By Brittni Mehlhoff

Sewing Julia Pistsova

Published on November 19, 2017

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I’m a big fan of quick and easy home decor projects, especially ones that take under an hour to make. So, I started thinking about ways I could cut down on the time it takes to make staple decor pieces—like pillows. And I think I stumbled onto something that I just had to share. 

Using a pink throw I already had, I created a budget-friendly faux fur pillow that adds a cozy, cool texture for the fall and winter season. This one simple hack (that I’ll explain in the instructions) will save you loads of time, clocking in at under 20 minutes to make from start to finish. How’s that for a quick and easy DIY?

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What You’ll Need:

  • faux fur throw
  • pillow insert in desired dimensions (I used a 15 x 15 inch insert)
  • needle and thread
  • seamstress tape measure (for hand stitching at the end)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine

How-to

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The throw I used has a second layer of fabric on the underside, which cut the sewing time in half because the two pieces of fabric (which would become the front and back of the pillow) were already sewn together on two sides. This will make more sense as you read through the instructions, but essentially, if you use a corner of the blanket you’ll have way less sewing to do.

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1. Start by measuring the pillow insert you plan to use. The one I used is 15 x 15 inches. Then add a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch onto that measurement (on each side) for seam allowance. Mark the measurements, starting from a corner of the throw

 
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2. Then, it’s time to cut! If cutting from the corner of the throw, like I did, you’ll have two sides that are cut and two sides that are still sewn together from the throw itself.

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3. Next, turn the cut piece inside out and stitch one full side with a straight stitch on your sewing machine. Then, stitch the other side partially, leaving 6-8 inches unstitched for space to fit the insert inside the opening.

 
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4. Flip the pillow case right side out again and insert the pillow through the opening. Be sure to poke out the corners and get the insert how you like it before moving onto the next step. If the corners are difficult to get to with your fingers, use a long dowel rod or something similar.

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5. Lastly, to finish the pillow do a blind ladder stitch to close the opening by hand.

DIY by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper and Stitch.

See more easy DIYs:

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