Throw pillows are available in many different materials, shapes, and sizes, and they are fun and easy to make. They can be a very quick craft project using a sewing machine, two pieces of fabric, and a pillow form, but these pillows can also be as detailed and as time-consuming as the craftperson wishes. People often create pillows the needlepoint or cross stitch panels on one side. Making pillows from remnants and textured novelty materials can also be a fun way to add interest to a room.
Fun fur throw pillows in animal prints can liven up a neutral color scheme in a family room. Remnants of upholstery fabrics, such as crushed velvet, are also especially suitable for making pillows for use by the whole family. As the fabric already looks "crushed," it can stand up to use by children and still look great many pillow fights later.
Delicate fabrics such as lace, satin, and silk can be fashioned into elegant pillows for a formal living room or bedroom. Sewers can think beyond the traditional square shape and try making a neck-roll lace, rectangular satin, or triangular raw silk throw pillow. Piles of pillows in different sizes can be spread out in the center of a sofa or upper part of a bed for a funky, modern look.
Throw pillow backs and fronts can be different colors or patterns, adding more variety. Individuals who are sewing their own pillows should take care to prevent the stitches from showing, however, and coordinate the materials on the back and front, even if they don't match exactly. Homemade pillows in twos or threes tied with a ribbon make an excellent gift if made in colors to fit in with the recipient's decor.
Beginners can create everything from large floor throw pillows to small sofa pillows. Tassels and ribbons can be added for interest. Knitters and crocheters can also make great looking pillows out of different yarns. These projects are often best attempted by an experienced needle worker, although most kinds of pillows are perfect for beginning crafters.
Stuffing options for throw pillows include quilt stuffing or pillow forms, although ready-made forms may be easier to work with for beginners. Removable pillow shams made to cover plain pillows are a great idea for crafters who already have a few in their homes, but want to give them a new look.