DIY Faux Fur Pillow: A Simple Step By Step Tutorial

DIY Faux Fur Pillow: A Simple Step By Step Tutorial

Want to make a DIY fur pillow but don’t know where to start? See how to sew your own fur pillows.

Stack of teal, gray, and pink DIY faux 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.

Girls daybed decorated with fur toss pillows

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.

Faux fur pillows in pink, gray and teal on a couch

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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
Faux fur pillows on sewn DIY style tossed on a rug

Prepping Your Fur

I have a whole post on working with faux fur fabrics, so for all my best tips check that out.

How to Sew Faux Fur and Other Fuzzy Fabrics - Pink Minky, Gray Fake Fur, Teal Plush Fleece and White Furry Fabric

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

  1. Trim the seam allowances

    Carefully brush fur away from the raw edges of the fabric and trim within the half inch seam allowance.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

DIY fur pillow in aqua
Home sewn gray faux fur pillow
Blush pink fur pillow DIY sewn

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Thanksgiving Sewing Projects To Get Your Home Ready to Host

Thanksgiving Sewing Projects To Get Your Home Ready to Host

DIY tutorials and step-by-step instructions for making practical and useful Thanksgiving projects

Thanksgiving projects to sew for home

Hey y’all, today I’m doing a little round up of Thanksgiving sewing projects. I like to sew things that are both pretty and practical, so in this post you’ll find both. You’ll also find non-traditional fall decor colors, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who has seen how I decorate for Christmas.

But we’re not to Christmas yet! Thanksgiving remains one of my favorite holidays. There’s no pressure to find the perfect gift – all you have to do is eat with your family. And maybe watch football. Two of my favorite things. So check out these things to sew for Thanksgiving and take a pause before going full on Christmas.

Kitchen towel sewing pattern with a hanging tab hanging on a drawer

Many hands make light work but with lots of cooks in the kitchen, I find my towels walking away. On the one hand I’m glad everyone is practicing good hygiene and food prep safety. But that’s no help when I’m the one standing with dripping hands! This hanging towel project makes sure my towel stays where I put it. Plus I recycled these from old bath towels to get more use out of them. The video instructions for this pattern are below, and you can get the pattern and written instructions here.

How to make cloth napkins - an easy sewing project

We converted to cloth napkins years ago and I have not looked back. These are the perfect Thanksgiving sewing project to add just a touch of elegance to your table and then be useful beyond the holiday!

Check out how I make cloth napkins with mitered corners in the video below, or see this post for written instructions and a picture tutorial, as well as another option to do a rolled hem on the edges.

How to Make Re-usable Dry Erase Placemats for Kids -

If your gathering includes kids, this project is a great way to keep them at the table (for a little while anyway) and not underfoot. And unlike covering the table with paper that gets thrown away, these are reusable year after year. If you plan ahead, you can even stock up on the markers when school supplies are on sale at the beginning of the school year. See how to sew them here.

Sew a quilt as you go pot holder - great scrapbuster - easy to make gift - DIY tutorial by Melly Sews

These quilt as you go pot holders also use mitered corners, this time done with bias tape. And as a Thanksgiving sewing project, they’re even better because they have a pocket to hold a recipe. Make a few to use while you cook, then send them home with guests and one of the recipes you made.

Potholder tutorial with free pattern

Glove Pot Holder Project and Pattern

For more traditional glove or mitten style pot holders, check out this post. There are even instructions to grab the free pattern.

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How To Make a Fabric Pumpkin – Easy DIY Craft

How To Make a Fabric Pumpkin – Easy DIY Craft

Learn to sew fabric pumpkins for decoration with this step-by-step tutorial and video

DIY Fabric pumpkins to make for fall decorations - Thanksgiving and Halloween decor

Hey y’all, today I’m sharing a tutorial for a fabric pumpkin. These fabric pumpkins are cute touch for fall decor, from Halloween to Thanksgiving. And if you’ve seen how I decorate for Christmas, it shouldn’t surprise you that I chose non traditional colors for my pumpkins to better match my normal home decor. But the great news is that you can make these in any colors you want. So if you enjoy traditional fall colors in your home, go for it!

Three fabric pumpkins for autumn decorations

The prints I used for each fabric pumpkin are all from Riley Blake Designs. The pink is my design from the Blooms and Bobbins collection, the gold is Pin Drop Daisy, and the aqua is Confetti Cottons Riley Aqua. I chose to make each pumpkin all out of one fabric, but you can also sew several scraps together into a strip to use different fabrics in the same pumpkin.

I thought for a while about what to use for the pumpkin stems and ultimately decided on cinnamon sticks. That gives these DIY fabric pumpkins a subtle fragrance that also feels like fall to me. And since these are pretty small, I think they’ll work great in a holiday table centerpiece that won’t block conversations across the table. So let’s see how to make them!

A pink quilting cotton fabric pumpkin to sew from scraps

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Supplies for a Fabric Pumpkin

Supplies to sew a pumpkin out of fabric

Here are the supplies you’ll need to make these pumpkins. And while I used a sewing machine, you definitely don’t need one. There’s only one seam and you can hand sew it.

  • Fabric. I used quilting cotton for these, but I almost used velvet and I still might make some velvet ones. You could also use burlap, canvas, linen, silk, etc. I think even old sweaters would work to give these a fun texture.
  • Scissors (affiliate link)
  • Needle and all purpose thread (affiliate link)
  • Embroidery floss and needle (affiliate links) For a rustic look, you could also use twine, and for a glam look thin satin ribbon would be fun.
  • Cinnamon stick (affiliate link) You could also use wine corks, twigs, large wooden beads or even small sewing thread spools.
  • Fiber filling (affiliate link)
  • Hot glue gun and glue (affiliate links)

You can make these in any size, just use the rule of thumb that your fabric should be about twice as long as it is wide. I cut my fabric 7 inches wide and 14 inches long. You can go a little longer than twice the width too. For example, if I was sewing fabric scraps together I might cut eight pieces 7 inches by 2 1/2 inches and sew them with 1/4 inch seams. That would give me a strip 16 inches by 7 inches, which would also work for these.

Teal fabric pumpkin for non traditional fall decor

Putting the Pumpkin Together

To make fabric pumpkins, check out the short video tutorial below or on YouTube here. Or if you prefer written instructions, check for those below the video.

How to Make Easy Fabric Pumpkins

  1. Gather your supplies

    You’ll need fabric, all purpose and embroidery thread, hand sewing and embroidery needles, polyester or cotton stuffing, something for the pumpkin stem like a cinnamon stick, and a hot glue gun and glue.

  2. Cut your fabric

    Cut your fabric twice as long as it is wide. For a small pumpkin like mine, cut 7 inches wid by 14 inches long.

  3. Fold and stitch fabric

    Fold your fabric right sides facing and match the short ends. Stitch across the short end so your fabric is a loop. You can hand stitch this seam with a whip stitch, running stitch, or back stitch. Steps to sew a pumpkin

  4. Gather the ends of the fabric.

    Hand sew a running stitch along the edge of the fabric. I like to fold the raw edge down and stitch through both layers. Pull the thread tight to gather the fabric on one end, and add a few extra stitches across if there is a hole to close. Knot and cut thread. Sew the same type of running stitch along the other edge, but don’t gather or cut the thread yet.

  5. Stuff the pumpkin

    Fill your pumpkin with poly-fill or other stuffing material. Don’t stuff too firmly. Gather the thread, sew the hole closed, and knot and cut the thread.

  6. Add the pumpkin ridges.

    Decide which side is the top of the pumpkin and which is the bottom. Using embroidery thread, stitch a small stitch at the bottom of the pumpkin, wrap the thread around the pumpkin, and sew another stitch at the bottom to hold this wrap in place. Repeat, moving your wraps around the pumpkin until you have 6-8 equal sized bumps around the pumpkin. Alternatively, you could cut 3-4 pieces of thread, ribbon or twine and wrap them around the pumpkin then tie the ends of the thread together in knots instead of stitching.Make ridges on a decorative fabric pumpkin

  7. Add the stem

    Use hot glue to glue the stem down onto the top. You could also use ribbon to add a bow at the base of the stem if desired.

Use a cinnamon stick as a crafted pumpkin stem

Finishing Touches

If you’d like to keep these pumpkins on your table and help prevent them from being used as projectiles (I do have boys and nephews that I could see doing that), you can also take a long length of ribbon and hot glue or stitch the pumpkins along it to make a table runner. That way they can’t be picked up individually.

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How To Sew a Dog Bed: Step by Step DIY Pet Bed Tutorial

How To Sew a Dog Bed: Step by Step DIY Pet Bed Tutorial

You can make your own pet bed at home and it’s not as hard as you think. Use this video tutorial to sew a dog bed in any size.

Tricolor poodle sitting on a DIY dog bed with a sewing tutorial

Hey y’all, for today’s project I’m going to show you how to sew a dog bed. Those of you who have followed me for a while know that we lost our dog Mulligan over the summer. And he was the type of dog who preferred the floor, so I never got around to making him a bed.

Standard poodle curled up on a home made dog bed

This is Bear, who was being re-homed and is now part of our family. Bear loves beds, so I made him a bed. For the fabric I used a blanket he brought from his first owners’ to our home. The fleece blanket is fuzzy on one side, so I sewed it fuzzy side out. Bear couldn’t wait to inspect and use this bed when I set it on the floor for him the first time.

Corner zipper detail of how to make a dog bed

This DIY dog bed can be made in any size. So if you need a bed for a big dog or a little one to fit in perfectly in a crate, you can sew it yourself. I also made a water proof cover for the cushion I used as stuffing. That way, if there’s a doggie bed mess, I’ll be able to wash the cover and the insides won’t have to be thrown away. And the doggy bed cover zips on and off easily as I’ll show you in the tutorial.

Ombre colored poodle on a diy dog bed

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Materials to Make a Pet Bed

If you’d like to sew your own pet bed, you’ll need these materials:

  • Cushion. I used upholstery foam (affiliate link) I had left over from our recliner project. Mine measured 36 x 24 x 3 inches. You could also use a bed pillow, foam topper for a mattress, even a crib mattress if you have a large dog.
  • Two zippers. One zipper should match the length of the short side of your cushion. The other should be at least half that length. I grabbed zippers from my stash, so mine didn’t match perfectly, but Bear doesn’t seem to care.
  • Soft fabric for the cover. Fleece, canvas, a towel and even quilting cotton are all good choices. You know your pooch and what they like best, and you can also coordinate with your home decor. That’s the advantage to diy projects! Also keep in mind that fabrics like fleece and canvas will hold up better to heavy dogs and their nails, while quilting cotton is easier for a dog to rip. The amount of fabric you’ll need depends on the size of the bed you’re making, so again measure that cushion and then calculate whether you need just a yard of fabric or (as in my case) two or more. In some cases, buying a large fleece blanket (affiliate link) like I used might be the most inexpensive way to go.
  • If you want an inner waterproof cover, you need water proof fabric and more zippers. For mine, I bought a twin size mattress protector (affiliate link) and cut it up. That size was just barely enough fabric for my inner cover.
  • Sewing machine, thread, needles, etc

Sew a DIY Pet Bed

To sew your puppy bed, watch the video below or on YouTube here. I also have more detailed pattern drafting instructions and order of construction below the video so you can refer back to those if you’d like. For more help dealing with furry fabric, check this post.

How to Make a Dog Bed Pattern

You need to know the length, width, and height of the cushion you’re going to use to make your pattern. For the top piece of fabric, start with a rectangle the same length and width as your cushion. Then add boxes to each side that match the height of the cushion. So for example, with my 36 inch long by 24 inch wide by 3 inch tall foam, I’d start with a 36 inch by 24 inch rectangle and add 3 inch rectangles to each side (first figure below).

How to draft a dog bed pattern

Then you need to add seam allowances all around. This makes your top pattern (second figure above). For the bottom piece you start with the same rectangle and just add seam allowances to the sides (third figure above). You use the same pattern and sewing method to sew both the waterproof cover and the outer cover if you’re making both.

Time needed: 2 hours.

How to Sew a Dog Bed

  1. Cut out your pieces of fabric.

    You’ll need one top piece and one bottom piece.

  2. Stitch the long zipper to the short end.

    Align your longer zipper with the short edge of the top fabric and stitch in place. Repeat with the bottom fabric and the other side of the zipper, making sure fabrics end up right sides together.

  3. Sew the short zipper to the adjacent side.

    Align the short zipper so the pull will meet in the corner with the pull of the long zipper. Stitch, as before, to the top piece and then bottom piece of fabric.

  4. Sew the boxed corners

    Pin, mark and stitch the boxed corners of the top of the cover.

  5. Sew the bottom to the top.

    Unzip one of the zippers at least halfway. Mark the center of each side of the top and the bottom. Align centers and corners and stitch the top to the bottom fabric.

  6. Turn right side out.

    Using the unzipped side, turn the cover right side out. Unzip both zippers.

  7. Insert cushion.

    Insert the cushion, then close both zippers.

Sew a dog bed text on image of a poodle on a brown dog bed

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How to add a zipper to make a Cushion Cover with a Zipper

How to add a zipper to make a Cushion Cover with a Zipper

A zippered pillow cover will make your life a whole lot easier. Here’s how to add a zipper to existing cushions so you can wash them.

How to add a zipper to make a Cushion Cover with Zipper

Hey y’all, today I’m going to show you how to make a couch cushion cover with a zipper from existing sofa cushions without zippers. Adding zippers completely upgraded the cushions from my patio couch because now I can wash them in the washing machine instead of just spot cleaning. And with construction going on across the street from our backyard, we’ve had a lot of dirt blowing onto our patio, so that washing has been much needed!

A DIY patio couch

I actually did this several months ago (and I can’t believe how long my hair has grown since!) and shot a video at the time which I just now got around to editing and sharing. But hey, this post is just in time for outdoor summer gatherings. You can watch that below or on YouTube here. There is also a written tutorial of how to sew zippered couch cushions below the video.

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Supplies and Materials I Used for Zippered Cushions

Here are the supplies, besides my sewing machine and thread, that I used in this project.

It’s important to note that I was only able to do this to my existing cushions without adding extra fabric because the seam allowance for the sides of the cushions was big enough. And unfortunately you can’t know what your seam allowance is until you seam rip. So if matching fabric would be hard to come by, I suggest seam ripping the seam on the side of the cushion first to check seam allowances. You can always use a hand sewn ladder stitch to close your cushion back up if you open it and discover that you don’t have much of a seam allowance to work with. In my case they had left over an inch in the seam allowance here, so I had plenty to be able to cut the fabric and add the zipper.

How to Sew Zippered Couch Cushions

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How to Sew a Hanging Towel – Easy DIY for Your Kitchen

How to Sew a Hanging Towel – Easy DIY for Your Kitchen

This simple dishtowel sewing project makes your kitchen look stylish and is a great way to upcycle old towels

Kitchen towel sewing pattern with a hanging tab hanging on a drawer

Hey ya’ll, today I’m sharing how to sew a hanging towel with a free pattern so you can make one too. The tab at the top keeps the towel securely hanging on the oven handle or drawer pull instead of getting knocked to the floor. A hanging kitchen towel can be a fun way to add a little style to your space, and they are also great gifts to sew. In fact, this would be a cute gift set if paired with a potholder in the same or coordinating fabric.

I’ve wanted to do a tutorial for hanging dish towels for a while. When you have kids and dogs in the house, it seems that kitchen towels are more prone to falling on the floor. Funny how that works. But the push to get me started on making these was actually bath towels. We’ve had a lot of bath towels that needed retiring in our house lately and I’ve been trying to extend their usefulness. This project is a great way to upcycle those old bath towels. Simply cut off frayed edges and cut around threadbare spots and holes.

And now that I’ve sewn some for the kitchen, I think they’d also be good as hanging hand towels in the bathroom. Because those same kids and dog in my house are guilty of knocking bathroom towels off the bar after drying their hands or just because they’re bored (in the case of the dog).

Dishtowel with button tab hanging on a drawer handle


These hanging towels stay on the stove on with a button and double fold bias tape finishes the raw edges. The button secures the towel to the stove handle so it can’t fall. I’ve also created a free pattern for the towel toppers that you can download to use if you don’t want to draft your own template. And because it only uses a small amount of fabric, this project is good for using scrap fabric. The materials list is

  • The pattern. See below to get the free one I made for newsletter subscribers or instructions to draft your own
  • 1/2 inch wide double fold bias tape – a little over 1 yard. You can make your own bias tape using this method. And this post shows how to sew double fold bias tape.
  • Fabric for the hanging loop – two 7 inch width by 9 inch tall pieces
  • Interfacing. I used lightweight fusible interfacing on each wrong side of my topper pieces, so you’ll need two 7 inch width by 9 inch tall pieces of interfacing.
  • A button. I used one that is 1 inch wide, widths from 5/8 inches up to 1 1/2 inches will work. Alternatively, if you don’t want to sew a buttonhole, then you could use sew on Velcro or a snap.
  • Terry cloth or toweling fabric. I used an old bath towel and cut off the frayed edges. You’ll cut your towel piece to 12 inches by 12 inches square.
  • Thread, needle, sewing machine, basic sewing notions
Home sewn kitchen towel hanging on the oven bar

Get the Pattern

To get this pattern, you must either be a free newsletter subscriber or have purchased a gallery access pass. Then click your preferred option from the buttons below. Existing newsletter subscribers should look at the bottom of the most recent Friday newsletter for the current free pattern gallery password. If you purchased the all access pass you’ll log in to your shop account to download the pattern. Note that the free version of the pattern does not have printable instructions so you’ll need to refer to this post for instructions.

If you prefer to draft this kitchen towel sewing pattern for yourself, you can use basic shapes with dimensions below. Note that this draft includes a 1/2 inch seam allowance already.

Drafting diagram for a kitchen towel topper pattern

Sew the Dish Towel

Once you have your pattern, cut two toppers and two pieces of interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to the toppers and cut your 12 by 12 piece of toweling. Then watch the video tutorial below or on YouTube here to see how to make hanging towels.

Close up of bias tape finish on a kitchen towel

Time needed: 15 minutes.

How to Sew a Hanging Dish Towel

  1. Sew on double fold bias tape

    Sew the bias tape over the raw edge of the towel on three sides to finish them, carefully mitering the corners. If you don’t know how to sew on bias tape, see this post.

  2. Sew the towel topper pieces together

    Press the lower raw edges of the towel toppers 1/2 inch to the wrong side. Place the towel topper pieces right sides together and stitch from the fold line around the top and stop at the fold line on the other side. Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

  3. Trim, turn and press

    Trim the seam allowances down to 1/4 inch, then turn the topper right side out. Keep the pressed lower edges turned to the inside. Press all the edges.

  4. Pleat the towel and insert into the topper

    Fold a large pleat into the middle of the raw edge of the towel piece, so that the width of the towel at the top is the same as the towel topper. Insert the top 1/2 inch of the raw edge in between the folded edges of the towel topper so that it is enclosed between them. Pin, making sure pins are inserted through the towel topper on both sides. All raw edges should be inside the topper piece.

  5. Topstitch

    Topstitch around edges of towel topper to secure towel in between layers.

  6. Add buttonhole and button

    Sew a buttonhole centered in the round end of the towel topper. For buttonhole help, see this post. Fold the tab and mark where to sew the button. Sew the button on. For button sewing help, see this post.

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