DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Cozy for Fall: DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows

The temperatures are dropping here in Minneapolis and that means we’re spending more and more time indoors. Having people over no longer means a patio grill out, but instead game or movie nights inside. It’s been on my mind to make some throw pillows for our living room to add some additional coziness for such gatherings, and when I, Erin, came across these tasseled tea towels (Say that 5 times fast, haha!), I knew I’d found the perfect thing to make them.

The tea towels have a cool tassel detail (which I can’t get enough of lately) on the corners, and of course, they arrive hemmed, so I decided to make these DIY tasseled throw pillows in a “deconstructed” manner where the seam allowance is celebrated on the outside of the pillow as a flange. Not only does this expose the tassels, but it’s also a simpler technique than traditional ways of sewing pillows. And simpler is always a win in my DIY playbook!

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Anthropologie Tea Towels

Sewing Machine

Off-white Thread

Sewing Pins

Cotton Flossing in colors: Off-white, Yellow, & Grey/Black, or whatever colors you have on hand

7” Book

Large Sewing Needle

Feather Pillow Insert

Fold the tea towel in half to form a 14” x 21” rectangle. Pin the “wrong” sides together on both long edges and one of the short edges. Sew the three sides together using the tea towel’s existing stitch line as a guide to form a flange. (Sew right on top of the existing stitch line.) One of the seam edges will be along the fold; use 5/8” seam allowance to mimic the other two sides.

 

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

The tea towels arrive with tassels on only two of the corners, so next we’ll create 2 more tassels that mimic or coordinate with the tea towel’s tassels. No need to buy new colors of cotton flossing; use colors you already have on hand for a fun, boho vibe.

Begin by wrapping the off-white string roughly 30 times tightly around the book. Slide the string loop off the book and flatten the loop. Cinch in the middle and double knot with a 20” piece of off-white string.

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Then using the yellow string lay an upside down number ‘4’ towards the top of the off-white tassel. Begin wrapping the yellow string tightly around the off-white tassel.

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

To tie off the yellow string, thread the tail through the loop and pull tight. Then pull the yellow string at the top of the tassel until the loop at the bottom disappears underneath the horizontally wrapped yellow string. Trim the string tail closely to the tassel. Next, repeat this step with the dark grey or black color wrap.

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, TexasDIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Attach the tassels to the two bare pillow corners. Thread the off-white tassel strings through the large embroidery needle and run the needle through the corner of the pillow. Thread the needle back through the center of the tassel head, and back up through the pillow corner. Secure in place by threading the needle through the stitch you just created and finish with a double knot. Repeat with the second tassel.

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, TexasDIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, TexasDIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, TexasDIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Lastly, stuff the pillow with the feather insert and sew up the open short side of the pillow, using the tea towel’s stitch line as a guide.

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, TexasDIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, TexasDIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

And there you have it! Easy DIY tasseled throw pillows to feather your nest for all those cozy Fall get-togethers. Who knew tea towels could make for such cute pillow covers! 

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 Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Cozy for Fall: DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows

The temperatures are dropping here in Minneapolis and that means we’re spending more and more time indoors. Having people over no longer means a patio grill out, but instead game or movie nights inside. It’s been on my mind to make some throw pillows for our living room to add some additional coziness for such gatherings, and when I, Erin, came across these tasseled tea towels (Say that 5 times fast, haha!), I knew I’d found the perfect thing to make them.

The tea towels have a cool tassel detail (which I can’t get enough of lately) on the corners, and of course, they arrive hemmed, so I decided to make these DIY tasseled throw pillows in a “deconstructed” manner where the seam allowance is celebrated on the outside of the pillow as a flange. Not only does this expose the tassels, but it’s also a simpler technique than traditional ways of sewing pillows. And simpler is always a win in my DIY playbook!

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Anthropologie Tea Towels

Sewing Machine

Off-white Thread

Sewing Pins

Cotton Flossing in colors: Off-white, Yellow, & Grey/Black, or whatever colors you have on hand

7” Book

Large Sewing Needle

Feather Pillow Insert

Fold the tea towel in half to form a 14” x 21” rectangle. Pin the “wrong” sides together on both long edges and one of the short edges. Sew the three sides together using the tea towel’s existing stitch line as a guide to form a flange. (Sew right on top of the existing stitch line.) One of the seam edges will be along the fold; use 5/8” seam allowance to mimic the other two sides.

 

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

The tea towels arrive with tassels on only two of the corners, so next we’ll create 2 more tassels that mimic or coordinate with the tea towel’s tassels. No need to buy new colors of cotton flossing; use colors you already have on hand for a fun, boho vibe.

Begin by wrapping the off-white string roughly 30 times tightly around the book. Slide the string loop off the book and flatten the loop. Cinch in the middle and double knot with a 20” piece of off-white string.

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Then using the yellow string lay an upside down number ‘4’ towards the top of the off-white tassel. Begin wrapping the yellow string tightly around the off-white tassel.

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

To tie off the yellow string, thread the tail through the loop and pull tight. Then pull the yellow string at the top of the tassel until the loop at the bottom disappears underneath the horizontally wrapped yellow string. Trim the string tail closely to the tassel. Next, repeat this step with the dark grey or black color wrap.

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, TexasDIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Attach the tassels to the two bare pillow corners. Thread the off-white tassel strings through the large embroidery needle and run the needle through the corner of the pillow. Thread the needle back through the center of the tassel head, and back up through the pillow corner. Secure in place by threading the needle through the stitch you just created and finish with a double knot. Repeat with the second tassel.

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, TexasDIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, TexasDIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, TexasDIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

Lastly, stuff the pillow with the feather insert and sew up the open short side of the pillow, using the tea towel’s stitch line as a guide.

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, TexasDIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, TexasDIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

DIY Tasseled Throw Pillows by Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, a top lifestyle blog in Houston, Texas

And there you have it! Easy DIY tasseled throw pillows to feather your nest for all those cozy Fall get-togethers. Who knew tea towels could make for such cute pillow covers! 

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

  • Jordan C.K

    10.04.17

    Lovely idea! Tasseled pillows look so good!

  • Shawna

    10.05.17

    Love this DIY! Perfect project for a cozy fall day off. :)

    • Thank you, Shawna! You’re so right! Erin did such an amazing job as always! xo

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