How to Make Your Own Bed Bolsters for a Baby

Written by lisa baker
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Bolster pillows are useful and decorative for any home, but they are particularly useful if you have a baby. If you are cosleeping, then a bolster pillow placed under the sheet on the edge of your bed will prevent your baby from falling out of the bed. Two small, firm bolster pillows can be made into a baby sleep positioner to keep your baby sleeping on her back. You can make your own bolster pillow very easily.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Roll of batting in desired length
  • Cotton fabric--1 yard or more, depending on size of batting
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating ribbon for drawstrings
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Measure your roll of batting. For a crib bolster, it should be the same length as the crib mattress; for an adult bed bolster, it should be the same length or longer. Measure the diameter as well as the length.

  2. 2

    Measure and cut your fabric. The height of your fabric should be the circumference of your pillow plus 2 inches; the length should be the length of your pillow plus the diameter of your pillow plus 1 inch.

  3. 3

    Measure and cut your drawstrings. The length of the drawstrings should be the pillow circumference plus 5 inches.

  4. 4

    Press and sew a 1/4-inch hem along the two long sides of the fabric, using a zigzag stitch.

  5. 5

    Press and sew a 1/4-inch double hem along the two short sides of the fabric, using a straight stitch. Keep your stitch as close to the edge of the hem as possible, since these hems will form casings for the drawstrings.

  6. 6

    Thread your drawstrings through the casings. Tie a double knot at each end of both drawstrings to prevent them from slipping back through.

  7. 7

    Fold the fabric in half inside-out and line up the long seams. Starting 1/4 of an inch from the edge so as to avoid the drawstring and casing, sew the long edges of the fabric together with a 1/4-inch seam, following the stitch of the hems.

  8. 8

    Turn the fabric right-side out and insert the pillow batting into the cover.

  9. 9

    Pull the drawstrings tight at each end and tie in a knot.

  10. 10

    Cut the drawstrings short so there is no extra ribbon that a baby could get tangled in. If desired, you can tuck the extra string inside the fabric cover. You can also sew the ends shut by hand, eliminating the need for dangerous drawstrings altogether.

Tips and warnings

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that you not use soft bedding, such as pillows, in cribs for babies younger than 12 months.

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