Popular since the second half of the 1800s, the pillow kit is widely available in revivals of historic patterns, especially those of the Arts & Crafts period—in which style simple stitches are fairly easy to learn and execute. Kits are available for embroidered work, stenciled patterns, and needlepoint designs.
ABOVE: Aster and pendant rose designs are from Ann Wallace/Prairie Arts.
ABOVE: ‘Batchelder Cats’ is a kit from Arts & Crafts Period Textiles.
Most kits come with all the materials you need to stitch and finish a complete pillow: front and back fabric, appropriate thread, instructions, even the needle. How you display your finished work of art is up to you.
Not comfortable sewing it yourself? Most companies also offer finished pillows.
Pillow Makers & Kits
Ann Wallace / Prairie Textiles (213) 614-1757, annwallace.com
Arts & Crafts embroidered pillows and kits
Appliqué Artistry (415) 453-6762, appliqueartistry.com
Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts appliquéd pillows
Archive Edition Textiles (877) 676-2424, archiveedition.com
Arts & Crafts, Art Deco fabrics, and custom-made pillows
Arts & Crafts Period Textiles (510) 654-1645, textilestudio.com
Hand-embroidered Arts & Crafts pillows and kits
Company C (800) 818-8288, companyc.com
Designer and folk art-inspired pillows in wool and cotton
Craftsman Textiles (11) 353 71 917 3822, craftsmantextile.com
Hand-embroidered Arts & Crafts designs
Ehrman Tapestry (888) 826-8600, ehrmantapestry.com
Designer needlepoint and embroidery kits, including period-inspired designs
Ford Craftsman Studios (877) 204-9961, fordcraftsman.com
Hand-embroidered Arts & Crafts pillows
Historic Style (250) 592-4916, historicstyle.com
Cushions in William Morris and other revival fabrics
Inglenook Textiles (800) 492-1242, inglenooktextiles.com
Custom embroidery and pillow kits
Just a Little Bit Country (262) 542-8050, justalittlebitcountry.com
Primitive hooked pillow kits
Paint By Threads (951) 545-7451, paint-by-threads.com
Custom, hand-embroidered Arts & Crafts designs and kits
Rennie & Rose (413) 445-7444, rennieandrose.com
Arts & Crafts, Glasgow School, and Frank Lloyd Wright designs
Susan Sargent Designs (800) 245-4767, susansargent.com
Custom designs in appliqué, signature fabrics, including outdoor
Thistle Handwerks (406) 896-9434, thistlehandwerks.com
Scottish Arts & Crafts pillows and kits
Trimbelle River Studio & Design (866) 273-8773, trimbelleriver.com
Arts & Crafts stencil patterns
Wooley Tymes (860) 450-3300, wooleytymes.com
Primitive folk art hand-hooked pillows