How to Make an Easy Throw Pillow

Throw pillows can be an attractive (and comfortable) accessory on a sofa. They can also be quite expensive. With this tutorial I'll show you how quick and easy it is to make your own throw pillows for a fraction of the cost of store bought pillows.

I haven't purchased throw pillows in years because once I came up with this design for an easy DIY version, it's been easier to make new covers for the pillow stuffers I bought long ago. Pillow inserts are available at your local fabric store and also online.

1. Choose a pillow size. My pillow insert is 14" x 14".
2. Cut the fabric for the pillow cover. You'll need three pieces to make the cover – one front piece and two back pieces. The front piece will need to be 2" larger than your pillow - for my 14" pillow I cut a front piece that is 16" x 16". The two back pieces will need to be as wide as the front piece and long enough so that they will overlap. In my case, the back pieces are 16"w and 13"long.
3. For the two back pieces, fold the fabric approximately ½" along the long side of the fabric, then fold it over again and pin it. Next, sew this hem.
4. Pin the two back pieces, inside out, to the front piece. Make sure the sewn seam of the two back pieces overlap in the middle of the pillow.
5. Sew around the outer seam with a ½" seam allowance.
6. Turn the pillow sham right side out then stuff with the pillow insert.
7. Throw your new pillow on your sofa, lay down your weary head, and give the pillows a test nap.

See what I mean? This is a very easy pillow that can be thrown together in less than an hour. I made four pillows for my sofa in about 45 minutes. And the best part is that when you tire of the pillows you can simply pull out the inserts and make new covers.

Images: Jason Loper