Monday, June 15, 2015

How To Make Your Own Small Pillow Form...

Hi everyone! We've been busy moving our oldest daughter Courtney and her fiancé Courtland into their first home. We still have one more move of furniture this coming weekend (that dreaded heavy Ikea furniture that we're afraid to dis-assemble), but we're almost done!! It's been a lot of heavy lifting, painting, cleaning, organizing, but their home is beautiful. We're so proud of both of them for all they've accomplished at such an early age.

When everything is moved in, the final stage of decorating the new extra rooms they have will be the most fun! We all know after moving into a new apartment or a new home, money for all the final touches of decorating might not be there.

Pops of color, in the simplest form of pillows, is the best idea. Just one yard of fabric and a pillow form will do the trick. One yard of fabric can yield 2 throw pillows at 18 inches by 18 inches. You can also use pre-made fabric napkins or a tablecloth to make pillows too. It's just straight line sewing from there.

Today's post, however, is about the pillow forms. They can be so expensive in fabric or craft stores. Here's a tip to make your own from cheaper bed pillows you can buy at discount stores or ones you may already have.

diy pillow form

Come on in to see how easy...

This is an older bed pillow I had in a pillow sham, so I'm using it to show you how to make smaller rectangle pillow forms. You can also cut it into a square.

diy pillow form

Cut open the cover...

diy pillow form

Then start to cut the batting inside.

If it's filled with loose fiber fill, just separate into each side evenly.

diy pillow form

Sew the outer covering closed and you now have two smaller rectangle shaped pillow forms.

diy pillow form

This smaller rectangle pillow for is great for...

  • the back of a chair
  • smaller couch
  • an additional throw pillow on a bed
  • a neck pillow for travel

Here is a bed sized pillow used for the large pillow 17"x23" and the polka dot is half a bed pillow!

diy pillow form

The pillow in the front on the bed is a project I did last Christmas. It's a kitchen towel sewn up on the sides and half a bed pillow tucked inside.

Click HERE for that tutorial.

diy pillow form

Bed pillows are the cheapest at Walmart. They have a set of 2 medium sized bed pillows 2 for $7.23 (no affiliation, just wanted to share)

I also saw these in Walmart. They are travel pillow forms. They are already sewn in that small size.

diy pillow form

14" x 20" for only $3.48!

diy pillow form

Hope this was helpful for your next pillow project!

Thanks for stopping by,

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  1. Thanks for the tip! I've been wanting new throw pillows!!!

  2. Good tip Karen, thanks a lot. This is a lot more reasonable than Hancocks.

  3. Great tip, Karen. I love using what is already around the house !

  4. Carol/Abbotsford BC Canada
    Love your blog! Today's tip on pillows is great. Was just going to start the process of making some for my daughters, so thanks a bunch. Cheers! Carol

  5. What a fabulous idea. Thank you for sharing.
    Bev in NS Canada

  6. Shawnahttp://morepaperkissesandinkywishes.blogspot.comJune 15, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Such a great tip Karen!

  7. Thanks for the tip. I like to make stuff with things that I already have rather than spending lots in overpriced craft stores. Love the blog too

  8. Thanks for the tip, I wouldn't have thought of that! I have some spare pillows taking up space in the airing cupboard.

  9. Thank you for this timely post! I am just about ready to make all new pillows for my sofas. The other ones are like a million years old!

  10. I have some pillows that are no longer good for sleeping on; However, if I cut them apart and fluff the stuffing, I think I can reuse them. I have already washed and dried them, so they are clean.


  11. Thanks for the idea! Pillow forms are pricey, and it seems they've become outrageous over the past several years.

  12. I happen to be in need of pillow forms this week so I guess I sm now heading to walmart. The travel size will work nicely for my project. Thank you!

  13. I enjoy coming to see what new projects you are doing. This IS a great idea - I have made square ones too and used the leftovers to make a small rectangle. I even used two full size ones to make a dog bed for way less than at the store! When I make my covers, I sew them like shams-that way I can take them off for laundering too!

  14. Your idea of recycling old big pillows and making it smaller is a great project! And matching those up with pillowcases that come with different patterns, such as polka dots, only made them look newer and cuddlier. Anyone who would receive those customized pillows will surely love it. :-)

    Melissa Robinson @ Pillow Perfect


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