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Easy Pom-Pom Pillow Tutorial

January 14, 2014
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I must say … I’m loving the minty/coral/grey combo right now!!!  My grey XOXO pillows and coral SUNSHINE pillow were in need of a minty friend to brighten up the couch.

Enter … my new {very minty} Pom Pom Pillow:

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Minty addition to our couch

Much needed addition, huh?  Yeah, I thought so, too.  This pillow all started when I SOOO wanted to buy this pillow from Crate and Barrel when we were there the other weekend:

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Crate and Barrel Pillow … that I LOVE!!

Doesn’t she look great with her coral and yellow friends …

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Love this color combo!!

Instead of buying it (and her two pillow buddies), my {sometimes annoying} inner DIY voice convinced me I could make a similar pillow for half the price.

Off to JoAnn …

They didn’t have the exact grommets I was hoping for in stock … so on to plan B … Pom Poms!!

I purchased one yard of this minty canvas fabric (on sale for $5.99) and two rolls of 3/4″ white poms (each 4′ long).  I had a pillow insert at home which I intended to recover for this project.  That’s it!  A minty pillow with white pom pom trim was in order!

Putting the pom pom trim on this pillow cover was really easy!!  Instead of a zipper pillow like the XOXO Anthro pillows from last week … these are envelope pillows (same process I used on my Christmas pillows).  Envelope pillows are even easier than the zipper pillows, and therefore adding pom poms is not a problem at all!  Here’s the step by step how-to …


Step 1:  Wash, dry, and iron your fabric.  Then, cut your front fabric piece.  I like to cut this front piece the same size as the pillow insert.  In my case, this was 22″x12″ (very odd size).

Step 2:  With front fabric laying down RIGHT SIDE UP, place pom pom trim around each side.  Pom Poms should face IN (see picture below).

Step 3:  Double check yourself:  Fabric laying right side UP, Poms facing inward.

Step 4:  Pin pom pom trim in place, and sew in place with a basting stitch.  A basting stitch is just a regular stitch set at the widest width your machine will allow (mine is 5).  The point of this basting stitch is to simply hold the trim in place while the cover is constructed.  Don’t skip this step … it will make your life more complicated in a bit.

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Steps 1-4. Double check that poms are facing IN (towards the center)

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Sew poms in place with a basting stitch (widest stitch possible)


Step 5:  Cut back pieces of fabric.  These should be the same width as your pillow (and your front piece … 12″ in my case) x the length of your pillow divided by 2 plus 3″ (in my case 22″/2=11″+3″=14″).  Therefore I cut two pieces of fabric for the back, each 12″ x 14″.

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Cut back pieces of fabric

Step 6:  On each of the back pieces, finish one of the 12″ edges by folding the fabric over onto the wrong side and sewing (these edges will show in the back of your envelope pillow).

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Fold over, and sew the edge on each of the back pieces.

Step 7:  Lay back pieces, face UP on the ground.  They should overlap on the edges you just finished, and should overlap just enough to be the same size as the front piece.

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Back pieces … overlapping so they are the same length as the front piece

Step 8:  Lay front piece on top, right side DOWN.  Pin front and back pieces together.

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Front piece – right side DOWN

Step 9:  Sew cover together.  Stitch along visible basting stitch that you put in the top piece earlier.  Stitching on this line, or just inside will assure that all trim is secured between front and back pieces of fabric.

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Sew along basting stitch line

Step 10:  Trim corners to allow sharper corners when you flip right side out.

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Trim corners

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Trim edges (if needed)


Step 11:  Flip!  (this is the fun part)

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Cover complete (and a little wrinkly)!

Step 12:  Stuff with pillow … actually iron first, then stuff with pillow (you’ll notice I skipped the ironing part …)

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Stuff with pillow!

Just look at those pom poms!!

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Nice trim! (and wrinkles… boo)

Add to couch to join your other pillows:

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Our couch’s new minty addition!! LOVE IT!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope your Tuesday is going well.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for an awesome Valentine’s Day CARD idea!


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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney January 14, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    This pillow is the cutest and looks great on the couch with the other pillows. I really need to learn to sew, Clyde is always telling me that’s my next step in crafting. I’ve been wanting to make a pillow craft.

    • Reply Katie January 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      I just sewing when I was pregnant with Charlie, my 1.5 year old, so it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it. I learned on a $45 sewing machine my mom bought on a Black Friday special (then I ‘borrowed’ it permanently). This past Black Friday, I finally upgraded to one that was a great deal … and it’s SOOOO much easier! Tell Clyde … you just need a sewing machine, and you’ll get right on that craft :)

  • Reply Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY January 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Love this pillow! And your XO pillows too! I have been wanting to make some for a while, maybe I need to start.

  • Reply Janice Armstrong January 14, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I love pom pom cushions…I made one for my niece when she was born with cerise pink pom pom trimming but love your ‘grown up’ version!!

  • Reply bette @ Somerset Lane January 15, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I love these pom-pom cushions@ My girls would love these too!

  • Reply Christy January 15, 2014 at 12:44 am

    This is SO cute!! Love the color too :)

  • Reply Diane Roark January 15, 2014 at 1:49 am

    You are really talented! I love this pillow too. Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up to Saturday Dishes.
    Diane Roark

    • Reply Katie January 15, 2014 at 3:19 am

      You totally just made me laugh because I think I’m FAR from talented!! These are pretty easy (even for me!).

  • Reply Carrie This Home January 15, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Love the pillows! It looks easy enough for me to do it (and not fail!) Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Katie January 15, 2014 at 3:17 am

      Hi Carrie,
      You can totally do this … super easy!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living January 15, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Super cute! I love the colors you used

  • Reply Jessica January 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

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  • Reply Amy January 15, 2014 at 11:49 am

    OMG, this is so cute! Can I share this on my sewing blog?!!

    • Reply Katie January 16, 2014 at 1:52 am

      Amy… Of course! Thanks for the comment and for stopping by!

      XOXO (ha!),

  • Reply Jamie Koenig January 15, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    That pillow is just to cute. I’m not a pro at making pillows but you made it seem easy.

    • Reply Katie January 16, 2014 at 4:33 am

      Hi Jamie!! It’s super easy … give it a try, and let me know how it goes!! Thanks for the comment!

  • Reply Karen Schulz January 15, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    visiting from Domesblissity. I love this. I am seriously into the colour of the cushion and adding pom pom just gives it a real trendy lift.

    • Reply Katie January 16, 2014 at 4:30 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Karen, and for the party!!

  • Reply Daniela Walsh January 16, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Looks great! Would love to have you share at Link’n Blogs link party.

    Put A Bird On It

  • Reply The DIY Homegirl January 18, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve struggled with sewing pom pom trim on the edges of a pillow, so your post will help me so much next time!

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    I’m a sucker for anything with pom pom fringe…This turned out simply darling! Thank you for linking up to the Hit Me With Your Best Shot Link Party…I’m featuring you this morning on OneKriegerChick!

    Happy Weekend!

  • Reply claire January 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Great project !!

    I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

    Look forward to seeing you there :)

    Claire x

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    I love this pillow! I actually love them all.

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  • Reply Crystelle January 21, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    What fabulous pillow! I sooo love the color!
    And the pompoms make it extra festive…
    Good work!!
    Have a very happy and creative week!!
    hugs x, Crystelle
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    • Reply Katie January 22, 2014 at 3:45 am

      Thanks, Crystelle! Hope your week is going well!!


  • Reply Katie @ Made to be a Momma January 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    LOVE this pillow! I like the pom poms better than the grommets :) Thanks so much for sharing at the “Hit Me With Your Best Shot Link Party!” I hope you will swing by again tonight!!

  • Reply Kukafera January 21, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    How lovely!! This mint one and the other pillows!!
    Hugs from Spain!

  • Reply Krista @ the happy housie January 22, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I love this Katie… I bought a bunch of pompom trim and have wanted to make one but am nervous about trying to sew around all those pompoms. You make it look easy… maybe it is time to give it a go! Pinning:) Thanks for sharing it with us at Work it Wednesday this week:) Hope to see you back tomorrow morning with another great project!!
    ~Krista @ the happy housie

    • Reply Katie January 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Krista,
      Thanks for stopping by. It actually is pretty easy. I always think it’s not going well, but when you flip the pillow, they always seem to look great! The key is that first basting stitch that you can then follow when you’re sewing all layers together. Did you notice I use your envelope pillow method?? I’m so glad I discovered that … makes everything so much easier!! Love your site and your party. Just linked up again this morning. Hope you’re having a good week!

  • Reply Katie Goldsworthy January 24, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I love it! Perfect for this time of year too! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

    • Reply Katie January 24, 2014 at 5:40 am

      Thanks, Katie, and thanks for the party! Have a great weekend!

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    Love this pillow and tutorial! I’m hooked on pom-poms! I selected you for one of my favorite link ups last week at Give Me the Goods Monday link party. Thanks for linking up and hope to see more of you cool ideas soon! Love your blog!

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    Thank you for a great tutorial . I have just found a fantastic retro fabric for my cushion
    and the Pom Pom trim will give the cushion the perfect 1950’s finish.
    Thanks again. Jill

    • Reply Katie July 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Yay!! I love hearing that my tutorials actually help!! Your pillow sounds adorable! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Allyson September 23, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial, I love pom trim and have wanted to know how to sew a pillow using this. I am definitely going to try this using your tutorial. Thanks!

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