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I’ve wanted a pintuck throw pillow for a while, but I couldn’t find an affordable one and the thought of sewing my own pintucks always seemed really, really daunting.
I mean, I can sew basic things just fine.
But the moment you start talking about anything more complicated than a few straight stitches, my eyes just glaze over. My brain makes a long, loud “Ahhhhh” sound. My thoughts immediately jump to all the times I’ve had to untangle a mess of thread (how did that even get there?) or try to unjam a needle.
So when I stumbled upon some pre-made pintuck fabric in the craft store, I was really, really excited. Using this fabric, I was able to make the pintuck throw pillow I wanted with very little effort.
If you’d like to sew a similar throw pillow, below you’ll find a short tutorial that explains how I sewed my pillow, along with a few places where you can buy pre-made pintuck fabric.
Where to buy pre-made pintuck fabric
This is the pintuck fabric I bought from Spotlight here in Australia.
As most of you are in the US (thanks for putting up with my random u’s, by the way), I did a bit of digging to find American stores that sell pintuck fabric.
DIY pintuck throw pillow cover
This list assumes an insert size of 12″ x 20″. You can get a 12″ x 20″ insert here, if you need one.
- Two 13″ x 22″ rectangles of fabric: One pre-made pintuck, one plain white fabric (I just used cheap poplin).
- Sewing pins, a sewing machine, and fabric scissors
- An iron
- 8 13″ long pieces of 3/8″ white grossgrain ribbon
Step 1: Creating the hems
Flip your two fabric rectangles over so that the back side of the fabric is facing up.
On the short sides of each rectangle, fold the fabric over to create a 1/4″ hem, as per the diagram below.
Press the hem with your iron, then pin it in place.
Step 2: Add the ribbons
This step is best explained by a diagram. Basically, you want to pin your pieces of grossgrain ribbon so that they’re underneath the hem you just created and are pointing towards the centre of the fabric, like so:
Once your ribbons are pinned in place, sew along the hem where indicated on the diagram below:
Next, flip the ribbons so that they’re facing out.
Sew where indicated on the diagram.
Step 3: Join the fabric together
The final step involves sewing the two fabric rectangles together.
To do this, lay one rectangle on top of the other so that the back of the fabric is facing out for both sides (the printed side should be facing in). Use sewing pins to pin everything in place, then sew where indicated on the diagram below.
To finish, turn the throw pillow cover inside-out and trim off any stray threads.