Charming cottages aren't just for woodland weekend retreats. Bring that coziness to your home with these simple DIY pillows shaped like houses.

July 11, 2018
felt house pillows and draped chevron throw on white chair

Make yourself at home on your couch! This is the perfect craft project for all that leftover scrap fabric you've been holding onto. You need just half a yard of total fabric, and it doesn't even have to match. In fact, we encourage a mix! Mixed patterns and colors give an eclectic vibe to a handmade pillow. We used a sewing machine to join the large portions, but you could easily hand-stitch each pillow. This easy craft project proves sewing doesn't have to be complicated.

  • Working time 45 mins
  • Start to finish 45 mins
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy
  • Involves Sewing

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

cutting out pink fabric to make a house pillow
cutting triangle roof for house pillow
Step 1

Print and Trace Template

Download, print, and cut out the free template (download available below) for these cozy cottage pillows. Place template onto fabric and trace around it with a fabric marker. Now cut out the traced fabric pieces—you'll need two of each shape.

Since this is DIY, you can choose whatever fabric you want. We recommend a solid fabric for the base of the house and a patterned fabric for the roof.

FREE house pillow template.
Step 2

Make a Home

Now it's time to "build" the house. Face the right sides of fabric cutouts to each other. If you're new to sewing, the right side of fabric is the side with the pattern, or the side that you want to be visible in the end. 

Line up one roof piece to one base of the house and sew them together using a sewing machine. Leave a 1/4-inch seam allowance from the edge of the fabric. When you're done, use a hot iron to flatten the seam open.

You should do this twice, once for the front of the house and once for the back. Wait to sew the front and back of the house together.

hand-stitching doorknob on door for house pillow
Step 3

Give 'Em Personality

What's a home without the trimmings? Remember to cut out windows and doors from the wool felt sheet. You can add details, such as windowpanes and doorknobs, by hand-stitching. Use two strands of embroidery thread and make straight stitches for the windowpanes and French knots for the doorknob.

When you're ready, attach the felt windows and doors to the front piece of the house pillow using the sewing machine.

stitched together house pillow
Step 4

Bring It All Together

Once the details are sewn on, you can attach the front house piece to the back piece.

With right sides facing, sew around the perimeter. Don't go too fast! Leave the bottom unstitched so the pillow can be stuffed.

Once the front and back pieces are attached, flip the fabric inside-out through the unstitched gap you left in the sewn shape.

cutting stuffing into shape for house pillows
hand-stitching house pillow after adding filling
Step 5

Fill the House

Cut out two pieces of polyester batting, using the shape of the sewn house pillow as a guide. Line the inside of the front of the pillow with one piece and the inside of the back of the pillow with the other. In between, stuff the pillow with fiber fill. Then use a sewing needle and thread to whipstitch the base of the house pillow closed.

Now you have a cozy cottage of your own. If you're feeling confident, start back at the beginning and make additional pillows to create your own neighborhood right on your couch.

Comments (3)

How difficult was this project?
April 14, 2020
Difficulty: Very Easy
Where's the roof template or instructions for size of roof (height mainly)?
April 14, 2020
Difficulty: Kind of Hard
No template for the roof.
October 15, 2019
Difficulty: Very Hard
unable to download the template.

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