Throw Pillow and Pillow Case Tutorials

Throw Pillow and Pillow Case Tutorials

Here are two easy ways to make the perfect throw pillow for your home! The first method uses an invisible zipper and invisible zipper foot. The second uses an envelope closure. Either way, you will end up with a personalized pillow made from the fabric of your choice.

  • Scissors
  • Seam gauge or ruler
  • Iron
  • Rotary Cutter
  • 6.5"x24” acrylic ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Pillow Form
  • 1 yard of Fabric
  • Coordinating thread
  • Invisible Zipper the length of one side of the pillow (optional)
  • Invisible Zipper Foot (optional)

Zippered Pillow

We used Richloom Birdwatcher fabric and teal linen

Step 1


Cut two pieces of fabric the measurements of your pillow form +1” for seam allowances. Our pillows were 18” square so we cut 2 19” squares out of our Fabric. If you like, finish the edges of your fabric now with a serger. You can also finish them later with pinking shears.

Step 2

Attach Your Invisable Zipper

On the bottom of one piece of fabric, attach one side of the invisible zipper to the right side of the fabric by sewing it on with your invisible zipper foot. The grooves in the foot will match up with the zipper teeth, so the needle can get as close to the teeth as possible. The back of the zipper with the exposed teeth will be facing up. Attach the other piece of fabric to the other side of the zipper in the same way, being careful not to twist.

You should be able to zip it shut now to test it.

Invisible Zipper Front

Invisible Zipper Back

Step 3

Sew Your Edges

Open the zipper halfway, so you can turn the pillow inside-out when you’re through. Sew around the open edges of the two squares of fabric, right sides together.

When you get to the edges by the zipper, pull the zipper away you can sew up the corners.

Sew Your Edges 2

Step four

Trim the excess zipper edges off – if you cut off the zipper stop, make sure you sew across the zipper tape so that your zipper head doesn’t come off. Cut the corners diagonally next to the stitching. Turn inside out and stuff with your pillow-form.

Envelope Closure Pillows

We used these fabrics!

Step one

Cut one piece of fabric the size of the pillow form plus 1” for seam allowance. Cut another two pieces for the back of the pillow so they will be a few inches shorter than the front piece. These two pieces will overlap to form an envelope closure on the back of the pillow. For example, for 16” square pillow forms, we cut 1 17” square and 2 12”x17” pieces.

Step two

Ironing Helps

On one 17” side of each of the back pieces, fold the edge over to the wrong side .5”and press and then again another .5” and press again.

Top stitch these pieces on the front side of the folded edge

Top Stich these Pieces

Step three

All Done

Arrange and pin the pieces so that the two smaller pieces overlap in the center, with the bottom piece overlapping the top.

Step four

Sew around all four sides with a 3/8” seam allowance, pivoting at the corners. Trim corners, turn right side out, and stuff.

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