Pillow/Cushion with a Pom Pom Trim!

I am currently in the process of moving into my new flat (Yey) So i will be making lots of beautiful things to fill my home with… So the next few posts are dedicated to home decor…


How to make a cushion with a pom pom trim

Gather your supplies:
– 2.5 yards pom pom tassel
– fabric of your choice
– 18″ pillow form
– straight pins, marking pen, needle and thread, scissors, sewing machine

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

Step 1:

Cut your fabric. Cut the back panel to 19″ x 19″ and 4 front pieces to 10″ x 10″ each.

For the front, place two 10″ x 10″ pieces on top of each other right sides together and sew a 1/2″ seam down one side. (If your print is a directional print, make sure you pay attention to which way your fabric is facing, so it will be correct once the pillow is finished) Do the same to the other two 10″ x 10″ pieces. Iron the seams open.

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

Now you have 2 front pieces. Place one on top of the other (right sides together) and sew a 1/2″ seam down one side. Again, make sure your fabric is facing the right direction. Iron the seams open. You now have one ‘front’ piece’. Set aside.

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

Step 2:

Take your pom pom tassel and pin it around all 4 sides of the back panel. Make sure you pin it with the pom poms facing in. Sew or baste the tassel in place using a 1/4″ seam allowance, making sure to back stitch at each end.  I like to do this so when you sew the two panels together, you don’t have to worry too much about the tassel moving around.

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

Step 3:

Once your tassel is in place, you are almost done! Lay the front patchwork panel on top of the back panel (right sides together) matching up all 4 sides. Pin in place leaving about a 6″-7″ opening at the bottom of the pillowcase for flipping and stuffing.   Sew all around (except for the opening) with a 1/2″ seam allowance, making sure to backstitch at each end.

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

Step 4:

Once your panels are sewn together, trim all 4 corners making sure not to cut the stitching. Flip the pillow right side out and poke out the corners with something pointy, like a turning tool. I use a knitting needle, works great! Stuff your pillow form through the opening.

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

Step 5:

Fold in the opening and pin closed. Using a needle and thread, sew the opening closed.

pom pom pillow sewing tutorial

With Thanks to http://www.annkelle.com/diy-pom-pom-pillow/

Zippered Throw Pillow

Zippered Throw Pillow

Materials Needed…
Fabric of your choice -amount depends on the size of your pillow *see note below
A pillow form – can be found at most craft and fabric stores, the ones I used are from Ikea
Pins (you know the kind with the little ball on the end 🙂
Thread – preferably to match the color of your fabric
Tape Measure
An “all purpose” zipper – the length should be about 4″ shorter then your total pillow width
An Iron
and of course…A sewing machine
*If you are unsure how many yards of fabric to buy…I would purchase 1/2yard for a 16″ pillow form or smaller, and a full yard if your pillow form is larger then 16″ in diameter.

Step 1. Determine the size of your pillow (by looking at the tag) or measuring with a tape measure. Cut your fabric 1″ larger then the dimension of you pillow in both height and width. My pillow was 19″ x 19″ so I cut two pieces of fabric 20″ x 20″

Step 2. Take both of your fabric squares and lay them together so that the 4 sides line up perfectly (or in my case sort of perfectly). Make sure the pattern side of your fabric is facing in, so you will only see the backside of your fabric.

Step 3. Center you zipper in the top section of your fabric. Place a pin in the fabric where the zipper pull starts and the metal stop ends…as shown below…
Step 4. Now sew your fabric about 1/2″ down from the top edge until you hit the pin (which marks the stopping point). Do this to both sides of your fabric. Be sure to back-stitch a little at the beginning and end of the sewn seam for a stronger hold.
Step 5. Now, iron down the open seam (the same one you just sewed) about 1/2″ all the way down the fabric. 



Step 6. Place your zipper face down on the newly ironed fold. Pin the zipper down so it will stay in place while you sew it on. 
Step 7. Now for the scary part…which is really not so scary.
Sew the zipper to your fabric starting at the edge that does Not have the actual zipper pull. Pull the pins out of the fabric as you sew and make sure to once again back-stick at the start and end. STOP before you get to the end (actually you sort of have to because the zipper pull will be in the way).
Step 8. When you get to the zipper pull, lift up the presser foot and zip the zipper back a couple of inches. Put the presser foot back in place & keep sewing where you left off until you reach the end of the fabric. 
Step 9. Now pin around your entire pillow, making sure the end corners meet together nicely.
( I somehow forgot to take a pic. of all of my pins, so I photoshopped them in 🙂
 Step 10. Sew all the way around your pillow (except for the side with the zipper). To do this, start at any corner of your pillow and sew about a 1/2″ seam all the way down until you hit the next corner. Now lift up the presser foot (leave in the needle, woops…don’t look at the pictures to closely!) and turn the fabric 90 degrees. Then put the presser foot back down  and keep sewing. (do this at all corners).





Step 11. Cut the corners of your newly sewn pillow case, but don’t cut into your stitch lines. Removing this extra fabric will make your finished pillow case corners look smoother.
Step 12. Fold your pillow case right-side-out and insert pillow form. 





Apple Plush Pillow with DownloadHere’s a little pillow tutorial from the great craftsbeautiful! http://www.abeautifulmess.com

Apple Plush Pillow PatternHere is an illustration to use as a guide for cutting out your apple. You’ll need two layers of red fabric in this size. Leave a little extra space at the top (as we’ve shown with the dotted line) because this is where you will stuff your apple from and attach the stem. For the facial features, we created a download for you to print out at home (or you can “eyeball it” based on our photo!) Template/ DOWNLOAD

Apple Plush Pillow Steps
1. Supplies Needed: red velvet, white and black felt, burlap, green cotton fabric, scissors, stuffing, iron. 2. Cut out pieces using the templates.  Turn the red velvet inside out and stitch around the edges, leaving an opening at the top where the stem will go.  Flip the apple right-side-out (so the velvet is now showing).  Stuff the pillow with the stuffing. 3. Stitch around the edges of the leaf (green fabric), leaving a small opening.  Flip the leaf right-side out and iron flat. 4. Stitch around the edge of the stem (burlap), leaving the bottom open.  Stuff the stem until slightly plump. 5. Insert the stem and leaf into the opening of the apple and hand-stitch the opening closed (sewing through the stem and leaf). 6. Apply the eyes and mouth with fabric glue.  You’re all finished! 

Apple Plush Pillow Tutorial (with pattern)I hope you enjoy making this apple pillow for your home!