end of the needle features a tiny slit to allow the thread to go into the eye without having to thread it.


This is an average-sized needle with average thickness that is used to sew embroidery onto the surface of pillows and upholstery and other fabrics. This type of needle is perfect for decorative purposes.


This hand sewing needle is used for sewing accents onto leather and suede materials. The needle has a triangular point at the end and an average thickness.


This is the general and traditional sewing needle. The needle features a sharp point and average length and is used for hemming and several other forms of sewing.


This is a large needle with a blunt tip used for sewing accents and stitching onto loose weave fabrics.


This needle has a curved construction for tufting upholstery fabrics.

You can see there are several forms of hand sewing needles and each one has its own unique construction and purpose. You need to be sure you are using the right needle for your project and we hope this brief description of each type helps!