Monogrammed Pillow Tutorial | Spokane, WA Photographer

So, one of the things on my 101 in 1001 days list is to post a tutorial on the blog. And this is it. 😉

It was last week, I believe, when I showed the pillows I made for our couches. I love how they turned out, but I wanted another pillow that accented, and didn’t look just the same. One evening I was browsing on Etsy (love, love, love!) and found all these gorgeous monogrammed pillows…for $75. Um, not happening. SO, I set out to make my own and am completely thrilled with the results.

*disclaimer: I’m a nerd and didn’t take any pictures of the project in process. OH WELL.

Needed Supplies:

Sewing Machine

Fabric for pillow. (enough to make the size pillow you want…mine’s kinda like suede.)

Coordinating/accent fabric for monogram. (mine’s fleece, ’cause that’s what I had!)


Pillows are super, ridiculously easy. Do not be afraid if you have hardly sewn anything, you can do this. 😉 Cut out the amount of fabric you need for your pillow. I wanted a 16″ pillow, so I cut 2 fabric squares to 17″ and had an seam of 1/2″ on every side.

Next, get on your computer, type out the letter you want, make it super huge (mine was over 800 for the font size) and start going through your fonts, and find one you really like. You can do any type, depending on what style you want in your room. When you’ve gotten the letter as big as you want it (basically the size of a piece of paper) print it out, and cut it out. Pin it to your accent fabric, and cut the fabric out. NOW, pin the fabric letter to the outside of your fabric, and sew it on. I ended up hand stitiching my entire letter on because I was working with super heavy fabrics and kept breaking needles. Boo.

After your letter is sewn on to the front of the fabric, take your two square pieces and have the sides you want facing out on the pillow to be facing each other. Right sides together, letter is facing towards the inside. Sew with your sewing machine all around the outside of the pillow, and stop about 3-6 inches from one end, when you’ve almost stitched it all together. (Everyone has a way of finishing pillows, this way’s mine. 😉 ) Using your opening, pull the fabric inside out, so now you have right sides facing out. Stuff with batting, and hand stitch/sew the last little bit closed. Voila!

The pillow I made was super cheap…I used the batting from pillows I was getting rid of, and the accent fabric was bought quite some time ago for another project. The cream suede like fabric was the remnant from when I reupholstered our foot stool to match our chair, so I pretty much did this for free!

Here are some super quick snapshots I took just now, before the guys invade the house. 😉

Hope you love it! I can’t wait to make more, I’m thinking of doing some for the kids’ rooms. If you make one, take pictures so I can see!

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  • ChelsieMay 17, 2010 - 11:00 pm

    Very nice Holly! You did a great job on those pillows! :~)ReplyCancel

  • IvyMay 18, 2010 - 9:26 am

    LOVE THIS, Holly! Nice work… now I want to try it. 🙂ReplyCancel