I’ve put together a fall DIY felted wool throw pillow tutorial for you guys today. The temps are not falling outside and it doesn’t feel like fall by any stretch of the imagination down here in Fl. But it is fall, and I’m loving the rich complimentary colors of the felted wool I found. The colors alone are enough to get me in the fall spirit and they work beautifully in my living area.
It was time to say good-bye to summer colors and hello fall with a pillow and sofa throw switch out. Last week I made my crazy soft DIY Faux Fur Sofa Throw to take place of the summer one. I wasn’t sure what I’d do for pillows and was browsing my favorite local Home Goods for inspiration or a good deal. I found a few stunning felted wool pillows but they weren’t in my colors so I had to pass on them 🙁
I usually reuse my pillow forms since we don’t have much room to store seasonal decor so it wasn’t all bad that I didn’t bring them home. These fall felted wool throw pillows are this years fall/winter version of my annual DIY pillow covers They are just what I needed and the colors work perfectly with the large flower art piece I have on the wall.
Plus…I absolutely love the texture and rich feel of the wool felt for these DIY throw pillows!
How to make a DIY felted wool throw pillow
Supplies needed to make a felted wool throw pillow in two styles. I use affiliate links to help you find the products I used.
- wool felt, use a wool or wool blend felted wool for a luxurious feel
- self stick Velcro
- fabric glue
- sewing machine
- quality fabric cutting scissors
- dressmakers chalk
- feather pillow inserts
Step#1. Measure your pillows from side to side, my square pillows are 21″ x 21″.
Step # 2 Cut your fabric. See below pillow style guides for cutting and measuring instructions.
Envelope style throw pillow with overlapping back
Add a 1/2″ seam allowance on the two sides that will be sewn together and a 4″ overlap of where the fabric will overlap in the back. Don’t let the picture below fool you, the fabric lays flat I just pulled it up to show how the pillow inserts in the back.
Envelope style throw pillow with overlapping flap in front
Allow for a 1/2″ seam allowance on the two sides that will be sewn together and a 9″ overlap of where the fabric will overlap in the front for 21″ pillow. I used a second color for the front flap.
Step #3. Cut out and pin in position any embellishments that will be sewn on the front of the pillow.
I used a cup and a few bottle caps to trace my circles. Using tailors chalk to mark where I was cutting made this easy and the chalk easily brushed off. Pre-ironing the circles in half helped to line them up neatly for pining. I simply sewed a line right down the middle of each set of circles.
I kept making circles until I was happy with how my pillow front looked. You’ll see some are stacked two deep and some are three deep with different colors and circle sizes.
Step 4. Place the front side of the fabric together and sew the two sides. Since felt won’t unravel, I didn’t put seams at the edges of the back flaps.
Step #5. Turn the felted wool pillow case right side out. If you used the envelope back style simply squish the feather pillow and gently insert it into the back flap. Arrange and fluff it inside.
If you’re making the front flap felted throw pillow, add the front embellishments to the flap before inserting the pillow. I made the design up as I went along. I didn’t want to see the sewing on this pillow front. I used fabric glue for the front circles, and ironed a seam along the edges of the front flap sides to create an envelope shape flap. I trimmed off the excess felt and added a line of fabric glue under the seam. Last, I used the lazy girls self stick velcro to keep the fold over flap in place 😉 I used three small pieces under the front flap to hold them down.
We might have a beach bungalow but it’s looking a lot like fall in here now! They look great with my No Sew Burlap Pumpkins.
Even with the heat I’m enjoying fall now. I simply turned down the AC thermostat a few degrees and it’s perfectly cool inside. I’ve cuddled up with my new faux fur sofa throw and ultra soft felted wool pillows and a good book in the evenings this week. What a perfect way to relax and let the busyness of the day melt away 🙂
Do you love felted wool in the fall and winter? What’s your favorite thing to have in wool?
Oh yeah, If you love it, don’t forget to pin it!
Need more fall decor? You may like my Birch Bark Candle Holder pictured above or my DIY Pedestal Bowl which is fabulous for all seasons.
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I love changing out pillow covers to update my home decor for each season. Thanks for sharing your easy fall pillow tutorial on Merry Monday.
Hi Marie and thank you! I enjoyed making these pillows and loved the colors of wool to choose from in the stores:)
How pretty! I love the fall colors. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty.
Hi Pam, Thanks so much:) I fell in love with the colors too. Thanks so much for your visit!
Pillows look great – thanks for the post1
Hi Carol & thank you. Glad you like them:) They were super easy to make and great on the budget too. Thanks so much for your visit!
That one you made with the bottle cap “stencils” is gorgeous! The texture just makes it look so cozy and pretty! Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week!
Hi Marie & thank you so much! Isn’t the texture of the felted wool perfectly cozy for fall? The bottle cap stencils worked out just fine too! Thanks so much for hosting each week & thank you for visiting!
Marie from The Interior Frugalista says
Your felted wool throw pillows would fit in perfectly over here where we are full on Fall, including our furnace running for weeks now. It’s been all about hot apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters, and boots. Pinning and sharing your adorable pillows!
P.S. Love the new look of your blog!!!
Hi Marie! Yes, they would fit in perfectly where you guys are. I have to simulate fall in Fl! LOL I’m driving North and will be in VT next week so I’ll get to experience real fall this year! I’m looking forward to it too:) Thanks so much for sharing my project!
Mary-the boondocks blog says
Wendi the living room looks great. And I hear ya about not feeling fall all the way. Luckily for me the temperature has been dropping. Love your living room and the pillows are the perfect addition. But the best part is the velcro that you used! Great idea for us “lazy” girls! Happy Fall!
Hi Mary & thank you! Our temps just started to drop a day or so ago into the low 90’s upper 80’s LOL.. I’m off today to New England and will get a “real” fall shortly 🙂 Glad you liked my pillows and and throw…yes, Velcro is a wonderful thing! Thanks for stopping by my friend!
I love your pillows, they are so cute and they look so soft. I love your sofa, it is just the size and style I’m wanting.
We are finally getting a break in the weather here, we rode to the Smokie Mountains last week and in those beautiful mountains it was cool enough we had to wear light jackets and it was heavenly. Then we came home to 90 degree weather and then went to motorcycle drag races, I thought I would die it was so hot and the humidity was high, but now it is cool sun shining very low humidity and I have the house opened up, it feels so good to have fresh air coming in. I hope you get a break soon.
I used to make pillows, but must admit I haven’t done so for years, you have me wanting to make some now. My in laws gave me a brand new sewing machine in a beautiful cabinet a few years ago and I hate to admit it but I have never used it, so I think I will make a trip to town for some material, I hope mine look as cute as yours.
Hi Patti! Sounds like a fabulous time! Wow, cool weather…sounds delightful! I’m off on a road trip today to drive back up north. I’m looking forward to cool temps, of course the weather is just beginning to break a bit here and our windows will soon be open 🙂 We love our sofa, it was my big splurge and worth every bit of it! I’m sure your pillows will look every bit if not a lot better than mine. I admit I’m a lazy sewer! Thanks so much for your visit and enjoy your weather!