Bolster Pillow Tutorial


I just made a new cover for an old bolster pillow that had been sitting in the closet for years. It was a fast and easy project!

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Believe it or not this was the best shot I could get because my assistant there is blocking out the extreme  light coming through the window. I am loving the black out curtain linings!

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Here are the two pillows I had before. The purple one had a zippered cover and the red one was a cheapy just filled with Poly-fil. I pulled the bolster shaped filler out of the purple one to work with.

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I found a saucer that was a little bit larger than the round end of my pillow.

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I used my plate to make a circle for both ends of the bolster by tracing a line around the outside of it.

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Next I cut a piece of fabric just a bit longer than my bolster. After I measured around my plate I found my fabric needed to be 24 inches long plus one inch for adding the zipper.

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Sew your zipper right sides together with your fabric .

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Flip your fabric out and top stitch it down to your zipper tape.

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Repeat the steps to attache the other side of your zipper. Sew it right sides together with the other end of your piece of fabric.

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You will have to open your zipper up to top stitch along this side.

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Your zipper tube should look like the one above.

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Now place a circle piece right sides together with your zipper tube. Pin them together and go slow. It is a bit tricky sewing this circle on, but you can do it.

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I turned mine right sides out to check I had gotten it all sewn together. Before sewing your next circle on, open your zipper up some, so you don’t sew your cover shut.

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Sew your other circle to the open side of the bolster case. Again pin and go slow. As you can see mine is not perfect, but you can’t tell once it is turned right sides out. Once it is sewn turn it right side out and stuff it with your pillow form.

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And enjoy!

You can see more of me (and my four legged assistant) at Stacie Thinks She Can.

2 thoughts on “Bolster Pillow Tutorial

  1. judy

    So pretty…. Looks pretty with the new curtains.. Wow..what a womand, gall bladder surgery and in a couple days you are making this adorable pillow cover. Happy sewing..but take care of your self. Don’t over do..
    [sorry..that mama is coming out of me,ha]

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    1. staciethinks Post author

      LOL, I knew someone would put that together. I just can’t sit still. That pillow was supposed to be two matching pillows. Right after the blog went up I took a three hour nap. I guess I’m not as good yet as I thought I was. 🙂

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