Hi Ya’ll. I love home décor but I hate shopping for it. I mean, nothing is worse than having a vision and it not being realized all because some retailer doesn’t have what you like. Well, the good thing about home décor is just like clothes, you can do-it-yourself.

Now I have been meaning to update the decorative pillows in my den for two years now but I just couldn’t find the right color palette. It wasn’t a big deal because there were other things I had been meaning to add to the area like a rug, wall decor, etc. Well, I finally found a rug that encompassed all the colors in my palette. But then, those ugly pillows (that came with my sectional) seemed to stand out like a sore thumb.

Well, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to switch gears and go from DIY clothes to DIY home décor. Inside I’ll share with you my steps to creating decorative pillows along with some tips for a successful project.


Now there’s no pattern required for making your own decorative pillows. This means you have the ability to conjure up whatever suits your home décor taste. For me, I knew I wanted 20-22 inch pillows for my den area.


Easy. All you need is a ruler, scissors, fabric chalk or marking pen and basic math skills.


For this project, I made four 20×20 pillows. For the front, I used a jacquard (Kelly Ripa Home Décor) and for the back I used a solid color linen. Both are upholstery fabrics. Since I wanted to be able to wash my pillows I decided to add zippers and purchase pillow forms. All these items were purchased from JoAnn.

STEPS (20 x 20 pillow)

  • Measure your existing pillows.
  • Lay out your from fabric and measure the length and width of your pillows plus seam allowance. For my project I used 5/8 of an inch as seam allowance.


21.25” x 21.25”

  • Lay out your back fabric piece. If you’re not adding a zipper use the same steps noted in Step 2. If you are adding a zipper, determine how far you want your zipper to reside. For me I wanted my zipper 6 inches from the top.
  • Measure out your first back piece and be sure to add seam allowance.


21.25” x 7.25”

  • To cut the remaining back piece, you’ll need to calculate your full pillow length with minus your top back piece (without seam allowance.) For my project it was 15.25” (21.25 – 6)


21.25” x 15.25”

  • With your two back pieces put right sides together, baste along your width of your pillow. Iron seams flat.
  • Place zipper between the basted seam and install. (Check out YouTube for step-by-step instructions on installing a zipper)
  • Right sides together, stitch the front and back pieces together. Be sure to pivot and backstitch at the corners.
  • Clip corners, open zipper and turn pillow inside out.
  • Insert existing pillow or pillow form.



At first I planned to put these I my den but after I made a test pillow I realized these were better suited for my living room. No worries, I moved the old pillows from my living room to my den.


  • Needles. Make sure you get a needle strong enough to handle upholstery fabric. I used a 100/16.
  • Be gentle with your machine. Most of our home sewing machines are not meant to take a beating with sewing heavy duty items. Go slow while slowing and be mindful of the number of layers you’re sewing through.
  • Get Samples. As mentioned above, I switched the location of my pillows because my fabric selections were a bit too light for my original destination.
  • Scotchguard – I have small kids so Scotchguarding is a must. The can is inexpensive and will save you frustration and heartache.


I loved this project and I’m already thinking about making some pillows for my bedroom. Again, this is a super easy project and the end results are rewarding.

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