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Throw Pillow Makeover

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.


Turn a store-bought pillow into an extraordinary home decor item with these fast and easy instructions. A  print fabric accent and pretty trim brings your personal style to the pillows.


Project Needs & Notes:

- 18" x 18" throw pillow
- 1/4 yard print quilter's cotton
- 3/4 yard of 1 1/2" wide decorative trim
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive
- Seam ripper

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- M11025, Doodle Rose

- K9222, Birds in Bloom (Toile)

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.


Special Notes: The pillow in this tutorial made of a soft, faux suede and is from Target. It is 18" x 18", but you can use any size pillow for this project.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Start by using a seam ripper to open the seams along the top, bottom, and one side of the pillow. Leave the other side intact.

Remove the filling and set it aside.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Lay the fabric flat with the right side facing up.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.

If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Center the design about 10" from the top of the shape. Mark the center point and the horizontal and vertical axis lines.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Hoop the fabric with one piece of cutaway stabilizer that has been sprayed with temporary adhesive.

Line up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design using a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

After embroidering, trim the excess stabilizer away from the back.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

To add the fabric, first measure the height of the front of the pillow.

For this tutorial, the fabric should be 6" wide. Add 1" to allow for a folded edge and seam allowance.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Cut a piece of print cotton fabric to 19" x 7".

Fold the inner edge of the fabric over 1/2" and press with an iron.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Place the fabric on top of the front of the pillow, right sides facing up.

Align the right edge of the fabric with the right edge of the pillow with the folded edge facing in.

Pin in place.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Next, cut a piece of trim a bit longer than the pillow.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Tuck the trim under the folded edge of the fabric and pin in place.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Top stitch a 1/8" seam along the folded edge of the print fabric.

Then, tack the top, side, and bottom edges of the fabric in place by continuing with a 1/4" seam.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Align the front and back of the pillow together, right sides together, and pin.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the raw edges leaving about 5" open along the side.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Turn the pillow right side out and add the filling back inside.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Turn the fabric of the opening in 1/2" and use a needle and thread to hand-sew the opening closed.

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

This gorgeous, unique pillow is full of texture and color -- and personalized to your decorating style!

Free project instructions for a throw pillow makeover.

Mix up the fabrics and embroidery designs to fit different rooms, color schemes, or to stitch one for a friend.

Throw Pillow Makeover



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Products used in this Project:

Doodle Rose $1.49 - $2.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

6.14" x 5.86" | 5.09" x 4.85" | 3.85" x 3.67" | 2.99" x 2.86"

Doodle Romantic Heart $2.49 - $3.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

5.85" x 6.30" | 4.85" x 5.22" | 3.58" x 3.86" | 2.79" x 3.01"

Doodle Kiss $1.49 - $2.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

5.85" x 6.85" | 4.85" x 5.68" | 3.28" x 3.84" | 2.56" x 3.00"

Doodle Love $1.49 - $2.99

Available in 4 Sizes:

5.85" x 6.18" | 4.85" x 5.12" | 3.64" x 3.85" | 2.84" x 3.00"