DIY Face Cradle Pillow


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
  • 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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