DIY Pillow Project


Sometimes I get this itch. A creative itch. Like this itch inside that screams "If I don't do something creative I'll just be miserable until I do!" And I have this habit of having great creative ideas, going out and purchasing everything I need to start my project, and...that's as far as I get. So, I was determined to start and finish this project in the same day. My lovely mom was coming over to spend some time with Asher (my little man of 15mo), so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to dust off the old sewing machine (she so nicely let me borrow the last time I had the itch).

We put our brains together on what would be quick, easy, and cheap (Lord knows my husband is at his end on all the lost investments in my past itches) - and we, and when I say we I really mean my mom, came up with the brilliant idea to make an envelope pillow cover. They are quick (if you don't get crazy and add pom pom trim), super simple, and easily accomplished in an hour or two (or 5 like it did me).

I love how this little pillow turned out! The painterly paisley fabric, and the bright blood orange pom-pom trim bring a nice playful pop to the room- exactly what I needed to compliment the painting behind the bed. I have a small obsession with pom pom trim at the moment, so I had to incorporate it...which made the project take 5x longer than it should have. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so sewing around those poms posed a bit of a challenge and slowed me down A LOT.  But it was SO worth it! Isn't she a beauty?!

If you have a sewing machine handy, and a few extra hours on the weekend, this is a great beginner DIY sewing project to add the perfect accent to any chair, sofa, bed - you name it!

Here are the instructions (adapted from iheartstitching, if you need visual step by step instructions):



  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric (and coordinating thread) of your choice (mine was an on-sale steal from JoAnn's) - amount of fabric should be measured based off of instructions below
  • Trim of choice (mine was from JoAnn's but found a better selection of colors for less on Etsy)
  • Pillow Insert (mine was a 13"x21" from Restoration Hardware)


  1. Cut front piece: 1 inch bigger (all around) than finished pillow size (mine was 14" x 22")
  2. Cut back pieces: Cut 2 pieces 2.5" smaller in width than the front piece (mine were 10.5" x 22")
  3. Fold and Iron back pieces: One long side on each back piece, fold and iron 1/4", fold over again 1/4" and iron
  4. Sew 1/8" seam on ironed part of back pieces
  5. Pin trim to back side of front piece and do a baste stitch to hold trim in place
  6. Pin back pieces inside-out to front piece (overlap in center) with the trim on the inside (not showing once all pinned)
  7. Sew 1/2" seam allowance all the way around the pillow
  8. Cut corners at 45 degree angle (make sure you don't cut into your stitch!) to allow the corners to be less bulky when turned right-side out
  9. Turn right-side out & iron seams flat
  10. Enjoy!

xoxo - Ali