How to Make 3-D Geometric Pillows

Add beautiful texture to your decor with modern 3-D pillows you can make yourself. The four geometric designs may look complicated, but they're easy to DIY with our detailed instructions. Here's how to make these sophisticated pillows using felt, a few strategic cuts and folds, and basic stitching.

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Each of these pillows starts with two 20-inch wool felt squares. You'll use a sewing machine or hand-stitch the design onto the front square before joining it to the back. Fill the pillow cover with fiberfill or an 18-inch square form.

Sewing Glossary

What You Need

  • Two 20-inch wool felt squares (per pillow), plus more for felt details
  • Fiberfill or an 18-inch square form (per pillow)
  • Erasable fabric pen
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Needle and thread

Tip: Stick to one color to emphasize the texure.

Tip: Blended wool felt is easy to work with and available at most crafts stores.

1. Layered Loops

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1. Draw a line 1" from each edge of pillow front.

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2. Mark a 1" grid within the drawn border.

3. Choose how many columns you want to cover with loops, and cut that number of 1" x 31-1/2" strips from additional felt.

4. Mark each strip at 1", 3", 4", 6", 7", 9", 10", repeating sequence along strip.

Tip: Mark measurements using an erasable fabric pen.

5. Starting on edge (as shown in photo above), in center (as shown in the top image), or where desired, pin first strip so 1" strip mark aligns with bottom grid line.

6. Pin 3" strip mark on 1" grid line to form a loop.

7. Pin 4" strip mark to 2" grid line; this section will lie flat.

8. Alternate flat sections and loops by pinning marks to lines.

9. Continue with remaining strips, alternating where loops fall.

10. Attach strips to front by topstitching along row grid lines.

11. With wrong sides together, sew pillow front to back using a 5/8" seam (the seam becomes the flange); leave one side open.

12. Fill with fiberfill or a pillow form. Sew fourth side closed.

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2. Folded Squares

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1. Cut 100 2-3/4" felt squares.

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2. Place one square in center of pillow front, fold points to center, and pin edges as shown. Repeat for remaining squares, working from center square outward.

Tip: Fold and pin down squares as illustrated above. Each square's corners are left unsecured, which creates the 3-D effect.

3. Sew through center of squares in horizontal rows and vertical columns.

4. With right sides together, sew front to back using a 5/8" seam, leaving one side open.

5. Turn right side out, fill, and hand-stitch closed.

3. Basket Weave

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1. Cut eight 20" x 10" felt strips.

2. Fold each strip in half lengthwise, and sew the long edges together with a 1/2" seam.

3. Turn strips right side out. Center seam line on back, and press strip flat.

4. Weave strips, pinning along edges of pillow front as you work.

5. With right sides together, sew pillow front to back using a 5/8" seam, leaving one side open.

6. Turn right side out, fill, and hand-stitch closed.

Ultimate Sewing Guide

4. Hexagon Appliqué

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1. Cut 25 felt hexagons that measure 1-1/2" on each edge.

2. Pin hexagons in rows to pillow front in desired pattern. For the full row, start and end with a hexagon cut in half.

3. Sew through center of hexagons in horizontal rows.

4. With right sides together, sew front to back using a 5/8" seam, leaving one side open.

5. Turn right side out, fill, and hand-stitch closed.

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