DIY Body Pillow Case

Back in college is when I really started getting crafty. I made my own purse, made some dorm decorations, and made my own body pillow cover. That body pillow cover finally gave out after lasting ten three years. My beautiful stitches stayed in place; the fabric itself gave out. I had hand sewn the whole thing, and Mi Madre thought I had machine sewn it, that’s how awesome I am.

I decided it was time to make a new cover, and in fact I made two, so one could go through the wash. I also made them using two different methods, because I’m awesome, and that’s the kind of crafting that keeps you on the edge of your seat! The first one is just plain old fabric sewn together. Maybe “plain” is not the right word for this fabric. It is faux quilt fabric from probably the 70’s that I found at a thrift store years ago. I have hoarded it, and used it periodically, but this is the biggest piece I’ve used so far. This piece is a yard wide, and I just laid the pillow down on top to get the length.

I then hemmed one of the short sides to be the open end of the pillow case.

Next, I folded the fabric in half, inside out, and pinned along the back end and long side, a couple inches from the pillow. You want the pillow case to be snug enough to stay on the pillow, but easy to slide on and off.   

I ran it through my magical sewing machine, and BAM! Look at that crazy fabric! It’s so amazing, and yet terrible!

So, pillow case #2 is MUCH tamer. For this, I’m using 2 normal pillow cases. This is a great way to do this, because you can easily match your existing bed sheets, if that’s a concern of yours. If you can see the picture above these words, and the one below, you can tell that is OBVIOUSLY not a priority of mine.

I decided to have the open ends of these pillow cases both facing outward. First, I used my trusty seam ripper to open up the short end of both pillow cases.

Now here’s the tricky part: I turned one inside out, and left the other rightside out, then stuffed one inside the other so that rightsides were against each other, and the insides were both showing. The one that is rightside out goes inside the inside-out one. lined up the long seams on the pillow cases first, then the open seams I had just made. I then pinned it to death.

This picture shows the two “right” sides of the fabric touching each other.

And this is after I had pinned it all the way around the circle.

I then did a running stitch, by hand, all the way around. After that, I turned the whole thing right-side out, to make sure everything had worked as I planned, then turned it inside out and sewed one end shut.

I then turned the whole thing back rightside-out, and put it on the pillow. Fabulous!

This is a great way to use extra pillow cases you might have, like I obviously did. The hand-sewn one took a little longer, maybe a total of 45 minutes, and the first one took maybe 30 minutes. These are both great projects for someone beginning to learn to sew, or learning a sewing machine for the first time.

 

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May 3, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Arts and Crafts.

2 Comments

  1. Kerin replied:

    I’d have took one of the pillow cases, seam ripped the closed end of it open. Then turned the newly double open ended case inside out. Placed the second one inside the ripped open one good side out. The ripped open one outside of the second one. Lined up the open end of the second case with the ripped open inside out seam. Pinned them together and machine sewed that new seam to join them. Then turn the inside out outer case to the outside and you have one double length case with a machine sewn seam in the middle joining the two cases into one long case. Stuff two pillows in and you have a body pillow.

    • thatcleverchick replied:

      That’s what I did, but I hand sewed it so I could watch TV. If you don’t have a body pillow, putting two pillows inside makes sense. I happen to have a body pillow that needed a case, so I did it this way. :)

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