How to Sew Pillows by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

As the calendar turns to April, it’s time to start thinking spring/summer decorating. Pillows are a go-to project for any skill level, they’re quickly sewn in most any size, and they can be made in multiple styles!

Tutorials Included

Wrapped Pillow Corners

Pillows, collars, and cuffs are just a few of the areas where corners need to be sewn. Cast aside the traditional technique and incorporate Nancy Zieman’s “absolute easiest way” to handle sewing corners. Learn to make crisp pillow corners using this tutorial.

Boxed Pillow Corners

Boxed-Corner Buttonhole Pillow Tutorial/How-To by Nancy Zieman

Give your living space a breath of fresh air by sewing new pillows. These boxed-cornered pillows are almost effortless to make. Learn how to add a nice boxy edge to each of the four corners. Learn how to make the boxed-corner pillows here.

Envelope Pillows

You can, of course, make any pillow design you wish. We thought this easy pattern might spark your creative juices. The Lattice Pillow features four machine appliquéd strips of fabric interlaced on a solid square. The pillow back is created in an envelope style and uses a hook-and-loop closure.

Embroidered Pillow Wraps

How To Make A Pillow Band Wrap by Nancy Zieman
You can easily change your home décor with a little fabric and a great embroidery design with this pillow wrap project. Embroider a seasonal motif on fabric or choose an elegant fabric design to complement your décor. Then, follow these simple directions to create a pillow wrap, or two! We’ve made this pillow wrap two-sided, which will save time, fabric, and add a splash to the family room all year ’round. Find the embroidered pillow wrap tutorial here.

Recycled Button-up Shirt Pillow

Lumberjack Pillow—from a flannel shirtWe call this recycled-garment project our Lumberjack Pillow, although you could make this from a loved ones’ shirt and sew a memory pillow as well. The technique used to fit the shirt around the pillow form allows for many shirts and pillow sizes to be created easily.

Throw Pillows Made From Quilt Blocks

Sew a Pillow from a Leftover Orphan Quilt Block Tutorial by Nancy ZiemanAlong our quilting journey, we try new techniques and test interesting ideas. Sometimes these valuable lessons and attempts yield “orphan blocks” or leftover quilt blocks that don’t belong to a larger quilt. Take one or more of these treasured quilt blocks and sew them into throw pillows. It’s an easy idea that doesn’t require any additional quilting! See how easy it is to convert your quilt blocks to pillows using this tutorial.

Pillows from Quilted Fabrics

How to make easy pillows with double-sided quilted fabric Nancy Zieman features Riley Blake Designs Fabric Making pillows from double-sided prequilted fabrics is easier than you think! Nancy was smitten with the quilted eyeglass frames and polka dot duo from Riley Blake, knowing that a trio of pillows were destined for this playful fabric. Learn how to work with this fabric type in the Pillow Trio Tutorial.

NEW! Afternoon Picnic Floating Star Pillow Tutorial

Afternoon Picnic Floating Star FREE! 18-inch Quilt Block Pillow Tutorial

Make a pillow from an 18-inch quilt block and showcase your sewing talents. No time right now to stitch a bed quilt? No worries! This one-block pillow project is for you! We’ve selected eight fat quarters from Nancy Zieman’s NEW! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack from Riley Blake Designs. See how quick this quilt block comes together with TEAM NZP’s FREE! Afternoon Picnic Floating Star Pillow Tutorial!


Pillow Size Reference Chart:

Turn Orphan Quilt Blocks into Throw Pillows | Be My Valentine Quilt Block | Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Watch Absolute Easiest Way to Sew (Part OnePart Two, and Part Three) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy.

The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman

    For a chance to win a copy of  The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew, available at Nancy’s Notions, please leave a comment below and let us know which room you plan to make new pillows for.

        The randomly selected winner of Nancy Zieman’s New! Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack from the February 26 blog post is Leslie Marling.

Her comment is: I am seriously considering joining in this challenge. I am in between projects and this should be a quick one to do before I start another quilt. Thanks for offering such great prizes!

Be sure to join in and follow the 2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge at the NZP Blog. Deadline to enter is, Tuesday, March 19, 2019.


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC.


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