When I was younger, around the age of 18, I used to sew quite a lot – I actually made my own high school graduation after-party outfit. I have such a vivid memory of me sitting with my Granny who was teaching me how to sew a blind hem on my skirt the night before the party.

You lot know that I’m all about all things handmade/homemade and I really want to get back into sewing. Making your own clothes is like the ultimate level of DIY to me. I’ve even made a pin board called dress making inspiration to get the brain juices flowing.

To kick off my sewing frenzy, I thought I would start with a few simple things around the house like this little cushion for my vanity table.

make your own cushionIt doesn’t get much easier than this and it’s an awesome way to get a pillow that’s exactly the right size.

easy handmade cushionAll you need is:

  • Fabric – I used this thick rose corduroy-like fabric and think it’s a good idea to opt for something dark and fairly thick
  • 2 plastic fabric cover buttons
  • Similar coloured thread
  • Loose pillow stuffing (about 150-200g)


  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • A needle

I photographed 2 additional cover buttons and some ribbon in the photo below but didn’t use them in the end.

DIY pillowOn the back of the fabric, using a ruler, draw out two large rectangles. Cut around the rectangles leaving an additional 1cm border. These are 40 x 30cm so I left about 1cm around that.

Keep in mind that if you want a cushion that’s a certain width, you’ll have to make the rectangle slightly bigger as adding the stuffing will make it a bit smaller.

Cut 2 circles out of the same (or a different) fabric following the instructions on the packet of your cover buttons. These fabric buttons are 3.8cm so I cut circles of a 7cm diameter.

DIY bloggerUse pins to pin the two pieces of fabric together with the inside of the cushion facing outwards. Place the pins along the rectangle that you have marked out. Don’t worry too much about perfectly aligning it with the other rectangle you drew out just make sure they are both flat against each other with no wrinkles.

SewingUsing a needle and thread, or a sewing machine if you have one, sew all around the edges leaving about a 10-15 cm gap in the middle of one of the longer sides of the rectangle (that’s where I marked a light cross and where there is a pin missing on the photo above).

Turn the fabric through the gap so your cushion cover is the right way.

Push your stuffing through that gap making sure to get it into the corners first and stuffing the pillow quite well. You’ll need more stuffing than you think. Then, use a needle and thread to close the gap.

Cover your fabric buttons following the instructions on the packet.

sew your own cushion
Mark the middle of your pillow on both sides using a white pencil if your fabric is dark and sew on your fabric covered buttons. You’re going to want to use a fairly thick thread and a long enough needle to go all the way through to the other side of the cushion. Pull the needle and tread through to the other side and repeat a few times making sure it’s secure. Repeat on the other side to cover the stitches.

And there you have it – a 100% handmade pillow!

vanity tableI’m thinking of making a few cushions to go on the sofa soon and have lots more easy-sew projects to come!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely lovely day! xS