DIY Punch Needle Pillow

August 28, 2022

A punch needle pillow with a night sky design.

Hello there! I had some monks cloth and yarn so I wanted to try making something with it. I decided I wanted to learn how to make a pillow and it's my first ever punch needle project.

I'll be showing you how to make a punch needle pillow. I'll show you how to use the punch needle and how to sew a back on it.

You can make any design that you want and you can shape the pillow into any shape that you want. I decided to go for a night sky design with clouds and a moon.

To learn how to make this pillow you can watch the video below or you can read on.

You'll need:

Monks cloth
Punch needle
Pencil or pen
Sewing machine
Pillow stuffing

How To Punch Needle

1. The first thing you want to do is that you want to cut out a piece of monks cloth that is two or more inches larger than what you want your pillow to be. The size of the monks cloth depends on the size of the frame you're using.

2. Then you want to measure and draw out a border that's about two or more inches on all four sides of the monks cloth. The size of the border will depend on what frame you're using.

3. When you're done creating the border, you want to draw out your design with a pencil and if you want you can go back over it with a pen so you can see it better.

4. When you're done drawing your design, you want to put the monks cloth in a frame or a hoop. I used two sizes of embroidery hoops because that's the only thing I had to use as a frame but you can use whatever you would like.

If you end up using a embroidery hoop like me you may have to keep putting the hoop back on the monks cloth because the hoop is not strong enough to hold the monks cloth while you punch needle.

5. To thread your punch needle you want to follow the instructions for your punch needle.

My punch needle had this metal wire and I ran the folded part of it through the hole of punch needle. Then I pushed the metal wire through the punch needle to get to the other side.

Then I ran the yarn though the wire and pulled the wire through the hole that's on the needle.

6. The next things you want to do is that you want to pull out extra yarn from the yarn that you're using and you want to shorten the yarn that's on the needle so there's only about two inches hanging out of the needle. 

7. Now you're ready to start punch needling. You want to start by putting the needle on the monks cloth and punching through it.

8. Then you want to flip the monks cloth and the frame to the other side and pull the yarn out.

9. After you're done pulling the yarn out, you want to pull the punch needle out and make sure you don't pull it out to far because you want the needle close to the cloth. You also want the yarn that you pulled out to stay where it is.

10. After you pull the punch needle out, you want to move the punch needle about quarter of an inch with the hole of the needle facing the way you want to go and punch another hole.

11. All you have to do now is that you want to keep repeating all of the steps until you are done with that section.

You do want to make sure you keep the hole of the needle at the direction you want to go and you can go in any direction that you want. I outlined a section first and then I filled it in.

Also make sure you keep the pulling yarn out from the yarn that you're using so you don't accidently pull out loops. If you do mess up all you have to do is adjust the yarn back into place on the punch needle.

12. Before you're finished with one section, you want to punch the yarn through one last time and you want to leave the needle there.

13. Then you want to flip it over and pull the yarn from the needle on the other side and cut it.

14. Then you can pull the needle out and you want to leave the other half of the yarn you just cut next to the loops.

15. When you're done cutting the yarn, you're ready to go on to your next section and you want to follow all of the same steps to finish more sections.

16. When you're ready to go to the next color, you can take the yarn out of the needle and put the new color of yarn in the needle just like how you did before. Then you can repeat all of the same steps until you're finished with your design.

17. When you're done with your design, you want to flip to the front of your design and trim the yarn.

How To Sew A Back On

1. Before you sew a back on, you want to take a piece of fabric that's the same size of the monks cloth and place the front side of the fabric over the front of the design.

2. Then you can pin the fabric together. Make sure you leave a place for the opening and make sure its large enough for your design to go though it.

3. Now you're ready to sew it. You want to start by placing the fabric facing up underneath of a sewing machines foot and you want to make sure the foot is right next to the edge of the design.

4. Then you can put the foot down and sew a backstitch first.

5. Then you can sew it and you can take pins out as you go. Make sure the stitches are not to big because you will see the thread after you flip the pillow inside out. Also make sure you remember to leave an opening so you can flip it inside out later.

6. When you get to each corner, you want to keep the needle in the fabric and lift up the foot. Then you want to rotate the fabric.

Then you can put the foot back down and continue sewing.

7. When you're done sewing you can make a backstitch and trim the thread.

How To Flip It Inside Out & Stuff The Pillow

1. Before you flip it inside out, you want to cut each corner at a angle and trim off the extra monks cloth and fabric. You want to keep a border of the monks cloth and fabric left around the thread at about one inch.

2. When you're done, you want to flip the pillow inside out and be careful to not pull out the loops.

3. After you flip the pillow inside out, you can cut any loops that got stuck in the thread.

4. Then you want to stuff the pillow with pillow stuffing.

How To Sew The Opening Shut

1. Now you're ready to sew the opening shut and you want to start by running thread through a needle Then you want to tie both ends of the thread together in a knot.

2. The next thing you want to do is that you want to fold both sides of the opening inside of the pillow.

3. Then you want to run the needle and the thread through the edge of the inside of the fabric that's on the back so the knot with be on the inside of the pillow.

4. Then you want to run the needle on the edge of the monks cloth and pull the thread through.

5. Then you want to go back to the fabric on the back and pull the thread so it closes those stitches.

6. All you have to do now is that you want to keep repeating the same steps and make sure you keep the stiches aligned on each side or you'll run out of fabric before you finish the opening.

If you need to you can stuff the pillow again before completely sewing it shut.

7. Once you're done sewing, you want to run the needle though the fabric and make sure you leave a loop of thread.

8. Then you want run the needle through the loop and pull the needle.

9. Then you want to do steps 7 and 8 again to create a knot.

10. When you're done, creating the knot you want to cut the thread.

The last thing you want to do is that you can take your punch needle and separate the different colors of yarn. This will help fix any edges.

That's how you make a punch needle pillow!

I love how it turned out. I'm definitely think about doing more punch needle projects but I'm not sure what I'll make next. I might make another pillow with a different design.

What do you think about this DIY?

A punch needle pillow with a moon and clouds design.

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