How to use handwoven weaves to make pillows

Updating your cushions and pillows is the best -and easiest- way to keep your interior decoration up-to-date with materials of your preference! You can’t customize store-bought cushion covers, but when you make your own, you can personally handpick the weaves and fabrics you would like to use. And it only takes about 30 minutes to make!

Rest assured; if you follow our step by step instructions, you will be able to take on this simple project even if you are only a beginner seamstress.

Supplies for your handmade cushion cover

Fabric for the front of the pillow -we picked one of our traditionally hand-loomed weaves


Fabric for the back of the pillow -we picked a handwoven organic cotton fabric in a complementary color

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A square pillow forminsert

A sewing machine


Matching organic thread


Assortment of basic sewing supplies such as pins and scissors

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Our basic two-sided envelope cushion cover

Depending on the size of your pillow form, you will have to adjust your measurements. For the purpose of this tutorial, we will be working with a typical square-shaped pillow form.

First we must measure our pillow form’s sides. We will be cutting a square of our traditionally hand-loomed weaves, making sure that each of its sides is as long as your cushion insert’s sides, plus  ½” on all sides (for seam allowance).

Then, we will cut 2 rectangular pieces of our organic cotton fabric;

  • The smaller piece’s left and right sides will be as long as our large square’s sides (which is equal to the size of the pillow insert’s side plus ½” on each side), whereas the top and bottom sides will be about half of that (including ½” on the side that will be attached to the central square, and ¼” hem allowance on the other side).
  • The larger piece’s left and right sides will be the same as mentioned above, but its top and bottom sides will measure about ¾” of the central square’s sides (also including ½” on the side that will be attached to the central square, and ¼” hem allowance on the other side).


Our next step will be to lay our fabrics’ good sides down and sew them together as shown below, to create a long, rectangular piece of fabric.

We will create hems on each free side of the organic cotton. In order to do this easily, you can fold over about ¼” of the organic cotton on each free side and iron it down (make sure you bring the wrong sides together for this). Then you can use the straight stitch setting on your machine and secure the fold in place. This will ensure that the overlapping flaps on the back of our envelope pillow cover will look nice.


This is what the good side of our long strip of fabric should look like (no seams visible)


Next we will lay our long rectangular piece of fabric wrong side down, making sure that the central square sits neatly on the table, and bring the left and right sides of the fabric together, positioning the overlap as shown below, making sure they align perfectly with our central square on every side. Only the wrong sides of our fabrics should be showing. Pin their top and bottom sides down, remembering to leave ½” for seam allowance. Carefully sew the top and bottom seams, using a straight stitch.3

Pro tip: make sure you trim the corners of your square (while still working with the wrong sides showing), to ensure that they won’t end up looking bulky!4

And we’re done! Your handmade cushion cover is already finished, so turn it inside out and insert your pillow form. The front and back should look like the picture below. Your handwoven fabric pillow cover looks perfect, and it was very easy to make, right?front-back

So… What fabrics shall we pick for the next one?

If you make a pillow with any of out textiles, we’d love to see! Tweet at us!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Virginia Fisher

    Thank you for the perfectly clear directions. I was initially looking for instructions to weave cloth for throw pillows. I was visualizing yards of fabric but by following your instructions, I’ll just weave the equivalent of two 18″ squares of fabric. Again, thank you!

    1. Wild Tussah

      Hi Virginia! That is so wonderful to hear that our little tutorial has helped you! Really appreciate your feedback. Enjoy your pillows x Danica

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