Sewing Pillows! They Always Fit!

Pillow DIY – Sew a Pillow for BIG Impact

I love sewing for my family, my friends, and my home. With so much beautiful fabric and clever projects available, I always have ideas for making things for those I love. A few months ago, I made my younger daughter a summer dress that—thankfully!—fit her perfectly. It was a wrap-style, so some flexibility was built into the pattern.

But getting the perfect fit when loved ones live at a distance isn't always the easiest path. That's when I turn to pillow sewing patterns. Pillows are fun to make, don't take a million years to finish, and (TA-DA!) they always, always, always fit.

Case in point: My older daughter moved from New York City up to rural New Hampshire a few years ago. In one of my fabric drawers were a few panels of a kaleidoscope print of the Empire State Building (Gotham collection from Benartex, now out of print). With the use of the ruffler attachment for my sewing machine, it didn't take too long to make this pillow for her.

I like that it was a reminder of her NYC days, without looking too much like I shopped at the Turnpike gift shop.

One fun detail I included was inserting the zipper in between two of the motifs on the back panel.

It's a standard zipper insertion, but is virtually invisible. It was easy to do. I folded and pressed under the edge next to the zipper, then topstitched it to the zipper tape. 

And, you'll be thrilled to know, this pillow was a perfect fit for my daughter—nary an adjust needed.

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Happy stitching!


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  1. I like to make table runners and sometimes place mats. I have simple and easy and QUICK patterns for both of these. Everyone is always surprised and grateful. I have also made potholders. The newest fad are the microwave bowl potholders. Naomi Shoemaker