How to Make a Bolster Pillow Form

Written by barbara thompson
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Handmade decorative pillows are a fun and easy way to add a little personality to a room. By making a single pillow form, you can make multiple covers to quickly change the appearance of the room. Since covers can easily be removed and washed, this is a great option for pillows that will be used in high-traffic areas. A bolster pillow is a tubular pillow that some people like to use behind their backs or under their neck when sleeping. A bolster pillow can also break the monotony of plain square pillows.

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Things you need

  • 1-inch-thick foam sheeting
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread for hand sewing

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  1. 1

    Cut the foam sheeting to the length of your desired pillow.

  2. 2

    Roll the foam tightly to form a cylinder. If you reach the end of the foam, use ribbon or twine to tie the cylinder, then proceed to wrap another piece of foam around the core.

  3. 3

    Use ribbon or twine to tie the foam cylinder securely. Do not pull the ties so tight that the foam compresses, just tight enough to keep it from coming unrolled.

  4. 4

    Measure the length of the foam bolster. Measure around the circumference of the bolster. Measure across the widest part of one of the circular ends.

  5. 5

    Cut one piece of fabric the length of the bolster plus ½ inch by the circumference of the bolster (for a nice snug fit, do not add a seam allowance to the circumference).

  6. 6

    Cut two squares of fabric the same size as the diameter of the bolster ends. Fold each square into fourths. Use a bowl or other round template to trace a curve from one fold to the other. Cut on this line. When you unfold the fabric, you should have a circle. It doesn't have to be perfect.

  7. 7

    Fold the rectangular fabric in half lengthwise and stitch a ¼-inch seam along the length to create a tube.

  8. 8

    Pin one of the circles inside one end of the fabric tube. Stitch a ¼-inch seam all the way around the circle. Pin the other circle inside the other end of the tubem and stitch a ¼inch seam about 2/3 of the way around the circle. Leave about 1/3 of the circle open for turning and stuffing the pillow.

  9. 9

    Turn the pillow right-side out through the opening. Stuff the foam bolster inside.

  10. 10

    Use a needle and thread to whipstitch the opening closed.

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