How to Create an Embroidered Pillow

Pink & Burgundy Drop Repeat Floral heavyweight linen glider with a pink velvet pillow styled in a nursery with pink walls and a blue garden stool

Our embroidered pillows will add extra personality to any room of your home in a snap—and they make for great giftables, too! Below, we’re sharing all of the steps you’ll need to take to design a custom embroidered pillow that will add instant pep to your or a loved one’s space.


Step 1: Choose Your Pattern, Trim Style, and Pillow Size

It’s time to get started designing your embroidered pillow, and first things first, you’ll want to pick a pattern, trim style, and pillow size. Choose from any of our solid or printed Pepper patterns; if you wish to order swatches to evaluate a fabric more closely in person, you can certainly do so!

Next up, you’ll want to choose a piping style to complement the pattern you select, whether you opt for timeless piping, funky fringe, or sweet pom poms. Once again, you can easily order trim samples to examine at home before making a final decision.

Interior design moodboard and fabric inspirations with pink and green printed cotton, sage green palm printed cotton, and pink piping

Lastly, you’ll need to determine what size of pillow you wish to order. Choose from a variety of square pillows (18, 20, or 22 inch), or order a Euro sham, bolster pillow, lumbar pillow, or XL lumbar. Not sure which size of pillows are best for your space? Take a look at our handy pillow size guide, which contains suggested guidelines for the size and number of pillows to use depending on the size of your chair, bed, or sofa.


Step 2: Select Your Embroidery Style

Whether you choose to monogram your pillow or customize it with the phrase of your choosing is entirely up to you! Adding a monogram, initial, or full name to a pillow is an excellent option for the traditionalist, as this look will truly never go out of style. 

blue and green striped pillow on a bed embroidered with "wesley" in front of white pillows with blue fringe

 There’s also nothing wrong with having some fun and jazzing up your pillow with something a bit more out of the box, such as a favorite saying, street name, song lyric, you name it! Need help determining the perfect phrase to include on your pillow? We’re sharing some of our favorite sayings here.

No matter which route you choose to go in terms of customization, you’ll need to select a font style that reflects your desired aesthetic. Whether you’re adding a monogram or phrase to your pillow, you’ll have the ability to select from four distinct fonts that range from classic to more whimsical.

graphic showing the 4 different monogram styles: block lettering, whimsical block letters, script, and classic circle monogram
graphic showing 4 different text styles for embroidery: thick block letters, casual cursive, fancy cursive, thin block letters

Note that our four text styles can be used in all caps, all lowercase, or title case. As long as your name or phrase is 15 characters or less, it will fit on one of our embroidered pillows perfectly!

We've hand chosen how each embroidery style will be sized and positioned on every one of our pillows so all you need to do is tell us what you like!

examples of pillows with different embroidery sizing depending on pillow size, number of letters, and font selection


Step 3: Pick Your Embroidery Color

With so many colors to choose from—we offer 15 in total—you may have a difficult time playing favorites! Do you want to go bold with cherry red or opt for something a bit more subdued like pebble gray? Note that many people wish to coordinate their embroidery color with their pillow piping for a classic, streamlined look, and this is easy to do here, given that our embroidery is available in the same colors as our trim. Prefer to mix and match different hues? To narrow down the best embroidery color to use, take a look around your space and assess which colors are most dominant. This will ensure that your completed pillow will fit into the room seamlessly when it arrives at your doorstep.

embroidery thread options


Get Inspired

We understand that visualizing your embroidered pillow before you submit your order is key! Below, you’ll find some of our favorite pillow looks, which are sure to inspire. Whether you choose to go big with color and pattern or prefer to design something more simple and streamlined, there are many different stylish options from which to choose—because we truly believe in offering something for everyone!


custom pillows with different embroidery options


Ready to create your custom look? Shop custom pillows here!