Textured Leather Pillow DIY

Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) I love making throw pillows. You can completely change the tone of a piece of furniture just by adding some new pillows, so it’s an easy way to upgrade a look or color scheme. I fell in love with the texture of a pillow on a “daily deals” type of site, and since it wasn’t available for purchase anymore, I decided to study the photo and figure out how to recreate the texture myself (sorry, the photo is gone or I would show you). I thought this was going to be a tough project based on how intricate the pattern looked, but after a few plan tweaks here and there, it ended up being a lot easier than I thought it would be—hooray!

So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)Supplies:
-leather or faux leather (at least 30″ x 17″ wide) 
-white canvas material (enough for two 17″ x 17″ squares)
-fabric scissors
-rotary cutter and cutting mat
-metal ruler
-fabric glue
-standard sewing machine with zipper foot, non-stick foot (optional), leather needle (optional)
-pillow stuffing

So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) First you’ll want to use your rotary cutter, ruler, and mat to cut two squares of fabric that are 17″ x 17″.

So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) Take your leather and cut 30 strips that are 1″ wide and at least 17″ long. To give this pattern a greater contrast, you’ll want to choose a material that is a different color on the back of the material.

So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) Place some fabric glue on the back of one of your strips along the bottom edge. Turn the strip right side up, and line up the top of the strip (the edge without the glue) with the top of your front fabric panel. Add glue to the bottom of another strip, and overlap this second strip with your first one so that the middle of the second strip lines up with the bottom edge of the first strip. Continue to overlap your strips until your whole pillow front is covered. Trim any excess leather strips from the sides after the glue is dried.

So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) Using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, line up the left edge of the foot so it’s in the middle of your first strip and right up against the edge of the strip underneath. Sew all the way down the strip. Continue to sew down each strip right next to the edge of the strip underneath until you have all the strips sewn.

So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) Switch to your non-stick foot, and sew a vertical line down the sides of the panel (1/4″ from the edges) and directly down the middle of the panel.

So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) Measure 4 1/2″ to the right of your machine needle, and place a piece of tape on your machine to act as your sewing guide for this next step. Line up the right side of your panel with the tape guide, and starting with the second strip from the top, sew another vertical line down the panel. Instead of sewing the strips down flat, this time you’ll fold up the bottom half of each strip as you sew over that strip, revealing the texture of the bottom side of your fabric.

Using the tape as your guide will ensure that you are sewing the folds in a straight line, so make sure to check your guide often as you sew. Leave the last strip unfolded when you sew over it so that the very top and bottom strips aren’t folded and lie flat (this will make your final outside seams much cleaner). Repeat the process on the other side.

So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) Now that the front panel is complete, take your back panel and pin it (or use a bit of glue to keep it in place) overtop the right side of your front panel.

So Cute! Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) Sew all the way around your pillow with a 1/2″ seam allowance, but leave an opening of about  3″-4″. Use that opening to pull your pillow right side out and stuff with your pillow stuffing. Use a needle and thread to hand sew your opening closed with a blind stitch, and you’re done! It can be a little tough to hand sew the pillow closed since it has a leather front (I definitely had to use a metal thimble to get the needle through), so you can also install a zipper into the bottom seam if you’d like to avoid that step (or make an envelope-style pillow).

Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial) Textured Leather Pillow DIY (click through for tutorial)I’m tickled pink with how the pillow turned out! It looks super chic (and expensive), and that’s always a plus when you’re making something from scratch. Let this be a lesson to you—don’t ever be afraid to try and make something that you don’t have directions for; just go for it and troubleshoot your way through! Except for electrical work… Don’t try that without instructions… xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman. Photography: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.

  • Beautiful color. I can only imagine a set of these in the pastel tones sprinkled in various rooms. Very Lovely.

  • the pillow is cute, but i am loving your throw blanket more! that chair looks like the most comfortable spot to relax!

  • The final product looks so great! I hope this is an easy DIY because I would love to try it for CASA & Company!


  • The simplicity in this has given me the guts to give it a try. Love the color, texture…all of it!

  • Hi Liz! You could do this with fabric, but you’ll want something that doesn’t fray (like felt or flannel) if you are cutting it into strips and I probably wouldn’t do interfacing because it would be visible when the fabric is flipped over. Hope you find a fabric you like!

    Laura 🙂

  • Very cool! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post that links to your tutorial:http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-textured-leather-wave-throw-pillow/2014/06/06/

  • I love the way this turned out! I really enjoy making crafts without any direction and figuring it out as I go along. It ends up being so much more rewarding!


  • oh my!!! this is absolutely gorgeous!!



  • Whoaaaaa! Awesome pillow and this makes me want to dust off my sewing machine… l o v e!

  • it looks so cool…


  • Laura it’s so awesome to see how deeply you care about your projects. You can see it in that one picture of you placing the pillow 🙂

    RESPECT! for a great pillow and a passion for living life well.

    X Courtney


  • I’ve never seen anything like this but it looks so cool! Very chic and hipster, I think 🙂


  • This is the coolest pillow tutorial I’ve ever scene! I love it soo much!

  • Wow! I can’t wait to try and make one of my own 🙂


  • This is such a great project, Laura! It might be my favorite of yours!

  • You can do it with folded fabric, and if it has a little sheen to it you’ll be able to see the contrasting pattern pretty easily. My friend made one a few years ago that was super pretty.

  • What and incredible pillow! I love it!! I need to get myself a sewing machine!

    xx Becky

  • Gorgeous. Wow…I never thought I’d say that about a pillow. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

  • Awesome idea. I did something like this with a dress ones. xx


  • Whouw that’s beautiful! Definitely a cool creative idea to make easily!

  • UHHHHHH seriously speechless, this pillow is AMAZING!


  • Most of my projects I figure out on the go, that’s the best way to do it. I love this tutorial. So pretty. I love the color you chose and the type of fabric.


  • Wow…this is so chic and pretty…love the way it looks, you make everything easy to do…


  • So chic! I love this. If only I had any sort of sewing skills and my machine wasn’t from 1972;)

  • This is beautiful! But if we don’t want to use leather do you think it would work with double sided strips of fabric? maybe with some interfacing in between to make it stiffer like leather? Or do you think the fabric would just fold and crease? Yours is so wavy and pretty!


  • WOAHHHH!!!

    Blown away by how beautiful this pillow is. Quite stunning. <3

    I hope you have a beautiful day.


  • So cool. I wish I knew how to sew! 🙂 I feel like a lot of the projects lately involve tools or skills that I just don’t have hahaha… but they are awesome nonetheless!!!

  • The final product looks so cool! I would be the guest sitting in your home, wondering how you achieved such a cool look on the pillow. Great job! 🙂

  • Oh my gosh, this reminds me of my beloved LA Gear shoes from the 80’s! Love it!

  • So cool! i’m so excited- we are almost done with our remodel (it’s been 2 years!!) and now i can start adding fun things like throw pillows on my diy-plate! 😀

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