Personalize Your Home with a DIY Monogram Pillow
Instantly customize your living room or bedroom with a handmade letter pillow to monogram your space! A giant letter pillow makes a great wedding gift for newly weds or baby shower gift for a friend's (or your own!) new arrival. Mix a fun pattern with a solid backing that coordinates with your space and have fun hand crafting this personalized DIY!
What You'll Need:
- 2 coordinating fabrics (a fat quarter at least)
- Ironing board
- Straight edge with measure
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- Sewing scissors
- Sewing machine
- Pillow stuffing
Step 1: Start by ironing your fabrics. The key to success- press, press, press!
Step 2: Measure out and cut your letter. If desired, you can print a large letter on printer paper (if it is larger that 8.5"x11" then it will print on multiple pieces and you can tape the paper together) to create a template. Cut out the paper template, trace around on your fabric and cut out. Or you can free hand it if you have a simple letter like our letter 'E' that we made here. Ours is approximately 15" tall and 9" wide. We started with this size rectangle.
Step 3: Continue cutting your letter. The main tall part of the letter 'E' is 4" wide and each line coming out are 3" wide (with 3" gaps in between). As long as you allow for approximately a 1/4" seam allowance around each part of the letter you can size your letter however desired.
Step 4: Use your letter as a template and cut out the same shape on a reversible solid backing. Cut the rectangle shape first.
Step 5: Cut the gaps out to form your letter 'E' (or whatever letter you decide).
Step 6: Turn the pieces of fabric right sides together (wrong sides out) and pin along the tops and sides.
Step 7: Sew around the sides and the edges. You only want to sew about half your letter here so that you can easily turn it right side out.
Step 8: Cut a slit in the corners of the letter that have not yet been sewn. This will allow you to easily fold the fabric in to sew an inward seam.
Step 9: Fold the edges that have not yet been sewn inward to create a seam. Pin in place. Here we pinned everything except the inner portion of the large stem of the 'E' to allow for stuffing.
Step 10: Sew where you pinned and also along the seams you already sewed so that you create a seam all the way around.
Step 11: Stuff your pillow with pillow stuffing through the 2 holes that you left.
Step 12: Pin the openings while also folding the fabric inward to create a seam.
Step 13: Sew where you pinned to close up the pillow.
Step 14: Cut off any excess strings from sewing to finish up your pillow. Give it a nice fluff and find it a new home! Also, most letters are reversible when capitalized (with the exception of just a few) so you can use either side!