Learn To Sew Custom Pillows: Tie Closure Tutorial

Learn to sew custom pillows on your own with this tie closure tutorial. Includes step-by-step directions that are easy to follow. Only straight line sewing required!

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Pillows. Who doesn’t love them?

They are, in my opinion, the universal go-to decorating accessory. Even if, secretly, you think they are a pain, chances are you still have several on your sofa! One of the prettiest sites ever is a sofa with 4 or 5 perfectly placed and puffed throw pillows. Switching out your pillow covers is a great way to change the look of a room…but it can be pricey. Custom pillows are not cheap…but if you learn to sew your own, the sky is the limit.

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Learn To Sew Custom Pillows

I’m sharing how I make my own custom pillows, so if you have even a lick of sewing skills, you can learn to sew your own. This tutorial is for a 20 x 20 pillow cover, but I am including the measurements for a smaller one at the end of the post. I use twill tape for the ties, but ribbon works very well too.

learn to sew custom pillows with tie closure

learn to sew custom pillows with tie closure

learn to sew custom pillows with tie closure

learn to sew custom pillows with tie closure

Basically what you are making is a bag with ties. This is the exact method I use to make my tote bags. Depending on the look you want, you can use two different fabrics: one for the pillow cover body and one for the facing. Coordinate your ties with the facing. The distance between the ties is really a matter of taste. Put them where ever you think they look best. I have also made pillow covers with just one tie in the center.

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Measurements for an 18 x 18 pillow cover:
One piece of fabric measuring 19 in. wide x 43 in. long. About 2 yards twill tape or ribbon.

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Grain sack sources:

My favorite grain sack seller on eBay

Antique grain sacks on eBay

Antique grain sacks on Etsy (the Etsy search filter included other grain sack items so you need to sift through to find the actual sacks.)

Grain sack inspired new fabric

Ticking sources:

Blue striped cotton ticking

Red striped cotton ticking

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If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments. See you soon!

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