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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