DIY Canvas Throw Pillow

Love throw pillows? Me too. But you know what’s even more fun than throw pillows? Designing and making your own! You don’t have to be an experienced seamstress (or tailor) to make one either; I’ve found that pillows are actually one of the easiest things to sew. πŸ™‚

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Canvas
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sharpies
  • Stencils (optional)
  • Sewing machine
  • Stuffing
  • Needle and thread

Grab a cup of tea, and let’s get crafting! First, decide on the size of your throw pillow. You’ll want to add an extra inch or so to your measurements to leave room for the seams. Use a pencil and ruler to mark your lines, then cut them out. I cut out two 9 1/2 in. by 9 1/2 in. pieces.

Now for the fun part–the personalizing! You can use sharpies, stencils, maybe sew on some beads or buttons…whatever your heart desires! ❀

OK, so now that your design’s done, let’s turn it into a pillow! Take your two squares, and lay the square with the design so that it is facing the other square; as seen above.

Next, pull out your dusty sewing machine and hope that it works well today…then start sewing the seams! Start at one corner and sew a 1/4 in. seam along the edge until you’re about 1/4 in. away from the bottom.

Make sure the needle is sticking into the fabric; then release the pressure on the foot and turn the fabric around to the next edge:

Then put the foot back down and sew that seam. You’ll want to repeat this step with the next two corners.

When you’re sewing your last seam, stop when you get about 3 inches away from finishing. You’ll use this hole for stuffing your pillow.

Now it’s time to turn your pillow right-side-out! A blunt pencil makes a great tool for pushing the corners out; just don’t push too hard….I’ve punctured fabrics doing similar things… 😦

Drag that 10 pound bag of stuffing out of your closet (yeah, we really love stuffing that much around here… πŸ˜‰ ) and fill your pillow!

Once you’re satisfied with the cushiness level, use a slip-stitch to seal up the hole. Never done that before? Thread up a needle and I’ll show you how! It’s not hard, trust me. πŸ™‚

Take the pillow and fold the frayed edges of the hole towards the inside.

Then take your needle, stick it through the folded edge a little, and stick it back out like this:

So sorry; didn’t realize how blurry this was until it was too late!

Keeping that bit of cloth on the needle, go ahead and pick up a little of the fold from the other side:

And bring the needle all the way through! Just repeat this process till you get to the end of the seam. You might want to sew back over it again just to make sure it’s good and secure…and when you’re done, you’ll have a neat almost-like-the-sewing-machine-would-have-done-it seam! πŸ˜€

Give your pillow a couple squishes to make sure the stuffing is distributed evenly, and voila! Your pillow is complete.

Hope you all have fun with this!

Wishing you success! πŸ™‚

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