How to Make a Decorative Pillow

Easy to Make

Easy to Make

“Have no fear of perfection you’ll never reach it”. Salvador Dali

Pillow Cover

While I am sitting around waiting to go to Ecuador, I decided to make some crafts that I can take with me. I love decorative pillows and I often make them. I made many for our boat. I have decorative pillows on the beds and on the chairs and sofa. This is one I made recently. Pillow covers are so easy to make and you can customize them to match your decor. Best of all you usually pay 1/3 of the cost of buying them ready made. If you check out my Pinterest Boards you will see that I love coastal design, probably left over from living aboard our boat and living in Florida many years. The fact that we want to live on the coast of Ecuador keeps me in the coastal state of mind. My new favorite colors are aqua and yellow, with the citrus colors thrown in, as you can see above.


  1. 1.5 yards of pillow fabric in the plain color you want.
  2. Printer paper or cardstock
  3. Design for the pillow (Google images)
  4. Small piece of fabric just a little bigger than the design you have chosen.
  5. Fusible web with sticky on both sides (at least as big as the small piece of fabric for the design.
  6. Iron


Choose a design from Google Images. Search: (clipart of…) or (line drawing of…)

Save image as: (on your computer)

I often  right click and copy, then I open a word document and paste


Print it on paper or card stock ( card stock is easier to trace)


Cut out your design from the paper.


Take the fusible web and iron it on the back of the small piece of fabric. (See directions on fusible web directions)


Trace your cut out design onto the paper of the fusible web that has been ironed onto the fabric. Note:Turn your design over, so it reads like a mirror image.


Cut out the design you just traced.


Cut out 2 pieces of the fabric you bought for the pillow. Make the size (2) 17 inch square. This is for a 15 inch pillow.


Take your shape, remove the paper, and center it on the right side of one piece of the  pillow fabric.


Iron it onto the pillow fabric. After it cools, make sure the edges are not loose. If it is loose, iron it again.


On this one, I had to paint a few designs with fabric paint. It was easy,  because it was  only ovals and lines.

Pin the pillow with the right sides together. (Actually I don’t pin.)

Sew a 1/2” seam on 3 sides.

Clip the two corners.

Turn the fabric.

Insert the pillow.

Fold in the remaining side and pin it.

Now sew the last side by hand.


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