Want to make a DIY fur pillow but don’t know where to start? See how to sew your own fur pillows.
Hey y’all, today I’m sharing how to make DIY fur pillows. These faux fur pillows are sure to be a hit with any teen or tweens on your gift list. I know this is the perfect teen gift to sew because two of the teens in my house immediately tried to claim these fur throw pillows, lol! And if the teen in question can be patient and can sew a straight line, this is a good DIY project for them to sew as well.
And who can blame them? Fur pillows are soft, cozy and generally fun to have around. I especially like these for winter decorAnd faux fur fabric comes in so many choices now you can make these in pretty much any color you’d like to match your home decor. I also inserted zippers in these pillow covers, so they can come off for washing. Just take out the pillow inserts and wash the covers in the machine. I recommend a delicate cycle and air-drying each pillowcase.
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Materials to Sew a Fur Pillow
Want to make your own faux fur pillow covers? Here’s what you’ll need
- 1/2 yard of faux fur. Lately I have the best luck with getting mine at Joann Fabric Stores. Cut your fabric to 35 inches long on the cross grain by 18 inches wide on the straight grain. Note that 18 inches = half a yard so watch carefully when your fabric is cut to make sure the cut piece is 18 inches wide all the way across. When you use a 1/2 inch seam allowance, your finished pillow cover will be 17 x 17 inches, so it will be nice and plump with an 18 inch insert.
- 1 18 inch zipper. Note that if you don’t want to add a zipper, you can also use this method to make the pillows. I prefer the zipper method so that any fuzz shedding on the wrong side of the fabric is contained on the insides.
- Sewing clips (affiliate link) – I prefer these to pins when working with bulky fabrics
- Sewing machine with zipper foot, needle, matching thread, etc.
- Applique scissors (affiliate link) – these are optional, but really handy when working with faux fur if it has a high pile.
- An 18 inch pillow form. You can make your own by sewing an 18 inch square and stuffing it with polyfill
Prepping Your Fur
I have a whole post on working with faux fur fabrics, so for all my best tips check that out.
But there is one tip that I really want to emphasize for sewing these pillows – start by trimming the fur from the raw edges of your fabric in the seam allowance. I use the applique scissors for that and demonstrate in the video below.
Video Tutorial for a DIY Faux Fur Pillow
To see how to sew up your faux fur pillow case, check out the video below or on YouTube here. Or scroll below the video for a written instructions summary.
Instructions to Sew the Pillow Cover
Time needed: 45 minutes
How to Make a Faux Fur Pillow Cover
- Trim the seam allowances
Carefully brush fur away from the raw edges of the fabric and trim within the half inch seam allowance.
- Sew the zipper
Place the zipper right sides together with one short edge, and then use clips to hold in place. Next, stitch with a zipper foot close to the zipper teeth and a straight stitch. Fold the fabric right sides together in order to match the other side of the zipper and the opposite short edge and repeat stitching.
- Sew the sides
Open the zipper halfway. Match the sides, pushing fur away from the raw edges. Make sure the zipper teeth are pointed away from the raw edges. Sew down the side seams
- Turn right side out
Turn the pillow cover right side out. Check the side seams, and brush any fur out of the seams that is stuck. Insert the pillow form and you’re finished!