How to Sew a Rustic Pillow out of Leather

by Sarah Clark
Use leather and a folk art motif to make an elegantly rustic pillow.

Use leather and a folk art motif to make an elegantly rustic pillow. Images

Leather can be used to create attractive home accessories. The softness of leather combined with its insulating qualities makes it a good choice of material to be used year-round. Crafting a leather pillow with a special rustic touch takes a relatively short amount of time and requires only basic sewing techniques. Adding a leather appliqué star, which is a common folk art motif, makes the pillow look like it could comfortably fit in at a country home.

Items you will need

  • 2 colors of leather fabric
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Polyester stuffing material
Step 1

Use the ruler and pencil to measure out and draw two 9-inch squares of the main color of fabric leather. Cut out the squares with scissors.

Step 2

Draw and cut out a star shape from the second color of leather fabric. Don't worry about the star's sides and points being perfectly even. The star itself can be any size you like, as long as it fits onto the front of your pillow.

Step 3

Position the leather star onto the front side of one of the leather squares. Use your sewing machine's zigzag stitch to sew the edges of the star onto the background leather.

Step 4

Hold the two leather squares together so that their right sides face each other and their edges line up evenly. Use the sewing machine's straight stitch to sew three edges together, plus some of the fourth edge. Leave an opening on the fourth edge.

Step 5

Gently turn the work inside out, so that the right sides face outward. Stuff the piece with the polyester stuffing material. Make sure it is not under-stuffed or overstuffed. Then sew the opening closed to complete the pillow.

Tips & Warnings

  • These instructions are written to make a 9-inch pillow. However, you can modify the pattern as needed to fit your own home design needs.
  • You should use a light or light-medium weight of leather when working with your home sewing machine. Use a leather sewing machine needle for natural leather. If you are working with synthetic leather, use a sharp or a Microtex sewing machine needle.


About the Author

Sarah Clark has been writing since 1997, with work appearing in Northern Arizona University's "Student Life Organization Newsletter." She holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in art history from Northern Arizona University.

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