How To Make A Pillow Without A Sewing Machine


Creating a custom pillow does not have to be a complicated task. With the right materials and some creativity, you can make a pillow without a sewing machine. Although sewing is the traditional and more solid way to make a pillow, it is not the only way. There are ways to use materials you have at home to make a comfortable and stylish pillow.

Gathering Supplies

The first step when making a pillow without a sewing machine is to gather the supplies you will need. This includes two pieces of fabric for the pillow case, stuffing of some kind and suggested items such as thread, pins, scissors, and an upholstery needle. The upholstery needle will act as the sewing machine and will be used to stitch the pieces of fabric together and give the pillow a finished look.

Cutting Fabric and Preparing to Stuff

Once you have your supplies, you can begin cutting the pieces of fabric into a square shape and pinning them together. This will keep the fabric together while you stuff the pillow. When stuffing the pillow, you can use a combination of stuffing materials such as foam and cotton wool. The amount of stuffing you use will depend on how full or firm you want your pillow to be.

Assessing the Needle and Thread

Before beginning to stitch, you must assess the upholstery needle you are using. The size and material of the needle will determine the type of thread you will need. If the needle is thicker, you may need a thicker thread. After selecting the right thread, you can begin stitching the pieces of fabric together.

Stitching the Fabric

The upholstery needle will act as the “sewing machine” and can be used to stitch the pieces of fabric together. Depending on the design of the pillow and the skill of the maker, different stitches can be used to give the pillow a professional finish.

Other Decorative Details

Once the pieces of fabric are stitched together, other decorative details can be added to make the pillow look more appealing. This could include buttons, ribbons, or sequins. It all depends on the individual style and preferences.

Finishing Touches

When the decorative details have been added, you can place the pillow cover on the pillow and use the upholstery needle and thread to stitch the cover closed. This can be done by hand or with a machine for a more professional look. After stitching the cover closed, you can fluff and shape the pillow for a comfortable finish.


Making a pillow without a sewing machine is a feasible and straightforward process that uses common household materials. With some creativity, you can make a custom pillow that is comfortable, stylish, and well crafted.

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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