How To Make A Nursing Arm Pillow

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If you have a baby on the way or just need a really great baby gift idea, we have just the thing! We are going to show you How To Make A Nursing Arm Pillow! This is a simple sewing project that is perfect for new and expecting moms. I know as a mom I would have loved this little pillow when I was nursing my first child. This would have made it a much more comfortable experience. The pillow helps cushion the arm and support the baby’s head all while you are nursing or feeding. This sewing project is easy to make and can be made in less than half an hour. I had some extra Minky fabric in my fabric pile and it turned out great. I recommend making a could of these pillows as once you use it, you won’t want to nurse without it! You can just pop it in the wash when you need to clean it. This is the time of year for weddings and baby showers and I am always looking for something useful to give. This pillow would be great for any baby shower. You can make this to match a certain theme you already have or just make it unique as a one-time gift.

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Gather up the rest of your supplies from the list below and let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

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How To Sew A Nursing Arm Pillow

cut out fabric

The first step on this how to sew a nursing arm pillow sewing tutorial, you need to cut out your fabric pieces. Cut one piece of each fabric that is 13 inches by 21 inches.

cut out fabric pieces for nursing pillow

This will be the main and lining piece for your pillow.

pin nursing pillow pieces right sides together

Next, lay the two pieces on top of each other with the right sides touching. Then, pin down each of the longest sides. If using Minky fabric as we did be sure to pin well as it tends to slip.

sew downed pinned areas

Now it’s time to sew! Using about 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew down each of the pinned sides.

pull pillow onto itself and pin short side raw edges

Now on this how to sew a nursing arm pillow, pull it into itself so that it is in half and pin the short side raw edges together. You want to make sure you pull it so the right sides stay touching.

leave opening in inner fabric

We will leave about a two-three-inch opening on the inner fabric (the white for ours) to use to turn it right side out and to stuff it.

sew around pinned area

Head back over to the sewing machine and sew all the way around the pinned area using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. We are about halfway through this fun sewing tutorial!

turn nursing pillow right side out

Now on this nursing arm pillow tutorial, turn the pillow right side out through that opening.

stuff nursing pillow

Next, take the stuffing and fill the inside of the tube through that opening. You want to make sure the filling is nice and fluffy. Be careful not to overstuff.

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sew opening shut

Step 8: After you have it filled to your liking, sew the opening shut. Do this with a needle and thread using the ladder stitch. 

nursing pillow post photo

For the last step in this nursing arm pillow tutorial, turn it into itself so that that stitched area is on the inside where the arm will be. Then you don’t even see a trace of your hand sewing. And that’s it! Now you know how to sew a nursing arm pillow sewing tutorial.

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How To Make A Nursing Arm Pillow

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Nurse your baby in comfort with this nursing arm pillow. Simple to sew and makes a world of difference. Great gift for new moms!

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Instructions

  1. Cut one piece of each fabric that is 13 inches by 21 inches.
  2. Lay the two pieces on top of each other with the right sides touching. Then pin down each of the longest sides. If using Minky fabric as we did be sure to pin well as it tends to slip.
  3. Using about 1/4 inch seam allowance sew down each of the pinned sides.
  4. Now pull it into itself so that it is in half and pin the short side raw edges together. You want to make sure you pull it so the right sides stay touching. We will leave about a two-three-inch opening on the inner fabric (the white for ours) to use to turn it right side out and to stuff it.
  5. Sew all the way around the pinned area using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  6. Through that opening, turn it right side out.
  7. Now take the stuffing and fill the inside of the tube through that opening. You want to make sure the filling is nice and fluffy. Be careful not to overstuff.
  8. After you have it filled to your liking, sew the opening shut. Do this with a needle and thread using the ladder stitch. 
  9. Enjoy!

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