DIY His and Hers Pillows

January 13, 2014Sarah Khandjian

DIY His and Hers Pillows

Last week I updated our bedding by sewing some cute throw pillows using my Silhouette and some scrap Marimekko fabric I had. Even though I’ve owned my Silhouette for 2 years, I never got around to using it to cut fabric until last week! Now after using it to cut out the text on these pillows I’m excited to use it to cut fabric again in future projects.

These pillows would make a thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift. They would be equally perfect as a wedding gift (you could swap the text for ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’). If you don’t have a Silhoutte you can always use scissors to hand cut the text.

To make your own ‘his’ and ‘hers’ pillow download the Silhouette Studio file and the steps below.
Don’t have a Silhouette? Download the printable PDF file.

DIY His and Hers Pillows

to make 2, 16″ x 12″ pillow covers

Download the His and Hers Silhouette file
– 2, 17″ x 13″ pieces of cotton fabric (this will be the front of the pillow)
– 4, 13″ x 11″ piece of cotton fabric
– 16″ x 12″ piece of cotton fabric in a contrasting color for text
– 2, 16″ x 12″ pillow inserts
– 16″ x 12″ piece of Silhouette sewable fabric interfacing
Silhouette fabric blade
24″ x 12″ Silhouette cutting mat
– Thread
– Iron

1.  Iron the Silhouette interfacing to the wrong, or back side of the fabric you are going to use for the text. Once the interfacing is completely adhered, remove the paper backing. Place the fabric right side up on the cutting mat. Cut out the his and hers design using the light weight cotton settings. Remove from the cutting mat and throw away the excess fabric.

2. Place one of the words in the center of one of the 17″ x 13″ pieces. Use the iron to press the design onto the fabric. The use your sewing mating to sew on the text. I used a straight stitch and traced the letters, creating a patch in the center of each line. You can also sew along the outline, very close to the edge. Repeat on the other piece with the other word. If you want to add a heart to one or both of the pillows, go ahead and iron it into place and sew it now.

DIY His and Hers Pillows

3. Sew a double hem on one side (the long side) of each of the 13″ x 11″ pieces. Then place the his or her piece right side up. And place two of the smaller pieces you just sewed face down with the finished hems towards the center. They will overlap in the center and layer will be on top. This creates the opening so you can later insert the cushion.

4. Use 1/2″ seam allowance and sew along all 4 sides. Then turn the pillow case right side out and place the insert in. Repeat steps 3-4 on the other pillow and you’re done.

DIY His and Hers Pillows

 Want more Valentine’s day DIYs? Check out my past Valentine’s Day projects here.


  • Amy W

    January 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

    These pillows are so incredibly adorable. I love the red fabric you elected, too. AND the little heart on the back, just the perfect detail touch. Thanks for sharing with us!

    Amy @

  • Marlene

    January 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    These are super cute! Love love love!

  • robbie

    January 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    hi sarah– can you post a PDF of the file? i am dying to do this but do not have a silhouette. thanks! robbie

    1. Sarah

      January 20, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Hi Robbie, I just updated the post and added a printable PDF file. If you make the pillows, I’d love to see a photo of them!

  • Helena A.

    January 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Sarah, I loved this project, but I don´t have a Silhouette and the PDF printable link gives an error message… :(
    Could you fix it, please? Thank you!
    Kisses from Portugal!

    1. Sarah

      January 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Helena, I just fixed the link!

  • Paula

    February 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Hi Sarah! This is a great idea! I am working on the pillows but I could not downloaded the pdf. Could you please fix it? Thanks!!

    1. Sarah

      February 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Paula! I just checked the post and the pdf page is loading. Please let me know if it’s not working for you!

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