How To Make A Body Pillow?

Key Takeaways

Fabric SelectionCotton, fleece, linen are your friends.
Pillow StuffingFiberfill or batting, fluff thrice!
Making a Pillow CoverMeasure, cut, pin, sew. Simples!
Adding a ZipperKeep it zippy with a zipper foot on your sewing machine.
Sleeping with Body PillowsComfy and supportive, like a bedtime hug.
Men Hugging PillowsComfort, alignment, a mini hug – why not?

Lewis here, your guide to all things fluffy and comforting. Let’s dive into the world of body pillows. Ready to get cuddly? 🛌

The All-Important Fabric

  • Muslin? Soothing and soft.
  • Cotton? Smooth and breathable.
  • Silk? Luxurious but a bit slippery.

You’ll need two pieces cut to the standard size, 20 x 54 inches. Tip: You can explore a guide on sewing a body pillow from two pillows here.

Did you know? During the Middle Ages in Europe, pillows were deemed a luxury item and were banned. Only pregnant women were exempt from this rule under King Henry VIII's reign.

Let’s Sew

  1. Place your fabric together, right sides facing.
  2. Sew three sides, leaving one short side open.
  3. Turn it inside out. You’re halfway there!

Wondering about body pillows’ origin? I’ve got you covered. Find out where body pillows came from.

Stuff It

How do you like your pillow?

  • Firm? Pack it tightly.
  • Soft? Go easy on the stuffing.

Bonus question: Do body pillows have holes?

Finish the Pillow

  1. Fold the open end in.
  2. Sew it shut.

Voila! Your body pillow awaits.

Pillowcase Optional

Keep it clean; add flair. Cut, sew, and boom, your decorative touch.

Why a Body Pillow?

Why not? They offer more than just comfort. Let me break it down:

BenefitsMore Info
Help with Shoulder PainCheck out this link.
Ease AnxietyLearn more here.
Improve Lower Back PainFind out here.
Are They Worth It?You decide here.

Need more DIY tips? Check this external guide.

In the mood for some hidden pillow fun? Here’s how to hide a body pillow.

Crafting A Body Pillow: A DIY Guide

Who doesn’t love a good cuddle? Body pillows! They’re the cuddle experts. Want to make one? Follow my guide, and you’ll be snuggling up in no time. We got your back. Or your side, if that’s how you sleep.

A c shaped body pillow on a sofa

Choose Your Materials

First, we shop. Grab a basket, here’s your list:

  • Fabric: Two yards of snuggly goodness. Cotton? Fleece? Linen? Pick your favourite.
  • Batting: For the quilted look. A quilted pillow? Now you’re talking!
  • Fiberfill: The fluffy stuff. Soft or firm? You decide.
  • Sewing machine: The main event. Let’s stitch it up!
  • Thread: To hold it all together. Matching the fabric, of course.
  • Scissors: Sharp and ready. Chop, chop!
  • Pins: The fabric’s best friend. Hold it tight.
  • Ruler or measuring tape: Size matters. Measure twice, cut once.
  • Iron: Press to impress. Make it smooth.
  • Optional: Pillowcase for the cover, pocket for secrets.

Crafting Your Pillow

  1. Cut the Fabric: Using your measurements.
  2. Quilt if Needed: With batting, if you fancy it.
  3. Sew it Together: Using your trusty machine.
  4. Fill with Fiberfill: To your fluffiness preference.
  5. Finish the Ends: Snip and stitch.
  6. Optional Extras: Add a pocket or cover.

A body pillow for knees, anyone? Find out how it supports you.

Body Pillow Creation: A Summary

FabricThe body of the pillow.
BattingFor a quilted touch.
FiberfillFluffy stuffing.
Sewing Machine, ThreadTo stitch it all together.
Scissors, Pins, Ruler, IronCutting, holding, measuring, pressing.
Optional ExtrasPillowcase, pocket.

How to Make a Body Pillow Cover: The Ultimate Guide

Tired of your body pillow getting all the attention? Let’s dress it up with a DIY cover. Quick, simple, and oh-so-stylish.

Choosing the Right Fabric

What will it be?

  • Cotton? Soft, durable, and ever-popular.
  • Linen? Classy and cooling.
  • Flannel? Cozy for those chilly nights.

Ready to measure? Here’s how to know if your body pillow can be washed.

Cut, Sew, Smile

  1. Measure your pillow. Know its size? Here’s a guide.
  2. Cut two pieces. Add an inch to each side for that perfect fit.
  3. Sew around three sides. Leave one short side open, like a door to comfort.
  4. Turn right side out. Slip in your body pillow.
  5. Fold the open end, then sew. Easy-peasy!

Need to hide your body pillow sometimes? Learn how.

Extras? Yes, Please!

  • Add a zipper? For easy washing.
  • Buttons, maybe? Chic and functional.
  • Hidden pocket? Stash a sweet dream inside.

Can body pillows help with lower back pain? Find out here.

Pillow Cover Summary

Choose FabricSoft, durable, and washable like cotton or linen.
Measure PillowKnow the length and width.
Cut and Sew FabricAdd seam allowance, sew three sides.
Finish CoverInsert pillow, sew shut.
Optional Add-onsZipper, buttons, or hidden pocket.

Need to carry your body pillow around? Check this.

How to Zip Your Way to a Sleek Body Pillow Cover

Fancy a challenge, you say? Adding a zipper to a body pillow cover is easy. Just follow this our handy guide, and you’ll be sleeping soundly with your newly zippered pillow.

Get Your Tools Ready

You’re a DIY champion. Here’s your toolkit:

  • Zipper: Longer than the width of your pillow cover.
  • Scissors: The fabric’s worst nightmare.
  • Pins: Hold everything together like your favourite tea.
  • Sewing Machine: Your trusty steed.
  • Thread: Matching the fabric, of course.

Let’s get sewing!

Cut, Prepare, Pin

  1. Measure and cut fabric: As wide as your pillow cover, plus a little extra.
  2. Prepare the fabric: Fold, press, admire.
  3. Pin the zipper: Align, pin, almost there!

Sew, Repeat, Open, Finish

  1. Sew the zipper: Get close to those teeth.
  2. Repeat for the other piece: Second verse, same as the first.
  3. Open the zipper: Halfway is the magic number.
  4. Sew the sides: Right sides together.
  5. Finish the cover: Trim, turn, and push corners.

Zipper Addition: A Recap

Gather MaterialsZipper, scissors, pins, sewing machine, thread.
Cut and Prepare FabricWidth plus an extra inch, fold and press edges.
Pin and Sew ZipperFace down, right side of fabric, sew close to teeth.
Open and Sew SidesOpen halfway, sew sides, stop at zipper.
Finish the CoverTrim, turn right side out, push corners.

Got all that? Brilliant. Now go forth and zip. Your body pillow will thank you.

The Art of Stuffing a Body Pillow: Pillow Perfection in Eight Steps

You’ve made it! Now it’s time to stuff that cuddly creation. Think it’s a walk in the park? Not so fast! Here’s the Dream HQ guide to stuffing a body pillow evenly. Follow these steps, and you’ll have the perfect cuddle companion.

1. Use the Right Amount of Stuffing

  • Too much? You’ve got lumps.
  • Too little? It’s flat as a pancake.
  • Just right? Pure bliss!

2. Fluff the Stuffing

  • Fluff it, remove clumps.
  • Repeat 2-3 times.
  • Even distribution: that’s the goal!

3. Stuff the Pillow in Sections

  • Divide and conquer.
  • Stuff each section separately.
  • Hello, even filling!

4. Use Small Pieces of Stuffing

  • Small pieces, big comfort.
  • Prevents lumps.
  • Even Steven all the way!

5. Pack the Stuffing Tightly

  • Pack it like your suitcase.
  • Keep it in place: no shifting allowed!

6. Shake the Pillow

  • Give it a gentle shake.
  • Like a fluffy dance.

7. Test the Pillow

  • Press down, feel around.
  • Lumps? Adjust!
  • Smooth sailing.

8. Enjoy!

  • Hug it, sleep with it.
  • You’ve earned it.

Table of Pillow Stuffing Perfection

Right AmountAvoid lumps and flatness.
Fluff the StuffingRemove clumps for evenness.
Stuff in SectionsDivide and fill evenly.
Small PiecesPrevents lumps, spreads evenly.
Pack TightlyKeeps stuffing in place.
Shake ItDistribute evenly with a gentle shake.
Test ItPress and adjust for smoothness.


What do you stuff a body pillow with?

Fancy a squishy cuddle? Stuff a body pillow with fiberfill or batting. That’s the magic inside!

How much fabric do I need for a body pillow?

Two yards of fabric! That’s the perfect length to craft a body pillow.

How do you make a body pillow cover?

Measure, cut, fold, press, pin, sew, trim, and turn right side out! Follow these steps, and voilà! You’ve got yourself a body pillow cover, zipper and all!

Is it OK to sleep with a body pillow?

Absolutely! A body pillow is like a cuddly friend. It’s great for side sleepers or anyone needing extra support. Sweet dreams guaranteed.

Why do guys hug pillows when they sleep?

It’s a comfort thing. Hugging a pillow aligns the spine and eases the hips and shoulders. Plus, it’s like a mini hug for yourself. Who wouldn’t love that?

Wrapping Up

Pillows, they’re not just for a good night’s kip. They’re for crafting, hugging, and adorning your cosy bedroom space. From stuffing them just right to sewing a jazzy zipper, we’ve delved into the plush world of body pillows, and what a world it’s been! Whether you’re a DIY maven or a sleep aficionado, there’s something here for everyone.

So what have we learned, you ask? Here’s a quick snooze through:

  • Choosing the Right Fabric: Cotton, fleece, or linen – take your pick.
  • Measuring and Cutting: Accuracy is key – don’t forget that extra inch!
  • Sewing and Stuffing: From zippers to fluffing the stuffing, it’s all in the detail.
  • Sleeping with Body Pillows: Not just comfy, but helpful for alignment too.
  • FAQs Answered: Questions popped, answers provided. All in a night’s sleep!

So grab your fabric, fluff that stuffing, and let’s make sleeping (and crafting) a dream come true! Happy sewing, happy snoozing.

– Article by Lewis Hugh

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