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Homemade Pillow Crafts

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Pillows are a great beginner sewing project. but can also be made with intricate quilting, embroidery or other ornamentation. They can be used for unique home decor or just for comfort and make wonderful gifts.
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Shauna Smith Duty
July 26, 2005

Nylon stuffed pillowWait! Don't throw away the stockings with the runs in them. Hold on to those socks that allow your big toe to peek out and shout "hello". These seemingly useless articles can add a touch of elegant décor to your home. Please don't hang them on the lampshade. Here's a better idea.

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Directions:

Place two squares of 10"x10" fabric together and sew seams on three sides. The fabric should be wrong side out when you sew it. If you have some bulky socks in your used hose and socks collection, cut them into strips. Clip the corners of the fabric diagonally, to the seam, then turn the pillow case right side out. Use a pencil or crochet needle to press the corners out fully.

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Stuff the pillow with used socks and hose until it is bulging. The stuffing will settle, so fill the pillow as much as possible. Turn inward 1/2" of the fabric on the open end, then stitch the pillowcase closed. Sew notions onto the finished pillow for embellishment. These small pillows add a designer touch to sofas, chairs, beds, benches, and even outdoor furniture. And they're classier than a pair of nylons hanging from the lampshade.

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December 28, 2021

Bolster pillows add a little variety with larger square or rectangle pillows for decorating on a bed or couch.

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1

The completed bolster pillow.
 

Supplies:

  • fabric
  • batting
  • stuffing
  • thread
  • scissors
  • unbleached muslin for pillow lining

Steps:

  1. Determine the diameter that you want for the two round ends of your finished bolster pillow. Draw a circle on paper using a pencil and compass with that diameter plus 1 inch. Cut the circle out. Determine the length and width of the rectangular fabric piece that will form the body of the bolster pillow. Calculate the perimeter of the round fabric pieces for the ends of the pillow by multiplying the diameter of the circles you drew by pi, or 3.14. Add 1 inch to the perimeter to get the cut length of the rectangular fabric piece. The width of the rectangular fabric piece is your desired finished width for the pillow, plus 1 inch. Do this step for both the outer fabric and the lining fabric.
  2. Cutting out the shapes for the bolster pillow.
     
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  3. Place the paper circle down onto your fabric and the lining fabric. Cut two circles from each fabric. Cut out two rectangles from the fabric and lining fabric to match the dimensions you determined for the body of the pillow. To make the inner bolster pillow, fold fabric piece in half lengthwise, right sides together. Pin and sew along lower edge. Turn right side out. This makes a rectangular tube.
  4. Sewing the pieces together.
     
  5. Repeat Step 2 for fabric bolster except finish the two ends by folding the raw edges under twice and sewing close to the edge before sewing the long lengthwise seam. Turn right side out. This makes a rectangular tube with a finished edge.
  6. Using a decorative fabric to cover the bolster.
     
    The fabric to cover the bolster.
     
    The ends of the fabric pieces.
     
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  7. Pin one of the circular fabric pieces into one open end of the fabric lining tube with the right sides together, matching the raw edges. Sew this seam using thread of a weight appropriate to your fabric, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance and taking care to keep the rest of the fabric out of the way of the needle. Repeat this with the second fabric circle and the other open end of the fabric tube, but this time stop sewing about 3 inches before you reach the end of the full circle. Snip with scissors into the seam allowance at approximately 1-inch intervals, close to but not into the stitching. This allows the excess fabric to ease into the seams and lie smoothly.
  8. Sewing the ends on the bolster.
     
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  9. Turn the pillow case right side out through the 3-inch gap you left in the second side seam. Stuff the pillow with polyester fiberfill through the gap. The handle of a wooden spoon or the blunt end of a thick knitting needle can be helpful for this task. Stop when the bolster pillow is as densely packed with stuffing as you desire. Sew opening closed. Insert bolster lining tube into fabric tube. I threaded rope through the hemmed end pieces using a safety pin to push it around the inside of the seam. When this was completed, I knotted the rope twice to keep the lining bolster inside of the pillow.
  10. Stuffing the bolster.
     
    Adding trim to the bolster.
     
  11. Fold the raw fabric edges of the 3-inch gap in the side seam to the inside and pin. Neatly slipstitch the gap closed by hand with a needle and thread.
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February 27, 2007

Children should first think of a shape and pencil it onto their fabric. Now, they can fabric paint to make their picture (a car, a train, a person) come alive.

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May 25, 2005

Cut 2 heart shaped designs from a desired fabric. You can use white satin or if you want a little color showing, use colored fabric and cut a lace overlay so that the color shows through the lace. I cut mine about 8 inches around.

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December 17, 2009

I'd love to make my own buckwheat pillows, similar to those used in Japan. They're made with buckwheat hulls. However, I'm having a hard time finding "reasonably priced" buckwheat hulls. I can't see spending a great deal of money on hulls.

Any suggestions out there you could share? I have the method, I just need either an idea on where to purchase buckwheat hulls for less or maybe even an alternative.

Thanks.

By Terri from Pontiac, MI

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December 18, 20090 found this helpful

I found this:

Birkett Mills in Penn Yan, NY is probably the largest US producer of flattened buckwheat hulls for mulch (Mul TexTM). They also carry fluffy buckwheat hulls for pillows in 5 lb and 26 lb bags, as well as 5 lbs conveniently packaged in a pillowcase. P.O. Box. 440, Penn Yan, NY 14527. (315) 536-3311. service@thebirkettmills.com(June 1997-updated Sept. 1998, June 2001)

Buckwheathull.com offers cleaned US-grown hulls in 2-lb bags for
good luck.

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December 18, 20090 found this helpful

Birkett Mills was perfect! Thanks for the tip.

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December 20, 20090 found this helpful

I make shoulder pillow/bean-bags, fill them with rice & heat them in the microwave. The bags are a long tube divided into 3 compartments so that they will sit nicely on the shoulders. You could probably use a tube sock for a no-sew version. Tie it at the top.

I make mine out of muslin & then I make a cover out of fleece. This allows me to wash the cover as needed.

It's very important to heat your shoulder pillow a minute or 2 at a time. You don't want the rice to burn. On cold nights, I heat mine up & crawl under the covers--instant sleep.

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January 15, 2007

I am looking for fabric to make a pillow of Snoopy laying on his dog house. My son had a pillow like this when he was a boy and is now expecting a son and wants one for him. Help!



Debbie from Belen, NM

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By LORRAINE MOML1@COX.NET (Guest Post)
January 17, 20070 found this helpful

I ORDERED A JOHN DEERE PILLOW FROM EBAY AND WHEN IT CAME IN THERE WAS A N ENCLOSED FLYER THAT THEY CAN MAKE ANY SPECIAL PILLOW. THE EMAIL ADDRESS IS SAD1986 at AOL.COM THEIR NAMES ARE JEFF AND STEPH'S STUFF. HOPE THIS HELPS. LORRAINE

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January 17, 20070 found this helpful

I ORDERED A JOHN DEERE PILLOW FROM EBAY AND WHEN IT CAME IN THERE WAS A N ENCLOSED FLYER THAT THEY CAN MAKE ANY SPECIAL PILLOW. THE EMAIL ADDRESS IS SAD1986 AT AOL.COM THEIR NAMES ARE JEFF AND STEPH'S STUFF. HOPE THIS HELPS. LORRAINE

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January 17, 20070 found this helpful

You could use fabric pens/crayons to trace a picture onto a purchased pillow case. Also, you could find the image you wanted and print or color copy it and then use a transfer medium to transfer the image to a purchased pilllow case. It really is very easy to do and lasts very well. Check your local arts and craft store or look up ideas online. Also, if you have a scanner and/or laser jet printer, you can print an image directly onto fabric to use for a pillow front - just treat the fabric with a purchased setting solution (like Bubble Jet Set), back it with freezer paper and run it right through your printer. When it's dry soak it in finishing solution (usually included in the kit) and your fabric is reay to use for whatever! Good luck to you! It sounds like a very thoughtful gift.

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October 23, 2008

Does anyone know where to get an "Over The Moon" throw pillow?

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October 23, 20080 found this helpful

Teresa,
I found 1 at: homedecorcafepress.com
Item#86596457 @$17.99
Hope this helped.
Keeper NC

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By Pat (Guest Post)
October 24, 20080 found this helpful

That above addy should be: http://homedecor.cafepress.com

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December 31, 2010

We have three of these woven blankets that we had been using as couch covers. We just got a new (not white) cover that is actually made for our couch. I would like to make pillows out of one of these blankets, but I'm not sure how.

Any ideas?

By tru from Dallas, TX

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September 1, 2010

I have a lot of vintage potholders hanging around my kitchen, but this one was my favorite and I wanted to do something different with it. So, I crocheted a simple square pillow with 2 strands of worsted weight yarn to the size I wanted. Then I sewed the potholder on. It makes me smile. Really with pillows like this you could make pockets and put a teddy bear in it, an old pretty hankie, anything that is special to you.

By Carol Young from Landisville, PA

Cat pot holder attached to crochet pillow.

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May 22, 2017

This Father's Day make a gift your dad will cherish, like this message pillow. This is a page about making a DIY message pillow for Father's day.

DIY Message Pillow
for Father's Day

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February 26, 2013

This page is about making a sweater pillow. A fun way to use that favorite worn out sweater is to fashion it into a pillow.

Sweater Pillow

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