How to Make a Back Rest Pillow

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Back rest pillows can relieve back pain, and can even help prevent future discomfort. A back rest pillow this size is perfect for taking with you on planes and trips. With just a few supplies and basic sewing skills, you can alleviate your back pain.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 1/2 yard of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Foam or fiberfill
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

Determine the size of your pillow. A good size for both home and travel use is 6 inches wide by 18 inches long.

Purchase 1/2 yard of fabric. Make sure it is a soft and durable fabric, in a color that resists stains as you will not be able to wash the cover of this pillow.

Cut two identical piece of fabric, with an additional 5/8 of an inch all around for a seam allowance.

Mark a rectangle of 4 to 16 inches in the foam, if using foam as a filling. Cut the foam rectangle. Put aside.

Pin together the two pieces of fabric, leaving one of the ends open so you can stuff the pillow.

Sew the pieces together along the pin lines. You can use a sewing machine or sew by hand. Remove the pins.

Trim excess material close to the seam, but be careful to leave the seam intact.

Turn the pillowcase inside out. Insert the stuffing.

Tuck the seam allowance on the open side of the pillow inward, and sew up the open end of the case. You can use a sewing machine or sew by hand.

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