DIY Donut Pillow

Time to make the donuts! Treat yourself to this cute little throw pillow that takes no time to stitch up. Super soft Cuddle fabric makes this accessory even cozier. Donut worry, this project is as easy as cake. Or a cake donut, anyway.

DIY Sprinkle Donut Pillow

The icing on the donut for this project are the sprinkles—learn a new use for the Button Sew-On Foot #18! This thing isn’t just for buttons anymore. Keep reading to pick up some sweet new sewing skills!

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - supplies

Materials to Sew a Donut Pillow

Instructions on How to Sew a Donut Pillow

  1. Cut fabric

Begin with two pieces of Cuddle fabric (or other, soft plush/fleece fabric) cut to 20” squares. Fold the fabric in half then half again. You should have a 10” square.

Trim the square to an even semi-circle. I do this by measuring a few points from the center that create a curve. To trim the outer curve, measure and mark 10” from the center (the corner with all folds, no raw edges). Connect the points and cut a smooth curve.

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - cut outer edge

Repeat the same process for the inner curve but this time, measure 3” out from the center.

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - cut inner curve

Repeat this entire process for the second piece of fabric. You should have two, matching circles with the centers cut out—donuts in the making!

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - cut pieces

  1. Tack on sprinkles

On the white or “frosted” side of your donut, we need to add sprinkles! To do this, we’ll use Button Sew-On Foot #18. Lower the feed dog and attach the foot to your machine.

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - presser foot feed dog

Select the button sew-on program from the Buttonhole menu.

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - button sew on program

Thread your machine with the first color of thread. Place the fabric under the presser foot, then a matching pompom, and lower the presser foot. Press the Start/Stop button and the machine will stitch the button sew-on program to completion.

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - sew on

When that pompom is done, cut the threads and move to another. Work your way around the donut, sewing all of one color before moving on to the next. This will minimize your thread changes and keep your sprinkles evenly distributed. Be careful not to tack any pompoms down too close to the inner or outer seam allowances!

  1. Sew the middle seam

With all the sprinkles intact, place your top and bottom fabric pieces right sides together. Pin the inner seam allowances together.

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - pin center

Remove the #18 foot and attach Open Toe Embroidery Foot #20 to the machine and select a running stitch (#4). Increase the stitch length to 1.0 mm.

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - set next stitch

Stitch this inner seam with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - sew inner curve

Flip right side out so that the wrong sides of the fabric pieces are together.

  1. Sew outer seam

With wrong sides together, align and pin the outer edge raw edge of the donut pillow. Leave a 6” gap in this outer seam.

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - sew outer curve

After you stitch, grade the seam allowance to about 1/4″. You can use a wavy or pinked rotary blade for an extra fun edge!

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - grade seam allowance

  1. Stuff & close

Stuff your pillow! Fill the pillow, a handful at a time, with polyester fiber fill. It may take a little work to get it all the way around the circle!

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - stuff

When your pillow is all stuffed, pin the gap in the outer seam closed and stitch shut.

Sprinkle Donut Pillow - close

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