How To Make Bolster Pillows–Part II
- Bolster foam, 6” or 8” diameter, cut to the desired length. (a down bolster pillow form can also be used)
- A yard of 45” or 54” fabric, for a 24” long pillow
- Ribbon or decorative cord
- Hand sewing needle
- Thread to match
- Thimble (optional, but it makes life easier for the finger that pushes the needle)
- Sewing machine or serger (optional, the entire project can be made by hand)
- Cut a rectangle piece of fabric about 6” longer than your pillow length and wide enough to wrap around the bolster foam and overlap slightly.
- Turn under ¼” on the edges of the rectangle and press. Turn under again and hem around the rectangle with a narrow hem. If you have a serger, you can overlock the edges, rather than turning them under and hemming them.
- Roll the finished rectangle around the bolster foam. Leave the same amount of fabric at each end. Tack or slip stitch the overlapping edge.
- The ends can be finished in one of two ways. For a cheerful, casual look tie a ribbon around each end, making the pillow look something like a wrapped piece of candy. For a more formal look, roll the extra fabric under at each end. Tack and adorn with cord or ribbon if desired.
( Instructions are adapted from my article, Easy, Inexpensive Bolster Cushions from Bolster Foam, which originally appeared on Penny Pinching Grandma.)