Patchwork pillows

Sofa cushions add a cozy feel to the room. Nothing can contribute more to comfort than DIY items. One of the most popular techniques for creating unique things from textiles at home is patchwork..


“Patchwork” in translation from English means “work from patches.” Everyone has seen funny pillows or blankets made from scraps of various fabrics at least once..

Different materials can be used in the production of patchwork pillows – from chintz to artificial leather.. Many craftsmen make such things from the remnants of fabric after sewing curtains, upholstery or old unnecessary things. This is the idea behind this technique: combining together the materials at hand, which, thanks to this, take on new life..

The choice of shape is also individual. Pillows can be made square, oblong, or oval. Round cushions look cute and at home, which can be used not only as a decorative addition to the upholstery of a sofa, but also to be placed on a flat stool or chair for greater comfort.

Variety of species

Over the long years of the existence of the patchwork technique, the masters have created numerous schemes, from the simplest to the most complex. It is not difficult to create such products, it is enough to master the technique of sewing by hand and on a typewriter, and also to do the work carefully. Then the results obtained will exceed all expectations..


To create such a product, you need to prepare 16 squares of the same size, for example, with a side of 10 cm.You can choose 2-5 different colors that are combined with each other and with interior items, or cut out half from multi-colored fabric, half from plain. Sewing technology:

  • The elements are sewn together in 4 strips. You can sew them on a sewing machine, then you need to take into account 1 cm for the allowance. Then you should fasten the strips together..
  • The back of the pillow should be solid. You can sew a zipper on one side of the pillowcase or select 20 cm for a hem.
  • When implanting the fastener, you must first attach the zipper, and then sew the rest of the sides of the square from the wrong side.
  • The finished cover can be filled with foam rubber, padding polyester, holofiber or old things.

Square in square

In this scheme, squares are sequentially sewn one after another. They should be positioned at a 90 degree angle and attached exactly in the center. Each is slightly larger than the last. Materials should be in two contrasting colors or patterns.

Russian square

The technology is as follows:

  • The rest are sewn to the central square in the form of a frame, each slightly larger. The alternation of two different materials will look beautiful..
  • Then corners of the third color, contrasting or vice versa, in tone, are sewn to each square. They must be the same size.
  • The stripes formed by the new squares should not be too wide, then the product will look sleeker.

American square

Rectangles of different lengths are sewn around the central square, forming a frame. The patterns on them can be completely different, but the width should always be the same..

This is one of the simplest schemes. The options below are a little more difficult, but a beginner can also handle them with enough attention and patience..


To make such a pillow, you need to prepare 32 triangles of the same size and different colors. They should be 3-6 colors, two or three of them can be shades of the same color, then the decor item will look more harmonious. Sewing pattern:

  • In advance, you need to draw a color scheme for yourself and mark the number of triangles for each color. They must alternate.
  • The easiest way to find out the size of the future pillow is by calculating it in future squares, since all triangles will be sewn in pairs. Allow 1 cm for machine sewing allowance.

  • Having prepared the squares, you need to spread them out on a flat surface in the same form as in the diagram, so as not to get confused.
  • Then you should start sewing the triangles. All the resulting squares are fastened together in 4 strips, which are also sewn.
  • Now you need to prepare the back side of the pillow from plain material.
  • These pillows look stylish and effective, perfectly complementing a Scandinavian or modern interior..

Dresden plate

In the center of the composition there is a flower sewn from petals of the same size. In order for the finished pillow to look neat, they need to be made according to the pattern. You will need 15 wedges and a round flap of sufficient size for the core.

Sewing technology:

  • In the process of cutting the petals, 3-5 different fabrics must be involved. They are sewn onto a square of a different color..
  • Then 4 thin strips are sewn around the perimeter from one of the previously used materials.
  • Then another piece of fabric on each side, but of a larger width and of a lighter material.
  • In conclusion, 4 squares of a contrasting color are sewn into the corners of the future pillow..

Chrysanthemum petals

The sewing technology is as follows:

  • For the base, you need a circle made of fabric that does not stretch. It needs to be divided into 8 parts..
  • Then you need to prepare 8 stacks of squares, 6 pieces in each. The side must be equal to the radius of the circle.
  • Having folded each square in a pile in half and superimposed one on top of the other with an indent of 1-2 cm, you need to stitch them to the base, aligning them with the fold line. The middle of the patch should be aligned with the middle of the circle. Thus, you need to fix each of the eight stacks and proceed to the formation of petals..
  • The corners of the first square are folded into a triangle, all the rest are overlapped on them at an angle. The outer triangle needs to be secured well.
  • Then you need to sew the front side of the pillow from the back.


This is a combination in one pillow of squares and triangles of different colors, forming a characteristic pattern.


The “crazy” sewing technique is different from the classic one..

For the middle, you need to choose a patch of the most irregular shape and catchy colors. New elements are sewn to it in turn, forming a canvas of the required size. A riot of imagination and ambiguous colors are welcomed here. Jagged edges can be trimmed.

It is good to decorate such pillows with embroidery, large beads and braid, bright ribbons.

Nowadays, handicrafts are gaining special value, since almost any item can be purchased in shopping centers and specialized stores. A self-made pillow will delight you with beauty and softness for many years..

Products made using this technique are considered a wonderful gift. You can please your household by giving them a pillow, a product of your own labor.

Japanese patchwork

English patchwork is better known all over the world. But a similar technique exists in the East. It has several differences..

The most common fabric for work is silk. In addition, the Japanese do not welcome machine stitching on home-made products. They believe that a really high-quality item is distinguished by handwork. Therefore, the technique uses a special stitch “forward to the needle”. In this way, they not only fasten the pieces of fabric together, but also decorate the piece of furniture with embroidery and appliqués..

In general, the presence of embroidered patterns on the fabric is more characteristic of oriental patchwork than of western sewing. The Japanese have turned patchwork into a special kind of art, so the work in this technique looks special.

Oriental patchwork is a special philosophy. Since unnecessary fabrics are traditionally used for sewing, lying around the house, which seem to find a second life, it is associated with renewal and revival..

Crafting ideas

For Ethno style pillows, you can abandon inconspicuous machine stitching in favor of bright hand-made seams. They can sheathe the edges of decorative elements. Alternatively, they can be complemented with tassels or fringes. You can also emphasize the outline of the pillow with lace or satin ribbon. This will add originality to the product..

Fittings matching the style and color can be found in textile stores.. Appliques, embroidery with beads or beads will help diversify the look of handmade pillows..

Often old jeans are left at home, which have become small or unwearable. However, it is a pity to throw them out due to the high quality of the fabric..

Fortunately, you can combine multiple pairs of unwanted clothing into a patchwork product. Jeans need to be ripped open, washed and ironed, and then choose any pattern. These pillow covers are very durable and unpretentious. Denim can be paired with velvet or bright muslin. The play of textures will complement every interior in a winning way.


If the cushion covers are zipped, they can be removed and washed separately. But nothing will happen when washing a pillow filled with foam or old clothes and in general.

It is necessary to choose a temperature regime not higher than 40 degrees and refuse to spin. It is worth drying the product leaning against a vertical surface, preferably in the sun or fresh air.

Examples in the interior

A cute pillow in a classic patchwork style made of gabardine and faux leather. It took very little time to create it, but it serves as a magnificent interior decoration..

A whole series of pillows with funny cats pleases the eye. The colors of the fabrics are perfectly combined with each other. Multicolored patches complement appliqués and embroidery, creating a variety of themes on the canvas. The pillows are decorated with ribbons, buttons and lace. All this can be found in every home. And the result surpasses any store products.

The patchwork pillow, sewn on a typewriter, is decorated with an applique in the shape of a cat silhouette, which is easy to create even for a beginner.

Round pillow in patchwork style with floral motifs looks delicate and elegant.

Those who are fond of knitting can create a similar product for themselves by combining different patterns.

How to sew a pillow in style "patchwork" do it yourself, you can find out in the next video.

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