It doesn't get much easier than this. Cut a couple squares of fabric, sew a few seams, insert a pillow form or stuffing, hand stitch the opening closed. It's the fabric that makes a statement. Now's your chance to dig through the remnant bins at the store; this design takes less than a yard of fabric.
We love the red piping outlining the center square of this pillow. Piping is basically a thin piece of cord covered in fabric. It's often used along seam lines as an accent or highlight. You can buy piping pre-made in a variety of colors, or you can make your own. Either way, it's a great tool for adding professional punch to your sewing projects. Pow!
Corduroy has an interesting texture and always makes a very comfortable pillow. We've upped the ante by breaking our top and bottom fabric into four separate squares each, then sewing these sets of four squares at right angles to one another to create a center diamond pattern with the wale. Now you have the cool comfort of corduroy with a sophistication you won't get at the discount store.
Patchwork is a classic quilting pattern, but you can use a mini version of it to create a colorful pillow. Want a vibrant and fun toss pillow? Use a different fabric for every square – 25 in all. Would a more subdued palette better suit your room? Stick to just four or five patterns in a similar tonal family.