If you have ever priced throw pillows (and I’m sure you have if you’ve ever decorated a living room, family room, or a bedroom), then you probably know how expensive it is to buy throw pillows from the store. I just can’t fathom spending loads of money on a single pillow (and a small pillow at that!). I was pleased to discover that it isn’t hard to do it yourself. And I am even going to share with you how to make no-sew throw pillows for about $6 or $7 apiece.
It all started when I was telling my good friend about my need for throw pillows, but that I was hesitant in spending that much money on them. Before I could finish telling her, she blurted out, “make your own!”. Wait, what? Apparently she has never seen me sew! She assured me that it is really easy. Well it did sound pretty easy, and I just had to give it a try…with one change. I had another plan which didn’t require sewing.
But first, let me answer this all important question:
What can I use to stuff a pillow?
When I tell people about making their own no-sew throw pillows, they are always baffled by what would go inside the pillows, if not just a pillow itself! There are a few choices to use for pillow stuffing. I personally use fiberfill, as it is easy to work with, is inexpensive and one bag is almost equal to one rectangular, placemat sized throw pillow.
What do you need to make your own pillows?
~Placemats: The kind with two pieces of fabric sewn together front and back, so when opened there is a pocket in the middle and space for stuffing
~Fiberfill: Plan on one bag per placemat sized pillow
~Seam ripper (or small scissors)
~clothespins or small paper clips
Where can I buy cheap fabric placemats?
I looked at Pier 1 Imports and Cost Plus and found some placemats that were two sided and perfect for my DIY decorative pillow project. The placemats at Cost Plus World Market were only $2.99 each, and the ones at Pier 1 were only slightly more. For the fiberfill stuffing for DIY pillows, I went to Michael’s and purchased two bags of fiberfill for $2.99 each. It takes a a bag or less for each throw pillow. What a steal!
Since our bedroom will be blue and green (I bought a gorgeous duvet cover from Eddie Bauer), these will match perfectly. One side is patterned and one side is plain. The other placemat I bought is patterned on one side and is light blue on the back!
How do you make throw pillows without a sewing machine?
For this DIY homemade no-sew throw pillow project, You will basically be filling a placemat with fiberfill. That’s it! Well there are a few other simple steps, but then you’re done. These take about 15 minutes to make.
To begin, I unstitched the two layers of the placemat about 3 inches on one of the long ends. I stuffed fiberfill inside like this:
Since I am not big on sewing, I purchased fabric glue at the craft store too. When my placemat was sufficiently stuffed, I placed a narrow bead of blue along one side of the placemat (I did it on the green hem), and carefully squeezed the two sides of the placemat together until it held. I attached small paper clips on the area I glued, just to be sure that it had a good seal.
So there you have it – that is how to make your own no-sew throw pillows! Want to see the process in action? Check out my DIY no-sew throw pillow tutorial video!