How To Make A Bolster Pillow? In 5 Easy Steps!

How to make a bolster pillow? You can step up the beauty of your living room and bedroom with some cute and fancy bolster pillow.

Just keep on reading!

How to make a bolster pillow

What is a bolster pillow? It is a cylindrical pillow that is used to provide you with better back support or can give you comfort when you hug it as you fall asleep.

Once you learn how to sew your bolster pillow, you can benefit from all of these things.

Also, you can pick what design you like on your own or what best fits in your home.

Decorate your living room and bedroom with a bolster pillow. This article will help you to make one without hassle!


Things Needed In Making A Bolster Pillow

Before we go to the steps, let us take a look at what materials we will need:

  • 1 yard of fabric, it depends on you how big you want for your bolster pillow and also what color and design you want
  • A1-yard trim
  • Bolster pillow guide/form with at least 25 inches in diameter
  • Markers such as pencil or tailor markers
  • Scissors for cutting threads and fabrics
  • Yard
  • Tape measure for measuring
  • Pins
  • Cotton thread
  • Sewing machine


Steps In Making A Bolster Pillow

These are the following steps:


Step #1. Cutting off your bolster fabric

Measure your desired measurements of your bolster pillow, such as; diameter, length, and width.

First, by cutting the fabric for the perimeter of your bolster pillow in a rectangular shape, please leave at least half an inch of seam allowance on the sides.

Also, you can use a plate with at least 25 inches in diameter for making the bolster form.


Step #2. Stitch the seam to the bottom

Wrap it around the pad with the other side of it facing out after removing the freshly cut piece of cloth for your reinforcement pillow.

Keep the center open at least 10 inches so that you have easy access to install the bolster after the cover is finished.

Make sure all the ends of the seam are secure with pins.

On either side of the bolster pillow shape, cut off the excess fabric, and follow the pin. And sew the pin lines at this stage, and once you’re all done, remove all of those pins.

Tip: You can also use some old fabrics of bed sheets or some table linens for the cover of your bolster pillow.


Step #3.Sew all the trim edges

In this stage, you will now flip the fabric out of the bolster pillow to the right side facing it, and please make sure that you flip it correctly.

There should be raw ends faced in one direction.

Find at which ends meet and cut all of that, overlapping with half an inch, ensuring that you give enough space for seam allowance.

Pin all those raw edges together when the other end of the bolster pillow does the same thing again. Sew where the material meets and remove all of the pins around it eventually.

The next procedure is to remove all of the pins in the bolster pillow form and to sew them all together.


Step #4.Sew the ends of the pillow cover

Take the other side of the cover of the bolster and insert it into the mold.

Pin a patch of circular cloth and attach it to the cover of the pillow and take note that you must ensure that all raw edges are facing out and tucked inside safely.

On the other side of the pillow, repeat all of that procedure.

After that, detach the cover; carefully sew them while double-checking both ends of the pillow.

Lastly, hold the bolster pillow cover and flip the cover carefully; after that, put the pillow form inside the body.


Step #5. Sew and close the openings

Sew the unsew endings of the opening inside and securely fold them automatically and pin all the excess fabric with one to two inches.

In here, the last step, you will need a needle and a thread to hand stitch all the closed seam, and next is to remove all the pins one by one while double-check for any loose sew and threads.

Cut it off if you found any.

The 10 inches we left open at the body of your bolster pillow, you can either sew it permanently or consider putting a zipper.


How To Make A Bolster Pillow Cover?

Isn’t it amazing to make yourself a bolster pillow? They are easy to make and won’t force you to spend a lot of money.

But seeing the same design for about how many months now is so dull, so why don’t you make a cover for your bolster pillow?

You can make more of them since it is effortless to make.

Giving your home more colorful and making it more lively!

Bolster pillow patches, rubber bands, safety pins, and any kind of fabric you want for your pillow covers are things you’ll need to include.

These are the following steps how to make a bolster pillow cover:


Step #1. Fold

Fold around the fabric you desired around the bolster pillow, facing the wrong side out. You have to make sure that all parts of the bolster pillow are covered.


Step #2. Secure

Take it slowly, one at a time, and secure it with a rubber band if there is a piece of excess cloth. At both ends of the pillow, do that.

Once you are done, the pillow will look like a candy wrap.


Step #3. Replace

In this step, you have to replace the cover and make sure to turn them right side out.

Eventually, both ends may end up within the covering and will appear to have vanished.


Step #4. Swap

Take it and swap it with your support pillow as the cover has flipped inside out.

If the bolster pillow is fully filled, double-check, smooth up any bumps and lumps for a tidy result.

And also, this means that any unnecessary fabric does not appear in the bolster cover.


Step #5. Protect

Protect all the loose parts of the stitching with some safety pins, but you can also use a glue gun and scatter it over the whole stitching or fabric glue if you are not comfortable using it.



There you have it! Now that you already know how to make a bolster pillow on your own, you can make many more of it in the future!

Very beneficial not only for the aesthetic of your own unique home but also to give you comfort for your back, neck, and arm support!

I hope that this article helped you to discover your artistic self and also helped you to make your bolster pillow! Thank you for reading, and enjoy sewing!