To create your own pillow, measure a pillow insert, create a pattern, cut out the fabric, mark the seams, sew the pieces together, trim the edges, and turn the pillow right side out. Stuff the insert inside, and sew shut the final opening.
- Take measurements
Measure the width and height of the pillow insert from seam to seam.
- Make the pattern
Add 2 inches to both measurements for seam allowances. Draw the dimensions on a sheet of craft paper using a square or yardstick.
- Position the pattern
If you are using patterned fabric, position the pattern the way you want it displayed.
- Cut out the front of the pillow
Place the fabric flat on a table with the pattern on top. Cut around the pattern with sharp fabric scissors.
- Cut out the pillow back
Place the same pattern on top of a coordinating color of fabric. Line it up to the grain. Cut around the pattern.
- Pin the pillow together
Place the two pieces of fabric with the right sides together. Pin the edges at 3-inch intervals.
- Mark the seam
Measure in 1 inch from the edge all along the pillow. Mark the measurements with a fabric pencil.
- Sew the seams
Mark an opening on one of the long edges that is large enough to squeeze the insert through. Starting at that point, sew all the way around the seam, marking until you get to the other edge of the mark.
- Trim the edges
Trim the bottom edge to half of an inch and the top edge slightly closer to the seam. Cut the corners close without snipping the stitching.
- Turn the pillow
Turn the pillow right-side out, paying attention to push out the corners. Press the edges all the way around. Push the pillow insert inside the casing, adjusting as needed.
- Sew the pillow shut
Use an over-stitch to close the pillow's opening.