Sewing Pillows 101

How to Sew Pillows by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Sewing Pillows 101

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How to Sew Pillows by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

As the calendar turns to August, it’s time to start thinking back to school. Show your support by making a pillow for a special student in your life. Pillows are a go-to project for any skill level, they’re quickly sewn in most any size, and they can be made in multiple styles!

Tutorials Included

Wrapped Pillow Corners

WrappedPillowCorners Nancy Zieman First

Pillows, collars, and cuffs are just a few of the areas where corners need to be sewn. Cast aside the traditional technique and incorporate Nancy Zieman’s “absolute easiest way” to handle sewing corners. Learn to make crisp pillow corners using this tutorial.

Boxed Pillow Corners

Boxed-Corner Buttonhole Pillow Tutorial/How-To by Nancy Zieman

Give your living space a breath of fresh air by sewing new pillows. These boxed-cornered pillows are almost effortless to make. Learn how to add a nice boxy edge to each of the four corners. Learn how to make the boxed-corner pillows here.

Envelope Pillows
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You can, of course, make any pillow design you wish. I thought I might share this easy pattern to spark your creative juices. The Lattice Pillow features four machine appliquéd strips of fabric interlaced on a solid square. The pillow back is created in an envelope style and uses a hook-and-loop closure.

Embroidered Pillow Wraps

How To Make A Pillow Band Wrap by Nancy Zieman
You can easily change your home décor with a little fabric and a great embroidery design with this pillow wrap project. Embroider a seasonal motif on fabric or choose an elegant fabric design to complement your décor. Then, follow these simple directions to create a pillow wrap, or two! We’ve made this pillow wrap two-sided, which will save time, fabric, and add a splash to the family room all year ’round. Find the embroidered pillow wrap tutorial here.

Recycled Button-up Shirt Pillow

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Lumberjack Pillow—from a flannel shirt: I call this recycled-garment project my Lumberjack Pillow, although you could make this from a loved ones’ shirt and sew a memory pillow as well. The technique used to fit the shirt around the pillow form allows for many shirts and pillow sizes to be created easily.


Throw Pillows Made From Quilt Blocks

Sew a Pillow from a Leftover Orphan Quilt Block Tutorial by Nancy ZiemanAlong our quilting journey, we try new techniques and test interesting ideas. Sometimes these valuable lessons and attempts yield “orphan blocks” or leftover quilt blocks that don’t belong to a larger quilt. Take one or more of these treasured quilt blocks and sew them into throw pillows. It’s an easy idea that doesn’t require any additional quilting! See how easy it is to convert your quilt blocks to pillows using this tutorial.



Pillows from Quilted Fabrics

Making pillows from double-sided prequilted fabrics is easier than you think! I was smitten with the quilted eyeglass frames and polka dot duo from Riley Blake, knowing that a trio of pillows were destined for this playful fabric. Learn how to work with this fabric type in the Pillow Trio Tutorial.


Pillow Size Reference Chart:

Turn Orphan Quilt Blocks into Throw Pillows | Be My Valentine Quilt Block | Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

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  • Clovis
    August 1, 2017

    Nice looking pillows.

  • Julie Kill
    August 1, 2017

    Thanks again for more ideas! I have some to make up for our daughters room…I was thinking a Floor pillow or Study pillow… have you got an patterns or ideas for them?

  • Peggy Bibb
    August 1, 2017

    Love, love, love throw pillows. Thanks for the wrap tutorial. How handy for change of season!

  • judy
    August 1, 2017

    How fun! Thanks for all of the valuble information, Nancy.

  • Sue Barton
    August 2, 2017

    Thank you so much for putting these styles of pillows together. I made the “Embroidered Pillow Wrap” for Christmas presents last year and it was a huge hit!

  • Peggy S
    August 4, 2017

    Thank you Nancy. I plan to make pillows as Christmas gifts this year and these give me some great ideas. You are a great
    inspiration to those of us who enjoy sewing.

  • Beverly
    August 6, 2017

    What a great book! I like to switch out throw pillows seasonally and these ideas mean I could make them all myself. Fun ideas.

  • Amanda Moor
    September 13, 2017

    Thank you for sharing so many great and unique things with others, just wanted to appreciate you and want to share my : No Sew Pillow Cover With Old T-Shirt

  • Shaun William
    January 5, 2018

    These are gorgeous. So comfy and inviting! Love them all.

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