This is a simple way to make a cushion cover using an orphan block. Orphan blocks are quilt blocks that have been pieced together for a quilt but never used and end up in your unused fabric stash.
Using my video tutorial, you'll learn how to turn unused blocks into a cushion, and I also share some of my favorite zipper hacks. I've also written all the instructions if you prefer reading to watching videos.
Add some coziness to your lounge with this faux fur shaggy pillow. This tutorial can be adapted to make the cushion any size or shape you like, although I really like the rectangular shape of this one. This shape is great as a bench pillow.
When you're choosing your selection of cushions, choosing different fabrics is also a great way to tie cushions together, but make sure that they're all individual.
This pillow has no zipper but is removable so you can wash it! You can even choose a different fabric if you want to add a splash of color to your couch.
Top Tips For Pillow Patterns
If this is your first time making DIY pillow covers, try making an envelope-style pillow that doesn’t require a zipper.
Cut the tiny corners off the seams of your pillow when it is inside out using scissors after you sew it and before you turn it the right way around. You can then use a blunt object to poke into the corners to make sure they’re sharp and neat.
Always use a reduced stitch length on your sewing machine to avoid your stitches being visible when your pillow is finished and stuffed.
Making a pillow step by step is simple once you know how. Follow these four steps to make your first pillow.
1. Cut two pieces of fabric to the size you want your pillow. Add any extra inch or so for the seam allowance. There is also a school of thought that says you should make the cushion cover smaller than the insert to make them plump up but that is down to personal choice!
2. Place each piece of fabric wrong side to wrong side, and sew three sides together.
3. Turn the cushion inside out and stuff with your pillow insert or stuffing.
4. If you haven’t gone for an envelope back or inserted a zipper you can sew the final side closed by hand.
What materials do you need to make a pillow?
The materials you need to make a pillow or cushion are: • Two square/rectangular pieces of fabric • Thread • Zipper (optional) • Pillow stuffing or insert • Scissors/rotary cutters
What cushion colors go together?
These cushion colors go together without fail: • Green, mustard and grey • Blush pink and dark blue • Greens and deep plum • Brown and teal • Neutrals with a pop of bold color
Use ‘The Rule of Three’ to bring all your cushions together by using a color scheme, a range of patterns, and a range of textures!