Leather Pillow Project

Leather Pillow DIYA few months ago Mallory came to visit Elsie and I and work on a few projects. We had a lot of fun, and one of the things Mallory and Elsie created were these awesome leather pillows! I love the design and materials they used. I'm so excited to move them to my couch later this week (I'm having some painting done in my living room at the moment, so I'm trying to keep pretty items out of harms way). Mallory agreed to share their process of making the pillows:Leather Pillow ProjectThese pillows look really impressive, but they aren’t very hard to make. We used real leather that was left over from other projects, but faux leather will work just as well as long as the backing doesn’t unravel. Since these are for Emma’s living room Elsie was thinking we should make them southwestern themed. I searched online for southwestern patterns and kilim rugs, which have similar patterns, for inspiration. I then drew out four geometric designs based on my findings. Elsie and I decided one of my sketches would be too hard so I redid that one.Leather Pillow Sketches1. To start these, I used brown kraft paper and a clear ruler to draw the patterns I wanted to sew onto the pillow fronts to scale. Then I carefully cut out the pieces from the paper to use as templates. Keep in mind, you need seam allowance on the big front pieces to sew them to the back eventually.
2. I cut two 12” square pieces of leather and two 16” square pieces of leather to make the pillow fronts. For the backs I cut the same size squares out of thick cotton. I cut the front pieces out of contrasting leather to topstitch on. You can cut leather with a rotary cutter, nice scissors, or an X-acto knife.Leather Pillow Pattern3. Once all of the pieces were cut out, I used leather glue to glue the pieces down to the pillow fronts.  Rubber cement also works great if you don’t have leather glue.

4. To topstitch the leather down, I used a leather needle and adjusted the tension of my machine with scrap pieces before sewing the project. If your leather sticks to the machine use freezer/wax/parchment paper between the machine and leather. Normally I would use a Teflon foot instead of freezer paper, but I couldn’t find one for Elsie’s machine at the fabric store. I sewed close to the edge all the way around each piece on the front.Leather Pillow Prep5. Once all of the pieces are sewn down I sewed the pillow fronts to the backs with the good sides facing each other, leaving a gap of a few inches on one side. I trimmed the corners off, cutting close to the stitch line without getting it.
6. Turn the pillows right side out, stuff it, and sew it closed by topstitching really close. Hand stitching wouldn’t work very well with leather, unless you have practice with it. That’s how to have beautiful, expensive looking pillows.

Here are the finished designs:Leather Pillow Designs 2Leather Pillow Designs 2Homemade Leather PillowsHomemade Leather PillowsThanks so much, Mallory!

  • OMG Leather *dies* I’m not sure if it would be that comfy, but who cares. Its leather.

  • Those turned out great. I’m hoping to get a sewing machine in the next few months, and these will definitely be on my list of things to try! Thanks!

  • I love these! they look so original and different yet as though they could easily have been bought from a high end home decorating store. can’t wait to have my own house so I can do some fun projects like this one! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • The designs are incredible!!
    I love the browny ones, such a warmth to them, lovely idea.
    xxx
    http://hunterapted.blogspot.co.uk/

  • absolutely love the designs – they work really well with the colours of the leather!

  • I always love ABM DIYs! I’m moving soon and so redecorating – I have a feeling that it’s going to be full of things inspired from you guys!

    Alex @ Forrest Mush
    xo

  • These colors look great on your blue sofa!

    Kim

    http://loopsoflavender.blogspot.com/

  • AO beautiful and original!

    🙂

    Kisses

    http://thedailymiacis.blogspot.pt/

  • I ADORE using leather. I recommend buying it 2nd hand if you can. It’s far cheaper and can come in places you wouldn’t normally expect. Once, I bought a full length leather maxi skirt (3 bucks, comeon!) and used it to make a small handbag, a makeup brush roll, and the cover flap of my laptop case. These pillows are genius. Will definitely try something like this in the near future!

  • These are pretty pillows — I love the patterns! Geometric patterns are one of my favorite trends right now.

    xoxo
    Nat
    modernbuttercup.blogspot.com

  • These pillows look so neat. They look so well made! But I just would get so stressed out with making sure everything was even and symmetrical. I am loving the pattern, though. I just had the coolest indiana printed couches at my last apartment before I moved. Wait, indiana printed couches… indian* HA!

  • Hi beauties!
    These pillows looks absolutly georgeous. You have so interesting ideas! 🙂

  • they all turned out so great!

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  • Very very cool..I would never have thought of leather as a material for pillows!
    Thanks for sharing:)
    Sarah
    http://atticlace.blogspot.com

  • interesting idea, I the patterns are really cute they would look awesome with regular fabrics too 🙂

  • We buy our leather locally from a Tandy store. I haven’t bought it online, but if anyone else has feel free to leave a recommendation!

    Elsie

  • Stumbled upon a beautiful mess today and I absolutely love it!
    Thank you so much for this!

  • Love these pillows! They’re so unique and I’ve never seen anything like them before!

    Carrie
    http://lego-house.blogspot.com

  • Looks a little too difficult for someone who is not the best sewer (me!) but they are super pretty! Love 🙂

    ♥Brooke
    youreinbrookelynn.blogspot.com/

  • I’m also interested in where you purchase your leather. Any online recommendations?

  • These look wonderful!! I love them!
    Carlee
    http://almostendearing.blogspot.com/

  • Ooooh! These are so beautiful and perfect! This might be a little advanced for a novice sewer like me, but I’m thinking about trying it! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Allison
    http://www.alliray.com/

  • Man, these are fantastic! A few shapes and a few lines of sewing equals a pretty stunning result. Really impressed. And INSPIRED!

    ♥ Talia Christine
    http://taliachristine.blogspot.com

  • I recently made a pillow with suede. Leather is so multifunctional, its great!

  • Really cool project! I love Mallory’s blog! xo

    http:www.thecharleygirl.com

  • So obsessed! I will have to be doing this!

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
    juliettelaura.blogspot.com

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