This little project was daunting at first, but once I got the hang of it these pillows were pretty fun to make! We thought it would be neat to have some custom pillows in our Meet/Make/Do location, with a shout-out to our sponsor Bing. So I got right down to it and put together these DIY letter pillows. Here’s how!
- sewing machine and tools
Make Time: 1 Hour per letter
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But let’s get to the nitty gritty! Start by doubling up your fabric and using a ruler and pencil to draw a letter on the top layer. Each part of the letter should be around 6 inches wide to allow for hems and stuffing with batting. I used about a half yard of fabric for each letter. Once the letter is drawn, cut it out of both layers so that you have two pieces of the same letter.
Pin the layers together with right sides facing (be sure your letter will be facing the correct way when you turn it right side out!). Sew a straight stitch around the outer edge, leaving a 1/4″ hem. Leave an opening of about 3 inches to insert the batting. Flip the letter right side out through the opening.
NOTE: For letters with an inner opening such as B, P, or D, don’t sew the inner openings during this step. Sew the outer edge, leaving a 3″ opening, and flip the letter right side out. Then on the inner openings, fold the fabric in on itself to create a 1/4″ hem and pin. Sew these separately with the pillow already turned right side out.
Once your edges are all sewn, stuff your pillows with batting. You may need to use the pencil to push the batting into the corners of the letter. It helps to slightly understuff the pillows during this step.
Finally, fold the fabric of the open portion in on itself to create a 1/4″ hem and pin. Starting at this section, sew a straight stitch all the way around the edges of the pillow to create a finished look.
You made it! Big kudos if you attempt this one — they’re a little intimidating but if I can do it, so can you. Hope you have fun with it! xoxo
Three tutorial photos by Lovely Indeed; all other images by the insanely talented Mary Costa Photography.
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