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Color-Block Pillows

Throw pillows can instantly update or reinvent the color palette of a room. And by making your own, you can tailor the pillows to your own style.


Martha uses taffeta in two colors to make this three-paneled pillow, but you can use linen, velvet, or virtually any material. The instructions below are for a 26-by-17-inch pillow; adjust the measurements to your desired size.



  • Scissors
  • Fabric in two colors
  • Glass-headed pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Pinking shears
  • Pillow
  • Needle and thread


  1. Step 1

    Cut panels of fabric: four 8-by-17 1/2-inch outer panels of one color, and two 11 1/2-by-17 1/2-inch center panels of a different color.

  2. Step 2

    To assemble front side of pillow: With right sides together, pin the long sides of one outer panel to a center panel. Machine-sew them together, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Pin other outer panel to the opposite side of the same center panel; sew together, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Repeat this process to assemble back side of pillow.

  3. Step 3

    Using pinking shears, trim the seam allowances, and press them open.

  4. Step 4

    With right sides together, pin the front and back of the pillow together, making sure all seams match up. Sew together, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance and a 16-inch opening on one long side.

  5. Step 5

    Trim seams, and clip corners. Turn right side out, and press.

  6. Step 6

    Insert pillow, then hand-stitch the opening closed, or insert a zipper.

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