I firmly believe that you can have a beautiful home without having to spend a great deal of money. One way that you ca accomplish that, is by making your own pillows. By making your own pillows, you get to customize it to your own style. I will walk you through a step by step tutorial below. So, here we go!
If you have a 20″x20″ pillow form, you would cut 2 pieces of fabric at 20″ square. I am a bit of a pillow form snob. I don’t recommend ever using a polyfil pillow form. It will mat down and your pillow will become misshapen and uncomfortable to use. I recommend that you use either bamboo or a down feather pillow form. They are a bit more costly, but use coupons on them or wait until they are on sale to buy them, it really is worth the extra cost.
Pin your trim around the edges of your fabric on the right side of your fabric. the right side of your fabric is the side that you want to show on the finished project. There is a right side, the nice side and a wrong side or the back of the fabric. I love using trims, braided cording(like I’m using on this pillow), beads, fringe, whatever you choose. This is what is going to take your pillow from ordinary to extraordinary. 🙂
Using your zipper foot on your sewing machine, sew as close to the trim as possible. This is how the two ends of your trim will come together.
Pin the right sides of your fabric together and sew around your pillow, leaving a large enough area unsewn, or open, so that you can turn the pillow inside out and stuff your pillow form inside the pillow cover. After you’ve sewn around the pillow, clip the edges of the corners, so that your corners will be square. Now, turn the pillow inside out.
This is what your pillow will look like before your stuff it with the pillow form.
And this is what it will look like after you stuff the pillow with the pillow form. Be sure to get the corners of the pillow form into the corners of the pillow cover. Now, pin the open area together and hand stitch it closed. Be sure that there are no hanging threads.
You now have a beautiful custom made pillow that will will fit your decor and the satisfaction that you made it! Enjoy!