How to Make a Basic Pillow + How to Finish a Pillow with Binding

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Julie Herman from Jaybird Quilts shows us how to make a basic pillow today (the foundation for the rest of our tutorials all month long!). Once you’re comfortable with the basic pillow, she shows you how to step it up a notch by finishing your pillow with binding. Enjoy today’s tutorials, and use your new skills to “wow” everyone with your entry in our Great SMS Pillow Contest!

Pillows are a great simple project that can be made from start to finish in no time! While you can make a pillow and stuff it I suggest using a pillow form. Pillow forms are available at most quilt shops and hobby shops and take one step out of the process!

Some pillow forms have a non-woven cover.

Others have a woven cover. Not all pillow forms are made equal and you should be able to see the quality in construction through the packaging. In general you get what you pay for. Personally I prefer the non-woven cover pillows that fall in the middle of the price range.

Better quality pillow forms have a zipper closure. This allows you to add or remove filling if you want to make the pillow more or less stuffed. It also helps if you need to spot clean the pillow form.

One of the simplest pillows you can make doesn’t even have any quilting! It has just a few steps and you can easily make it in under an hour. I’m going to show you a 14” Pillow.

How to Make a Basic Pillow
For my pillow I started with a big bold panel print that I found at IKEA.

I used a large square fussy cut ruler (16.5″ Creative Grids Square) to determine what part of the panel I wanted on my pillow. I marked the 14.5” measurements.

Rotary cut out the piece you want to use for the front. For my 14” pillow form I cut my square at 14.5”.

Use a coordinate fabric for the back and cut out two rectangles 14.5″ x 10″.

Here is a table of common pillow form sizes and corresponding front and back measurements:

Iron ¼” on one long side over and then over again to encase raw edges. Pin in place.

Using matching thread topstitch this seam down. Repeat for second back piece.

Place pillow front right side up.

Place first back piece right side down as shown in photo with the finished seam down towards the middle.

Place second back piece right side down as shown in photo with the finished seam up towards the middle.

Place pins around the outside to hold the three pieces in place.

Use a ¼” seam to sew all three layers together.

Stop when you get ¼” away from the corner. If your machine has a needle down function use it to pivot the pillow cover 90Ëš. If your machine does not have a needle down function carefully pivot the pillow cover without pulling much of the thread from the bobbin or the needle.

Continue sewing all the way around the pillow form.

Trim off the excess bulk in the corners.

You can also add some extra stitching for strength in the corners if you want.

Remove all of the pins and turn the pillow cover right side out. Insert pillow form and you are done!

      Many people like their pillows to be a bit more stuffed. This can be achieved in a few simple ways.

 

      1. Add more stuffing into the pillow form.

 

      2. Sew using a ½” seam instead of a ¼” seam. This will cause the pillow cover to have a tighter fit over the pillow form.

 

    3. Use different measurements. For example instead of cutting a 14.5” square for a 14” pillow you could cut a 14” or 13.5” square. This will give a similar result to method #2. How different you choose to make your measurements is up to you, but I personally suggest not changing them more than 10%.

I suggest you try each method and decide what works for you. Personally I use #3 the most often.

Finishing a Pillow with Binding
How many orphan blocks and partially made things do you have lying around near your sewing machine? If you are anything like me it’s more than you want to admit! Leftover blocks and partially made things make great pillows and help you use up your random bits. You can take a stray block and put borders on it to bring it up to size for the pillow form you have.

For the second pillow I’m going to show you how to finish your pillow with binding.

For this pillow I used a leftover coin strip from another project, put a frame around it, and quilted it with a grid pattern. I’m using a 14 x 28 pillow form and made my pillow front 13.5” x 26.5” so that it would be a snug fit.

Make a pillow top and quilt it as if it was a mini quilt.

Note: This method of finishing a pillow with binding works best when the front of your pillow is quilted. If the front is not quilted the binding doesn’t have as much to hold on to and it can be hard to hand stitch without showing through the front.

After quilting I basted around the “mini quilt” and trimmed it to size.

I use muslin as the backing for my “mini quilt” so that there is not bare batting when the pillow is finished.

The assembly here is very similar to pillow #1 but not identical. Since I’m going to finish this with binding I don’t have to assemble the pillow inside out.

Place quilted front right side down. Place first back piece on top with the wrong sides together as shown.

Note: With square pillows I always orient the back sections horizontally across the pillow. With rectangular pillows I always make the open section line up with the smaller side regardless of the pillow’s orientation.

Add the second back piece also with the wrong side down as shown.

Pin to hold the 3 layers together.

Set your machine to a long straight stitch.

Use a walking foot to baste the three layers together all the way around using a scant 1/8” seam. Remove pins once this is complete. After this step your pillow cover is assembled and you could put the pillow form in it even thought your raw edges are showing. If you are at all concerned about fit now is a good time to test it out before taking all the time to put the binding on.

Make enough binding to go around the pillow cover. I show step by step how to make binding in this post on my blog.

Here is a chart that shows how much binding you’ll need for each pillow. In general I use bias binging but I do use straight of grain on many of my more decorative and less daily use pillows.

Put the binding on your “mini quilt” that now has the back pieces basted on. I show step by step how to attach the binding to your quilt, or pillow in this case, on my blog.

Wrap around to the back and hand stitch in place. I show the method I use for hand stitching binding as well as how I finish off my corners in this post.

Take your time with the binding and it’ll be a great addition to your beautiful pillow!

The fabric in the second pillow is Metro Market and Remix by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman. Border is Kona Crush by Robert Kaufman.

This tutorial was created for Sew,Mama,Sew! Pillow Month and is not intended for any other distribution. © Tutorial written by Julie Herman. For more information visit http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/.

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202 Responses to How to Make a Basic Pillow + How to Finish a Pillow with Binding

  1. Jennifer Lewis says:

    These tutorials have the BEST photos. The instructions are so clear. Making a pillow with binding is perfect for quilters. I never thought of doing that before! This is great.

  2. Marcia W. says:

    Good tutorials – yours are always good

  3. JennE says:

    Thank you Thank You for the measurement chart! I printed it & put it in my binder!!

  4. Erin d. says:

    Just passed this tutorial on to a friend who is starting to sew and wants to make pillows…wonderful tutorial!

  5. Great tutorial – thank you for sharing it.

  6. Jill B says:

    The binding gives such a nice finish – I’ll have to try that next time!

  7. Shirley Clark says:

    I am loving all of these inspirational pillow ideas. The bird in the cage just takes the cake!

  8. Joy says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Kay says:

    Excellent tutorials! Thank you.

  10. Sheetal says:

    binding on a pillow looks so neat! I’m going to give it a try soon.

  11. Monika says:

    Thank you for this tute!!

  12. […] you’ve been following along with the pillow tutorials, you already know the general steps to make a pillow; I’m just going to show you how to construct the […]

  13. Sheri says:

    Fabulous tutorial! I am definitely going to use these techniques. Thank you!

  14. stacey says:

    such easy, simple ideas! can’t wait to try!

  15. Brenda says:

    Thanks for the idea about binding your pillow. Great idea, and it does make the pillow look special, especially if it contrasts, like yours does.

    Brenda

  16. I love both of these pillows – I had no idea an envelope backing was so easy! This is definitely a tutorial I’ll be trying out. Thank you for such great instructions!! :-)

  17. Isobel says:

    I’ve been looking for a tutorial for making a pillow like that for ages – thankyou!

  18. katevet says:

    Thank you!

  19. Nancy says:

    I’ve had my eye on that Ann Kelle fabric for awhile.

  20. anna dorothy says:

    Wow! that was a great tutorial… :) thank you

  21. Kerri Kowal says:

    Very informative… thanks!

  22. Some very different ideas in there that I wouldn’t have thought of, Thanks!

  23. KT says:

    Great tutorial! I want to try the binding method of finishing my next pillow. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Elisa Hirsch says:

    These are amazing!

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  25. Wendy D. P. says:

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorials Julie!

  26. VickiT says:

    Another excellent tutorial full of great info from Julie. Thank you so much Julie!

  27. Jacquie says:

    Thanks for the timely tut – will be making my son a pillow for the new school year and this will be a great reference. Especially love the reference tables – so handy.

  28. Pam says:

    Great tutorial!!! I love the birdie!!

  29. Julie says:

    I love the binding fabric. So cute!

  30. D'Anna says:

    Thank you for the binding idea! Great, clear tutorial! Thanks so much!

  31. Mindy says:

    You’ve almost made me believe I can do this! I think I’m going to try to make a baby pillow.

  32. traceyjay says:

    I love that second pillow there Julie! very cute! :)

  33. mims says:

    i hadn’t thought of binding a pillow- i love how it looks.

  34. Cassandra says:

    Yay! Thank you for the fabric measurements for the common pillow forms. Great pattern since the fabric can be slipped on and off of the pillow. Awesome!!!

  35. Janet K says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I made my first few pillows recently but haven’t even considered binding. It looks so nice! Only thing I need to figure out is how to put binding and a zipper together – I’ve discovered I don’t have the kind of family that can handle envelope backs (too rough!)

  36. Ladybug says:

    Thank you so much for doing this tutorial. I have several pillow forms sitting in my sewing room and have been searching for how to make covers for them. I wanted something I could remover each season so the cover would always match the quilt on my bed. Now I not only know how to finnish them but I also have a great use for the scraps from the quilt tops.

  37. Cecilia says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. I always wondered how to make the envelope back. I love the long pillow.

  38. Stace says:

    Great tutorials! I absolutely love the fabric on the longer pillow. Such cheery colors! :)

  39. sara says:

    what a great tutorial! i love the quilted / bound pillow. the fabric choices are too cute and love the contrast that the binding provides. thanks!

  40. Anya says:

    I love the second pillow!! It’s so fun!

  41. Aniza says:

    simply awesome tutorial.

  42. alisha says:

    I’ve never thought of binding a pillow like this. It looks great.

  43. Ginger says:

    what a great tutorial!

  44. Tiffany says:

    Thanks for the detailed tutorial!

  45. Amanda says:

    Great tutorials! Love the pillow with the binding. :-)

  46. Jeni says:

    Neato! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  47. Sidney says:

    Great tutorial. I have always been hesitant to make pillows but this makes it look so easy! Thanks :-)

  48. Amy says:

    thanks for the fun tutorial and great pillow ideas! love ‘em.

  49. Nancy says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. You make it so easy. I’ve wanted to make pillows, but was afraid it would be all involved, and I’d mess it up. Thanks for giving me the little push I need.

  50. Great tutorial… and that argyle binding is fab!

  51. Sherry J says:

    thanks for the tute. great looking pillow.

  52. Aileen says:

    That fabric is so charming… Thanks for providing such clear guidance

  53. Thanks for sharing!

  54. Amy G. says:

    Thanks for this! And what a cute pillow!

  55. Julie, what a fabulous post. I have never thought to bind a pillow, but I LOVE that! Oh, and you’re not going to believe this, but I have a pillow almost EXACTLY like the one you displayed (with the Ikea fabric and the bird in the cage). It’s in my daughters room. The only difference is the back, otherwise it’s exactly the same. Crazy! I thought I was dreaming when I saw the picture.

  56. ariane says:

    Great tutorial! Time for me to turn those few yards of Dogwood Bloom fabric into pillows. :)

  57. Lori Krause says:

    Great tutorial also thanks for the measurements handy to have takes the guesswork away!

  58. jen v says:

    Thanks for the step by step. I have always wondered how much overlap to have on the back pieces.

  59. Katie says:

    I’ve never bought fabric at Ikea. What the heck is wrong with me????

  60. delia says:

    I love that birdcage pillow cover!

  61. Kristin H says:

    What fun fabric in the first pillow!

  62. Pat Vetterlein says:

    I haven’t made any pillows to date, but I am definitely inspired to try now! Thanks for the inspiration!

  63. j-j says:

    Oh yay, measurements for the back pieces! I have never been able to figure out what size these need to be. Thanks so much. I love the bound cover, now I don’t know which to make first.

  64. Kayla says:

    I like the idea of using the binding on pillows!

  65. Erin says:

    Love it! Thanks for the info. I think there are lots of pillows in my future…

  66. Karo says:

    yay!! love seeing some of my favorite ikea prints in action! :)

    the patchwork pillow is gorgeous. so quick and simple but totally fresh and eyecatching.

  67. Jeanne S says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. The “typical” measurements are especially useful. I often find my estimates to make the pillow cases a bit too tight and then on the next I’ve erred on the opposite direction. This will speed up the process.

  68. Great instructions! Thanks!!

  69. Rosa in the Antipodes says:

    Wow! I love it! Binding was always a scary Dragon to me, but I’ll give it a go tomorrow! Thanks, Julie!

  70. Allie says:

    Hi great tutorial, for a beginner it gives me lots of help but just one question…..you say ‘topstitch the seam’ is this just a basic straight stitch or something else?
    Sorry to sound so dumb but Iam a complete beginner!
    A

  71. Jennifer says:

    So cute! Thanks for the binding tutorial!

  72. Bea says:

    We, the ladies at work and I, were just thinking about making new pillows for our office chairs. What a great tutorial to have before we begin.

  73. Katie says:

    I LOVE your second pillow!!

  74. Helena P says:

    Great tutorial, I will definately making a pillow for my couch, love the quilted cushion.

  75. zuska says:

    I love your mini quilt pilow tutorial. It should be a great training before making the big quilt.

  76. Richelle says:

    Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

  77. kathyh says:

    cute pillows.

  78. Jacque says:

    Love this tutorial! Great tip for getting a snug fit…making the cover a little smaller than you might first think.
    I love the coin strip pillow!
    Thanks for having such a nice giveaway – hope I win!

  79. WandaFish says:

    Thanks for the detailed tutorials. They’re lovely pillows and it’s great to have the charts for different measurements too :)

  80. Seanna Lea says:

    These are great pillows! I love it!

  81. Charlotte says:

    Great tut! Love the binding can’t wait to try that on the next pillow.

  82. Love the idea for the binding! It’s a great addition to the pillow.

  83. Love the idea for the binding! Lovely fabric combo!

  84. Brenda says:

    This was good info. I have actually been cutting blocks for pillow fronts today on my “snow day at home from work day”.

  85. Katie says:

    Just last night I was thinking it was time to redo the throw pillows on my couch. I’ll have to get on it now that I know it’s pillow month!

  86. blurry brillint! thank you

  87. Linda says:

    Great tutorial – this is a great month for learning and visiting new sites, gathering fresh ideas.

  88. Alana says:

    This is excellent. I have some textiles I have been wanting to turn into pillows and this really helps. Especially the size chart. Handy.

  89. Shannon H says:

    Thank you for this tutorial! It will be very helpful when I make my pillow :)

  90. alison says:

    New pillows always make a room look more cozy! thanks for the tutorial!

  91. Amanda says:

    What a great tutorial! I love your pillows and I certainly have plenty of scraps lying around that I could give a new life!!

  92. amy smart says:

    Julie – Genius on the pillow binding! I love that idea! I’m never super excited about sewing piping in my pillow edges, but this would give that same look and seems much easier. To me at least. :) Thanks!

  93. Elke says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. The Mini-Quilt-Pillow looks great.

  94. jennifer says:

    thanks for the tutorial:)

  95. Tonya says:

    Great tutorials! I’m going to have to try the binding one. I haven’t done that yet. Thanks!

  96. Delores Wagg says:

    Love the coin pillow! And the prizes look awesome, would love to win.

  97. theDomina says:

    This is just what I need during these grey winter days. I’m off to sew something to keep me SANE!!!

  98. Amanda says:

    I love the quilted pillow!

  99. Malorie says:

    I think I will use this to make some pillows for my bed. Thanks especially for all the measurements! I needed that.

  100. Natalie says:

    Wow! I never knew enclosure pillows were so easy! I’m gonna have to try out that binding technique!

  101. Jessica says:

    Thank you for the fabric cutting chart! I’m going to be making some soon and it’s really helpful!

  102. Brooke says:

    i just love this pillow. it worked out great

  103. Michelle Balletti says:

    Julie totally rocks!! Great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing..Can’t wait to make a couple of pillows!!

  104. Sandy K says:

    You always do such great tutorials, Julie! Thanks for sharing some new info for this quilter.

  105. Pam T. says:

    Oh, how I love the bird in the cage pillow. Thanks for this tutorial. I’m loving the idea of using up the once-upon-a-time well-intended projects for pillows!

  106. ww says:

    In addition to using orphan blocks, I now know what to do with all those bits or orphan binding I have saved. Thank you.

  107. Meg says:

    I started a pillow top just the other day and now I know how to finish it!! Thank you!

  108. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the measurements!!

  109. Heidi Anderson says:

    I love the bird fabric. great idea to take pieces from one panel! Thanks

  110. Kasey says:

    Nice tutorial! I had started some pillows even before I knew about all the pillow-crazes going on this month- extra motivation to finish them!

  111. Molly says:

    Love Julie, love pillows, and so wish there was an Ikea store nearby. Thanks for the easy peasy tutorials.

  112. Tina says:

    I love the Ikea panel! Great tutorial – thanks for brushing up on the basics :)

  113. Why didn’t I think of adding a border to my orphan blocks?!?! Thanks Julie!

  114. Michele says:

    What a great tutorial, thanks!

  115. Sarah says:

    Great tutorial!!! Thank you so much for posting this!

  116. Maya says:

    These are wonderful instructions. Great tips on how to fit a pillow.

  117. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    So simple. I look forward to doing a few of these!

  118. Anita says:

    Great tutorial, thank you!

  119. Great step by step instructions. I’m totally going to try these!

  120. Diane says:

    I really like the pillow with the binding. What a great idea.

  121. Ms. Fine says:

    What a great tutorial and general explanation! Loved it. THanks!

  122. [email protected] says:

    Wow! I see lots more pillows in my future. You have shown how simple it can be when you know to tips. Beautiful job (as always) of clearly showing how it is done.

  123. [email protected] says:

    I see lots more pillows in my future. You have shown how simple it can be when you know to tips. Beautiful job (as always) of clearly showing how it is done.

  124. Great tutorial — thank you very much! I’ve never used binding before, and this encourages me to do so…

  125. Dawn S. says:

    Such a great tutorial! Thank you!! I think I need to plan a trip to the Ikea store in Seattle, because I’m loving all of their fabrics I’ve been seeing lately!

  126. Kari says:

    Moving into a new home and can’t wait to redo all the couch pillows – especially since a new IKEA will open soon!!

  127. I’ve never made a pillow with binding. I guess that will be on my to do list. Thanks for the tutorial.

  128. Carrie says:

    Lolz!!! Did you see the Portlandia episode with ‘Put a bird on it?’ The birdcage pillow totally made me think of that. Thanks for a great laugh right in the middle of the day!

  129. Tara says:

    Thanks for the helpful tutorials and size charts!

  130. Amy S says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I have so many pillows I need to make with the abundance of fill I have in the house!

  131. Krystina says:

    Thanks for this! I do have so many orphan blocks that I’ve been thinking about making into a pillow and I haven’t ever gotten around to it.

  132. Laura Reich says:

    Those turned out great. Thanks for all the tips.

  133. Tracy says:

    Just waiting for my fabrics so I can join in. ;)

  134. Jennifer says:

    I love it all. I love the pillow with the binding. Might be doing that today!

  135. Judy R says:

    Great tutorial. I have made pillows, but it has been years.

  136. Mandy K Court says:

    My next pillow will be finished with binding. Thanks!

  137. Ann says:

    love this shape and size!

  138. very pretty binding pillow! i so love this one!

  139. Jen says:

    Yea! I’ve been waiting for a simple tutorial like this. I have my orange Ikea fabric all ready to go!

  140. Colette says:

    I never thought to baste before putting my binding on ~ thanks for the tip!

  141. Sara says:

    The chart is wonderful and the directions for the binding are very helpful:)

  142. Papgena says:

    I like both of them but my favourite is the second!!!

  143. Jen B says:

    The coin pillow is super cute, definitely on my list of things to make!

  144. Lula says:

    You can also eliminate the “empty corner” look (although sometimes this is the look I’m going for…) by trimming off a 1/4″ – 1/2″ wedge on each side of each corner. It makes for a tighter fit on the pillow form corners, and helps create the stuffed, over-filled look.

  145. Connie says:

    Great tutorial! I hadn’t thought of putting binding on, will have to try that.

  146. Sharon T. says:

    Thanks for the great tutorials!

  147. tracy_a says:

    wow! thank you! that is so not scary – all the questions I would have felt silly asking were answered! love the binding idea and instructions!

  148. Carolyn P. says:

    Great Tutorial! Thanks a lot.

  149. Jill says:

    Love the idea of binding off a pillow. I’ve never done one like that before. Thanks for sharing with us!

  150. Debbie says:

    great tutorial, thanks! want to try the binding.

  151. MamaBee says:

    Thanks for this tutorial!

  152. Laura says:

    great tutorial. I’ve never made a pillow and this will be so much help.

  153. Tong says:

    i’ve always wanted to try making a pillow with binding, it looks so good!

  154. Robyn says:

    this is great, thanks so much for the measurements!

  155. Anita says:

    Great how to. Can’t wait to get home to make some new pillows for the couch!

  156. Tiffany says:

    Love the binding on the pillow!

  157. 2hippos says:

    this is a really helpful tutorial, thank you!

  158. Donna says:

    I love Julie’s tutorials – always so creative and easy to follow.

  159. Kelly Sas says:

    Thanks so much for the great tutorial!!! I so appreciate that you gave us the two charts for size and ammounts!

  160. Kate says:

    I love the second pillow, beautiful colors!

  161. Amy says:

    Both pillows are lovely. Great inspiration!

  162. Marisa says:

    Thanks for that tutorial Julie. Binding has never been my friend but now…..BTW love the pillows.

  163. Lindsey F. says:

    I have made several envelope closure pillows but still picked up a tip or two from this tutorial. Thanks!

  164. Sonia says:

    Thanks for this tutorial, it will be so much fun to make. I have a long pillow that could use a little life added to it.

  165. beverly says:

    Thanks! We’re getting ready to change things up in our living room & I think new pillows will be just the trick!

  166. Trina says:

    beautiful! What a fun way to use up unused quilt blocks.

  167. Lori says:

    Great explanation on the binding!

  168. Erica says:

    Lovely pillows! Thanks for the tute!

  169. Hot Tin Roof says:

    What a great tutorial! I adore the pillow with the birdcage! I’m going to make some for my sofa from Amy Butler’s new Soul Blossoms fabric!

  170. Mary Ann says:

    Great tutorial, thanks Julie!

  171. Barb in MI says:

    Pillow month – I like it! So far I have not yet sewn a pillow, but with jaybirds tut it should not be a problem. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  172. Tanya says:

    Awseome! Thanks for the info & great links too!

  173. BarbaraM says:

    Thank you Julie for a wonderfully clear tutorial.

  174. Colleen says:

    Thank you Julie for another great tutuorial – you are the queen of bindings!

  175. Anya says:

    Thanks for the info and for the chance to win!

  176. Elizabethdx says:

    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. The tables for the binding lengths are going straight into my notebook!

  177. Amy says:

    Thanks for the size charts very helpful for first time pillow makers!

  178. Karen says:

    great tutorial— I’ve always wanted to do a pillow with binding!

  179. Andi says:

    Great tutorial! I can’t wait to try adding binding to my pillows!

  180. Becky M says:

    Oh yay! Thank you for this info Julie. I’ve been winging it when I make pillows. It’s nice to see some info from someone who has been there done that! totally bookmarking this.

  181. Janell says:

    Good tutorial. We make a lot of pillows for our designs. Putting on binding is usually not my favorite but this may help me get it done easier. Thanks.

  182. Thank you!! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time!!

  183. Addy says:

    Thanks for that basic tutorial!

  184. Stacey says:

    cute pillows, love the prizes!!!

    hi julie~

  185. wendy says:

    Thank you for the tutorial – but there is something I don’t understand. You said “you can even make a pillow without quilting it!”, well I don’t know HOW to quilt a pillow front!! Do you use 2 pieces of material with a wadding sandwich in the middle?

    thanks!

    wendy

  186. That’s beautiful – Thanks for sharing!

  187. Becky T says:

    Thank you so much for going over this. I tried to make a pillow and it just didn’t turn out like I wanted so this helps me a lot

  188. Jan says:

    I am loving this pillow feature. Over Christmas I decided I wanted to add some colour to my home with pillows – it’s a great chance to try out new things before jumping in with a big quilt too. This is a great tutorial that makes me want to get started!

  189. Brigette says:

    Great instructions! Thank you.

  190. Ellen says:

    I never thought of bias binding a pillow. Looks great! :)

  191. hillwards says:

    Excellent tutorial, I suspect I won’t find time to join in and make a pillow this month, but shall bookmark this for when I do!

  192. Crystal says:

    I have 2 pillow forms just waiting for some attention – thanks for showing me 2 ways to get beautiful pillows! Your instructions are very clear. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

  193. Sarah McGrath says:

    Oh this tutorial is perfect! I even have the same fabric in my fabric stash but I was afraid to start a cushion!

  194. Rebmara says:

    Thank you for this tut, maybe next time I’ll try binding a pillow

  195. bruinbr says:

    Love Julie and her always clear and super informative tutorials!

  196. Louise says:

    Love the binding on the second pillow.

  197. Rebecca says:

    Cute pillows. I need to check out ikea more often.

  198. Kirsten A says:

    Wow – great pillow tutorials – they look fabulous!
    I love that you give charts for sizes – I usually want to do things that are a litte off from tutorials – and I spend loads of time calculating different sizes.

    Hugs from Kirsten in Norway!

  199. Vanessa says:

    I never did pillows with binding before, but it looks so simple that I am really going to try!

  200. linda says:

    Love that mini quilt pillow, so nice and a great way to sort of use scraps!

  201. Cynthia says:

    What a great tutorial. Thanks!

  202. jen says:

    I love the bird in the cage panel. What an awesome pillow.

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