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How to DIY Outdoor Throw Pillows with Cricut

Sharing how to make these DIY  Outdoor Throw Pillows! These bright outdoor pillows are made with a sturdy, outdoor fabric and feature monstera leaves. I cut the fabric with my Cricut Explore Air.

Hey friends, I’ve got a question  for you…do you think it is possible to have too many throw pillows?

I’m pretty certain that the answer to that question is ‘no’…which is why Terry thinks I might need an intervention. 

But be that as it may,  I really do enjoy having a stash of throw pillows that I can bring out to welcome a change in the season.

These tropical leaf throw pillows are perfect for spring and summer decor. And I made them with outdoor fabric so that they can sit on either my front or back porch.

And in my ongoing quest to figure out just how handy my Cricut Explore Air 2 really is, I decided to see how I could use it to DIY Throw Pillows.

DIY throw pillows on the front porch

I wanted something a wee bit tropical and found this image of Monstera leaves to use on my pillows. By uploading the image into the Cricut Design Space software, I was able to produce an image that could be cut from fabric. 

Monstera Leaves for outdoor throw pillows

I did produce a wee video to show you the process to upload an image into Cricut.

Materials Needed:

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N&N TIP: Use a pillow form that is 2 inches bigger than your cover for full and firm pillows.

Make the Throw Pillows:

  • If you want to upload an image into your Cricut, see my video above.
  • Once you have the image, cut the images out of your fabric. Here are some tips on how to cut fabric with Cricut Explore Air:
    • Use a sharp blade and a strong grip mat
    • Use Wonder Under or a similar backing to make your fabric stiff. I used Terrasol outdoor fabric, which is an olefin product so it was already quite stiff. 
  • Cut the white fabric to 13″ by 13″, giving  1/2″ seam allowance on each side.
  • I did sew one side of the pillow cover together before I sewed the leaves on so that I could have a leaf bend over from the front to the back.How to Cut Fabric with Cricut
  • I used a tight zig-zag stitch to attach them to the leaves to the white pillow fabric.Outdoor Fabric Cut with Cricut
  • Then it was just a matter of sewing two more sides on the sewing machine, stuffing the pillow insert in and hand stitching the fourth side closed.Love these pillows! Use a Cricut to cut the tropical leaf shapes and then just sew them on a white pillow cover. Use outdoor fabric for spring and summer porch decor or regular fabric for your home decor. #cricutmade @officialcricut (sponsored by Cricut)
  • As I was stitching the final side closed, it dawned on me that I should have either put in a zipper or velcro so that I could wash the cover easier. I think I’ll probably do that when the time comes to wash them.
Love these throw pillows! Use a Cricut to cut the tropical leaf shapes and then just sew them on a white pillow cover. Use outdoor fabric for spring and summer porch decor or regular fabric for your home decor. #cricutmade @officialcricut (sponsored by Cricut)

Think you might just want to cut fabric with Cricut and DIY some throw pillows yourself? Pin this image for your future reference.

Are you looking for another DIY pillow project using your Cricut? Check out these gold medallion pillows that I made using my Cricut.

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