There is nothing like a few unique homemade pillow cover design ideas to add a bit of personality to the most boring of sofas.
Over the years I have made many different kinds of pillows and cushions. Often these fun pillows cover design ideas that are made from upcycled fabrics like old wool sweaters and jeans.
They are a very affordable way to add fun accessories to your home. Many of the pillow covers would also make a great homemade gift. Especially the luggage tag pillow covers as they are easily personalized.
Upcycled and DIY Shaped Pillow Covers
There are free patterns and step by step instructions for each DIY pillow cover idea. All the pillows/cushions are pretty simple to make. They can be made by hand, by sewing machine or a combination of the both of them.
Don’t throw away your old jeans and sweaters as these can easily be turned into unique DIY pillow covers for your home.
Felted wool sweaters are particularly well suited for making fun shaped pillows. That’s because felt does not fray so it can be sewn without having to use seams or hems. I have made shaped felted sweater pillows for different seasons. Mountain cushions for winter, decorated trees for Christmas, and bunnies for Easter.
Also, its fun to give a favourite old sweater a second life by upcycling it into a pillow cover, especially if you have accidentally shrunk it in the wash.
These mountain pillows have been featured in many places the tutorial was even published in a Peruvian Bus Magazine. A great shaped pillow cover idea for those with a love of the mountains and outdoor. They would look great in a ski lodge or log cabin.
Another pillow cover design idea for those with wanderlust. These luggage tag shaped pillows make for a fun gift. I made one for my sister in law personalized with her name and favourite destination written on the tag.
This is a fun snake pillow tied up into a monkey style knot. The main body of the pillow is made from the repurposed sleeves of old wool sweaters. You could have fun by trying out different kind of knots.
DIY flower pillows inspired by the Marimekko Unikko poppy design. These pillows are in a fun squashed poppy shape. Like the iconic Marimekko Unikko print, the flower-shaped pillow covers can be made in a colourway to suit your home decor.
Make gorgeous Boho style jeans pillows with sari trim and pom-poms. Vintage sari trim is very easy to buy online from eBay or Amazon and almost everyone has an old pair of jeans. The pom-poms are made from leftover wool scraps.
This pillow cover idea is great for a teenager or Frida Kahlo fan. The cushion is made from an old blanket and the flowers from sweater felt scraps. Even the tassels in the corner are made from repurposed denim.