My future sister-in-law Julia has a new apartment and I had her for our family secret Santa this year. She had been telling me about her decorating theme at Thanksgiving and I knew exactly what I wanted to make for her; throw pillows! Throw pillows are not cheap to buy – even at Homegoods or Marshalls they will run $20 – $40 for one. Making them only cost me about $5 per pillow, if that. After making these pillows for Julia, I’m a little jealous… I need to make some for my couch!
What you need: (for 4 throw pillows)
2.5 yards of felt – look for a stiff but soft one, you don’t want it to be scratchy
2 yards of muslin
1 bag of polyfill
4 zippers 12”
The Usual Suspects: sewing machine, thread, scissors
1. Start by making your filler pillows – you can skip this step if you just want to make the felt pillow covers.
Using the muslin, cut 16x16” squares and sew all four sides together, leaving a small opening (6 inches is good). Turn pillow right side out. Stuff with polyfill until desired firmness is reached. Topstitch opening closed.
2. Pillow cover time! Start by cutting 8 18x18” squares for 4 pillows.
3. Add a zipper. Take one of your 2 felt squares and cut 4 inches off the top.
Top stitch zipper onto the big half of your cut square, using a zipper foot.4. Top stitch your 2 squares together, leaving a 2 inch seam from the edge (for frills!). If your 2 squares are not the same size (because you added a zipper to one), you can trim them to match. I just left them as is and you can hardly tell once they are done.
Take your 4” strip and overlap the zipper by 1”. Flip the square over, pin your zipper into place and stitch
These pillow covers look so cute and they’re so easy to make. Let me know how yours turn out!
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