Easy DIY Outdoor Pillows for a Cute Porch

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

These simple DIY outdoor pillows take less than an hour to make. Let’s do crafting therapy and give your porch some personality!

DIY outdoor pillows lounging on an outdoor couch

My favorite place in our house is our back porch.

Granted, I live in Arizona so it’s hot… mindblowingly hot in the summer.

But I don’t care. I soak up the heat.

Just to sit on our back couch and be outside – breathing fresh air.

Wondering when I get to go sit in my favorite coffee shop again.

It’s the most relaxing thing in the world.

Even better if I’m sipping wine out of this glass.

We bought our couch in October and haven’t done any personalizing … until now.

I made these easy DIY outdoor pillows for the sides of our couch.

Closeup of design on DIY outdoor pillow

All I actually see from my back porch couch are giant ficus trees. The pine trees remind me of my time as a camp counselor where I spent my entire summer in the pine tree forests of Mt. Lemmon, AZ near Tucson.

The Bighorn fire ripped through the area at the beginning of June. All is ok now, but the danger to my mountain made me miss these pines.

Want to make this pillow?

Let’s get started.

I need to confess that I sewed and stuffed my own pillows for this project.

I know.. Who am I?! Really???

If you want a slightly less time-consuming project, you can buy a pillow with a removable pillowcase. It’ll be just as impressive!

Here’s what you need for this porch with personality DIY:

Materials for DIY Outdoor Pillows:

1 yard of outdoor fabric (or removable outdoor pillow case)

2 18 X 18 pillow inserts (or premade pillow)

White thread (if sewing a pillow)

Cricut Joy Smart Iron-On in Navy

Cricut Joy Smart Iron-On Glitter in Fluorescent Green

Equipment needed:

Sewing Machine

Cricut Joy

Cricut Easy Press 2

Cricut EasyPress Mat (or use a towel)

Starter tool set

First, let’s make the pillow,

Again, not hard and super impressive to say you made your own pillows.

“Oh yes. Those pillows. Why, I sewed them by hand.”

Of course, I don’t say it. But, you better believe I THINK it and feel this swell of pride.

Step 1: Make the Pillows

First cut out two 18” by 18” squares of fabric and place them right side together. Sew around the edges leaving a ½” seam allowance.

On one side, leave about a 5-inch gap un-sewn.

At first, I left only a 2” gap open and I had to tear apart some of my stitches just to get the pillow form through that tiny hole.

Go with me here. Leave 5”.

Turn your pillow case inside out.

Bam.. pillow done. We’ll stuff it and close it up after we put on the design.

Step 2: Cutting the design

I store my Cricut Joy in an upstairs cabinet and then bring it down to our kitchen table to work. It’s so easy to pack away and set up.

Plus, I can print and press projects in less than 15 minutes, it’s that fast.

Plug in your Cricut Joy, open up Cricut Design Space on your digital device and connect it via bluetooth.

Here is the design I created if you would like to use it, too.

Using Cricut Design space to design a DIY outdoor pillow

Hit “Make It” and the Cricut Design Space app will prompt you through everything you need to do from loading the machine with your Iron on.

I love the Cricut Joy smart materials because you don’t need a cutting mat or anything extra. Just put the smart material into the machine and go.

Remember to put mirror- on since you’ll be making this an iron-on.

Insert the Cricut Joy Smart Iron-on into the machine with the shiny side down. Cricut Design Space will cut each color separately and prompt you when to feed the particular color.

Cricut Joy cutting design for DIY Outdoor Pillow.

Step 3: Weeding the design

This is always the trickiest for me. Be patient with it and go slow.

I use a little hook from the Cricut starter tool pack to weed.

Weeding design for DIY outdoor pillow

Once it’s weeded, place your design on your pillow where you’d like it. I chose the bottom corner.

Placing design for DIY outdoor pillow

I placed it on top of the Cricut EasyPress mat and heated the Cricut EasyPress 2 up to the correct temperature.

Cricut makes it so easy. You don’t have to guess the correct temperature nor how long to hold the EasyPress 2 on the design.

Go to the heat guide here, input your materials and you’ll find the perfect temperature and method to affix your design.

Using Cricut EasyPress 2 to press design on outdoor pillow.

I pressed down for 30 seconds on the front, 15-seconds on the back, and then let the design cool before peeling off the plastic.

Step 4: Finishing the pillow

Once you’re done, stuff your pillow and seal that 5″ hole shut with an invisible stitch.

Again, this was the first time I ever sewed and I was able to do this. You can follow this tutorial for help.

You can do this!

Your stitches don’t need to be pretty. They just need to hold the pillow shut

Now, my lovely porch has some much needed design. It’s a start, right?

Sitting on back couch with DIY outdoor pillows

These pillows were so fun to create that now I think everyone is getting a pillow for gifts.

A pillow with a hummingbird for my mom.

Personalized pillows for my kids’ beds.

All the ideas!!

If you want some more, go check out the Cricut blog for weekly home renovation project inspiration and tutorials.

JoAnn Crohn

CEO/Founder at No Guilt Mom
JoAnn Crohn, M. Ed is a parenting educator and life coach who helps moms feel confident in raising empowered, self-sufficient kid while pursuing their own goals & passions.

She’s an accomplished writer, author, podcast host of the No Guilt Mom podcast, and speaker who appears in national media. Work with her personally in Balance VIP

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