DIY Patriotic Outdoor Pillows for 4th of July & Memorial Day

patriotic pillow with star buttons
These DIY patriotic outdoor pillows will add some star-spangled color to your outdoor spaces.

Ah, summertime! The season of backyard barbecues, pool parties, and outdoor gatherings with family and friends. But let’s be real here: have you ever looked at your outdoor space and thought, “It’s missing something?”

Maybe it’s time to spice things up a bit and add a patriotic touch for Memorial Day or July 4th with some outdoor patio pillows. Make your space pop with this USA flag-inspired design!

With pre-made lumbar pillow covers, these patriotic outdoor pillows will work up in no time. They’ll add a festive touch to your space while demonstrating your patriotism and your crafting skills!

If you can sew a button, you can make these American flag pillows. Let’s get started!

Gather Supplies for Patriotic Outdoor Pillows

[Download Printable Project Sheet]

Supplies for Star-Spangled American Flag Pillows:

You only need a few supplies to make these American flag pillows.

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Whether you’re making your pillows from scratch, or buying pre-made pillow covers, you’ll need:
Big Bag of Star-Shaped, Red, White & Blue Buttons

Big Bag of Star-Shaped, Red, White & Blue Buttons

  • 100-Percent nylon
  • Assorted star buttons
  • Buttons are red, white, and blue
  • A great option for sewing, arts and crafts, and DIY projects
  • Contents of each package are subject to change and may not be exactly as pictured
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DMC Pearl Cotton Thread, Snow White, Size 5

DMC Pearl Cotton Thread, Snow White, Size 5

  • DMC-Pearl Cotton Skeins
  • Make a masterpiece and an heirloom with this pearl cotton it is a highly mercerized twisted and non-divisible lustrous cotton thread
  • This thread have double mercerising which gives it its beautiful pearlised sheen
  • This pearl cotton thread is soft, silky, does not fluff or kink
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Save steps with pre-made pillow covers. You’ll need:

12" x 20" Red & White Stripe Lumbar Throw Pillow Covers (Pack of 4)

  • Package includes - Each pillowcase size is 12x20inch/30x50cm 4 PCS (not have pillow INSERTS). It is recommended to use 12*20inch or 14*20inch pillow INSERTS.
  • Polyester material - Not easily allergic, No pilling, very soft, comfortable and cool, with PU coating, waterproof, anti-fading, breathable, and protect the pillow from water and dirt splash. Hidden zipper - The outdoor throw pillow cover is sealed with invisible zipper, which is easy to insert and replace, while maintaining an elegant appearance.
  • Vibrant pattern - double-sided printing design£¬Fashion design The material thickness covers most of the color of the pillow INSERTS, and only the pattern of the pillow INSERTS can be seen faintly
  • Easy to care - can be used for hand or machine wash, cold water, mild circulation. Please do not bleach or iron to maintain the service life of the waterproof coating. It can be painted/wrapped/silk screened, but not heat pressed, dried, embroidered
  • Add personality to fashion design decoration, Outdoor waterproof pillow covers Available,summer Patio Furniture,Outside, porch, water resistant Decorative use
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12" x 20" Outdoor Pillow Inserts (Pack of 4)

  • Outdoor & Waterproof Material - Outdoor pillow inserts 100% hypoallergenic micro polyester filled and crafted in USA, with water resistant liner, our pillow inserts can effectively prevent water splashes.
  • Premium pillow inserts suitable for both indoor& outdoor, good decoration not only for indoor furniture but also for outdoor garden, patio, etc. They can be also used with waterproof pillow cases for double protection.
  • Tight stitching and upgraded polyester provide ultra toughness, which ensures all the throw pillows are well-filled and maintain suitable softness, while having sufficient support and will not become hollow.
  • Pack of 4 outdoor waterproof pillow inserts, 12 x 20 square form, additional sizes and measurements to choose from to fill all your decorative pillow covers perfectly.
  • The pillow inserts are compressed and vacuum sealed in plastic bag for shipping purpose, please gently tapping it to fully fluff up.
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Tools you’ll need:
  • Embroidery needle (larger eye for embroidery thread)
  • Scissors
  • Optional hot glue gun or fabric glue
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How to Make American Flag Pillows With Buttons

[Printable instructions are available on our downloadable project sheet.]

1. If you know how to sew pillows from scratch, start making your pillow cover. Otherwise, skip to #3. Measure & cut your fabric pieces, leaving 1/2″ seam allowance around all sides. (For example, if your insert is 14″ x 19″, your fabric pieces should measure 15″ x 20″.)
2. With a sewing machine, optionally install an invisible zipper on the bottom seam. Finish assembling your pillow cover, leaving the bottom seam open or unzipped.
3. Lay your pillow cover on a flat surface. Insert a piece of cardboard inside the case to prevent accidentally gluing the front to the back on the next step.
4. Arrange the star-shaped buttons on the upper left quadrant of the pillowcase to represent the US flag’s blue field and stars (aka Union). Once you’re satisfied with your arrangement, glue each button to the fabric using a small amount of hot glue or fabric glue.  Be careful to keep the button holes free of glue. You will need the holes to secure the buttons to the fabric in the next step.
5. Remove the cardboard from the pillowcase. With a double strand of embroidery thread, hand-sew every button onto the fabric. For some textural variety, attach buttons by inserting the needle from the top in one hole, then bring the thread back up through the other button hole. Tie the ends in a double knot to secure the button. Clip the thread ends to about 1/4″ long. (Do you think these little knots resemble fireworks?)
patriotic outdoor pillow detail
6. After the buttons are attached, stuff your flag pillow with a pillow insert. Close the bottom seam by zipping, machine sewing, or hand sewing. Enjoy!

Tip: Learn how to make outdoor throw pillow inserts using plastic grocery bags. (Economically and ecologically conscious!)

DIY Outdoor Pillows for the 4th of July or Memorial Day

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of this tutorial on how to make these patriotic outdoor pillows. With pre-made pillow covers, this project is easy to tackle over a weekend.

Just imagine the compliments you’ll get on these little touches of patriotism in your outdoor decor. And, the satisfaction you’ll feel when you can proudly say, “I made these myself!”

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your supplies and get started on these fun and festive pillows for your porch or patio!

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