How to Make a Pocket Pillow

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We have a fun new project for you today. We are going to show you How To Make A Pocket Pillow. If you are needing a handy little pillow to use at home or take with you on the go, this is perfect! This is an easy project to make to use yourself or to give as a gift. My kids love these little pillows because they can lay on them when they are reading or coloring. Plus, it has a fun little pocket they can stash their favorite book in so they (or me) don’t have to go looking for it. I’ll often find them on the floor of their rooms as happy as they can be with this fun little pillow. This is a great sewing project for beginners and can be done in about an hour or less. If you are looking for a nice project to make for the kids or even something to make as your first sewing project, you are going to be glad you made this fun little pillow. If you have a little bit of stuffing and some extra fabric, this pocket pillow is the perfect project to put those leftovers to good use.

Pocket Pillow with books

This little pocket pillow also works great on the go! From running errands around town to even longer road trips, this pillow is the perfect to take some comfort with you wherever you might be headed, even if your travels are only from one room to another. So, grab your fabric and the rest of your sewing supplies and let’s get started!

How To Make A Pocket Pillow

What You’ll Need:

For the example I made, I used this super cute Peppa Pig print fabric I had left over from another project. Then, I just picked some coordinating fabric to match. You won’t need many supplies for this project, just some matching thread, some fabric scissors, a few sewing clips or pins, and filling material. I used polyfil for mine, but you can use cotton if you already have that on hand. I also added a little strap to the top of these little pillows to make them easier to grab on the go. If you plan on making more projects, I highly recommend getting a rotary cutter and ruler set as it is much faster to use. Also, for the last step I used my sewing machine, but if you want to hand sew for looks, just make sure you have some hand-sewing needles for the job. With your materials gathered, it’s time to learn how to make a pocket pillow!

How To Make A Pocket Pillow

Measure Pillow Fabric

To start this how to make a pocket pillow sewing tutorial, I like to wash, dry, and press my fabric. This makes it easier to cut and acts as a preshrink process so that the first time you wash this pocket pillow, it won’t mess up your seams. With that out of the way, we need to cut out our fabric. Cut two 14″x14″ pieces of your main fabric for each side of the big part of the pillow. For this I used some pink fabric I had laying around.

Measure Pocket Fabric

Next, you need to cut 1 piece of 8″ fabric for the pocket of the pillow. I had some of this cute peppa pig fabric left over from a scrunchie I made and decided to use it. My girls love peppa pig, so I know they are going to love this pocket pillow. Once you have cut out your fabric, take the pillow pocket, fold the top and press. Then, stitch along hem.

Place the pocket

Place the pillow pocket onto the one of the side of the pillow with fabric right side up. Lay the piece with the pocket face side up. Place the other side of the pillow piece right side down onto the other piece. Clip around the edges.

Cut the belting

Next on this how to make a pocket pillow sewing tutorial, take the belting and cut to the size you would like the handle to be. Place this at the top of the pillow between the two layers. The handle should be point towards the bottom of the pillow on the inside. The ends should be at the top of the pillow for when you stitch it closed.

Stitch the pillow

Now, simple stitch along all the pillow, leaving a hole in the bottom of the pillow of stuffing. It’s best to leave the hole in the middle of the bottom.

Leave a hole

I like to make an extra stitching along with the bottom of the handles area for reinforcement.

Fill the pillow

For the last step in this how to make a pocket pillow, flip the pillow right side in. Fill pillow with stuffing to the firmness you desire. Then, just stitch the bottom of the pillow closed. I used the machine, however, you may also hand stitch it closed.

finished pocket pillow

And that’s it! Now you know how to make a pocket pillow! This handy pocket pillow is the perfect home accessory to take your must have items, as well as a bit of comfort wherever you go. Handy for the car, camping or just using at home, follow our instructions here on how to make a pocket pillow for yourself or to give as a gift. My kids love these for reading in their rooms or in the car when we are out and about.

Easy Sew Pocket Pillow Tutorial


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How to Make a Pocket Pillow

How to make a pocket pillow

A handy home accessory, this project allows you to take comfort and necessities wherever you go. Here is how to make a pocket pillow.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5.00

Instructions

  1. Cut two 14"x14" pieces for each side of the big part of the pillow.
  2. Cut 1 piece of 8" fabric for the pocket of the pillow.
  3. Take the pillow pocket, fold top and press. Stitch along hem.
  4. Place the pillow pocket onto the one of the side of the pillow with fabric right side up.
  5. Lay the piece with the pocket face side up. Place the other side of the pillow piece right side down onto the other piece. Clip around the edges.
  6. Take the belting and cut to the size you would like the handle to be.
  7. Place this at the top of the pillow between the two layers. The handle should be point towards the bottom of the pillow on the inside. The ends should be at the top of the pillow for when you stitch it closed.
  8. Stitch along all the pillow leaving a hole in the bottom of the pillow of stuffing.
  9. Flip the pillow right side in.
  10. Fill pillow with stuffing.
  11. Stitch the bottom of the pillow closed.
  12. Enjoy your pocket pillow!

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