Saturday, March 13, 2010

Back To The Basics: How to Make a Pillow

I decided to go back to the basics and show you how to make a pillow. Yeap thats right a pillow! There are a lot of new sewers out there who just want to learn the basics and create something simple but pretty. No refashioning and no complicated stuff just something nice for someone or even for yourself:)

- two pieces of fabric any size you want the pillow
-poly-fil (you can buy this at any craft store)
- any color floss you would like (optional)
-embroidery needle (optional)
-sewing machine
-needle (optional)
seam allowance : 1/4"

1. Optional: if you would like to embroider a name for this pillow, do this before you do anything else. I used a pencil to write what I wanted then I used all six strands of floss and did a basic backstitch. Here is a good tutorial how to do a backstitch.

2. Next, take your two pieces of fabric and have the pieces right sides facing.

3. Pin both pieces together that way your two fabric pieces stay together when you start sewing.

4. Now go ahead and sew around the pillow using a 1/4 seam allowance. Make sure to leave an opening.

5. Now turn your pillow right side out and stuff your pillow with the poly-fil.

6. You can either hand sew your pillow closed or using your sewing machine :) VIOLA!

I hope you enjoyed this back to the basics post. If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment. Don't be shy if you are new at sewing. I am still new at it and I learn something new all the time.

Creative Vibes To You,


  1. My biggest struggle with this type of project is closing the hole at the end. Can you give more details on both methods and how you would go about doing them? Thanks!

  2. Always an Adventure - Hi :) ok so the best way to close a project with a hole at the end is by slip stitching it. Here is the video that I used when learning This is the best route to go. Honestly when I am in a rush (which most of the time), I will sew it close. not the best way to do it but it works :) Just fold down the edges and sew them together. The slip stitch is a cleaner and prettier finish. Let me know if you any other questions. thanks for asking :)


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