Pillow Patterns and Ideas for Sewing Pillow Decor

Shadow Appliquéd Pillow Front

Debbie Colgrove

Pillows can change the look of a room and add a comfortable place to lay your head. The options for pillows become endless when you are sewing your pillows. As long as you start with a basic pillow, using the back closure of your choice, you can convert the pillow front and edges to what you want them to be.

Adding details to the front of a pillow is an opportunity to add a touch of color without overdoing it. This pillow front features artificial fabric flowers with an organza overlay to subdue the colors while adding a touch of color and variety. Learn the steps for making a pillow like this one by exploring these pattern options.

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    Easy Envelope-Back Pillow Cover

    The Front of an Envelope Back Pillow
    Debbie Colgrove

    This pillow cover is a very simple project and a quick way to change the look of your throw pillows. It features a back that opens to change the pillow form or to easily launder the pillow cover. It is also a great simple project for a beginner who is just learning to sew. Straight cutting, two end finishes, and two seams create this simple pillow cover.

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    Flanged Pillow Shams

    A finished flanged pillow sham
    Debbie Colgrove

    Flanged pillow shams do more than hiding your pillows, they also add color or contrast to a room. These flanged pillow shams only require straight stitching because the seam is enclosed in the sham, preventing the seam allowance from fraying.

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    Pillow With Piping Edges

    A finished pillow with piping edges and a split back.
    Debbie Colgrove

    Throw pillows are a great and easy way to add color, texture, and contrast to a room. With these free directions, you'll find how to sew a pillow with corded edges in a variety of sizes. Making pillows that have removable covers allows you to change the look of your room by reusing pillows forms. This pillow pattern features a split back for easily removing the pillow form.

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    Pillow With Zipper Back Closure

    Basic Pillow With a Zipper Back Closure
    Debbie Colgrove

    A pillow cover that is closed with a zipper stays snug and makes it easy to remove the pillow form for laundering.

    This pillow features a zipper that is covered by a flap of fabric. The zipper keeps the cover in place even if the kids have a pillow fight. Add ruffles, piping, or an embellished front to sew the pillow that you want.

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    Pillow Case With a Contrasting Hem

    Sew Your Own Pillowcases with Contrasting Hems and Trims
    Debbie Colgrove

    Extra pillowcases can always come in handy, especially if you have house guests. When you make them yourself, you can have fun with the colors and prints that you love.

    Use contrasting fabrics, add trims, add piping or eyelet; the possibilities are endless to have beautiful pillowcases ready for when you need them. Use colors and prints that children like and they might go to bed without an argument if they love the pillow.

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    Round Pillow With Straight Edges and Gathered Center

    Free directions to sew this round pillow with a detailed front and back.
    Debbie Colgrove

    Break away from the standard square and rectangle pillows to create a pillow that will add eye candy to your throw pillows. Using a mix of fabrics and buttons can result in lovely colors, textures, and accents.

    The gathered center with fabric-covered buttons on both sides of the pillow offers endless possibilities to experiment with different gathering forms and altering the button with different fabrics and centered details.

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    Sew a Flower Petal Pillow

    Finished Flower Petal Pillow
    Debbie Colgrove

    Pillows are a fast and economical way to add flare to your home decorating.

    This flower petal pillow is an intermediate to advanced project due to the bulk of the petals. Using felt for the petals eliminates seams and seam finishes when sewing the petals:

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    Wedding Ring-Bearer Pillow With Ring Box

    Ring Bearers Pillow Image
    Debbie Colgrove

    This ring-bearer pillow eliminates the need to fuss with tying and untying ribbons during the ceremony. Scraps from a wedding gown or a Christening gown can add to the beauty of this pillow. You can be creative with flowers and ribbon to tie in your wedding colors.

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    Envelope Flap Pillow Pattern

    Envelope Style Pillow
    Debbie Colgrove

    Looking for something different? Try decorating with envelope-style pillows in your office, den, or any other room that needs a fresh look. This pillow adds a great touch and can be changed with trims and piecing fabrics.

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    Add a Ruffle to Any Pillow

    Add a Ruffle to any Pillow
    Debbie Colgrove

    Any pillow with side seams can have a ruffle added. Experiment with a variation of the width as your experience grows.

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    Embellished Pillow Front

    Heirloom Style Pillow Front
    Debbie Colgrove

    Embellishing the front of a pillow can add an artistic dimension to a pillow. An appliqué or embroidery in the center of the pillow front accompanied or framed by pin tucks gives this pillow an heirloom charm. Experiment with your ideas after you've mastered the basics and the possibilities become endless.

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    Football Pillow

    Sew a Football Throw Pillow
    Debbie Colgrove

    A football pillow is a safe alternative to an actual football for the football fanatic to throw in the house. Sometimes it seems like there is nothing you can sew for the sports enthusiasts, but this football pillow is a great gift to sew for any football fanatic!

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    Basketball Pillow

    Basketball Pillow
    Suggested Sewing Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced Basketball Pillow. Debbie Colgrove

    This fun and sporty basketball pillow are perfect for a sports-themed bedroom, the family den or a playroom—and it's house-friendly!

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    Twisting Pin Tucks

    Twisted Pin Tuck Pillow Fronts with Variations
    Debbie Colgrove

    This technique is a great way to add texture to your pillows or even to a garment.

    There are a lot of variations available on how you create a twisted pintuck pillow front. The full directions offer the details on how the armchair organizer was created and explain how you can change the results to have them create the texture and effect that you want to achieve.

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    Tooth Fairy Pillow

    Two Variations of the Tooth Fairy Pillow
    Debbie Colgrove

    A tooth fairy pillow makes it easier for the tooth fairy to find a baby tooth when it falls out. You can personalize the pillow to create special childhood memories. The free pattern for this pillow is easy to sew and offers a variety of ways to embellish it for a child. Make them for baby shower gifts, planning ahead or for an older sibling.

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    Bolster Pillow Directions

    Bolster or Tube Pillow
    Debbie Colgrove

    A pillow shaped like a tube is a wonderful neck pillow and the shape adds interest to a grouping of throw pillows. The free directions for this pillow feature flat end on a cylinder type tube. Cording adds special interest and dimension in this free pillow pattern.