Learn how to sew an easy throw pillow cover featuring tassels on each corner. This is such a fun DIY for your living room or bedroom decor!
I've always loved any sort of trim with texture like tassels, lace and fringe, and I'm so excited that tasseled pillows are popping up in decor everywhere this season!
I bought a couple of different options, but then I also tried my hand at DIYing a pretty tasseled pillow and I was so happy with the results.
You can watch my YouTube video below and see how I compare a low cost tassel pillow, a high cost version, and my DIY tasseled pillow:
The end of this video has a step-by-step tutorial on how I sewed my pillow, but you can also follow the directions below to make one for yourself!
How to Sew a Tasseled Pillow Cover
- 1 ½ yards fabric (I used a heavy cotton in a windowpane plaid pattern)
- pillow insert (I used the 20 x 20" IKEA insert)
- 1 skein sport weight cotton yarn
- sewing machine
- needle & thread
- scrap piece of cardboard
Cut two pieces of fabric that measure the same width and height as your pillow insert. (I like to make my finished pillow cases slightly smaller than my pillow inserts to make them look more full.)
Pin the fabric pieces right sides together, and sew around the perimeter using a ½" seam allowance. Leave an opening on one side that measures at least 10".
To make the tassels, cut a piece of cardboard that measures about 10" long. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard about 50 times.
Pull the yarn loop off of the cardboard and tie it securely around the center using a scrap piece of yarn.
Fold the yarn loop in half from the center tie and then tie another scrap piece of yarn about 1" from the top of the tassel.
Cut the bottom loops in half to make the ends of the tassel, and trim them evenly. Create 3 more tassels for your pillow.
Next, use a yarn needle and pull the top yarn pieces of one tassel through the eye of the needle. Bring the tassel & needle inside the pillow cover (you'll need to keep your pillow cover inside out for this part) and then poke the needle out of one of the corners of the pillow, pulling the yarn pieces through to the wrong side.
Knot the yarn pieces securely and then repeat this step for the other 3 corners of your pillow and 3 tassels.
Finally, turn the pillow cover right side out, insert your pillow form, and stitch the opening shut by hand.
You can wash this pillow as one piece, or if you prefer to make a pillow cover with a zipper, you can check out my zippered pillow cover tutorial right here.
Have fun sewing!