Who else has been feeling the January Blues particularly strongly this year? It’s been a tough one for sure but I find the atmosphere in your home can help a lot. I have been on radical nesting mode since the beginning of the year, cleaning, diffusing essential oils, making healthy comfort food and adding throw pillows in every nook possible. Read on to find out how to make this zipper-free DIY Faux Fur Pillow, because everything is better tufted…
This post contains affiliate links to products I recommend. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I only recommend products and supplies I love and may earn a small commission if you choose to purchase through my links.
For this DIY Faux Fur Pillow, you’ll need…
Step 1: Cut the fabric
To start, cut a large 40 x 40cm (16″) square in the linen fabric with at least 1cm (1/2″) allowance around the pattern. Adjust to fit your pillow inner if the dimensions are different.
Since this is a no-zipper pillow case, the back consists of 2 flaps. Cut two 40 x 23cm (16 x 9″) rectangles with a 1cm (1/2″) allowance around.
For the tufting, cut seven 10 x 10cm (4 x 4″) squares in the sherpa fabric. Take 2 of these squares and cut them in half diagonally so that you have 5 full squares and 4 triangles.
Step 2: Sew the faux fur tufting
First, lay the large linen square on the right side (the side you haven’t drawn on) and arrange the sherpa shapes in a diamond pattern like in the picture above. Pin each shape to the linen fabric. Try to use colourful sewing pins, unlike me… I had cream coloured pins and they literally disappeared in the sherpa fabric!
Next, sew the sherpa fabric shapes onto the linen. Set your sewing machine to a medium-sized zigzag stitch and sew as close to the edge as possible. Use a light-colored thread to make sure the seams are inconspicuous.
I found using a piece of cardboard like in the picture above helped a lot for sewing thick and shaggy faux fur.
Finally, trim the sherpa fabric if needed. This depends on the fabric you use, mine was very shaggy so I had to trim each square to give them shape.
Step 3: Hem the back flaps
The back flaps will need only one seam, since the other 3 sides of the rectangles will be taken in when you sew the whole pillow case together.
Before you begin, press the seam with your iron on one of the long sides of the rectangles.
Next, set your sewing machine to a straight stitch and sew a seam close to the edge.
Step 4: Assemble the faux fur pillow
To finish the pillow, lay down the front piece, right side up (the side with the tufting). Lay one flap, wrong side up, then lay the second flap on top of the first, also wrong side up. Pin all the pieces together.
Sew a straight line all around the pillowcase. Slow down a little when you get over the sherpa fabric as your sewing machine might struggle through the thick layers.
Once you’re done, press the seam with your iron and turn the pillowcase inside out. Push out the corners with a pen if needed. Press the pillow again so that the seams are crisp.
That’s all, fit your cushion insert in the pillowcase and enjoy!