I’m all for adding texture for the fall / winter months, and since I seem to be a on a bit of a faux fur kick lately (remember the faux fur DIY stockings), I have a faux fur pillow tutorial to share today.
I used an inexpensive faux fur pink blanket from Target, leftover from my tiny holiday party post. AND it took less than 20 minutes to make because it’s was only two lines of stitching! I’ll explain after the jump. Click through for the step by step instructions.
FYI – I originally created this DIY project for Domino and am sharing it here, with permission.
- faux fur throw
- pillow insert in desired dimensions (I used a 15 x 15 inch insert)
- needle and thread
- seamstress tape measure (for hand stitching at the end)
- sewing machine
The faux fur throw I used has a second layer of fabric on the underside, which cut the sewing time in half because the two pieces of fabric (which would become the front and back of the pillow) were already sewn together on two sides. This will make more sense as you read through the instructions, but essentially, if you use a corner of the blanket you’ll have way less sewing to do!
1. Start by measuring the pillow insert you plan to use. The one I used is 15 x 15 inches. Then add a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch onto that measurement (on each side) for seam allowance. Mark the measurements, starting from a corner of the throw
2. Then, it’s time to cut! If cutting from the corner of the throw, like I did, you’ll have two sides that are cut and two sides that are still sewn together from the throw itself.
3. Next, turn the cut piece inside out and stitch one full side with a straight stitch on your sewing machine. Then, stitch the other side partially, leaving 6-8 inches unstitched for space to fit the insert inside the opening.
4. Flip the pillow case right side out again and insert the pillow through the opening. Be sure to poke out the corners and get the insert how you like it before moving onto the next step. If the corners are difficult to get to with your fingers, use a long dowel rod or something similar.
5. Lastly, to finish the pillow do a blind ladder stitch to close the opening by hand.
Sewing by Julia Pistsova // Project and Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
Do you have a blanket that this pillow project would work on? What do you think of the finished result? Are you into the idea of textured decorative pillows in the bedroom?