I tend to find throw pillow inserts a little bit overpriced for what they are – just smaller square pillows. So when I found this $3 standard sized pillow at Big Lots (I hear you can find cheap ones at Walmart too) the other day, I decided that I was going to DIY my own throw pillow insert.
Step one: Measure shortest side of the pillow. If you’re making a square pillow, this is going to be the length of the other seams.
Step two: Cut off one of the short end seams (if there is a serged seam, cut off that one).
Step three: Pull out all the stuffing and put it somewhere safe for later use.
Step four: Turn pillow inside out and iron out the wrinkles. Make sure the seams are ironed flat.
Step 5: Measure up the long side of the pillow. If you want a square pillow use the measurement that you got in the first step. Add an inch or two for seam allowance. Tip: When measuring, don’t measure from the end of the fabric, measure from the seam instead.
Step 6: Mark your measurement (I used a silver sharpie, because no one is going to see it once it has a cover) and cut carefully along that line insuring that both sides of the pillowcase are lined up. Use pins to keep the fabric from slipping around if you need to.
Now get out your sewing machine, and (optional) canine helper.
Step seven: With your pillow still turned inside out, pin the pillow about half way across, and then sew a seam halfway across the open top. Use a small stitch size.
Step eight: With the top seam half way sewn, turn your pillow right side out, the excess seam allowance should fold in on it’s own. Now get out the reserved stuffing and start stuffing.
Step nine: Your pillow should look lumpy. You’re going to want to push the stuffing down as far as you can so that you have room to sew the top opening.
Step ten: zig zag stitch the opening, ensuring that the seam allowance in flipped inward.
This is what the finished seam should look like. It’s not the prettiest, but it won’t be seen once you put a cover on it.
Final Step: Punch the crap out of your pillow, massaging the stuffing into the corners. Punch it, poke it, roll around on it, beat it against the floor, just keep going until the stuffing is evenly distributed. You could avoid this step to some degree if you have a serger or if you want to insert a zipper in the seam, like they have on some premade throw pillow inserts.
And here’s the finished product
Not too bad, right? Here it is beside one that I bought a few years ago.
I think I like mine better, and I can guarantee you it was at least half the price. Now, to cover these suckers …