DIY Face Cradle Pillow

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A face cradle pillow props up your head when you receive a massage.
A face cradle pillow props up your head when you receive a massage. (Image: Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

A "U" shaped face cradle pillow is essential for a massage table in an office or at home. A face cradle pillow can also be helpful for people who want to sleep on their stomach but have trouble sleeping with their head to the side, since it creates a space between the head and the bed. A simple face cradle pillow makes an excellent gift for those who love massages but prefer to bring their own pillow along.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 by 3 foot square fleece
  • Sewing scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Measuring tape
  • 2 by 2 foot square upholstery foam
  • Permanent marker
  • Cardboard
  • Upholstery knife
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing pins

Use the cardboard to create a pattern for the face cradle pillow. Use the measuring tape to measure an arc approximately 50 inches around. Measure in 6 inches from the outside of the arc. There should be a hole in the center of the arc. The hole should be at least 5 inches wide. Mark the measurements on the cardboard with the marker and cut out the cardboard pattern.

Place the cardboard pattern on the upholstery foam. Trace around it with the marker. Use an upholstery knife to cut through the foam. This creates the inner pillow.

Create a second cardboard pattern at least 2 inches wider than the first. Trace around the first pattern onto another piece of cardboard, measuring 2 inches wider around the arc. This is the pattern for the pillow cover.

Place the second cardboard pattern on the cotton fleece or other soft fabric. Trace around it with the marker. Do this twice; one piece for each side of the pillow.

Place the two pieces of fabric together with the outside facing in. Sew the pieces together, but leave an opening at the end.

Stuff the piece of upholstery foam into the face cradle pillow case. Pin the end closed, and use a needle and thread to sew the end closed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Adjust the width and hole size of the face cradle pillow to the face of the recipient. Making your own allows you to modify the pattern to suit a particular person.

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