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Making a Pillow Form

Category Sewing
stitching opening closed on pillow foam
If you can't find the right size form for your project try making one yourself. This is a guide 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.
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  4. 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.
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  6. Snip corners.
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  8. Turn pillow cover right side out and finger press seams. You can also use an iron or a fabric seam pressing tool.
  9. Stuff the pillow cover to your satisfaction, adjusting the polyfil to get an even coverage.
  10. The final step is to stitch the opening closed.
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  12. You have finished your pillow form.
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