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Do It Yourself Pillow Forms

I love making pillows from orphaned quilt blocks.  The problem with that is they aren't always the size of pillow forms you can purchase.  If your pillow form isn't the right size then your pillow just looks wonky, so what are you to do?  Just make the pillow forms yourself!!  I like using pillow forms because they make it easier to switch out your home decor.  You can store the pillowcase much easier than a pillow. So are you ready to make some do it yourself pillow forms?

Update any room in your house with new pillows any size you want by making your own pillow forms

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Making your own pillow forms couldn't be easier.  It's two squares of fabric and some poly-fil stuffing.  That's it!  It would be a great project for a beginner sewist.  You can make them any size you want too.  Pillows are such a great way to dress up a sofa or a bed.  They are also the perfect way to use up your orphan quilt blocks you have laying around.  Bonnie Hunter is making pillows from old quilts for Quiltville Inn.

If you scroll below the video you can find the printable directions for this!

Supplies Needed For Do It Yourself Pillow Forms

  • 2 squares cut the size you want your finished pillow form to be plus 1/2" i.e. 12" pillow form needs two square 12 1/2"
  • Poly-Fil Stuffing
  • Pins

Making The Do It Yourself Pillow Forms

  • Place squares right sides together. 
  • On one side pin to give yourself a starting and stopping point for sewing to leave an opening to turn your pillow form.  I like to leave about a 3" opening so I'll find the middle of the squares put a pin about 1 1/2 inches from the middle on the left side and another the same distance from the middle on the right side. 
  • Sew from one pin around to the other pin.
  • Turn right side out and press the seam allowance for the opening under.
  • Stuff with Poly-Fil to desired fullness
  • Sew the opening shut, the thread and seam can show since it will be covered.

You just made yourself a pillow form!! Seriously it is that simple!  Want to watch me make one?

Yield: 1
Author: Home Ec. Mel
Estimated cost: $8

Do It Yourself Pillow Forms

Make pillow forms yourself any size that you want or need.
prep time: 10 Mperform time: 10 Mtotal time: 20 M


  • 2 squares of fabric - Same size of as the orphaned block or the size you want plus 1/2" for seam allowance
  • Poly-Fil Stuffing



Make Your Pillow Form
  1. Place squares right sides together.
  2. Pin to mark your opening.  I leave about 3" in the middle of one side.
  3. Sew from one pin around to the other.
  4. Turn right side out, and press seam allowance of opening under.
  5. Stuff with Poly-Fil to desired fullness. 
  6. Sew the opening shut.

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Learn how to make pillow forms yourself to dress up any room in your home.  These are perfect to use up orphaned quilt blocks.

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