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Easy to Make Decorative Pillows with Scrap Fabric

Y’all know that I’m a waste not kinda girl and have shared several scrap fabric DIY projects with you in the past. Well here is my latest and I hope you like it.

This may be the Easiest To Make Scrap Fabric Decorative Pillows for Fall, because it can be made in less than 30 minutes.

With the holidays just around the corner, this project would make great gifts for your family or friends. It’s a quick, inexpensive project and you can personalize the pillows for each person.

Ideas for Scrap Fabric Choices

This project only takes a small amount of scrap fabrics, however you may want to consider your source for this project.

  • Fabric from previous projects
  • Fabric from children or grandchildren clothing.
  • Sports Uniforms
  • Team spirit with school colors
  • Vacation Memorabilia.
  • Wedding or other special occasion fabrics
Tear scraps of fabric to make pillow cover.

Materials needed

Decorative Pillows

This is not my first project using scrap fabrics to make decorative pillows. You may remember my spring pillow, shown here. This same design can be used with fall colors so I wanted to give you this link to that tutorial if you like it better.

Spring DIY Scrap Fabric Pillow cover

Variations on Decorative Pillows for Fall

My inspiration for this pillow came from the zinnias that are still standing in my flower garden. They are few and far between. In addition, they are turning brown and fading fast.

apply fabric to pillow cover using permanent glue.

How to Make Decorative Pillows for Fall

First, you need to protect your pillow cover by placing a piece of card board or plastic inside the cover to keep the glue from adhering the two sides together.

Add protective barrier inside the pillow cover.

Next draw your design on the pillow cover with a sharpie pen. I used a brown sharpie for this project since it is Decorative Pillows for Fall.

You can use green or black, depending on the look your want for your design.

You can also draw a template, as I did for the spring pillow above. See how I did that here.

For this fall pillow design, I just drew lines straight up from the bottom of the pillow cover and added circles to the tops. In addition, I added a few leaves to the stems.

Draw design on pillow cover.

The fabric strips are short pieces, in fall colors, torn from clothing and previous projects.

Apply glue to the circles and twist your fabric strips as you attach them to the glue.

For the leaves, I used a thick green fabric and cut angles off the strips and attached them flat to the pillow cover. I didn’t try to twist that fabric.

If you watch the video, you will understand my process.

Easy decorative pillow cover made using scarp fabric and fabric glue.  Perfect farmhouse design for fall.

See Video Tutorial Here

Just be creative with your colors and designs. My favorite thing about this project is, the flowers don’t need to appear perfect. A little ragged and faded looks best.

Finished Pillow Cover

Easy decorative pillow cover made using scarp fabric and fabric glue.  Perfect farmhouse design for fall.

I used a piece of jute twine that accidentally got mixed in with my scraps and I couldn’t resist adding it. It was meant to be used on this pillow.

Flower details for a scrap fabric pillow cover for fall

The permanent fabric glue makes the pillow sturdy enough to use on your sofa or bed.

Easy to make scrap fabric pillow cover for fall.

The pillow design works perfectly with my fall colors and farmhouse style.

I hope you enjoyed this version of my scrap pillow cover.

You can see similar pillows here:

DIY Scrap Pillow Cover for Fall - perfect farmhouse style.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this DIY project. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you!

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Kathy A

Tuesday 26th of October 2021

I really liked your fall pillow--and I smiled when I read about your zinnias. Mine (here in Maine) are worse than raggedty altho they still haven't been hit by frost! I loved looking at all the textures in your living room. It looked like a very welcoming, comfortable room!

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Wednesday 27th of October 2021

Kathy, I really appreciate this.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Thursday 21st of October 2021

This is the prettiest pillow Rachel! I absolutely LOVE it!

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Monday 25th of October 2021

Kim, Thanks so much.

Kathy E.

Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Oh, how I love these pillows! You have inspired me to get out my scrap strips and start playing with them to make flowers for a pillow! Thank you!

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Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Kathy, I really appreciate this. I can't wait to see what you make.


Saturday 16th of October 2021

So beautiful! I love your fall take on these sweet pillows.

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Saturday 16th of October 2021

I'm so glad you like it.


Saturday 16th of October 2021

It turned out so cute, Rachel!

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Saturday 16th of October 2021

Jen, Thanks so much.