Sew It Yourself


 

 

Absolutely free nursing pillow pattern and sewing instructions! 

 

 


Good friends share secrets, right? Last year when my son was born I so wanted to have one

of those cool Boppy nursing pillows… But could not afford one, as – you know—they are a

bit expensive. I also couldn’t find a free pattern for making one myself. Well, I decided to

design my own, and—voila!—here it is! Check it out and if you like it, you will be able to

make one yourself in less than 2 hours and for less money. You can also make different

pillow covers, so it looks different every time you change them. Have fun making your

nursing pillow and God bless!!!

 

 

 

 

*Feel free to download the pattern and use my instructions for home use, but please do not sell them. You will need a written permission from me to use my pictures, diagrams and patterns to use them other than for making a nursing pillow.

 

 

Download the pattern 

Click here to download Pattern

  1. 1.   Print out 4 sheets of pattern.
  2. 2.   Combine them together as shown on the picture 

 

 

 

You will need:

 

  1. 1.   1 yard of 45” or 60” fabric for pillow cover. Bright cotton prints or soft baby fabrics work great. You can also use flannel (most have 41” width, but you will be fine using my pattern), but be aware that flannels peel  very fast –those little fuzzy beads will form very soon and drive you nuts.
    2.   1 yard of 45” or 60” fabric for the actual pillow. Use thicker cotton fabrics, or if you want to save even more money, an old flat sheet will work just fine.
    3.   1 lb (apprx.)of 100% polyester fiberfill – you might use a little less.
    4.   18” invisible zipper for pillow cover. However, you can use Velcro if messing with zippers is not what you want to do, or simply hand-stitch the closing.

 

 

 

Sewing instructions:

 

  1. 1.   Put and glue pattern pieces together. Cut out the pattern. Remember, seam allowances are NOT INCLUDED!
    2.   Pre-shrink cotton fabrics by pre-washing them.
    3.   Fold pillow-base-fabric with right sides together. Place dotted line of pattern on fold of fabric. Cut 2 pieces.  DO NOT FORGET TO ADD SEAM ALLOWANCES WHEN CUTTING! (5/8” or it’s up to you)
    4.   Fold pillow-cover-fabric with right sides together. Place dotted line of pattern on fold of fabric. Cut 2 pieces.  DO NOT FORGET TO ADD SEAM ALLOWANCES WHEN CUTTING! (5/8” or it’s up to you)
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    5.   Fold pillow-base cutouts with right sides together, pin them, and sew together, leaving an opening like shown on the picture.
    6.   Turn the pillow-base inside out and press with a hot iron (check if hot iron setting is suitable for your fabric).

  3. 7.   Fill your pillow-base with polyester fiberfill starting with the distant areas first. Keep it light and fluffy, do not pack it, otherwise your pillow will be rock-hard.

  4. 8.   Once you are finished filling it, hand-stitch the opening. Your pillow is finished! Let’s now make a cover for it.

  5. 9.   First, put in the zipper into the middle part as shown on the picture. Coats and Clark zippers usually have great instructions on how to put in an invisible zipper, so use them as guidelines. If you don’t want to mess up with the zipper, simply follow the same instructions above for a pillow-base, and hand-stitch your pillow cover after inserting the pillow-base into it. If you want to use Velcro instead, sew it in before you continue with the rest of the pillow cover.
  6. 10.   After you are finished with the zipper, open it up, and sew the two parts together keeping the zipper open.

  7. 11.   Turn your finished pillow cover inside out and press with a hot iron (check if hot iron setting is suitable for your fabric).
    12.   Insert the pillow-base inside the pillow cover, zip it up and reward yourself with a cup of hot chocolate—you’re done!!!