Making a Pillow Form

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August 31, 2014

finished pillow formI am planning to provide a photo documented project similar to a one found on Thriftyfun, submitted in 2009: Handle Pillow. In preparation for that project I needed a 6 x 8 inch pillow. Making my own pillow form was the obvious way to begin.


Total Time: 1.5 hours


  • white muslin fabric
  • cardboard for template
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • polyfil
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • needle
  • thread


  1. First I drew my template on a piece of recycled folder paper. I wanted my finished pillow to be roughly 6 x 8 inches. The template was drawn to include seam allowances of 1/4 inch, so the finished template measured 6.5 x 8.5 inches.
  2. ruler on template paper to draw lines for pattern
    pattern drawn
  3. Pin template to muslin, cutting two rectangles.
  4. template pinned to fabric
    pillow form fabric cut out and still pinned to template
  5. Pin muslin pieces, right sides together and stitch on your machine, taking a 1/4 inch seam. Leave a 3 inch opening to stuff your pillow.
  6. fabric pinned together with opening left for stuffing
    stitching the pillow form

  7. Snip corners.
  8. clipping corners
  9. Turn pillow cover right side out and finger press seams. You can also use an iron or a fabric seam pressing tool.
  10. Stuff the pillow cover to your satisfaction, adjusting the polyfil to get an even coverage.
  11. stuffed pillow form
  12. The final step is to stitch the opening closed.
  13. stitching the opening closed
    opening for stuffing stitched closed
  14. You have finished your pillow form.
  15. finished pillow form

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