7.14.2011

How to Make a Pillow Form {a free tutorial}

I have been on a little bit of a pillow making kick lately. I love that pillows add so much to a room and are pretty quick to make. I have a few pillow tutorials that I'm going to be sharing soon, in the mean time I wanted to share how Kathleen and I make pillow forms that will stay full.

 Materials needed:
1 bag of Shredded Foam
1 Yard Hobbs 80/20 Batting (or similar batting)
 **For a nice full batting we suggest that you make your pillow form two inches LARGER than your pillow. I am making an 18" pillow so I will make a 20" pillow form.**
Cut two batting squares 20"x20".
 Sew all the way around three sides of the batting squares. Leave about a 10" hole on one side.
Stuff the Shredded Foam into the pillow form. We like pillows to be very full so for an 20" pillow form we added 1 cubic foot of Shredded Foam.
Top stitch closed.

It's that simple, the super nice thing about making pillow forms this way is they will stay full for a long time!

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12 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Do they feel lumpy at all though, from the shredded foam?

    MGM

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  2. I never thought to use batting instead of muslin!! I'll have to try that. I'm off to do a search for shredded foam =D

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  3. Ooh, maybe I can use this tip to fill up my lumpy IKEA toddler pillow.

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  4. Thanks Natalia,the pillow forms I buy seem to get as flat as pancakes in no time. Do you think Warm and Natural would work as well as the Hobbs?

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  5. that is such a good idea! I refuse to pay the exorbitant amounts charged for department store pillow forms. One thing that I have done is gone to the local thrift store and bought the old ugly throw pillows for $1.00. I let them sit in the sun a few days...give a good wash...or just take the cover off and start all over again. You really can't beat $1.00 :) Thanks for sharing! I will definitely have to try this!

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  6. What a great tip. I never thought of using batting. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. What a great tip. I never thought of using batting. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I was wondering about making my own pillow forms. I thought about using poly fil but I know that gets all funky after awhile.

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  9. I need to do that! The forms I bought a while back are flat and useless :( Where'd you get the foam?

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  10. I like your works, they are beautiful.

    Congratulations

    have a good day

    Josefina

    tijerasycuchara.wordpress.com

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  11. Can't wait to try this idea. Never used quilt batting for the pillow forms. Where do you find the shredded foam for stuffing?

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  12. Do you know how many pounds equals one cubic foot? most of the places that sell foam, sell it by the pound. Your information has been very helpful.

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