How to make simple personalized pillows. A sewing project that makes a great gift and pretty decor too!
In case you’re wondering I made these pillows for my friend Jen at The House of Wood as a thank you gift. She has two little ones so I made one pillow for her daughter and one for her son.
Unknowingly her daughter’s pillow fits right in on her cuter than cute diy toddler bed, look below!
Since my little lady doesn’t have a nightstand and I have yet to build her one (it’s on the list!), I whipped up this adorable shelf out of scrap wood to house (hehe – get it?) a few of her favorite bedtime books. Tutorial coming soon. I built her toddler bed (free plans available on the blog!) and I make and sell those wood name signs in my Etsy shop. Did you spy her pretty personalized pom-pom pillow? That was lovingly handmade by Jaime from @thatsmyletter. 💕
I do love to sew (and build and paint) so whenever I can make something for others it’s so much more meaningful than going out and buying at a retail store.
I used a white blanket as the base for these pillows but you could use any fabric. Evie’s pillow has gold pleather letters and bright pink pom pom trim.
For Liam I choose a more masculine brown leather with blue and white gingham piping.
These pillow covers are made to fit the Ikea Fjadrar insert. The finished size is 26″w x 16″h.
How to make a personalized pillow:
Step 1: Print out the letters. I used Franklin Gothic Medium font at 750 point. Cut out letters.
Step 2: Place letters on wrong side of fabric/leather, be sure letter is backwards. You could trace with a white pencil then cut out. DO NOT PIN leather. The pins will leave a hole.
Step 3: Cut out 2 blanket pieces 27″ x 17″. Apple double stick tape to back of letters.
Position letters in center of front blanket piece and press tape in place.
Step 4: Straight stitch letters in place 1/8″ from edge.
Step 5: Sew pom pom trim in place 1/2″ from raw edge of front blanket piece.
Piping: Cut 1 1/2″ bias strips. Sew strips together to make one long piece about 90″ long.
Use 3/8″ cotton cording and a zipper foot to wrap binding around cord then stitch shut.
Sew binding to pillow front same as Step 5 above.
Step 6: Place back blanket piece on top of front and sew together leaving about 16″ open at center bottom.
Above is the opening left for the zipper. I also trimmed the corners.
Step 7: Pin and sew the zipper in place.
Turn right side out and insert pillow form.
For more diy pillow ideas check out these posts: