Throw pillows are great tools to decorate with and are often great for our comfort on various pieces of furniture including beds, chairs, and couches. However, throw pillows can be really expensive costing several dollars each (and sometimes even more then that). You can make your own. They will look good, aren't hard to make, and can save you a bundle. The good news is that you don't even need to know how to sew to get the job done. Anyone can do it quickly and easily.

Materials and Tools.

  • Fabric- You have a lot of options for fabric since they come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, textures, weights, and materials. Choose ones that you like (for this project the material type doesn't matter). Some things to consider are the fact that heavier materials are more likely to handle more abuse such as that provided by animals or children and light colors will get dirty faster. Price can also be a determinant factor and you can choose ones that are on sale. Don't be afraid to shop around the different stores that carry fabric in your area.
  • Filling- There are a couple of different types of filling these days. All of them have the same basic concept (stuff the pillow full), but their materials vary slightly. You can choose one by price or by claims made on the package. Newer more expensive options claim to resist flattening. While it is true that these last longer then traditionalpoly-fill it is also true that it will eventually get flat.
  • Fabric Tape and Glue- This project is easiest when you get both fabric tape and fabric glue. You will want to choose enough fabric tape to run the length of three of the sides (at least) with a few inches of extra just in case. A small bottle of fabric glue will do. Read the label and make sure it will last in the wash!
  • Scissors, pins, and straight edges- You will also need some basic tools. You will want a sharp pair of scissors to make cutting your fabric easy. It is best if these are only ever used for fabric and nothing else. You will also want some straight pins to make it easier to hold your pieces together. Finally a good straight edge that lets you measure length is also a good idea.
  • Decorations- There are a lot of different things you can use to decorate your pillow with. Explore trims, beads, fringes, ribbons, buttons, and even paint if the idea excites you!

Cutting Your Panels.
You will need two panels for each throw pillow you make. The easiest shapes to work with are square or rectangle, but you can do the same concept with other shapes (just be careful with your tape or glue). Measure each one out carefully and cut your edges as straight as possible to make it easier for you to match the two panels up. Remember that you will want about 1.5 inches on each side to give yourself room to hook them together. If you are doing several pillows at one time you might want to consider cutting all of your panels at the same time.

Securing Three Sides.
After your panels are cut you need to secure three sides of the pillow. To do this you will want to attach your fabric tape to the top side (the decorative side) of the first panel along the edges. You can do all three at the same time. Next slowly peel the top of the fabric tape back and slowly place the second panel on top of the first. This panel should be put down with the decorative side facing the decorative side of the first panel. Attach the two panels slowly so that you can carefully line up each side and press the tape to the second panel.

Once you have your three sides attached carefully turn the pillow inside out. This will make it so that your decorative side is now facing outward. Carefully fill your pillow. Stuff as much filling in there as you desire and make sure you push some into the corners so that it keeps the shape well.

Now you will want to fold over each edge and pin them together so that you have a nice finished edge there. This may be hard to visualize, but what you want is for the top side (decorative side) of each panel to fold over and face one another on the inside of the pillow. You will then be gluing each of these sides together inside the pillow! To get them to hold carefully remove each pin and add glue along the inside of one fold and attach the second to it. This will give you a similar look to the other three sides. Hold tight while the glue dries a bit and then continue along till the edge is finished and all pins are removed. You will want to let your glue sit thoroughly before doing anything else. Most glues should have at least 12 hours to cure and more is often better (up to 48 hours).

Decorating Options.
While many throw pillows will look good just like that, others would like a little more decor to go with their pillows. You really do have a lot of options. You can glue ribbon, fringe, or beads to the edge. These are often available in edging materials sold by the foot or the yard. You can also use these options to go across your pillow for added eye appeal. Strips of fabric can be used to frame your pillow or to add interest across it. You can then attach it using glue or fabric tape. Strings of beads can be glued on in interesting patterns. Fabric paint can be used to add interest or eye appeal as well. Getting creative can allow you to come up with something you like, something that meets your needs, and something that matches and enhances your current decor (or future one if you wish). Have fun with it!

Making your own throw pillows really can save you a lot of money. It doesn't have to be hard to do and the savings is well worth it. Enjoy an afternoon of creativity and of saving money! You can even make covers to go over your throw pillows (in the same manner without the filling and without gluing the last side together) so that you can change your decor and even get seasonal things! Don't forget to have fun!