I made new throw pillows for my couch to match my ottoman that I recovered (that will be another tutorial). These pillows were a little cheaper than purchasing pillows. I made four pillows and covered my old ottoman for $50, which means I spent about $35 on the pillows. That makes the cost per pillow about $8.75 compared to buying them from a store where they would be $14-$20 each. I would like to add that my cost was so low because I already owned most of the supplies and the only things I purchased were the fabric and pillow filling (polyfill).
Here is what you need:
Fabric (I had 4 yards, but I could have use 2 1/4 yards if I wasn't also covering my ottoman.)
PolyFill (I used one and a half 32oz bags to fill my pillows)
Pen or Pencil
First you need to decide what shape and size you want your pillows, I decided I wanted 17 1/2 inch square pillows. To make my pillows 17 1/2 inches my pattern needs to be 18x18 so that I have 1/4 inch seam allowance all the way around. I then used the tape measure to measure an 18x18 square on my fabric, I used the straight lines in the pattern to make my lines straight and square the edges and marked the fabric with a pen. If you don't have straight lines in your, you can make a pattern using tissue paper or copy paper. I also used a calendar to check my edges.
You will need two squares or rectangles for each pillow.
Next you need to carefully cut out the top and bottom halves of the pillow.
Next you need to pin the edges halves with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. You should pin as I have in the pictures below. I've done this so I can pull the pins out easily as I sew, also it keeps the machine from smashing into the ball on the pins if something goes completely wrong.
As you can see in the bottom left photo you can see I pinned a small section differently, I did this to remind me not to sew this section. It is about 5 or 6 inches wide so that I can turn the pillow right side out and stuff it after sewing. (I will probably do a tutorial on proper pinning at some point, pun intended.)
Next sew the edges with a straight stitch on your sewing machine. I left a 1/4 inch seam allowance, which is equivalent to the edge of my presser foot against the edge of the fabric. (If you want a tutorial on basic threading and sewing with a sewing machine please comment.) I also did the edges with one continuous go, rather than breaking it into chunks.
After sewing all the edges except the space I marked to not sew, I clipped the corners on a 45degree angle. This helps make the corners lay better and be pointy.
Next I reached in the open gap and grabbed the opposite corner to turn the pillow right side out.
Next I used the same gap to stuff my pillow with the polyfill, it takes about 10oz to 11oz (1/3 a 32oz bag) of fill for a firm fluffy pillow.
After my pillow was full, I turned the edge of the gap in to where it naturally folded to match the rest of the seams. I then pinned through the four layers to close the gap. (If this does make sense please let me know.)
Lastly I sewed the seam for the gap, I have demonstrated how to do a hidden stitch in the video below, but if you aren't worried about hiding it you can just stitch through all 4 layers on fabric.
Hope you enjoyed, leave your comments and questions below!