40+ Crafty Pillows & Cushions To Make

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All kinds of projects in this list, everything from sophisticated decor pieces that will pretty up a room to drag ‘em around floor cushions that the kids can lounge on.

racheldenbow.blogspot.com

racheldenbow.blogspot.com

Doily:
So pretty & a great way to use those vintage doilies in your stash.

Spray Painted Wheat:
Easy pillows to make, designs stenciled on with freezer paper technique.

vanessachristenson.com

vanessachristenson.com

sewmamasew.com

sewmamasew.com

Portable:
Fabric covered foam inserts that are great for toting around indoors and outdoors.

Easy Throw:
Learn how to make a cottage-style throw pillow in 10 easy steps.

cottagemagpie.com

cottagemagpie.com

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

Relaxing Neck Pillows:
Bowtie-shaped neck pillows prop up your noggin when you watch TV in bed or supporting your neck while sleeping.

Meditation Floor Pillow:
Make a cozy little spot for some down time.

craftzine.com

craftzine.com

designspongeonline.com

designspongeonline.com

Applique:
Linen pillows with felt letter appliques..great gift idea for teenagers!

T-Shirt Ruffle:
Transform a t-shirt into a lovely (and comfy) cushion.

floralshowers.com

floralshowers.com

craftynest.com

craftynest.com

Fleece Alphabet:
Cozy hand-stitched pillows made in the shape of any letter or combination of letters you like.

T-Shirt:
How fun is this! Great gift idea for sports fans and teens.

inspiremecrafts.com

nspiremecrafts.com

pinkchalkstudio.com

pinkchalkstudio.com

Gather Up:
Silk pillow that is made up just as nicely with quilting cotton.

Pretty Ruffle (pdf):
The back of the pillow features an open flap for easy removal. Tutorial from Sandi Henderson Design.

portabellopixie.typepad.com

portabellopixie.typepad.com

thelongthread.com

thelongthread.com

Pintuck:
Gorgeous pillows make with washed silk. Free tutorial via pdf download.

Personalized Birdie:
How sweet is this! Finished pillow size is 12×16.

modabakeshop.com

modabakeshop.com

etsy.com

etsy.com

Rosette Clusters:
Use either felt or felted wool to make this lovely pillow.

Square Tufted Box Cushions:
Make big comfy floor cushions that aren’t only comfy…they’re stylish too!

wkdesigner.wordpress.com

wkdesigner.wordpress.com

cluckclucksew.com

cluckclucksew.com

Scrap Buster:
Lovely pillow design–great way to use up some fabric scraps.

3 Quick & Easy Projects:
Gorgeous! The three different designs are: Pleated Apron, Letter & Envelope, Easy Pinafore.

threadsmagazine.com

threadsmagazine.com

curbly.com

curbly.com

Beefy Bolsters:
Great end-of-the-couch nap pillow…make these by repurposing towels!

Ribbon:
Pillow front made with grosgrain ribbons, back is twill.

jcarolinecreative.com

jcarolinecreative.com

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

Lavender Filled:
Luxurious gift for those who have trouble sleeping, filled with dried lavender and flax seeds.

Snow Mum (pdf):
An easy, elegant pillow perfect for your holiday decor. From Amy Butler Design.

amybutlerdesign.com

amybutlerdesign.com

curbly.com

curbly.com

Garden Bench:
Making decor pieces for your garden furniture couldn’t be simpler with this method by doing some simple folding and gluing.

Star Fruit:
Nice decorative pillow that can be made into many sizes (including a cute pincushion).

matchingpegs.com

matchingpegs.com

3punkmom.blogspot.com

3punkmom.blogspot.com

Floor Cushions:
These Land of Nod inspired floor cushions will no doubt provide a comfy spot on the floor.

Jazzy Porch:
Make this smart pillow design with a contrasting tailored flange.

fliptstudio.com

fliptstudio.com

thediydish.com

thediydish.com

Stenciled Envelope:
Video and pdf tutorial (free download) showing you how to freezer paper stencil lovely pillows.

Pretty Petal:
Includes a free pdf pattern download for the petals.

iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com

iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com

flamingotoes.com

flamingotoes.com

Linen Beehive & Birdcage:
Tutorial shows you how to transfer a favorite design onto linen then make into pretty cushions.

Shabby Flower: Layers of linen petals are arranged and stitched on top and finished off with a fabric flower center.

burlapandblue.com

burlapandblue.com

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

Diamond Wale Corduroy: Made with medium wale corduroy, a pillow form and two decorative shank buttons. Nice looking pillow with the corners turned in a different direction.

Strawberry: Finished size is 15-inches high and so charming! They remind of oversized strawberry pincushions.

purlbee.com

purlbee.com

vanessachristenson.com

vanessachristenson.com

Shag: Made with one yard of jersey fabric cut into strips and two squares of cotton fabric (to attach the strips to).

Crafty Clock: Cute & cuddly pillow featuring a clock face with hands that move (fun for kids to play with time).

sillypearl.com

sillypearl.com

e-tells-tales.blogspot.com

e-tells-tales.blogspot.com

Big Bow Striped: Made with 1.5 yards of striped fabric and an 18″ square pillow form.

Ruffled Monogram: Spell a name or whatever you like with these pretty pillows, features a single ruffled strip along one side.

sadalewis.com

sadalewis.com

dhwilson.blogspot.com

dhwilson.blogspot.com

Flower Form Cover: Repurpose an old sweater to make this charming flower pillow cover (round).

Side-Tie: Features three fabric ties along one side of pillow.

amerooniedesigns.blogspot.com

amerooniedesigns.blogspot.com

sewastraightline.com

sewastraightline.com

Fancy Exposed Pintucks: An interesting technique resulting in a rich-looking pillow that looks complicated to make, but is easy-peasy (just how we like ‘em!).

Quilted Stripes: Made with strips of quilting weight cotton, fabric for the back, cotton batting and muslin.

maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com

maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com

masteringphoto.com

masteringphoto.com

Customize With Photos: Photos are printed on inkjet fabric sheets then sewn together with various fabric scraps (for the front) and a fat quarter for the backing.

Remote Control Pocket: Keep your remotes organized with this cozy pillow made from an old sweatshirt.

kundhicreative.com

kundhicreative.com

modkidboutique.blogspot.ca

modkidboutique.blogspot.ca

French Window: Made with a 24″ pillowform, 9 squares of assorted fabric prints, white fabric and pillow backing fabric.

Knotted Felt: Use premium felt rather than craft felt, zips along the side.

kriskrafting.blogspot.ca

kriskrafting.blogspot.ca

fabyoubliss.com

fabyoubliss.com

Butterfly: You’ll need felt in 2 or 3 colors for the butterfly piece, sized to fit 19″ square.

Bonus: Easy Peasy DIY Piping Tutorial

Cowboy Boot

*First published May 13, 2009 and moved here for better organization

Cowboy Boot Pillow: Click To Get Pattern Copy

Cowboy Boot Pillow: Click To Get Pattern Copy

Instructions:

This will delight any cowboy fan. Make it from one color with embroidered designs, or make the top plaid or stripe and use plain for the bottom.

  • Make the pattern on paper and cut the top apart from the bottom. Lay the pieces on material. Add 1/4″ for seam allowance.
  • Turn under the seam allowance on the top edge of the bottom part of the boot. Stitch this to the top part of the boot as shown in the original pattern.
  • Make “pull-on” tab and baste in place.
  • Cut a matching or contrasting strip of material 2 and half inches wide and about 42 inches long. Sew this strip around the edge of one side of the boot. When sewing the other side of the boot be sure and leave about five inches open for putting in the filling. Turn right side out and fill.
  • Sew opening shut.

Source: Women’s Household Handicraft (1962)

Buckwheat Hull Filler

*First published June 26, 2007 and moved here for better organization

Picture of Pillows - Tipnut.comThese instructions are for sleeping pillows, not the Microwaveable Heating Bags.

Supplies Needed:

organic, pillow grade buckwheat hulls
zippered cotton pillowcase liner
regular pillowcase

Directions:

  • Fill the zippered pillowcase liner with buckwheat hulls. Fill to your preference, but you don’t want them so full that the pillow will be hard or stiff while sleeping on it.
  • Place the stuffed liner inside a pillowcase by putting the zipper side in first. In case the zipper opens a bit and lets a few buckwheat hulls out, you’ll be able to feel it inside the pillowcase rather than having rogue hulls swimming around in your bed.

That’s it! Whenever you need to launder the pillowcases, all you have to do is remove the buckwheat pillow from the pillowcase and empty the contents into a clean pail. Launder the pillowcases and dump the hulls back into the zippered case.

Tips

For Buying:

  • Try finding organic, roasted, pillow grade buckwheat hulls. You’re sleeping on this, so keep the chemicals out. The roasted hulls are better than the vacuum method because there’s lest dust in the product (which can trigger allergies).
  • For a standard size pillow, shoot for about 7 lbs of hulls. You can add more or less as you prefer (another nice thing about the zipper).
  • Shop online or check around with local health food stores. If they don’t have it in stock, they may be able to get it for you from one of their suppliers.

Care Instructions:

  • Launder both the pillowcase and the liner frequently, as you normally would. Once in awhile, set the zippered case filled with hulls out in the hot sun to freshen things up if needed. Never wash the hulls.

Stuffers:

  • Make a sachet of dried lavender to pop in with the hulls. Lavender is a natural sleep and calming aid.

Outer Case Tip:

  • You can make your own or buy one, but use a thicker cotton of good quality, high thread count. This gives a nice finish and evens out the texture of the pillow a bit.

Buckwheat pillows may take a little getting used to because the hulls do rustle a bit inside the case as you move your head (and make a little noise), but they are recommended to help in a variety of situations: allergies, headaches, migraines, orthopedic reasons, sleep apnea, etc.

These are a little pricey to make, but they last for years and years.

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Published: February 27, 2009
Updated: January 8, 2013

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5 Comments to “40+ Crafty Pillows & Cushions To Make”
  1. nancy campbell says:

    are there any country french desigs for crocheting pillows? i cant knit.

  2. Stephanie says:

    This site is So COOL it helped me research some techniques and see what real quality cushions look like. thankyou so much for your ideas and help. i appreciate it greatly and i will recommend it to others

  3. Bobbie says:

    Your site is awesome! Great ideas…….Thank You!

  4. Carol Myers says:

    do you have a pattern to make a ring bearer’s pillow? i’m interested in a 9×9 sized one. Thanks, Carol

  5. georgina clare watts says:

    This site is amazing,ive been on it for three days and nites since i found you,something always tempts one to look at something else, i love it here, the pillows are gorgeous not to mention classy too, thank you for your inspiration,oh and i love making the prairie points. Georgie x


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