How To Make Bolster Pillows – Part 1

A simple to make bolster pillow with gathered ends. Lace and other embellishments can be added to give the pillow a unique look.

Bolster pillows are a stylish addition to your bed, sofa, or chairs. These cylindrical pillows can be made casual or luxurious, depending on the fabric you use to cover them.

Making a bolster pillow is not complicated, especially when you use bolster pillow forms.

Amy Butler–Delhi Blooms, Laurel Dots, Twilight Peony

Amy Butler cotton prints are ideal for the following method of making cushions. Lightweight upholstery and drapery fabrics are also appropriate for this method. Pillow ticking, which comes in many color combinations, makes economical, stylish cushions, suitable for traditional and contemporary décors.  Novelty fabrics, such as ribbon taffeta can also be used to make extraordinary and luxurious bolster pillows.

Ribbon taffeta can make beautiful pillows.

Bolster foam is available in two different diameters: 6″ and 8″.” It is sold in the 54” length which must be cut to make pillows. One 54” piece will make a number of pillows. Down bolster pillow forms are also available; they are very comfortable and come in  6″ and 9″ diameters and 22″ and 18″  lengths.

There are two basic ways to construct bolster pillows. One way is rather difficult for beginning sewers to handle; it requires cutting out fabric circles the diameter of the pillow, covering cording and installing a zipper. Another way is quicker and much easier. It can be done by people who have never sewn before.  Complete instructions are coming in my next post.