Craft How-to: DIY Throw Pillow Designs

By Vanessa Boer

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• Paper (8½" × 11")

• Scissors

• Straight pins

• Felt

• Pencil

Pillow cover

• Iron (optional)

• Fusible interfacing (optional)

• Embroidery or large-eye yarn needle

• Embroidery thread or yarn

• Pillow insert

Photo credit: Lisa Hubbard; Prop styling: Cindy Diprima


1. Print the squirrel, leaf or bunny template from onto the paper; cut it out.
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2. Pin the template to the felt and trace around the edges with the pencil. Remove the template and cut the shape out of the felt.

3. For delicate fabrics: Cut interfacing to pillow dimensions and iron it onto the inside front of the pillow cover.

Pin the felt silhouette to the outside of the pillow cover.

5. Starting from the back, use embroidery thread or yarn to stitch the silhouette to the pillow with a running stitch (or with stitches spaced ¼" apart). Tie off on the back (inside the pillowcase) with a double knot.

6. Place the pillow insert inside the pillow cover.
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