DIY Pillow: 20 Minutes and just under $4 a pillow


I found myself walking up and down the aisles, up, down, up, down. I was looking for those red tags. You know the ones. Don’t pretend you don’t do it too. You know you love to hunt down the sale tags at Target. I was on the hunt. Then, out of the corner of my eye, a pattern caught my eye. I went over to see what it was. It ended up being a 54″ x 84″ window panel but it wasn’t the curtain that I wanted, it was the colors. They were perfect and there it was, right on top. The red tag. Marked all the way down to $7.49. You can’t even buy this quality fabric for that little much less a lined and now ultra durable version of the perfect fabric!


They only had one panel…of course. But, for $7.49 I figured I could do something with it so I nabbed it and took it home…after paying of course. I had a few different ideas but finally settled on pillows. Plain, simple but oh so perfect patterned pillows. So, I set to work. Really, I wanted to post this blog to challenge you to look at things differently and to think about how you can use low cost items you find out and about to make the things you really want. But, this is a DIY themed blog so here is your DIY tutorial on how I made my pillows out of the panels. SO EASY! And, did I mention I saved myself about $6 a pillow at least!

I began by cutting up the 84″panel. Because the pattern is striped, it was super easy to get an even, straight cut. To start, I centered the largest stripe because I knew I wanted that to be front and center on my pillows. I measured equal lengths on both sides of the larger stripe and then cut along those side lines all the way up the 84″ so I had a skinnier, 84″ panel. Then, I took the section I cut out, folded it in half length wise and cut it along the fold. At this point you should have two half panels like this one (Sorry, this one is bluuuuuurry):


Fold each half panel in half again length-wise and make sure the inside of the panel (the backside) is facing out. At this point you should have close to a square shape.

I made a quick run with my sewing machine up each side of the square including the folded side. When sewing the last side up, leave a hole big enough to fit your whole hand into. Here is what it should look like at this point:



Put your hand into the hole of the pillow, grab the far corner and inside out your pillow so now your patterned side shows and the stitches are on the inside of the pillow. It may take some effort but be patient and work on getting a small portion through the hole at a time. Here is what mine looked like at this point:



Through the hole, start adding the stuffing. I had previously purchased 2 20oz bags for $3.50 each at Wal Mart and it took about 2/3 a bag to fill each pillow. Once my pillow was stuffed to my liking, I folded the raw edges of the open hole into the hole and stitched it up. Done! It seriously could not get any easier!

So, for $14.50, I got 3 pillows and I have enough material to make at least 3 more. Once I get all 6 done, That brings my average to just under $4 a pillow. So for $4 and about 20 minutes, you can have your own DIY pillow. Does it get any easier?

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2 thoughts on “DIY Pillow: 20 Minutes and just under $4 a pillow

  1. Joan Perry says:

    Hey Ashley! And you thought I haven’t been “watching” you (or maybe the term is “following” you!)! I am ready for some new posts, so keep ’em coming baby! You’ve got an audience!!:)

    • Thanks Joan! I have been swamped helping out with the church stage props. Not too much time to work on home projects. Let me know what you think about the stage when you see it. I may blog on that a bit.

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