Pillow Tutorial Round-Up

on February 7 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 195 Comments

Irene sought out the very best of the best pillow tutorials for us today! Whether you’re looking for something quilted, textured or geometric, it’s there. If you want to add a bow, try out a fancy closure or make something special for a lucky kid, it’s there. If you’ve wanted to try it, it’s there! Bookmark the page and enjoy. If we missed your favorite pillow tutorial be sure to add a link in the comments below!


1. Personalized 2. ZigZag 3. Fabric Printing 4. Vintage Hankie


1. Sham Style 2. Fancy Frills 3. Crochet Edge
4. French Seam 5. Embroidered 6. ZigZag Edge


1. Stay Put Envelop 2. Easy Slipcover 3. Front Buttons
4. Invisible Zipper


1. Simple Scented 2. Shaped


1. Rows of Roses 2. Felt Petals 3. Floral Yo-Yos 4. Wedding Rings


1. Gathered Muslin 2. Gathered Pouf 3. Center Button


1. Chevrons 2. Argyle 3. Diamonds
4. Herringbone


1. Clouds & Rain 2. Rainbows 3. Dream Moon Phases
4. Pet Pillow 5. Clock
6. Chalkboard


1. Felted Scallops & Flowers 2. Inspired Bolster 3. Sleepy Floor
4. Blooming Deer


1. Seashell 2. Spray-Painted Wheat 3. Lazy Daisy
4. Burlap Flag


1. Quilted Pocket 2. Four-Square Bunny 3. Pajama Pocket
4. Sleepover


1. Charm Square 2. Leaf Placemat 3. Fat Quarter


1. Randomly Pieced 2. Angel Four-Patch 3. Valentine Hearts
4. Mod Floor Mosaic


1. Table into Bench 2. Knit Sweater 3. T-Shirt Weaving
4. Stuffing with Bags


1. Buttoned Circle 2. Patriotic Star 3. Candy Hearts
4. Relaxing Neck


1. Delicate Doily 2. Perfect Pintuck 3. Ruffled Rows
4. Faux Chenille Valentine


1. Side Ties 2. Elegant Cases 3. Big Bow
4. Front Bow-Ties


1. Ric Rac 2. Pom Pom 3. Decorator
4. Piping

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195 Responses to Pillow Tutorial Round-Up

  1. Rebecca says:

    So much fun, so little time!

  2. Tori Stuckey says:

    I’ve got ideas coming out of my ears with this pillow round-up. Y’all are amazing.

  3. erica K says:

    So many fun ideas! You’ll have us making pillows the rest of the year! :D

  4. definitely bookmarking this page – thanks for the roundup!

  5. Sylvia says:

    Lots of great pillow ideas, thanks!

  6. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for highlighting a couple of my pillows. I’m honored — they are among beautiful company!

  7. Stacy says:

    What a wonderful complation! I liked the crocheted edge the best. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Dang i thought your blog was killer, gave me a car load of information, i never knew, thanks blogger.

  9. Sourkraut says:

    Too many great pillows to choose from! I need to bookmark this page for inspiration.

  10. Southern Gal says:

    Irene did an amazing job! All of this in one place is fabulous!
    Thanks for making this easy for us.

  11. wow, what an amazing list! I totally want to make everyone relaxing neck pillows for Christmas next year, and I can make the delicate doilies one since I inherited my Great Grandmother’s doily collection. Thank you very much for putting those all together!

  12. Carmen says:

    This list is awesome — thanks so much! I’m definitely making that round pillow!

  13. Jessica says:

    I love this! Thanks so much for posting about all these amazing pillow tutorials. I’ve been wanting to make some new ones for my living room and bedroom. Thanks!

    justenoughstyle.blogspot.com

  14. Leisha says:

    I need to get to making some pillows! These are all so beautiful and so inspiring!

  15. Gina says:

    Love all these neat pillows!! wanting to pull out my machine this weekend and make some!! so cool that i recognize several of them from blogs i follow! thanks for the feature!

  16. Kay says:

    An excellent collection! So many great ideas, now to find the time…

  17. susan h says:

    thanks for the lovely tutorials – you’re a wonderful resource

  18. It wouldn’t let me leave a response yesterday, but I wanted you to know that I totally bookmarked this page. Wonderful! I don’t stand a chance for the contest, but I can still create for myself, right?

  19. Jen B says:

    Wow, I speechless, what a wonderful group of pillows!

  20. Sara says:

    Wow, that is a lot of pillow happiness! Thanks for the great resource.

  21. Colleen says:

    Wow – so many nice pillows. I love the ones that are appliqued

  22. Chris says:

    Love the vintage hankie pillows!

  23. Natacha says:

    What a mine of ideas!

  24. Morgan says:

    Wowie! Bookmarking this page asap. Thanks so much!

  25. Cat says:

    what a great selection of pillows.

  26. Rochelle says:

    This is an awesome collection! Thanks!!!!

  27. Dawn Derrick says:

    Oh me, oh my! I have just discovered a new blog, a new resource, and my head is swimming! I’m so thankful for these pillow ideas…..better get busy sewing some of them!

  28. Chrissy B says:

    Awesome! Thanks!!!

  29. Alexandra says:

    Thanks for including my pillow!! :)

  30. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the links to all the great pillow tutorials. My only question is, where to start?

  31. Megan says:

    Wow – thanks for putting these all in one place – what a great resource!

  32. Christine says:

    I think I love them all. Definitely bookmarked. Maybe for birthdays and/or Christmas presents?

  33. Great List of Tutorials – Thanks Irene!

  34. WandaFish says:

    Well, I think there are all the pillows I’ll ever need here, including a couple I already had plans to make :)
    Thanks for the round up.

  35. Susan in SC says:

    A great resource! Thanks!!

  36. jen says:

    Everytime I see a quilted pillow I think “I need to try making one”. Thanks for these tutorials. Now I really need to try making one! :)

  37. Jessy. says:

    Wow! That wonderful pillows! How much inspiration, thanks!
    Jessy.

  38. A few things says:

    […] of pillows, did you see this fabulous pillow round up at Sew, Mama, Sew.  I was excited they featured my Zig Zag pillow tutorial… but mostly I have inspiration […]

  39. Beth Ellen says:

    I think it is time to whip up some new slipcovers for the living room couch pillows! There is so much inspiration here!

  40. IlonaH says:

    Great inspiration, thanks!

  41. alisha says:

    Wow, so many tutorials. I love the kids’ pillow collection the best.

  42. Jodie says:

    Wow! What an amazing set of tutorials. Bookmarking now. Thanks for the inspiration.

  43. Lisa Parnell says:

    Awesome pillows!

  44. Debra says:

    This is an awesome list–thanks!

  45. Marcia W. says:

    Thank you for such a well thought out and categorized list of resources.

  46. AbberJabber says:

    I had no idea there were so many different types of pillows in the world! Beautiful!

  47. Lynda says:

    I love the gathered ones!

  48. Jen says:

    Seriously, who knew there could be so many fabulous pillows! So fun to look at all of these.

  49. Megan says:

    Thanks for rounding all these up in one place … you cut down my internet surfing time for today!!

  50. Christine M says:

    So many pillows. So much inspiration!

  51. Lorraine says:

    Fabulous! Have bookmarked and earmarked!
    Thanks
    Lorraine

  52. Kristine says:

    This is great! I did not see all of these pillow tutorials so it is really handy to have them all here so I can check out the ones I missed the first time around!

  53. Vicki says:

    Now where am I going to put all these gorgeous pillows? LOL

  54. Joey says:

    How many pillows does one couch need? How do I make all of them and what to do with them all???

  55. Tina says:

    Thank you so much for all the great tips & ideas! This is already bookmarked & I can’t wait to try them all. Now to figure out which one to do first!!

  56. Brooke says:

    What a great list. Thanks!

  57. Stace says:

    Wow thanks for all the research you put into this! Definitely a great resource for us. :)

  58. Laura says:

    Yay for tutorials!!! I am always looking for more and now I don’t have to search for two hours to find one that I LOVE. These should keep me busy forever. Thanks Irene!!

  59. Alana says:

    Amazing roundup! Thank you.

  60. Whimsy says:

    Wow – these projects have given me so many ideas! I especially love the flower pillows :).

  61. I loved the spray paint pillows. I have to give that one a try.

  62. Ramona says:

    Thanks for the roundup of all those pillows. I am bookmarking this for sure.

  63. Julia says:

    Such a thorough list, thank you!

  64. ariane says:

    I know what I’m doing this weekend!

  65. Charo says:

    waow!!!! Thank you very much for all these wonderful tutorials!!!

  66. Laura says:

    Really, so many! How to choose one to try!?!?

  67. anna says:

    ooo, thanks for the linkage. :) great group of pillows!!!!!

  68. How fun to ‘see’ all these different kinds of pillows!! Thanks for putting it together so well.

  69. Kristen Hess says:

    I’m literally swooning over this post. I just want to leave work right now so I can home and make my submission for the pillow contest!

    I love collections like this. You are awesome!
    Thanks!

  70. Kristie says:

    Wow. So many fantastic and inspiring tutorials. Thank you for gathering them in one spot!

  71. Kirsten N says:

    Wow! Such an amazing collection of tutorials to try!

  72. Kelli says:

    Such great ideas…now where to start?!?

  73. kathyh says:

    WOW!

  74. Kate says:

    WOW!! What a roundup! Thanks for all the ideas and tips :)

  75. Wow! What a great round up! Thank you for featuring my hammock pillow tutorial. I’m bookmarking this round-up for future pillow projects!

    :) Amy

  76. Christie says:

    Wow, what a great roundup! Thanks for all your hard work and including my pillowcase!

  77. Melissa says:

    I made my first pillow in December and loved it! I wish I had more couch space to accommodate all the pillows I want to make! Maybe I’ll just buy more furniture… :)

  78. Andrea M says:

    Are you kidding me? Amazing to have all of those pillow tutorials at my fingertips…

  79. Emily says:

    whoa is that an amazing list! I’ll have to bookmark it to come back whenever I need a pillow idea!

  80. Sarah S says:

    I have a tutorial on my blog for a simple zipper closure pillowcase: http://comeandseetheseitz.com/2009/11/03/simple-zipper-closure-pillowcase-tutorial/

    It really is fool-proof!

  81. Dawn says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the pillows!!!!!!
    Thanks for having them in one place for me to drool over.
    :)

  82. LiEr says:

    And then there are Katie’s pillows – you have to see them:

    http://matsutakeblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/got-it.html

    and

    http://matsutakeblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/love.html
    and

    http://matsutakeblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/typewriter-key-pillow.html

    Beautiful and ingenious and I unashamedly covet them.

  83. Mona Kuntz says:

    Love all of these pillow tutorials! My mind is churning with ideas.

  84. Jessica says:

    Wow — this is amazing! Thank you!!

  85. Charlotte says:

    Bookmarked!! thanks this is great.

  86. Anya says:

    Oh my gosh – too many to choose from!! I can’t decide which I like best!

  87. Thanks for incuding my “Patriotic Star” in the round-up

  88. Linda says:

    Great post…so much inspiration! Thank you!

  89. Sonya M says:

    So many ideas, so little time!!! I hope I at least get one entry into the contest, it would be good practice for me, and they are GREAT prizes!!!

  90. Bethany says:

    Thank you for this amazing list! My daughter has been asking for a pillow pet for months now..maybe I’ll make her a unique one of her own instead of one that everyone else has!

  91. Emory says:

    Wow! Some of these would look great in my baby’s nursery!

  92. Wow! A great list of tutorials!

  93. Kristal says:

    Wow, thanks for gathering all these for us!

  94. Anita says:

    Oh so many fun choices!

  95. JaiCi says:

    So many pillows, so little time!!!

  96. June says:

    Love the roundup! Good job doing a thorough research, Irene!

  97. Kelly P says:

    You’re tempting me to actually make a pillow — and I’m not really a pillow girl! :)

  98. Barb says:

    Wow, what an amazing tutorial round-up. I’m book-marking this one for sure!

  99. Meg says:

    These are all awesome! Thanks!

  100. Sherry J says:

    oh, thanks for putting these all in one place. awesome!

  101. Rebecca says:

    Great links! I’d never thought of a pocket pillow before ~ my kids would love that!

  102. Vanesa says:

    What great inspiration! I have made some quilts as babyshower gifts recently and thought a small pillow to match would be the perfect way to use up the leftover quilt scrap pieces.

  103. Joanna says:

    Thanks so much for putting all these links in one place!

  104. JJ says:

    Wow, that is a comprehensive list!

  105. Elizabethdx says:

    Thank you, Irene! That is an absolutely fantastic roundup, and I am off to check out the herringbone pillow right now.

  106. Tonya says:

    Wow! Great roundup. I don’t know where to start!

  107. Debbie says:

    thank you for categorizing and all the pillow ideas were wonderful!

  108. Helena P says:

    This is fantastic, great job of finding all the tutorials, I am definately making the sleepy floor pillow and the quilted pocket. Thanks!

  109. Brenda says:

    WOW! So many tutorials that I need to make pillows from now!

  110. Jessica says:

    Yay! A tutorial round up-my favorite!

  111. Megan says:

    What great tutorials AND a great giveaway!!! I am finally going to one of Sew Katie Did’s zipper classes next week to nail this one down!!! Thanx again!

  112. Stephanie S says:

    Great Roundup!!

  113. san says:

    Love the beautiful selections, check out my Rose pillow,from last summer, can’t get to the link right now, I’ll post my pic soon! Thanks for the great ideas and contest!

  114. Cherie says:

    Love the tutorials, so many ideas. Love the creativity.

  115. June says:

    Great roundup! I love the variety and am definitely adding many of these to my list!

  116. Laura Reich says:

    Oh my word, I am head over heals for the gather muslin pillow. That is my project for nap time today! Thank you for all the ideas!

  117. June says:

    An amazing collection, great job! That must have been quite a lot of research! Definitely adding some of these to my to do list :)

  118. Kimberly says:

    What a fantastic resource!

  119. Valerie H says:

    Whoa, I’m kind of in awe. There are so many awesome designs, and I love the way you categorized them and gave them all thumbnails. It makes it so easy to browse!

  120. Heather H says:

    Great job pulling these together! I just fell in love with two of the pillows and am just itching to make both *rightthisveryminute*…but I’m at work and my boss would not dig that. Maybe it will snow tomorrow…

  121. Nina says:

    Wow!! What a great collection of pillow tutorials! :D I love cushions and I can never get enough of them (ask my suffering boyfriend ^^). There are some seriously awesome techniques out there and I can’t wait to try them!!

  122. Kelly E says:

    I think I’ll be giving everyone pillows for Christmas. I like to start early. :)

  123. elsa says:

    thanks so much for all the pillow tutorials! there’s one I like especially!

  124. Tiffany says:

    Thanks! Just what I need, more ideas!

  125. Tara says:

    Thank you so much! I just ordered fabric to make new pillows for my living room, and these tutorials are going to give me some great ideas :)

  126. Paulina says:

    Wow, that’s a huge bunch of tutorials to fir everybody taste! Thanks for that.

  127. Jacqueline says:

    Wow, so many options I don’t know where to start.

  128. Alisa says:

    Wow, that’s alot of tutorials! Thanks so much for putting that together.

  129. WoW its very very beautiful.

  130. Liz says:

    This is a great list! I just wish I had more places to put pillows so I could make all of these!!

  131. Ms. Fine says:

    Lots of lovely ideas. Thanks!

  132. linda says:

    Jeepers…I dunno how pillows I really need…haha…running out of stuffing!

  133. Sarah says:

    Wow, these pillows are great! It’s amazing to look at the diversity here!

  134. Rita Engard says:

    Who knew there were so many variations for making a pillow. Thank you for inspiring me to try something different3

  135. Zura says:

    What a great big list of pillow tutorials!! I’m off to make some!

  136. Karin Husty says:

    WoW! Pillow City! So inspired to make pillows! Thank you!

  137. Kathleen P says:

    very useful list, thanks!

  138. Laura says:

    wow! Love the quilted ones best!

  139. Sharon T. says:

    Love the pocket pillows. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  140. Sarah J says:

    I’m loving them all… where to start… I like the clock pillow, that would make a great gift!

  141. Lynn says:

    Wow, thanks! Definitely going to bookmark this post for future reference.

  142. Cassandra says:

    What a great list of pillow tutorials. Where do I begin?

  143. AP says:

    The clock pillow is great! I vow that my toddler will at some point learn how to read a clock and not just tell time by looking at a cell phone. This might do the trick.

  144. Amy says:

    I’m loving all these pillows! I’ve already made so many, but now I think I’m going to have to make some more!

  145. Bev Kimmel says:

    This is amazing! thanks so much. I really want to try the piping and the pockets.

  146. Seanna Lea says:

    Wow. This is a ton of tutorials! Even I should be able to figure out what I want to make.

  147. Tiffany says:

    This is a GREAT list! I am bookmarking it for future projects! Thanks!

  148. Lisa says:

    These pillow tutorials are fabulous. Now I just need some time to read and stitch. Many thanks.

  149. Maya says:

    That is a lot of tutorials!

  150. Linda says:

    What a brilliant resource this is!

  151. Robyn says:

    so many ideas, thank you!

  152. Tiffany says:

    I love the pillow patterns! Will be busy this week making one (or a few!). Thanks! :)

  153. Karen says:

    I haven’t sewn in soooooo long!! I need to get out my machine and start having some fun. I really want to learn how to quilt. Would love to win the flowered fat quarter pack. Thank you!

  154. tracy_a says:

    Oh my goodness! What a fantastic roundup!!! Thank you!

  155. Susan C. says:

    Thank you for this list! I’m bookmarking it, because there are quite a few of these I want to try.

  156. Amy says:

    There are some fabulous ideas there! Thanks for grouping them all together.

  157. Krystina says:

    This post is going straight to my favorites bar! Thanks!

  158. Rachel says:

    Perfect timing! We just moved and decided to ‘start fresh’ with most everything and I have been looking for some pillow inspiration. I particularly like the gathered ones, and the flower ones and the tuxedo ruffle one and the applque and, and..well I like all of them! Your contest to make one this week and enter has inspired me to actually get started to. Thank you so much!

  159. Tong says:

    such fabulous pillows!! i need to make so many of them!

  160. Suzanne says:

    Oh my! There really is something for everyone here.

  161. Becky says:

    You’ve inspired me to try my hand at a pillow. The prizes are just icing on the cake. Thanks.

  162. Amy S says:

    Thanks for the great tutorials!

  163. Tez says:

    I love the floor pillow!

  164. Michelle says:

    Thank you for this wonderful collection of pillow ideas and tutorials!

  165. Katie says:

    I love changing up our pillows! This page is one to bookmark!

  166. Anya says:

    Great ideas! And thanks for the chance!

  167. Liz P. says:

    I have been looking for some pillow tutorials and ideas. These all look great. Thanks for the inspirations.

  168. jm says:

    Wow! Thank you for all of the great links!

  169. patricia says:

    This is the jackpot of pillow tutorial techniques. I am still working on my entry. So far this has been lots of fun.

  170. Lauren says:

    Pillows! they’re addictive! i must be brave and try something new…the invisible zipper!

  171. MsVicki says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book — MORE than enough to keep me busy in February and many months to come.

  172. Kimber says:

    Wow, Irene, this list is fantastic! I don’t know where to start. Thank you so much for doing this!

  173. Tiphaine says:

    soooo great !!! Thank you for that !!!!

  174. Becky T says:

    LOVE it!

  175. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for so many great ideas – i am inspired to make more pillows!

  176. Andi says:

    Thanks for such a thorough list!

  177. Becky m says:

    These are some fantastic pillows, thanks for including me! Off to go do some bookmarking!

  178. Nettie says:

    What a fabulous list of inspiring projects and techniques! Thank you.

  179. Oh wow! All those pillows – now which one or ten to make? Thanks!

  180. Tracy says:

    Great inspiration.

  181. Louise says:

    Lovely pictures, lots of inspiration

  182. Karo says:

    whoa!!! pillowtastic! you ladies have outdone yourself with pillow research. what an awesome resource. bookmarked. :)

  183. Vanessa says:

    How many great ideas! This will be really useful!

  184. Suzie says:

    So many lovely pillows! Thanks for all the links to the great tutorials!

  185. Rebecca says:

    great roundup! thanks

  186. Sarah says:

    Oh I’ve already bookmarked this! Great!

  187. Rebmara says:

    Help! My house isn’t big enough for all the pillows I now want to make!

  188. Angelina says:

    Ooooh, some great tutorials!

    I would love to win the Betty Dear FQ pack! I love that line! Thanks for the chance. :-)

    figure8angel[AT]gmail[DOT]com

  189. Juliette says:

    Fuel the fire! Last night I spent too much time staring at fabric and wondering how I really wanted to pull it all together! =)

  190. Valerie says:

    Wow! What fun. I liked so many of them–more things to add to my sewing list!

  191. Whoa! What an amazing list of tutorials for us! Thanks Sew Mama Sew! Forever bookmarked!
    I’m blogging the making of my pillow at my site – and I was just writing about that striped fabric into chevron by Dana at Made! Love that – so clever!
    What I was having trouble finding is a good tutorial on piecing chevron stripes – but it looks like you found one for me! Thanks again!

  192. Desirée says:

    oh what a great pillows and i am going to try to make some of theme(afcourse when i have time, that is always not enough!)

  193. Jennifer says:

    What a great resource! Bookmarking.

  194. Great job, Irene!!!

  195. Dawn S. says:

    Enough with the awesome pillows already! A girl only has so much time to sew!! ;)

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