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How to Dress Up a Tired Throw Pillow for the Holidays

19 Dec 2021

Organizing for the holidays, whether it is Christmas or Chanukah, can be a real challenge. There are decorations to put up and holiday foods to cook, and after all of that there is still time to re-decorate your living room so it looks festive and not like last year’s holiday décor. The easiest way to jazz up your home for the holidays is with throw pillows. They instantly update furniture and bring color and excitement into an otherwise dull space.

How to dress up tired throw pillow for holidays

Throw pillows:

They can be expensive if you buy them from a store, but they don’t have to be! You can easily make your own bow adorned pillow for under $5 using scrap fabric, wire hanger, scissors and needle & thread. Follow the how-to below for a bow pillow that will look as though it came from the store.

Tools & Materials:

  • Scrap fabric (For this bow I used scraps of fuschia and lime green)
  • Wire hanger (This is optional; you can also just use scissors or another cutting instrument to cut your bow out of fabric.)
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread

Step 1: Make Your Bow

Cut two pieces of scrap fabric each measuring 2″x12″, ensuring they are 12″ long including the fringe at the bottom. Fold these in half length wise so they are now 1″ x 12″. Tie a knot in one end so all four corners are gathered together. Now tie another knot about 1″ down from the first knot. This will form the bow.

Step 2: Cut Out Your Stem

Use a wire hanger or another cutting implement to cut out a stem for your bow pillow. The stem should be about 8″ long and 1″ wide. If you are using a wire hanger, bend it so it forms a “U” shape.

Step 3: Assemble Your Bow Pillow

Thread a needle and tie a knot at one end. Push the needle through the center of the bow (where all four corners are tied together), coming out of the backside of the fabric. Sew around the outside of the bow, making sure to go through all of the fabric layers. Do this one more time to ensure the bow is secure. Cut off any remaining thread.

Step 4: Sew on Your Bow

Now you can sew your bow onto the bow pillow stem, making sure your bow faces the same direction as the bow printed on the fabric bow pillow. If you want to embellish your bow with rhinestones or beads, now is a good time to do so before attaching it to the stem (especially if you use wire hangers and need to bend them into shape).

Step 5: Enjoy!

Once your bow pillow is fully assembled, place it in whatever room needs that finishing touch for this holiday season. I especially like using my bow pillows in front of curtains or behind a couch; they add festive beauty where ever you put them.

Happy Holidays! -Tanis Richards, the Thrifty Ginger

See Tanis’ bow pillows on her blog: Tanis Makes Blog Post.

See more bow pillow DIYs by bloggers below:

Bow Pillow Tutorial with Step by Step Instructional Pictures. The creative blogger behind this bow pillow tutorial recommends that you use a “fat quarter” of fabric for your bow since it is not the main focal point of the pillow. A fat quarter is usually one-fourth of a yard of 45 inch wide fabric. If you are using anything less than a 1/8th yard, please read through their post so you can see what measurements to take with your bow. Don’t have any fabric? Check out their post for an easy way to make a bow pillow with no fabric at all!


How to Make a Bow Pillow from a T Shirt. If you want to use something you already have around the house, try making a bow pillow out of an old t shirt! This is a great way to upcycle and gives new life to something that would otherwise be thrown away.


DIY No Sew Bow Pillow. This bow pillow tutorial does not require any sewing! All you need is some wire, hot, and your imagination.


DIY Ribbon Bow Pillow. It’s bow pillow time! This bow pillow tutorial is basically the same as the two bow pillows above. The only difference is that this bow uses ribbon instead of fabric to tie your bow in a jiffy!


Bow Pillow Tutorial with Step by Step Instructional Pictures. This bow pillow tutorial has photos that ensure accuracy when assembling your bow pillow.


How to make a No Sew Felt Bow Pillow. Oh my goodness, what could be simpler? You don’t even need textile glue or fabric for this bow pillow DIY!


Bow-pillows are a quick, easy way to add some festive cheer to your home this holiday season. With just a little bit of fabric and some basic sewing skills, you can have your own bow pillow in no time! Try out one of the bow pillow tutorials above and impress your friends and family with your crafty abilities!

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