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How to Make DIY Patriotic Pillows: Celebrate the USA with Handmade Decor

Do you want to show your patriotism while adding a homey touch to your living space? I have the cutest DIY patriotic pillows to help you celebrate! With just a few easy steps, here is how to make DIY patriotic pillows that will add the perfect amount of patriotic flair to any room. 

You can show your pride and make your home décor extra special by using this step-by-step tutorial. There is no better way to show your support for your country than with a little red, white, and blue.

Whether you use these pillows for Memorial Day or July 4th, you can decorate your home with star-spangled designs and a patriotic touch. 

There are multiple patriotic decor ideas you can make for seasonal decor. I think these patriotic throw pillows are one of the easiest and best projects you will find. 

What’s another reason to make these patriotic pillow covers? They don’t require a sewing machine. Just a little hand sewing is all you have to do. 

Where to Use These Pillows for the Patriotic Holidays?

These patriotic decorations can be used in so many places:

  • create a patriotic front porch by placing the pillows on a front porch bench
  • on a patio chair or loveseat
  • in the house on the sofa
  • have an old quilt in the guest bedroom? Use them there.

Mix them with throws, quilts or existing pillows for patriotic home decor.

Supplies for Your Patriotic  Pillows

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You’ll love that you may have some of these supplies on hand for this DIY project. If not, they are fairly inexpensive to find.

pillow covers and cardboard
  • pillow insert in the same size. I used 18-inch pillow inserts. I took them out of existing pillows. You could use a 20-inch pillow insert also.
  • cotton fabric in your choice of colors and patterns. I already had all the fabric in my fabric boxes. You don’t need large pieces and can definitely use scrapes. I used four different fabrics, but all were red and white, blue and white or a combination. For the most interest, I picked fabrics in patterns. You need less than a fourth of a yard for each star.
red, white, and blue fabric
  • cardstock or heavy paper to make a star pattern. It doesn’t matter the color and scrape pieces will work great. I used my Cricut Machine to make the stars. I determined that I needed three sizes: 8 inches, 6 inches and 4 inches.
  • very sharp scissors for cutting the fabric. I started with my sewing scissors, but switched to my favorite little sharp Fiskars scissors. These were easier to cut the corners and the angles of the stars.
  • pencil or fabric marker
  • fabric glue – found a fabric glue stick in my fabric cabinet. When I opened it, it was dried out so I made a quick trip to Joann and bought a new package.
  • a large piece of cardboard, optional, for placing inside the pillow insert when you are gluing.
  • embroidery thread or thin yarn for embellishing the stars on the pillow

Decide on a Theme

The first thing you need to do is decide on a theme. For my patriotic pillows, I decided to use a star. I almost added stripes but thought that would be too busy. 

You could make a flag design. 

Deciding on a theme first will help you choose your colors and fabrics.

Also, decide on the right size of your theme pieces. That will determine how much fabric you need.

Consider how many stars you will need of each size. I determined that I would need 6 stars for each pillow: three 8-inch stars, one 6-inch star, and two 4-inch stars.

What will make your star pillows different from anyone else’s is the number of stars you make, the sizes, and the fabric colors and patterns. The placement on the pillow makes a difference, too.

Steps to Making Your Patriotic Pillows

Step 1 – Iron your fabric and pillow covers if necessary.

Step 2 – Make your star pattern. As I said, I used my Cricut Machine to cut out three sizes of stars. In Cricut Design space, I chose a star shape and cut out a large star in 8 inches. Then I duplicated the star and resized it to 6 inches, and then to 4 inches.

making stars on a Cricut Machine
star pattern for patriotic pillow

Step 3 – Place your cardstock pattern on the wrong side of the fabric. Trace around the star pattern with your pencil or fabric marker. Hold it firmly so the paper doesn’t slip. 

tracing star pattern on fabric

Step 4 – Repeat with your other star patterns and fabrics.

NOTE: I didn’t worry about raw edges on the fabric. Any slight raveling would give some character to the DIY pillows.

NOTE: I realized after I made my first 4-inch stars that I could fold the fabric, right sides together and draw and cut two at once.

cut out star pattern

Step 5 – Once you have all your stars cut out, lay them on the pillow cover and decide on the final placement.

stars on pillow cover

Step 6 – Squeeze your fabric glue in a thin line all around the star about 1/8 inch from the edge of your star. Then add a dot of glue in the center and “spokes” of the star.

gluing stars to pillow cover
gluing stars to pillow cover

Step 7 – Carefully turn over the star and place it on the pillow, smooth down the fabric on the pillow cover. Repeat until all your stars have been placed and glued on the pillow cover.

This glue goes on white but dries clear. This glue advises to let it sit 4 – 6 hours. I just let it sit overnight.

NOTE: Revision – later, I discovered that the glue would work better if it were placed about 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric. I’ll explain below.

The pillows at this point are basically finished. But I wanted a bit more color and style.

patriotic pillows with stars

At this point, I had spent less than one hour on the pillow project. How to make patriotic pillows was such an easy DIY project.

Embellish the Stars

​This is where the embroidery thread comes in. I had plenty of white and a little bit of red embroidery thread in my sewing cabinet. I decided to add it to the stars for two reasons:

  • extra reinforcement for the stars
  • more contrast and color on the pillows

Using a large embroidery needle with a sharp point, sew about 1/8 inch from the edge of the star in a running straight stitch. I made my stitches about 1/8 – 1/4 inches long.

sewing thread on stars

For the smallest stars in the red, white, and blue color pattern, I used red embroidery thread. Then I discovered that was all I had, so I switched to white for all the other stars.

sewing thread on stars

NOTE: Here is where the revision that I mentioned above comes in. When I began to sew the embroidery thread around the edge of the star, in several places there was glue right where I wanted my needle to go through the fabric. It was doable but made it harder to get the needle through. Just be aware there could be some resistance, and place the glue just a little farther from the edge of the fabric.

Just FYI, sewing the embroidery thread onto the stars took the longest time of the whole project – about 2 hours. I watched two episodes of Call the Midwife, Season 10. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

finished patriotic pillows

Final Step for the Patriotic Pillows

Now all you have to do is stuff your pillows with the pillow forms. Make sure that the pillow inserts are evenly distributed inside the pillow. Give them a few good whacks, if need be.

finished patriotic pillow

Where to Use Your Patriotic Pillows

I knew before I started this project that my patriotic pillows would look great on the blue loveseat on our patio. I was not disappointed.

patriotic pillow on patio loveseat

The white background of the pillow pops against the blue loveseat. 

I love the bright, happy vibe of the red fabric with the white polka dots. The blue fabric with the small dots is cute, and the blue gingham fabric adds a traditional pattern. The light blue and white fabric with little red stars is a nice contrast to the more solid patterns.

What do you think?

Here are some other DIY pillow projects I know you’ll like.

If you want to make patriotic pillows for Memorial Day or Fourth of July decor, please PIN this little pillow project.

See this Pinterest Board, Patriotic Holiday Ideas, for more ideas. Please follow me on Pinterest, too, for lots of great inspiration.

pin for later graphic in blue
patriotic pillows
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21 Comments

  1. Love that you used a stencil as your star template, Carol! We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared!
    Creatively, Beth

  2. This patriotic pillow is adorable, Carol… and your tutorial is great! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About. I’m happy to be featuring your post at this week’s party! Pinned!

  3. Very pretty pillows with a patriotic theme Carol. I love how easy they are to make. Thanks for sharing at Love Your Creativity. I am happy to feature your diy patriotic pillow s at Love Your Creativity. Happy Memorial Day.

  4. Thanks for sharing with us at the Senior Salon Pit Stop link party – You’re being featured this week!
    Maria @ kraftyplanner.com

  5. I love how you hand stitched each star to the pillow case after gluing them on. The stitching gives the pillows such a lovely touch. Thanks for a great tutorial!

  6. These pillows are adorable and so festive! Thank you for sharing them with us on Farmhouse Friday. I’m featuring them tomorrow! Happy Memorial Day! pinned

  7. What darling pillows! I love the step-by-step instructions. And if you don’t have (or don’t want to purchase) the plain pillow covers, you can easily make your own from a canvas drop cloth.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  8. I love how you created these pillows. I used to do stuff like that yonks ago, but now that we have downsized dramatically, I do not have space to add anything so will just admire your work.
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  9. Your patriotic pillows look wonderful! I like that they’re not perfect on the edges for extra personality. Love the pattern mixtures, too!

  10. Your pillows turned out so cute, Carol!! What a fun and festive way to decorate for the Patriotic holidays. Pinned!

  11. These are adorable, Carol, and I love that you used pillow covers – no worries about storing lots of pillows!

  12. Carol I absolutely LOVE these. Definitely making a few for my porch. Pinned! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. Carol, this pillow is so cute! Thanks for sharing! I might just have to make a few of these! We are Texan’s at heart as we spend 6 months of winter on SPI and absolutely love it. We always have a 4th of July barbeque at our place with all our friends from here that winter in Texas. Over the years I have bought all the buntings, flags, table service, etc. We love celebrating this holiday with our American friends. It’s always a fun day!

  14. Carol, your patriotic pillow turned out so cute and it looks fabulous on your patio furniture! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  15. Carol, this is such a great way to get into the patriotic spirit! Your pillows look perfect on your loveseat! They certainly enhance your outdoor living space! It all looks quite lovely!

  16. So cute Carol!! I love the different patterned stars and the way you stitched them ready added a special touch and makes them pop! I’ve never used fabric glue, sounds like great stuff, thank you~ this is a great Summer craft!

  17. a super cute pillow Carol. I love it. Pinned to make one myself. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Great idea to save time by using the pillow cases and also a great way to use scraps. Those handmade embroidery touches really make these pillows special! Great tip about the glue; that’s something I’ll definitely keep in mind.