Tutorial ~ Simple Pieced Throw Pillow Cover

by Destri on March 10, 2011

Pieced Throw Pillow
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I love eyelet.  Have I mentioned that yet?  Yes, I have.  But really, it makes anything sweeter, no?  I had these little fabric swatches left over from the Diy Alphabet Art and decided that paired with eyelet, a sweet throw pillow cover would result.  I should mention that I am not a quilter, and have never pieced before in my life.  That way those of you who are, may be kind in your judgment :), and those of you like me know you indeed can make a pieced block for a pillow cover too.  So quick and easy!

Diy Simple Pieced Pillow Cover


  • all your sewing stuff
  • eyelet fabric – or any other fabric you choose :)
  • scrap fabric
  • 12 x 16 inch pillow insert

Fabric Cuts:

From the eyelet cut six 2½ x 14 inch pieces, and two 11 x 12½ inch pieces

From the scrap fabric cut twenty-one 2½ x 2½ inch pieces.


Start by laying the 2½ inch pieces in 3 rows of seven on a flat surface, and arrange in way you like.  Stack each pile up in order, so you have three piles to take to the sewing machine.  Now take two from the top of the first pile and sew, right sides together, along one side with a ¼ inch seam allowance (fabric edge lined up with the presser foot) without a back stitch.  Then take another one from the same pile and sew to the end of one of the first two you just sewed, and repeat with the remaining four pieces until you have one strip.  Now sew up the other two rows in the same manner.

Take all three rows and press open the seams with an iron.

Sewn pieced fabric

Now take four of the 2½ by 14 inch pieces and sew to the sides of the pieced rows like shown.  Start with two pieces, right sides together and sew with a ¼ inch seam allowance.  Repeat with the remaining rows. Press the seams to one side.  You are supposed to press the seam to the darker side, but it just felt like I was fighting with the eyelet, so I went ahead and pressed the seam to the eyelet side.  Do what works for you :).

Now sew on the last two eyelet pieces onto the ends with a ¼ seam allowance and press the seams to one side.  It should look like this when you are all done.  Easy huh?  Much easier than I thought it would be :). I can totally see how quilting could be addictive.

Now we are going to cut it down to size a bit.  Just cut ¾ of an inch off all four sides and this will give you a 12½ x 16½ inch block.

Ironling Eyelet

Now take an 11 x 12½ inch piece and fold over a 12½ inch side a quarter inch twice and press.  Repeat on the other piece and sew the up the folded edges with a straight stitch just along the inner edge.

Lay the pieced block right side up on a working surface and layer one of the 11 x 12 inch pieces on top, right side down and fold edge in.

Then lay the other piece on top with right side down, folded edge in and pin all around.  Make sure you pin at the folded ends so when you sew they are in place.

Sew around all four sides with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Pieced Throw Pillow

Turn right side out and press, you’re all done!  Just slide the pillow in, stand back and admire your handy work.

Again if you make this…pictures please!  I have that post coming up!

Tomorrow I have the comforter coming up and you guys I am so in love with it.  I can’t wait to show you all of the bedding pulled together!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy March 10, 2011 at 3:55 pm

What a gorgeous gorgeous pillow! You have great taste Mamma :)


Destri March 12, 2011 at 6:44 am

Thank you dear :)


rachel March 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm

This is SO adorable!!! Very fresh. :)


Destri March 12, 2011 at 6:43 am

Thanks Rachel, That is kind of what I thought, fresh :). Just couldn’t think of the word!


Suzanne March 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm

love this, can’t to see the finished room!


Kelly Cappelletty March 11, 2011 at 4:22 am

Where did you find your fabric? I love it!


Destri March 12, 2011 at 6:42 am

Hi Kelly, the fabric is Bliss from Moda and by Camilla Roskelly. I know it is really hard to find right now, but a little fabric shop in Utah has a bunch. They do ship, co if you are interested let me know and I will get their # for you!


Anita Elmore March 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

So pretty! Great tutorial…very easy to follow! I am soooo gonna have to try this!

I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light.
– Mary Gardiner Brainard


Destri March 12, 2011 at 6:42 am

Anita send me pics if you do!


katie March 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm

So, so cute! I love the Bliss fabrics. I have 5 or so of them and may just be completely copying yours!


Sybilline March 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Very pretty!


Linnea June 25, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I made one! And added a little applique… you can see it here: http://linnea-joyfulstrength.blogspot.com/2011/06/sewing-adventure.html Thanks for the inspirational tutorial!


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