Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover

Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover

If you’ve ever wanted to add a pinch of squeezable, squish-able, bubble-centric modern art to your living room, this is your big chance. This ultra-textured pillow cover is made by stitching together squares stuffed with hi-loft fiberfill. I love how the extra weight gives a little extra heft and density to the throw pillow—making it as comfy as it is eye catching.

I chose to make my pillow cover in a single color, a dusty shade of lilac to be exact, but you can easily make this project your own by playing with multiple colors or different varieties of fabric. (Hello, stripes and checkers!) I recommend using something with a little bit of stretch, like interlock, microsuede, or even crushed velvet.

While this project does have quite a few steps, it is surprisingly forgiving, so you don’t have to be a sewing expert to pull it off. Little imperfections in the puffs and the stitching are not noticeable since the overall pattern is super cute and eye catching. I made this with the living room sofa in mind, but it would also make a lovely accent pillow in the bedroom.

Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover - SuppliesSupplies:
-1/2 yard pretty fabric (I used a lilac microsuede, but you can use anything with a little bit of stretch.)
-1/2 yard plain muslin
16″ square pillow form
-matching thread
rotary cutter, ruler, and mat
-straight pins
-clothespins or wonder clips
-sewing machine

 Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover - Measure and CutStep One: Start by measuring and cutting 25 5″ x 5″ squares from the pretty fabric, 25 4″ x 4″ squares from the plain muslin, and two 16″ x 12″ pieces of the pretty fabric. Using a rotary cutter with a sturdy ruler will make this step much easier. But if you don’t have a rotary cutter, you can also cut the pieces using a regular pair of scissors.

 Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover - Pin PleatsStep Two: Match up one square of each type of fabric. With the right side of your pretty fabric facing out (wrong sides together) pin the two squares together on one side. Make a pleat with the center pin by folding the fabric flat.

 Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover - Sew PleatsStep Three: Stitch across the pinned side of the square using a 1/8″ to 1/4″ seam allowance. These edges do not have to be perfect, so don’t worry if your stitching isn’t perfect. Pin, pleat, and sew two more sides on the square, leaving the fourth side open. Repeat the last two steps with all of your remaining squares, making a total of 25 pockets.

Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover - Stuff Quilt PuffsStep Four: Stuff each pocket with a small handful of fiberfill. You’ll want to add just enough to give each pocket a nice puff—but don’t overdo it! You’ll need to be able to sew each pocket closed after they have been stuffed with fluff.

Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover - Close PuffsStep Five: Pin the pockets closed, adding a pleat as you did on the first three sides. Stitch the pinned sides closed and snip any stray threads. Now you have quilt puffs!

 Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover - Sew Puffs TogetherMake Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover - Sew Puffs TogetherStep Six: Next you’ll start sewing the quilt puffs together. This is the trickiest part of the process because the quilt puffs are SO very fluffy. I’ve found that using clothespins to hold the quilt puffs together works better than using pins. I’ve also seen bloggers use something called a wonderclip for this purpose. Match up two quilt puff squares by their edges with the right sides together (pretty fabric facing in), and then clothespin or clip them together. Carefully stitch across the edge. After you are finished, take a close look at your seam to see if you’ve missed any spots. If so, go back and stitch over the seam again. Repeat this process until you have five strips of five quilt puffs.

 Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover - Sew Puffs TogetherStep Seven: Using the clothespins or clips again, sew the five strips together to form a square.

 Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover - Hem Back PanelsStep Eight: Fold the 16″ edge of each of the remaining pieces of fabric down the wrong side by about 1/4″, and then fold it over once more by another 1/4″. Pin the fold flat. (Bonus points if you take a moment to iron the edge flat). Straight stitch each edge giving each piece a hem.

 Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover - Attach Back PanelsStep Nine: Match the 16″ raw edge of one of the remaining pieces of fabric to the quilt puff square (right sides together). Clip to secure, then stitch the edge. Match the other two sides of fabric to the edges of the quilt puff square and stitch these edges as well. Leave the hemmed edge open. Repeat the process with the last piece of fabric on the opposite side of the quilt puff square, creating an envelope.

 Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow Cover - Add Pillow Insert
Step Ten: Check the seams for missed spots, snip off any loose threads, then stuff the pillow insert into your new cover. Give it a healthy pat or two to fluff it up before setting it on your favorite chair or sofa.

Make Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow CoverMake Your Own Puff Quilted Pillow CoverI hope you have so much fun making your own puff quilt pillow covers! You can use this same technique to make blankets too. In fact, I might have to pull this style out the next time I’m working on a shower gift. How cute would a puff quilted baby blanket be? xo. Mary Helen

Credits // Author and Photography: Mary Helen Leonard. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.
  • Everything is understood but I have a doubt that’s how much should I fill in each. Is there any measurement to fill. I am from India how could I get batter to fill the quilt. Can give me any suggestion regarding to get quilt batter.

  • Love this. I have made it without the pad insert, just sewn backing onto it and used it as a chair pad. So comfy and squishy.

  • This is cute and looks so comfy! I desperately need new pillows for my couch, haha.

  • You guys are ingenious! I might try to whip one up one of these days.

  • This is so neat and creative! And a really well-explained tutorial, too. What was the inspiration behind it? (It looks like something from a West Elm catalog 🙂

    • Hi Kat! Thanks so much. I love quilting, and when I saw patterns for puff quilt blankets popping up I thought it would be fun to try the method out in throw pillow form.

  • That looks so cool, although it’s r a real piece of work!

  • This looks great! I am so doing this! thanks for the post!


  • I would love to squish that pillow and the color is killer, but all I can see when I look at it are ‘brown and serve’ rolls that my mom used to buy and bake for us as kids. Yall know the ones, the ones that come in the little cardboard tray and clear bread bags.

  • How do y’all ALWAYS have the cutest DIY projects?!! I was scrolling through Bloglovin and I knew it was yours before I even saw the blog. I can’t even take this pillow! SOO cute!!

  • The pillow looks like a giant cloth bubble wrap, so cute.

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  • This is so cute! And will look awesome with the chunky knit rainbow pillow you shared last week. The easiest way for me to change the look of a room is with throw pillows so it’s so great to have lots of options I can customize to a room (color, texture, fabric). Keep ’em comin’!

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