How to Make a Body Pillow

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Many people enjoy the additional support offered by a body pillow. Body pillows are especially helpful during pregnancy, as well as for people who experience back problems. The single, long pillow also looks sleek and attractive on your bed. And making a body pillow is a simple sewing project that can be completed in a couple of hours for a fraction of the cost of purchasing one.

Body pillows look great.
(Debbie Williams)

Things You'll Need

  • 1 3/4 yards of muslin, 45 inches wide
  • 2 yards of printed fabric, 45 inches wide
  • 4 bags of polyester fiber fill
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
Step 1

Choose fabrics that are washable and which compliment the decor of your bedroom. Organize your supplies before you start, so the pillow can be completed at one sitting. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials.

Things you'll need.
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Step 2

Wash and press both fabrics. Trim the selvages from the muslin. Ensure the length is 63 inches, and clip the width to 40 inches. Tear the muslin to get a straight line.

Tearing cotton fabrics results in a straight line.
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Step 3

Fold the muslin in half, sew across the end and down the side using a 5/8 inch seam. Finish the seams with a zig-zag stitch.

Sew the seams.
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Step 4

Clip the corners and turn the pillow right side out. Roll up the edge to make it easier to stuff.

Unroll as you stuff the pillow.
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Step 5

Stuff the pillow with fiber fill, distributing it evenly. Pack it tightly for a firm pillow, or lighter for a soft pillow -- whichever you prefer. Unroll the fabric as you work your way up to the top of the pillow.

Stuff the pillow with fiber fill.
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Step 6

Turn down a 5/8 inch seam and hand stitch the seam closed using a whip stitch or a hidden hem.

Hand stitch the seam closed.
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Step 7

Fold the pillowcase fabric in half and square it by laying the selvage edge along a straight line on the cutting mat. Lay the straight edge ruler across the fabric in line with the rule marks on the mat, and cut a straight line through both thickness of the fabric. Trim the selvages and cut one piece 22 inches by 72 inches and one piece 22 inches by 65 inches from the fabric. Turn up a 2-inch hem on the 65-inch piece and sew in place.

Square the fabric.
Debbie Williams
Step 8

Stack the cut pieces right sides together and raw edges even at one end. Fold the 72-inch piece back over itself to be even with the hemmed side of the 65-inch piece and pin in place. Stitch across the opposite end and down both sides through all thicknesses. Finish the edges with a zig-zag stitch.

Finish the seams with a zig-zag stitch.
Debbie Williams
Step 9

Turn the pillowcase right side out and pull over the pillow, stuffing the end under the flap and encasing the end of the pillow.

Pillowcase with envelope style closure.
Debbie Williams

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