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Homemade Comfort: Gorgeous DIY Throw Pillow and Cushion Ideas

When it comes to incorporating a DIY element into our home, we’re suckers for concentrating on the comforting details. There’s just something so pleasant about leaning back onto or snuggling into something soft and lovely looking when you know it’s something you made or embellished yourself. That’s why we’ve found ourselves obsessed with the idea of making our own DIY throw pillows lately, scouring the Internet for the very best tutorials we can possibly find!

Just in case you love the idea of making your very own DIY throw pillows and cushions just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.

1. Tassel edged throw pillows


Have you perhaps already got a throw pillow or cushion that you either made yourself or even just bought from a store but that you can’t help thinking could use a little more personality either way? Then perhaps adding a super fun border all the way around its edge would be the best DIY tactic for you? We adore the way Instructables Craft outlines the steps for adding fun, delicate looking tassels around the edge.

2. DIY reading pillow with a pocket


Perhaps you’re actually looking to make a throw pillow for a friend or family member who is always looking for a cozy spot to read their beloved books in, but you’d prefer that the idea be a little more unique? After all, the beauty of making something yourself is in the fact that you can customize the details, right? In that case, we think you’ll really appreciate the way Polkadot Chair made this fantastic reading pillow that has a handle and a book pocket to make it portable so that any spot becomes a cozy reading nook!

3. Denim shirt pillow


Have your very favourite kinds of crafts and DIY projects always been those that have some element of upcycling to them, since you’d always rather get creative then be wasteful? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll really appreciate the way The Country Farm Home made these awesome denim shirt pillows, especially if your home has a bit of a country chic aesthetic to its decor scheme.

4. Layered fabric strip throw pillow


If you’re already a sewing enthusiast even beyond the idea of making awesome custom throw pillows and cushions, then we’re sure you’re just as familiar as we are with how quickly scrap fabric, even in the smallest pieces, can pile up. That’s probably why we were so pleased to come across this fantastically striped layered strip throw pillow idea outlined step by careful step on Quilting in The Rain.

5. DIY throw pillows and ruffles


Have we really caught your attention with the idea of making a DIY throw pillow that has all kinds of layers but you’re just not sure that the scrap fabric stripes has quite enough pizzazz for your personal tastes? In that case, we have a feeling you might actually prefer something a little more textured, like this tutorial from It’s Always Autumn that shows you how to make a wonderfully soft felt throw cushion covered in super fun ruffles.

6. Anthropologie inspired yarn tassel knock off pillow


Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the concept of making a pillow with a tasseled edge but you can’t help feeling like you’d much prefer making the tassels yourself? Perhaps you’re just a huge fan of tutorials that help you recreate pieces by brand names only for cheaper than the price tag you saw in the store. In either case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Sewing in No Man’s Land made this fantastically colourful DIY yarn tasseled pillow that looks just like a cushion sold by Anthropologie.

7. Throw pillows from old t-shirts


Were you actually quite intrigued indeed by the idea of making yourself a pillow or cushion that used to be a simple shirt but you’d rather work with all of those graphic t-shirts your family has accumulated over the years, rather than sewing with thicket denim button-down shirts? Then we have a feeling you’ll get along much better with something like this t-shirt pillow tutorial outlined nice and clearly on Jenn N.

8. Upcycled neck tie cushion


Maybe we’ve actually caught your attention very well with the idea of making a cushion or pillow from upcycled clothing but you’re just not sure that you have enough spare shirts to make that idea happen? Then perhaps you should reach for those old neckties that no one in your family wears anymore instead! That’s exactly what this tutorial from Maflingo teaches you how to make a pillow from.

9. No-sew braided edge fleece pillow


Have you actually long been intrigued by the idea of making yourself or your family members a comfy pillow to curl up with but your sewing skills aren’t necessarily the ones you’re most confident with in your arsenal of practiced DIY techniques? Well, believe it or not, there are actually several ways to make DIY throw pillows that don’t requite you to sew at all! We love the way Fairfield World used braiding techniques and fleece to create a cushion slip for this braided edged throw pillow.

10. Round pleated throw pillow


If you’re going to take all of the time and effort it requires to make your very own throw pillow or cushion from scratch, would you rather make something that looks a little more vintage or classic in its style? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll really appreciate the way Melly Sews made this rounded, pleated throw pillow that looks like something you might have found on your grandma’s couch in decades past.

11. DIY knotted throw pillow


Since it is true that making your very own home comfort pieces lets you control things like shape and detail, would you rather make something that looks a little more unique than the classic pillow styles you’ve seen at home or in stores, and is perhaps even made in a slightly more alternative way? Well, if you’ve ever been a fan of knitting, crochet, macrame, or other arts that involve knotting and weaving, then we’re convinced this DIY knotted throw pillow outlined step by step on All Created might be just the project for you.

12. West Elm knock off metallic chevron pillow


Perhaps we really caught your attention with the idea of making recreation pieces that look like things you might find in brand name stores but your tastes have always leaned towards labels like West Elm rather than Anthropologie? Maybe you’re just looking for a DIY project that has a little more shine to it than most of what you’ve seen so far. In either case, especially if you’ve always been a fan of hand painting, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way The Gathered Home made this lovely painted metallic chevron pillow.

13. Super easy no-sew pillow cover


Have you actually been scrolling through our list hoping to find a way to cover throw pillows you already have rather than making the whole cushion from scratch, since you have some that are perfectly good on the inside and could just use a makeover? Then look no further than these fantastically easy no-sew throw pillow slip covers outlined in simple steps on Fresh Idea Studio.

14. Full pillow bed for kids


Perhaps you were rather intrigued by our mention of making some kind of throw pillow project for your kids but you’re finding that they’re constantly throwing the nice pillows you keep on your couch onto the floor in order to do make a sort of reading nest, so a singular reading pillow just won’t do? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way It’s Always Autumn made this super easy pillow bed that’s the perfect size for kids enjoying a lazy weekend morning.

15. Tie dyed DIY outdoor pillows


Of course, the couch in your living room isn’t the only spot in your house that can benefit from a few comfy pillows! We also love piling our patio seating with cushions in the summer to make that a cozy spot as well. Luckily for all of us, this guide from Arin Solange at Home is here to show us how to make the pillows out of a slightly more durable material that’s better for outdoor wear and tear, just in case they ever get accidentally caught in the rain. They even show you how to tie dye them just for fun!