Sewing baby pillows

** Better instructions coming!**

My dearest colleague will have her baby soon and in addition to sewing handbags and so on for Christmas, I decided to sew something for her (read: the baby) also. As time is precious and much too short I thought to sew three small round pillows that can be attached to each other with velcro strips.

*Update: my colleague told me the pillows were really useful especially to prevent that the baby turns around. So nothing useless at all 🙂 Hopefully the baby likes to play with them when it grows bigger.*

I was very surprised how easy it worked out to be. I am not a good sewer, so the better for me.

There are surely better ways to make these pillows, but I did not want to search endlessly for instructions and in the end it worked out anyways.

Here are my very detailed how-to instructions. Don’t panic, it is very easy though loooong:

First I cut out three squares of the same size (I did not measure properly so the last one happened to be smaller) and six circles out of my cotton fabric. I am absolutely not into patterns so it just had to fit. I draw a circle on a papercard and cut it out to get at least somehow proper circles out of my fabric. Of course, I could have calculated how big the circles need to be, but it happened to work out well anyways. I had a kind of idea how big the circles need to be when I rolled one fabric square into a tube and draw a line onto the papercard where the outer lines would be. Trusting on my luck that I always would find an idea how to correct…

Due to lack of velcro I decided to sew two long stripes onto two of the three squares (the part of the velcro which does not stick to the hair!) and two small pieces of the not-ripping-hair-side of the velcro also onto two circles and only two stripes onto circles from the velcro that is so mean to stick to everything. The “mean hair-ripping” velcro part would be on one of the three pillows only because I wanted that two pillows can be used as normal roll pillows, as nothing sticks to hair or blanket. You can (hopefully) see from the picture how I did it. If I had more velcro also the two now blank circles would have get a stripe of soft velcro. Feel free to ask, if something is unclear!

Next step: Unlike on this following picture iron only three sides of the squares around so that you get soft edges. One side does not have to be ironed as I noticed when sewing them together…..

…. as you can see on the next picture. I did this mostly, because I did not want the sewing machine to have to sew too many layers of fabric together, as we will now still add the circles to this edge so it will be a lot of layers to sew and my old machine might not make it. There is one flaw on the picture below! Unlike shown below there were actually not the edges sewn together, as I wanted the big stripe of velcro to be in line with the length of the pillow, so take care to roll the fabric in the right way!

After figuring out how I need to roll and pin two edges together, I went on to pin one circle with soft velcro to one end of the pillow in the way shown below, so that not unfinished ends of the fabric can be seen. This might be quite tricky, but if I make it you’ll do it in no time.

Now comes the even trickier part. Sewing that you just pinned:

After having sewn on both ends of the pillow comes the easy part: stuffing. That was fun! I had earlier washed an “old” pillow very hot and dried it properly. Now I just opened one side of the pillow and took enough stuffing out to fill the pillows. Why buy some filling, when you have enough spare pillows at home. That is at least some filling that you know can be washed, and baby pillows should be able to be washed, right?

Ok, I know, let’s go on. When the pillow starts to fill, push the filling into the ends and start pinning the fabric together over the filling, so that in the end you can stuff the last places from one quite small hole in the middle. Fill the pillow well but not too tight, because some fillings may increase their volume when being washed and the pillows should not be too hard. Might depend on the stuffing and on the later use of the pillows.

In the end I managed to sew this last part in the sewing machine, but it would make much more beautiful seams when you sew this last seam by hand. I was in a lack of time so luckily the pillows where so small that they just and just fit to be sewn.

In the end I was proud! Me who has sewn just a few bags and shortened some trousers had sewn three cute pillows! Now my colleague can use them for playing with the baby, giving some support to the head or train some letters with them:

give me a U:

Well, we will still work on that U. Give me an N:

Nearly. But a large i works already pretty well:

Okay, and now I should stop playing with other people’s toys…

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One comment on “Sewing baby pillows

  1. Pingback: Baby pillows, second take | pearls and cooking, a little bit of everything

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