Pintuck Throw Pillows

So. I’ve recently been feeling like our bed looks kind of naked. Not naked, I guess…but you know what I mean. It didn’t have enough volume. We picked up some new bedding not too long ago, which included this pintuck duvet cover from West Elm. I have to say, it’s heavenly. The texture, combined with the color makes me feel like I sleep in a cloud!

Imagine how much better the whole thing would look like with a whole bunch of throw pillows! This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but I love throw pillows. It’s such an easy way to add a unique touch to something or transform the overall look of say, a couch.

Unfortunately, these unique touches can sometimes be exorbitantly priced. Well, the cute ones at least.

That’s why I was so thrilled to stumble upon this tutorial on Pinterest! What a genius idea!

Now, I won’t go through the full process of making the throw pillows. The reason being that there are thousands of people all over the internet far more qualified and knowledgeable than myself to do so.

You can obviously skip the pillow making part, and just spruce up a new or existing store-bought pillow. That being said, if you would like to give pillow making a stab, there’s a pretty great tutorial here!


Sad to say, I hadn’t used my sewing machine in over a year. I’d kind of forgotten how to thread it. I’m sure it’s just like riding a bike…

Nope! I actually had to hunt down the manual to figure out how to thread the freaking thing.



Once you have your pillowcase (or if you are using an existing one) you turn it inside out and mark the spots where you would want the little puckers on the pillow.

Double thread a needle, pinch one of the spots you marked in the fabric, and run your needle through the pinch. Then, wrap the string around the pinch a few times and run your needle through it again. Do this a few (I did 3-4 times) per pinch. Pull the string tightly and knot off!


The process seemed to work better when the pinches were on the larger side. The smaller ones slipped through the string a bit once I let go.

God, this is embarrassing. Easily the worst seams ever seen on a blog. My mom would be so disappointed. I just wanted to give you an idea of how the cover looked after I finished all of the puckers.


This just goes to show you, you don’t actually need to have any sewing skills to make a decent looking pillow! I mean, no one is going to see the inside of the pillow! Unless, of course, you photograph the process of making one and post it on the internet…



I plan on making a whole bunch of these! I like the idea of a few pillows in different sizes and different (but coordinated) colors. I was thinking of throwing in a few patterned ones too, although I feel like this technique on a patterned pillow could be overkill depending on the pattern. puckered_pillow_tulips_and_a_terrier



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