Tutorial: monogram pillow

by Crystal Johnsen of Little Bit Funky

For the first tutorial here at Oh My! Handmade Goodness, I’m going to show you how to make a cute monogram pillow.

You will need:

* card stock

* fabric

* Wonder Under

* stuffing for the pillow

* a sewing machine

1. Print your template onto card stock.  I used 850 pt. American Typewriter font.

2. Cut it out.

3. Trace your letter onto the smooth side of your Wonder Under.  Be sure to trace it backwards.

4. Iron your Wonder Under onto the wrong side of your fabric.

5. Cut it out.

6. Now iron your letter onto some contrasting fabric.  Be sure to remove the paper backing.

7. Trim around the letter to make a nice border.

8. Cut out a 13-inch square for the front of the pillow and another for the back.  Go crazy with fabric combos – there are no wrong combinations.

9. Pin your letter onto the front of your pillow.  I like to put them off center so I don’t have to worry about being centered, but place it wherever it makes you happy.

10. First use a long straight stitch to sew the letter onto the pillow face on the outer fabric.

11. Then, sew around the letter again on the inner fabric using a zig-zag stitch.

12. Line up your two pillow sides, right sides together, and sew all around the sides.  Leave a 5-6 inch opening. Feel free to pin.  (I hate pinning, so I avoid it whenever I can.)

13. Use a 1/4-inch seam all around. Turn your pillow right side out and push out the corners with dull  scissors or a chopstick.

14. Starting at the left side of your opening, stitch all around the pillow again.  Don’t sew the opening closed, stop just before you get to the opening.  (You can iron before this step, I just hate ironing as much as pinning.)

15. You will now have a nice little edge around your pillow.  Now stuff it as full as you’d like.

16. Now you CAN sew the opening closed by hand. But guess what? I hate that too, so I sew all my pillow openings closed by  machine.  It requires you to smoosh down the pillow, line up the sewing foot with your last 1/4-inch stitching and sew it up.  This step WOULD be a little easier if you had ironed, but that never gets me to iron.  Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and the end.

Ta-da! Cuteness anyone would love.


  1. Tara says:

    LOVE it!! I have been keeping my eyes open for initial pillows for my daughters. I can never find any that I REALLY like…now I can make my own! And it seems super easy. Thank you!

  2. Mary Beth says:

    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I have recently been introduced to the world of sewing, and I can’t wait to try this project. Great step-by-step pics, too. Thanks!

  3. heather says:

    This looks great! I have a question about sewing on the letter though. How do you get the stitching to show up on thee top of the letter? I am new to sewing machines and when I have tried sewing on appliques the pretty stitches are on the wrong side of the fabric.

  4. annette says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I am not a sewer. I am a scrapbooker. But when I learned my cricut could cut fabric I decided I had to make a cute little pillow for my daughter. Got everything cut and just couldn’t figure out the nicest way to sew the cute little bird on the front…Thank you for you pillow tutorial! It answered all my questions

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