Ampersand Pillow DIY

by Kortney Campbell on April 25, 2012

It’s not often that I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, but last week I had one of those days. In an attempt to cheer myself up, I looked at pictures of cats online then started crafting.

I have tons of random fabric laying around, so I thought I’d put it to good use. This DIY really did the trick – there’s nothing like a little hand stitching to get the endorphins flowing.  After it was all said & done, it only took about and hour. So, go grab some supplies & get ready – I promise it will make you feel better!

What You Need:

  • 2 different colors of fabric
  • A pillow you don’t mind cutting up
  • Thread
  • A needle
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • A pencil
  • A stencil


  1. Print out an ampersand and cut it out to use as a stencil.
  2. Trace the stencil on your fabric.
  3. Carefully cut out the traced ampersand. You can use fray check at this point if you would like to.
  4. Cut out the fabric you will use for the pillow (I used a record sleeve to make a perfect square).
  5. Pin the ampersand to the pillow fabric. Pinning is a very important step, it will insure that you will be able to sew the ampersand on without any bubbling or other issues.
  6. Hand sew the two pieces of fabric together. (Bonus points if you do it while drinking tea on the front porch like I did.)
  7. Lay the front and the back of the pillow fabric together with the ampersand facing in so that when you sew it & flip it right side out, the seams will be on the inside. (did that make sense?)
  8. Pin and sew the edged of the pillow fabric leaving a small opening to stuff the pillow.
  9. Flip the pillow inside out & stuff.
  10. Fold in the edges of the opening, pin & sew closed.
  11. Fluff the pillow and break up any lumps in the stuffing.

Now you have your own ampersand pillow! What’s your favorite go-to craft on a bad day? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

About Kortney Campbell

I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

  • { 2 comments… read them below or add one }

    lillie April 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    thanks for tutorial, look great and given me lots of lovely ideas!
    just started following your blog!

    best wishes, lillie


    VeganHousewives May 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks so much, Lillie!


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