How to Make a Back Rest Pillow

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure

  • 1/2 yard of fabric

  • Scissors

  • Foam or fiberfill

  • Sewing pins

  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

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.

Step 1

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


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Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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


Step 6

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

Step 7

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


Step 8

Turn the pillowcase inside out. Insert the stuffing.

Step 9

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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