How to make a round bolster pillow

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Bolster pillows can be both functional and a decorating accessory in a room's design. Used as a pillow, a simply constructed round bolster filled with polyester stuffing or buckwheat provides neck support. As a decorative feature, the bolster pillow can sport piping, lace, ribbon, a zippered opening and a specially formed foam or down-filled tube for stuffing. Once you know the basic construction steps, you can create bolster pillows in any size, with materials ranging from simple to ornate. Let's start by making a no-frills standard 9 inch by 22 inch round bolster pillow.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cardboard, poster board, or cardstock
  • 1 yard fabric, preshrunk
  • Stuffing

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  1. 1

    Create a circular template 10 inches in diameter using the cardboard, poster board, or cardstock

  2. 2

    Cut out two pieces of fabric using the template. (These will be the end pieces of the bolster pillow).

  3. 3

    Cut a 29 and one-fourth inches by 23 inches rectangle out of the fabric. (This will be the tubular main body of the bolster pillow.)

  4. 4

    Stay stitch one-half inch from the edge around each of the two circular fabric pieces. (Stay stitching is simply a row of stitching used to stabilise the fabric).

  5. 5

    Cut notches from the fabric edge to the stay stitching, one inch apart around the circumference of the circular pieces.

  6. 6

    Fold the fabric rectangle in half, wrong side out, matching the 23 inch edges. Sew together along this edge, leaving a five inch opening in the middle. NOTE: Use half inch seams for all steps.

  7. 7

    Pin one circular fabric piece to one end of the tubular rectangle (right sides together), placing pins about one inch apart.

  8. 8

    Sew over the stay stitching line using a stitch length of "2."

  9. 9

    Attach the remaining circular fabric piece to the other end of the tubular rectangle of fabric, repeating Steps 7 and 8.

  10. 10

    Turn the bolster pillow right side out through the opening.

  11. 11

    Fill with stuffing using the 5 inch opening.

  12. 12

    Whip stitch or blind stitch the opening shut.

Tips and warnings

  • Sewing a curved seam can be tricky. The secret is a lot of notching and pinning.

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