Pillows and cases (for small pillows)

A couple of days ago my sister picked up some fabric in kid prints (Spongebob, Ninja Turtles, and monsters) and then she brought over a pillow that her friend bought. Her friend’s son is starting preschool and he needed a pillow for nap time that would fit into his cubby. Sounds simple.

What I did was basically made two pillows from one pillow and six pillowcases.

It’s pretty explanatory what I did, but I will include video and pictures just because those are nice added bonuses.

For the pillow:


  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  1. Try to separate the filling inside the pillow in half. I folded the pillow in half and was rubbing the middle part between my fingers to loosen the fibers. You don’t have to do this step but it might be helpful for the next part.
  2. Sew a seam down the middle of your pillow. My machine wasn’t big enough to actually sew directly in the middle so it made a smaller pillow but that actually turned out perfectly.
  3. Cut the pillow next to the seam, allowing for about a 5/8 seam.
  4. Fold the cut edge over and sew it in place to avoid the pillow ripping open.
  5. Boom. One pillow done.
  6. For the second pillow I took out some of the filling to match the pillow size with the first one.
  7. Repeat steps 3-4 and you’ve finished your second pillow!

Fun video time!

For the pillowcases:


  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/cutting board
  • Pins

Note: All the fabric my sister picked up were one yard.

  1. Fold your fabric in half both length and width-wise (remember to keep wrong sides together) to pick which direction your fabric print should be going for your pillowcases. When you’re done, leave your fabric folded in half.
  2. Using your ruler/cutting board, cut your fabric in half.
  3. Pin the sides of the pillowcase.
  4. Sew a seam up each side of the pillowcase. I backstitched the ends of each seam for added security.
    SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC (this is what a backstitch looks like [right]. If you don’t know how to make one, look for the lever/button on your machine. It basically sews a seam but the opposite direction to increase seam strength.)
    SAMSUNG CSC (the lever has a u-turn symbol above it)
  5. Then fold the open end of the pillowcase over two inches. If your open end is not a selvage end like mine were, you’re going to need to fold the raw edge under before you sew to avoid fraying.
  6. Sew close to the edge of the fold, you can probably go with a standard 5/8 seam allowance.
  7. Fold your case right side out and stuff your little pillow in it and there you go!


If you have any questions, feel free to comment!


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