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Making a Pillow Form

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If you can't find the right size form for your project try making one yourself. This is a page about making a pillow form.


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August 31, 2014

I 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. Pin template to muslin, cutting two rectangles.
  3. 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.
  4. Snip corners.
  5. Turn pillow cover right side out and finger press seams. You can also use an iron or a fabric seam pressing tool.
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  7. Stuff the pillow cover to your satisfaction, adjusting the polyfil to get an even coverage.
  8. The final step is to stitch the opening closed.
  9. You have finished your pillow form.
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