Learn to Sew a Throw Pillow

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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.