DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

DIY Knot Pillow

It’s always at this time of year, that I, Erin, am looking for a little something new to liven up my place for Spring, and these maritime-style knot pillows are just the ticket! They’re soft, sculptural bundles of goodness that are playful in design, but sophisticated enough for the living room sofa.

If you’re wanting a little home décor refresher too, grab some stretchy knit fabric + poly stuffing, and let’s make a DIY Knot Pillow!

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

14” x the full width of knit (stretchy fabric)

Ruler

Sewing machine

Sewing pins

Scissors

Wrapping paper card board tube

Dry polyester fiber fill – I like the course dry fill that’s traditionally used in doll-making as it packs firmer and stays in place.

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Cut two 7” wide strips that are as long as the full width of the fabric (minimum of 54”)

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Form a sleeve of fabric by folding each strip in half the long way with the right sides facing one another, and pin both layers together.

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Sew the length of the fabric at 3/8” seam allowance using a zigzag or knit stitch. Sew along one of the short sides as well to close up the sleeve at one end. It’s important to use a zig zag stitch so that the stitches stretch along with the fabric when stuffing the sleeves.

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Feed the fabric sleeve into one end of the cardboard tube, pull it out the other end and fold it back onto the cardboard tube turning the fabric sleeve right side out.

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Shirr the fabric sleeve completely onto one end of the cardboard tube. From the other end of the cardboard tube, stuff in small pieces of fill push it all the way to the far end of the tube using a ruler or wood dowel until it reaches the fabric sleeve. Try to keep the density of fill uniform throughout the fabric sleeve as you stuff.

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Once the entire sleeve is stuffed, either tie off with a knot or sew up the open end of the sleeve with the sewing machine. (Don’t worry, both ends will be hidden once the knot is tied.)

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Starting with just one fabric sleeve, tie the knot as illustrated above. Once the first sleeve is tied, “trace” the knot you just tied with the 2nd sleeve, by tucking it under and over as needed to make the two sleeves run parallel to one another. After the 2nd sleeve is in, adjust the sleeves so they form a tight knot, and tuck the 4 loose ends back into the pillow so they’re concealed.

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

While the finished DIY knot pillow is no doubt a fun way to switch things up in the home décor department, I think my favorite part about this project is that it seamlessly doubles as a volleyball for impromptu living room matches at game night, ha!

Erin Francois

As a diy-er to the very core, Erin calls upon her interior design background to create pieces for the home that work to add beauty, function and a loaded dose of handmade soul to our everyday.
Find more of her handmade musings on Francois et Mois

Read more from Erin Francois

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

DIY Knot Pillow

It’s always at this time of year, that I, Erin, am looking for a little something new to liven up my place for Spring, and these maritime-style knot pillows are just the ticket! They’re soft, sculptural bundles of goodness that are playful in design, but sophisticated enough for the living room sofa.

If you’re wanting a little home décor refresher too, grab some stretchy knit fabric + poly stuffing, and let’s make a DIY Knot Pillow!

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

14” x the full width of knit (stretchy fabric)

Ruler

Sewing machine

Sewing pins

Scissors

Wrapping paper card board tube

Dry polyester fiber fill – I like the course dry fill that’s traditionally used in doll-making as it packs firmer and stays in place.

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Cut two 7” wide strips that are as long as the full width of the fabric (minimum of 54”)

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Form a sleeve of fabric by folding each strip in half the long way with the right sides facing one another, and pin both layers together.

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Sew the length of the fabric at 3/8” seam allowance using a zigzag or knit stitch. Sew along one of the short sides as well to close up the sleeve at one end. It’s important to use a zig zag stitch so that the stitches stretch along with the fabric when stuffing the sleeves.

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Feed the fabric sleeve into one end of the cardboard tube, pull it out the other end and fold it back onto the cardboard tube turning the fabric sleeve right side out.

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Shirr the fabric sleeve completely onto one end of the cardboard tube. From the other end of the cardboard tube, stuff in small pieces of fill push it all the way to the far end of the tube using a ruler or wood dowel until it reaches the fabric sleeve. Try to keep the density of fill uniform throughout the fabric sleeve as you stuff.

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Once the entire sleeve is stuffed, either tie off with a knot or sew up the open end of the sleeve with the sewing machine. (Don’t worry, both ends will be hidden once the knot is tied.)

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

Starting with just one fabric sleeve, tie the knot as illustrated above. Once the first sleeve is tied, “trace” the knot you just tied with the 2nd sleeve, by tucking it under and over as needed to make the two sleeves run parallel to one another. After the 2nd sleeve is in, adjust the sleeves so they form a tight knot, and tuck the 4 loose ends back into the pillow so they’re concealed.

DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.DIY knot pillow by Sugar & Cloth, an award winning DIY, recipes, and home decor blog.

While the finished DIY knot pillow is no doubt a fun way to switch things up in the home décor department, I think my favorite part about this project is that it seamlessly doubles as a volleyball for impromptu living room matches at game night, ha!

Erin Francois

As a diy-er to the very core, Erin calls upon her interior design background to create pieces for the home that work to add beauty, function and a loaded dose of handmade soul to our everyday.
Find more of her handmade musings on Francois et Mois

Read more from Erin Francois

Comments

  • Corina Nika

    02.10.17

    That’s adorable! and i really love the colour you chose for this one

    • Ashley said:

      Erin always kills it – the color is one of our favorite parts too!

  • Brittni

    02.10.17

    Such a clever way to add the poly fill. And the pillow is super cute!

    • Ashley said:

      Erin’s a DIY genius!

    • Ashley said:

      She’s the best!

  • Wow! What a great idea and what an amazing result. I want to try to make it and I hope to get a result as goo as yours.
    Your blog is always so inspiratinal!
    Thanks a lot

    • Ashley said:

      Thanks for the kind words! We love this project from Erin! xo

  • Liz daigle

    02.18.17

    This is so cool! I’ve wanted to do something like this for a while. They look super artsy, but when they’re comfy at the same time…. it makes it even better. :)

    • Ashley said:

      Totally agree! Hope you give it a try! xo

  • Marlene

    03.01.17

    Do you sell these?

    • Ashley said:

      Unfortunately not!

    • Sophie said:

      Please sell them!!!!!!

      • Ashley said:

        Haha, this is only a DIY from Erin, unfortunately!

  • yasmim

    03.08.17

    I love it! It seems easy to be done!

  • Carina

    08.07.17

    Thank you for the tutorial. I am just curious why a raw edge is left instead of surging/zigzagging? Is it not needed in this situation?

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