How to Make Throw Pillows in 30 minutes or Less

If you are new to sewing, accent pillows are a great first project! Throw pillows are easy to make, affordable, and can decorate just about any room in your home. Based on the fabric, texture, and pattern, they can bring colors together or used as an accent piece. In this post, I am going to show you how simple making throw pillows can be.



The list below is for two 18×18 inch throw pillow.

  • Pins w/ Pin Cushion
  • Sewing Machine
  • 2 yards of Medium Duty Home Decor Fabric
  • Upholstery Thread
  • Tape Measure or Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Polyfill Stuffing or Pillow Insert


The first thing you want to do is decide on the size of your pillow and the type of fabric, but in this case, since we already determined the size, we can move forward and begin creating our pillow. 

Measure the fabric

Measure the Fabric
  1. Fold your fabric in half with the inside out (light side of the material out). 
  2. Use a ruler to measure your fabric to 18 inches on each side with a 1/2 seam allowance. 
  3. Next, use a marker to draw a square reflecting the measurements; this will make it easier to cut. 

Cut, Align, and Pin 

Cut, Align, & Pin
  1. While the fabric is still folded in half, use the lines previously drawn as a guide to cut out the pillow shape. 
  2. Align the pieces on top of each other, making sure that the lighter side is faced outward on both sides.
  3. While the lighter side is faced outward on both sides, using the edge, pin the two pieces together.
  4. Make sure that you leave a 6 to 10 inch opening on one side; this will make sure that you have an area where you can stuff the pillow once you turn it inside out.

Sewing the Pieces Together 

Sew the Pillow
  1. Sew the pillow on all sides, excluding the 6 to 10-inch opening. 
  2. Once you complete the sewing, trim the ends so that the corner of the pillow won’t be so bulky.
Clip the Corners

Flip it, Stuff It, and Sew

Stuffing Time!
  1. Flip the pillowcase inside out so that the exterior of the pillow (usually darker) is facing the outside.
  2. Fold the edges of the opening area inward and iron them flat; this will help with sewing the pillow closed.
  3. By using Polyfill stuffing, stuff your pillow. Make sure that you spread the filling around so that it is even throughout the pillow.
  4. Using an overlapping or invisible stitch, sew your pillow opening closed.
Sewing Using the Invisible Stitch Method

Enjoy your throw pillows!

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