By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23
New to sewing? Making a couch pillow is an excellent beginner project. Essentially, you’re making a series of rectangles. Combined with some stuffing you’ll turn these rectangles into a comfortable pillow for relxing on the couch. Additionally, this is a great project to use up stash fabric. I made my couch pillow from an old table runner.
Decide how long and wide you want your pillow. If using a pre-cut piece of fabric like I did, all other pieces will be modeled after its size.
For this project I used a table runner for the front side of the pillow. The back side and pillow liner fabric came from my fabric stash. The table runner measured 12.25” x 52.75”.
For the back of the pillow I chose another table cloth from my fabric stash. You’ll be cutting the back piece into two sections. But first we’ll make the pillow lining itself.
To make the pillowcase washable, you will make an interior pillow that holds the stuffing. You could measure and draw out the shape of the pillow. Alternatively, you can pin the front pillow piece onto the liner fabric and cut around it carefully. For simpler shapes, this second option is my preferred method.
On one of the shorter sides of the liner fabric, add a ½” for seam allowance.
Cut two liner pieces and pin them together on three sides. Leave one short end unpinned.
Sew a straight stitch along three of the sides. If you want a snug fit inside the pillowcase you do not need to make the liner significantly smaller. I made mine the same size as the pillowcase and the stuffing compressed it enough that it easily fit inside the pillowcase. If you prefer a less snug fit, add an inch seam allowance around all edges of the liner fabric.
Stuff the pillow with your preferred brand of fiberfill. Fluff up fiberfill before putting it into the pillowcase liner.
Push fiberfill into bottom corners to flesh out the pillow shape.
How much stuffing should you put in? That depends on personal preference. I stuffed mine so it would be solid enough for lower back support. But I didn’t overstuff so I can also fold the pillow in half to use as a head pillow.
Push down the fiberfill so you can pin the remaining open end closed. Sew with a straight stitch.
After sewing closed, massage the stuffing into the newly closed side and corners.
The back side of the pillowcase will contain the pillow flap. If mimicking my pillow size, cut one piece 50” long and 12.25” wide. Cut the second piece 8” long and 12.25” wide. If making a different shape, cut your two pieces so there is a 2” overlap. Fold over facing sides to make a ½” fold on each back piece.
If you have coordinating thread use it to sew these seams as they will be visible. I lucked out and had a small thread of matching orange.
The smaller side will fold over the longer back piece when your pillowcase is turned right side out.
Pin right sides of pillowcase together. Be sure to position back pieces correctly. The smaller back piece will be closest to the front pillowcase side.
Slide pillow into pillowcase.
Fold cap of pillowcase over the short side.
When your pillow needs laundering, just slide out the inner pillow and throw the pillowcase into the wash.
Now go relax on your couch with your new pillow. Or if your home is anything like mine, hand it over to the real head of the household for a seal of approval.