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The best handmade pillow tutorials out there

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Professional-looking how-to pillows

Have a knack for sewing and a desire to update your decor? These tutorials for making your own pillows will help you save money while creating original home accessories. With many projects easy enough for beginners, the professional-looking results are well worth the effort.

Rosettes pillow

Professional-looking how-to pillows

Photo credit: Craftionary

Blogger Shelley of Crazy Wonderful offers this tutorial on making a rosette-adorned burlap pillow. This is sewing-machine-optional (although Shelley points out that using a sewing machine is faster than sewing by hand) and the project is outlined in clear photos with instructions. Shelley suggests other crafty ideas for the rosettes as well.


Ruffled pillow

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Photo credit: Honeysuckle Life

Recommending high-end, lighter-weight fabric with some texture for best results, blogger Rebekah Marenda Burder of Honeysuckle Life proclaims herself "in love" with this pillow. Rivaling pillows in high-end catalogs and home decorating stores, this pillow is best attempted by an experienced sewer. Burder's explicit instructions and helpful tips, however, will keep you right on track.


Pintuck pillow

Professional-looking how-to pillows

Photo credit: Sew Mama Sew

Beth Wilson, managing editor at Sew Mama Sew, developed this pillow as an introduction to simple smocking technique, even though it may look quite elaborate. With detailed instructions right down to how to iron it for the best effect, this tutorial is practically fool-proof.


Recycled sweater pillow

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Photo credit: Brassy Apple

For those who love to repurpose and recycle, Megan, blogger at Brassy Apple, presents this recycled sweater pillow as a way to cozy up your home for the winter months. With directions for both the button embellishment and the clever rosettes made from cut-off sleeves, this tutorial keeps it both simple and original.


Felt basket-weave pillow

Professional-looking how-to pillows

Photo credit: Persia Lou

Inspired by a pillow she saw at West Elm, blogger Alexis at Persia Lou developed this design. She offers a tutorial that, while best suited to someone with some sewing experience, is fairly simple. Choose a cheery color for the felt, as Alexis did, or stick with a more neutral shade. "Even though it is really far from being perfectly constructed," Alexis admits, "I like the way it turned out."


Dip-dyed doily pillow

Professional-looking how-to pillows

Photo credit: Crap I've Made

Blogger Char at Crap I've Made bought up some thrift store doilies for this project, but notes you can also find them at JoAnn fabric store, craft stores and Dollar Tree. She leaves the choice to dye the doily up to you, but gives sewing instructions, including a photo of the back of the doily panel for reference.


Monogram pillow

Professional-looking how-to pillows

Photo credit: Oh My Handmade

Sarah Tams, blogger at Oh My Handmade Goodness, guides you through the simple steps for making this monogram pillow in playful prints. Employing the iron-on adhesive Wonder Under before sewing on the letter is her trick for professional-looking results. It is, as Tams aptly says, "Cuteness anyone would love."

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