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Make It Monday – How to Sew a Basic Throw Pillow

Make It Monday – How to Sew a Basic Throw Pillow

Sewing a basic throw pillow is perfect for both the beginner and for the more advanced who just want a quick, easy-sew project.

You can either recover an existing throw pillow or buy ready made pillow forms.

For a 16′ pillow, cut two 17″ squares of fabric. I used my rotary cutter, quilting ruler, and cutting mat. (<-affiliate links)

Cut two 17 inch squares

Next, pin and sew ½” seam allowance along all four sides, leaving an opening approximately eight inches on one side.

Pin 17 inch squares of fabric right sides together

Trim seams to ¼”. Clip corners on the diagonal.

 How to Sew A Basic Throw Pillow - Trim seams to one quarter inch and clip corners

Turn right side out. Press well.

How to Sew a Basic Throw Pillow - Press the pillow cover well

Insert pillow form.

Hand sew the opening closed using either a slip stitch or blind stitch.

How to Sew a Basic Throw Pillow - slip stitch opening closed

I prefer to use a blind stitch but I realize that not everyone knows how to do this stitch so I’ve created a short video demonstrating how it’s done. (In the video I’m blind stitching the binding on a quilt but the stitch is the same whether you’re using it on a quilt or to close a pillow cover.)

To view the video>>> Click Here.

And here’s the finished throw pillow.

Completed pillow for the How to Sew a Basic Throw Pillow Tutorial

Take it from basic to special in one easy step!

How to Sew a Basic Throw Pillow Tutorial - front view with the added embroidered center.

This is a simple addition to make.

I turned under ¼” on a piece of Redwork embroidery, centered it on one of the squares of fabric before sewing them together.

Then it was pinned and sewn it in place by machine.

Pin applique to the center of the pillow

So you see, you can take a basic pillow cover and jazz it up with an embroidered applique or even with a piece of contrasting fabric.

Your only limitation is your imagination.

Have fun with this!


Like this tutorial? Pin this photo for future reference!

How to Sew A Basic Throw Pillow With Optional Embroidery Applique


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  • Catherine
    February 5, 2018 8:51 am

    What a great tutorial! I always shy away from the machine. But I think even I could sew this one up!

  • Deborah
    August 15, 2016 5:01 pm

    Cute little angel she works well with the pillow fabric.

  • Christine B.
    April 13, 2015 5:28 pm

    This is such a cute project! Thank you for sharing the tutorial! 🙂 x

  • Cori
    April 13, 2015 6:17 pm

    What a cheerful little pillow. Lovely red work.

  • Mdm Samm
    April 13, 2015 5:18 pm

    YOu can never go wrong with angels…the rose fabric is pretty too

  • Susan
    April 13, 2015 12:07 pm

    Love that little embroidered angel! Great fabric match up for her, too.

  • Renee
    April 13, 2015 12:00 pm

    Your redwork angel is an adorable addition to your pillow! The instructions and photos are easy to follow on the tutorial, too. Lovely!

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