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60+ Decorative Pillow Patterns

You will love this collection of quick pillow tutorials that make for great DIY home decor projects!

By: Jessica Farris, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
Updated October 03, 2018
40 Decorative Pillow Patterns

Learn how to make a decorative pillow that fits your decor with these 60+ Decorative Pillow Patterns. These creative projects allow you to make throw pillows of all kinds!

Are you unwilling to spend a ton of money on decorative items? With this list, you can make these free pillow patterns to complement any theme. You can learn how to make throw pillows and adorable decorative pillows in no time!

If you don't know how to make a pillow, just check out one of these throw pillow tutorials for great tips and design ideas. Sew pillows and cushions for every room in your house, or make one to give as a gift. Once you learn how to make throw pillows, you can spruce up every room in the house.

DIY pillows make great, safe additions to a child's bedroom or playroom, and they can become wonderful family treasures. Soften up your lifestyle by learning new ways to make DIY pillow designs!

PLUS! Check out the video tutorial below to learn how to make a beautiful quilted pillow.

How to Make a Decorative Pillow

The right set of throw pillows can be the perfect finishing touch to any room. Learn how to make a decorative pillow and brighten up your living room, bedroom, or den with this list of free pillow designs and pillow patterns. From simple square pillows to detailed designs, you can't go wrong with this list of DIY throw pillows.

  • Perfect Pom Pom DIY Pillow

    Inspired by a pillow seen at Anthropologie, this simple sewing project will satisfy your need for style with its delightful design without the huge cost at your favorite store. This DIY home decor project will only take you about a day to complete, so you're not wasting much time or money on such a cute set of pillows.

  • DIY No Sew Pillows

    These pillows will add flair to your home decor but won't take all afternoon to make. This DIY home decor project will only take you about a day to complete, so you're not wasting much time or money on a cute set of pillows.

  • Easy Ribbon Pillow Tutorial

    This is one of the cutest beginner sewing projects that we've come across. Newbie sewers should follow this tutorial to create a beautiful pillow that will add a bit of flair to any room.

  • Polka Dot Burlap Pillow

    Update drab or old DIY home decor with this quick and lovely no-sew technique. By adding a stripe of burlap to one of your throw pillows, you can easily become part of the rustic home decor trend.

  • DIY Snowflake Pillow

    What better time to sew your own pillow but during the holidays? This super cute and easy pillow is the perfect holiday gift or decoration.

  • Nature Damask Free Pillow Pattern

    This pattern is a stunning way to add a new accent piece to your home. This DIY pillow is inspired by woven ornamental damask patterns, which originated in the 12th century.

  • Patriotic Throw Pillows

    If you're decorating for a patriotic holiday, try using fabric patterned with stars and stripes to make pillows like the ones shown here. Make these easy pillows using holiday-themed fabric, and learn how to sew a pillow with instructions so simple you won't need a pattern.

  • Leather Aztec DIY Pillows

    If you want to add some Southwest flair to your living space, this brash and bohemian idea shows you how to make a pillow with leather and geometric designs. Easy to make and surprisingly no-sew, these are a great afternoon craft and would be a great way to salvage a stained or worn-out throw pillow.

  • Hexagon Fat Quarter DIY Pillow

    You’ll need fat quarters, linen, a half yard of fabric, and embroidery thread for this sewing project.  The embroidery pattern is up to you, but the natural scenes on the example are beautiful to sew onto your pillow.

  • Beautiful Bohemian Pillow Tutorial

    Use this tutorial to create a unique and lovely pillow that's sure to spruce up your couch or bed.  The embroidery pattern is up to you, but the natural scenes on the example are beautiful to sew onto your pillow.

  • Sassy Yo Yo DIY Pillow

    This adorable pillow cover is the ultimate scrap busting project. Created by making several dozen yo-yos, this piece of home decor will match any room you put it in.

  • Front Porch DIY Pillows

    You don't need to confine your homemade pillow patterns to inside your house. Add some color to your front porch, veranda, pool area, or even your patio with these pillows.

  • Spring Time DIY Pillow

    Gather all the sweetness of spring and store it in this pillow. DIY pillows can fill any voids you have in your home decorating, and they make couches look extra inviting for your family and guests. 

  • Wild Elephant DIY Pillow

    Create a colorful masterpiece when you try out this sewing tutorial. This fun sewing project that involves transferring a design onto vinyl.

  • Fat Star Pillow

    Make a pillow that outshines typical couch accessories by sewing a stuffed star rather than a simple geometric shape. There's no doubt about it: when guests walk through your living room and set eyes on this cushion, they'll be star-struck.

  • Raw Edged Dresden Plate Pillow

    Thanks to these pillow instructions, it's easy to piece your fabric together into a star burst appliqued cushion that will brighten up your home decor. To top off the look, add artistic additions like a fabric flower, buttons, and printed sentiment.

  • Enchanted Cottage Pillow Pattern

    Learn how to sew a cushion that looks like it was taken right out of a fairytale with this charming pattern. You can select fabric from faraway lands to make it even more magical, or go to your local fabric store and choose a fabric with a certain charm that you will love.

  • Seeing Stars Pillow Tutorial

    This festive sewing project is great for patriotic holidays or for sprucing up a child's room. Let this tutorial teach you how to make a pillow for a bed or couch.

  • Team Pride DIY Home Decor Pillows

    If you are looking for a way to display a pennant from your local high school or college sports teams, this adorable easy sewing project is your best bet. By taking pennants and turning them into DIY pillows, you can add some state pride without having to hang your pennants on the wall. 

  • Rugged Mountain DIY Pillows

    This easy project is a thousand times easier than climbing Mt. Everest. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make pillows that resemble a cluster of snow-covered mountains.

Cushion Making Patterns for Home Decor

Great for indoor or outdoor decor, these ideas for cushion making are quick projects that easily add a pop of color to any room. Great for beginner sewists, these decorative DIY cushions are quick projects that you can complete in an afternoon, making them an easy way to update your living space.

  • Denim Chevron Cushion

    Do you have lots of denim scraps left over from other recycling projects? This denim cushion is perfect for utilizing them!

  • Denim Waistband Cushion

    Love to repurpose your old jeans but not sure what to do with the waistbands? Then this denim cushion cover is for you!

  • Make a Frilled Cushion

    You've made simple pillows in the past, now it's time for something a little more special. This project will look great on any bed or couch.

  • Liberty Chevron Cushion

    This colourful cushion is a great way to use up fabric scraps or a charm pack.

  • Large Denim Floor Cushion

    Transform your old jeans into a large circular floor cushion. This cushion shows off a variety of denim colors, adding real personality to your room.

  • Comfort Meets Quilting Chair Cushions

    These are a creative way to soften those hard wooden chairs of yours while giving your dining room or kitchen a fresh new look! These bright DIY chair cushions are comfortable enough to fall asleep on, but cheery enough to light up a room.

  • Christmas Tree Cushion

    This stunning festive cushion is perfect to adorn your home or to give as a unique gift. It's great for using up those gorgeous remnants of Christmas prints from your stash. 

  • Shirt Cushion

    Learn how to make a cushion from an old men's shirt. The button placket forms the back closure, so this pillow is quick and easy to sew.

  • Confetti Cushion Tutorial

    This tutorial teaches you how to add a spin on a typical pattern. Learn how to quilt a decorative style that suggests a feeling of festivity and liveliness.

  • 'Sit Down' Cross Stitch Cushion Pattern

    The pattern for this cushion uses big wool and supersized stitches, which makes the cross stitch really easy and much faster compared to conventional cross stitch. This cushion has a lovely retro feel, and the bright colors and interesting typography really get it noticed

  • Delightful DIY Floor Cushion

    This will add some cheer to the family room, as your special little ones will have a place of their own to sit. Don't settle for an expensive cushion that clashes when you can make your own!

  • Modern Geometric Cushion Sewing Pattern

    Use this tutorial to discover how to sew a cushion that fits effortlessly into your home decoration scheme. It only takes a few yards of fabric, a sewing machine, and a few hours to whip up this cushion.

  • Simple Patchwork Cushion

    Adorn your living space with this scrappy and sassy creation. Learn how to make a decorative pillow with this great cushion pattern!

  • Fool Proof Tee Cushion

     Pillow instructions like these are invaluable because they allow you to preserve your tee shirt forever. This is a great gift idea for athletes who save race or event tee shirts, because it allows them to hold onto their glorious memories in a creative way.

Unique Pillow Designs

These pillow cover patterns are the perfect combination of practical and whimsical! If you've been looking for that little bit of charm to add to your favorite room, then these are the pillow designs for you. Packed with personality, these sewing projects for beginners are also great DIY teen sewing projects.

  • Pizza My Heart DIY Pillow

    Design a deliciously simple pillow that teens and tweens will love with this crazy fun DIY pillow. Add some much-needed flavor to a plain bedroom with this cheery sewing project.

  • Cupid's Arrow Pillow Pattern

    Are you searching for a Valentine's Day sewing project? You'll love this pillow pattern! Get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day with these pretty pillows that are perfect for home decor or DIY gifts.

  • Whoo's Looking At Me Pillow

    Add an adorable, wise little friend to your DIY home decor. This pillow is cute, quirky, and easy to sew.

  • No Sew Pop Tart DIY Pillow

    Use colorful pieces of felt and glue to create this delicious-looking decorative pillow tutorial. Feel free to get creative and use fun embellishments like pom poms to make sprinkles and icing.

  • Macaron Pillows

    Combining the fluffy design of the French cookie and the airy pastel quality of fleece, these adorable pillows are hard to pass by. Make them today!

  • Donut DIY Pillow Pattern

    If you're looking to give your guests a serious laugh or are searching for the perfect homemade gift idea for a friend with a sweet tooth, this free pillow pattern should absolutely be your next sewing project. Complete with sprinkles and frosting, this quirky little project would make a great addition to your kid's room.

  • Kodiak Bear Paw Pillow Pattern

    Whether you are looking for a rustic and fierce way to add some wildlife to your home decor or have a kiddo that has a favorite bear they would like to celebrate, this free pillow pattern will do the trick. This insanely easy, homemade pillow can be created in about 2 hours, uses about a yard of fabric, and was inspired by Paddington himself.

  • Guinea Pig Pillow Bed Pattern

    This DIY guinea pig bed is embroidered into a guinea pig shape using felt and fleece. It's even filled with fleece scraps so it won't be soggy or lumpy after being washed!

  • Splashy Flamingo Felt Pillow

    If you're looking for an easy way to give your home a summery spruce-up, this easy-to-sew pillow is just the thing for you. This pillow is modeled after the classic flamingo pool float, so it will be sure to bring the sunshine of a poolside party into your home. 

  • DIY Fleece Unicorn Pillow

    This is a fun sewing project that combines machine sewing with a little hand sewing. Choose any colors of fleece for the mane and flowers to make your unicorn unique.

  • Ice Cream Dream Pillow Pattern

    Are you looking for a DIY home decor sewing tutorial that will add a sweet touch to any room in your home? This adorable decorative cushion is versatile and would look adorable anywhere.

  • No-Sew Piece of Cake DIY Pillow

    Are you looking for a cute throw pillow tutorial to add a pop of color to your room decor? Simply throw this decorative cushion on your couch, chair, or bed for a sweet DIY decor project that is sure to be a bright and cheerful addition to any room in your home!

  • Chill Pill DIY Pillow

    With its splash of pink, this sassy pillow tutorial will be the perfect addition to any room. Throw this pillow on your couch, invite some friends over for a movie night, and chill out!

  • Little Lamb Pillows

    All kids love this adorable design, and they can finally count real sheep before falling asleep. These little lambs make great snuggle buddies and can keep the little ones company before bed time. 

How to Sew a Pillow With Ruffles

If you've been looking to add some special details to your next sewing project, you're in luck. Learn how to make ruffles and other small details with these pillow sewing tutorials for beginners. If you're new to sewing and have been searching for a way to spruce up your home, you'll love this collection of simple pillow patterns.

  • Pretty in Pink Ruffle Throw Pillow

    Channel your inner Andie from Pretty in Pink with this DIY throw pillow.

  • Gathered Throw Pillow

    Decorate your home with easy sewing projects to add some DIY flair to your living space. Small and quick sewing projects like this one only take an hour to make and will add oodles of style to your space. 

  • Ruffly Pillow

    Learn how to make a decorative pillow with this free, printable sewing pattern. Make a gathered panel surrounded by the fabric of your choice for a unique ruffly pillow to display in your home.

  • Ruffled Pillow

    Whether you are brand new to sewing or a total expert, this DIY pillow project is going to be easy peasy. These ruffles add a feminine edge to any couch or pillow.

  • French Typography Ruffled Pillow

    When guests walk into your home and compliment your pillow you can tell them it wasn't difficult to make despite how complicated it looks. The quality of your DIY home decor relies on your sewing and tracing skills, not on your wallet!

  • Big and Bright Flower Pillow

    This is a great way to add a pop of color to your outdoor furniture for only a little bit of money. Follow along with the instructions to learn how to make a pillow cover you are sure to love. 

  • Plump and Plushy Pillows

    These are cute, cuddly, and will instantly brighten up your room. The round shape, gathered fabric, and tufted edges make these pillows unique and fun.

  • Darling DIY Throw Pillows

    This two-in-one tutorial shows you how to make throw pillows that subtly match each other in an interesting and unique way. These adorable homemade pillows will brighten up your living space without costing you a fortune.

  • Blossom Pillow Sewing Pattern

    If you are looking for a stunning way to add some floral flair to your home or just need some seasonally appropriate throw pillows, this sewing pattern is sure to be your next favorite piece of DIY home decor. If you need some outdoor sewing ideas, you can create this DIY pillow out of all-weather fabric.

  • Petal Pillow

    This quick, easy, and cheap project for a petal pillow is great for the beginner sewer who wants to make throw pillows. This bright and beautiful flower pillow is perfect if you need to find a way to accent your home with something eye-catching.

  • Flower Pillow

    Create this lovely DIY home decor piece and you will really add a romantic element to your living space. This DIY pillow looks like a rose blossoming in the spring time.

  • Plum Peachy Ruffled Pillow

    Frilly and colorful, this pillow will add a little flavor to your room. The bright peach and dark plum colors pop against lighter furniture or bedding.

  • West Elm Inspired Ruffle Pillow

    Bring the elegance and modernity of West Elm into your home for less with this sewing pattern. Any fan of the frilly, bold look of ruffles will want to see how to make a decorative pillow that looks just as good as anything in stores today.

Practical Homemade Pillow Ideas

  • Neck Pillow

    This neck pillow is both stylish and functional for your baby. Use these baby sewing projects to make one for the baby to use in the car, and then decorate the nursery with this pretty pillow.

  • Pouf Pillow

    Your teen will love lounging with this pouf pillow and a good book, or gossiping with her friends surrounded by colorful throw pillows.

  • Hawaiian Style Felt Floor Pillows

    Whether you want a comfy place for your family to sit or simple lack the space to keep full-sized chairs in your home, these jumbo DIY pillows will add a comfy and practical accent to just about any room. Perfect for small spaces and studio apartments, floor pillows are an easy solution to the small space problem. 

  • 3 Hour DIY Bolster Pillow

    If you are looking to add a little bit of flash and sass to an otherwise neutral bedroom, you absolutely need to learn how to make a pillow like this one. It's an adorable and cheap way to accent any bed.

  • PJ-Holding DIY Pillow Pattern

    Help your kids keep track of the pajamas with this insanely clever and useful pillow sewing pattern. This easy sewing pattern is the perfect addition to your kids bedroom, as they can tuck their nighttime clothes into the pillow each morning, making their bedtime ritual even easier each night. 

  • First Class DIY Travel Pillow

    With a custom-sketched pattern, this neck pillow template is guaranteed to fit your individual contour needs. The seam is notched for a streamlined, non-bumpy feel that will have you snoozing in no time!

  • Sew an Easy Nursing Pillow

    Learn how to sew an easy nursing pillow that fits your body. It's easy to make and will fit you so well well, plus it's super cheap and easy to make!

  • Timber! Reading Pillow

    This is complete with side pockets for bookmarks, pencils, and book lights, while its large back pocket is ideal for storing your books. The triangle shape of this pillow is perfect for reading in bed, in the living room, or anywhere!

  • Kids' DIY Pillow Bed

    This easy sewing tutorial uses upcycled pillows and sheets to make a low-budget home decor option for your kids' room or family room. Your children will love this versatile pillow bed. Your children can use this project as a cozy bed to lay on or as a chair they can sit and read on, or they can get creative and prop this pillow bed up on its side in order to use it as a fort!

  • Hands-on-Heart Post Op Pillow

    This pillow works by providing relief to any pain in the breast tissue or lymph nodes after surgery. The pillow, shaped like a heart, fits underneath a patient's arm. 

  • U-Shaped Pillow for Baby

    Use your handmade U-shaped pillow for nursing baby, bottle feeding and more. For new mothers, this U-shaped pillow is a must-have.

  • No Sew Bolster Pillow from Throw Rug

    This tutorial will show you how make a pillow without sewing a stitch. Bolster pillows are trendy and add a unique touch to your DIY home decor.

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I love, love, LOVE decorative pillows in the house. It's a simple way to give any room a cozy feel while also adding a pop of decorative flair. However, it can be a pain to find a pillow that matches an exact decorative hue or a room's particular ambiance. That's why this collection is so stellar; there is literally a pillow to match any decor style, from country to modern to boho to girly! I can't wait to select the perfect pillow match for every room in the house.

I love love love these ideas. Pillows are really fun to make.

Awesome throw pillows! I would like to make one for each day! For my home and friends.

Your patterns are so creative. I want to sew a husband pillow so I can relax and read in bed. I can't find a pattern for one but was thinking of varying a men's long sleeve shirt pattern to make the pillow. I have an oversized shirt I plan on using. I'm a beginner and not sure where to go from there. Any advice or a pattern?

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