Pillows are no big challenge to make so why go buy them? Head pillows are one of the most simple to make. Cut the fabric to the proper dimensions: for a standard size pillow – 21″x27″, jumbo – 21″x28″, queen size – 21″x35″, or king – 21″X37″. Sew three sides of the pillow and sew around the corners of the fourth side. Turn pillow right side out and stuff. Sew shut. Or, cut the length two inches longer and insert zipper. To do this, sew three sides then put zipper in the open side. Sew one side of zipper to one side of pillow, then sew the other side of the zipper to the opposite side of the pillow. Unzip, stuff, zip shut.
To make a neck pillow cut two circles, 10″ in diameter. Cut a piece of material 12″x18″. Align the rectangular piece of fabric to where a couple of inches hang free and then start stitching it to the circular piece. Do the same at the opposite end, sewing the rectangular piece to the opposite circular piece. Where you left the two ends hanging free, fold them under and hem. Attach a set of velcro strips to this part of the pillow to allow easy stuffing of the pillow form.
Make a wedge pillow by purchasing a wedge-shaped piece of foam. These can be found in places that sell other foam types. Measure the side triangles of the wedge and cut fabric to that size, allowing an extra inch on each side for seaming. Cut two of these pieces. Measure the large portion of the pillow, and cut two pieces, for top and bottom, allowing an extra inch on every side. Now cut the very back piece that joins the top and bottom. Cut one fabric piece that size, allowing an extra inch on each side.
Sew the top piece to the very back piece, then sew the bottom piece to the very back piece. This should give you the top and bottom of the pillow with the back piece inserted between them. Pin the wedges into the sides of the pillow and stitch in. This leaves the very end of the pillow open for turning and stuffing. Add zipper if you wish.
Is your mate leaving town for a business meeting? Make a fabulous body pillow that you can snuggle with while your loved one is gone. Cut fabric 37″x15″. Fabric can be faux fur, cotton or even corduroy. Follow the steps for a regular pillow: sew three sides, stuff and stitch shut or sew three sides and insert zipper.
Another body pillow is made by using pajamas as the form. Stitch the ankles shut on the pajama bottoms and the cuffs shut on the shirt. Tuck the shirttail of the pj shirt into the pj waistline of the pants. Use fabric glue to hold or stitch shut. Through the neck opening stuff the entire outfit, working from the ankles up to the neckline, stuffing the arms as you work your way up.
You can make a head for your pillow buddy by stuffing a knee-hi hosiery sock or leave the pillow with no head. If you make a head for the pillow stuff the knee-hi full then shape. Gather the knee area of the sock and tie shut. Apply fabric glue to the entire neck region of the shirt then affix the head to the neck area. You can also stitch the head onto the shirt but it’s much more difficult. If you leave the body pillow with no head simply cut a piece of cloth that can fill the empty hole. Stitch in place or use fabric glue to attach the circle of cloth to the neck opening. Make sure to tuck the edges of the cloth piece inside the neckline. Instead of pajamas you can also use costumes. These are especially nice for children. Try making a Superman, Batman or Spiderman pillow by stuffing the costume.
Make covers for your pillows so they can be removed and laundered. You’ll have a hard time making a pillowcase for body pillows shaped like people so simply toss the whole pillow in the wash.