Sewing a body pillow

The other “Home Improvements” project I finished last week was a body pillow for our bedroom. I created it to fit into our plan for a cohesive style. I decided to use two fabrics to give it a little extra, and I’m very happy with the result. Though I made a few (fixable) mistakes as I went, it’s one of the few finished products I’ve been able to call perfect.

Body Pillow

Special considerations:

  • Color: I chose silver and grey to fit into our overall palette while contrasting each other enough to express the difference between materials
  • Material: Silk and velvet fit the feel of the room, but they are slightly more difficult to work with. I used a smaller sewing needle and lots of pins.
  • Zipper: Since I want the pillow to last, I included a zipper in the design – this way I can change out the stuffing if it starts to lump, and remove it for cleaning.

Cutting FabricSewing Silk

1. Measure and cut fabric. I used the full width of my velvet, then added enough silk on each end to make it the width of our bed (adding seam allowances).

2. Pin and sew end pieces to middle. I made each silk end piece exactly the same size, then pinned them to the ends of the velvet (right sides facing) and sewed together.

Layout fabricAlign fabric

3. Line up all pieces and trim. I first made this as one large rectangle, then cut it in half (to make the 2 sides) and trimmed each to match up.

4. Pin together. Make sure all your seams are aligned!

Pin ZipperTurn

5. Add the zipper (optional). Design Sponge has a great tutorial here. Put it in a place it won’t be noticed – mine is along the bottom (but not the whole length). Don’t forget to unzip it when you’re done, or turning will be a pain!

6. Pin and sew around. Remember to back-tack! (If you don’t add a zipper, you’d better leave an opening to turn.) Go ahead and trim any bulky seams and clip corners, too.

7. Turn right side out, stuff, zip. (No zipper people: sew the gap closed.) You’re done!

Etsy Crush: Cozy in Grey

Though we had a brief stint of fall in September, it was back in the 80s-90s through October. However, November is finally bringing chillier weather and I’m dreaming of snuggling up near a fire in warm hues.

I’ll start with a soft, gray blanket by Donnas HobbyGray Blanket with Fringe - Great Photo Prop

And lean on a shabby chic pillow by OctaviShabby chic style beach house striped cushion blue grey kapok with vintage tea stained cotton

I’ll light some knit lanterns by PolClaryLarge Cable Tea Light Lanterns, Vases, Set of 2 - Soft Light Gray

And keep my tea warm with this squirrel cozy by Fuzzy Logic FeltGray Felted Wool Squirrel Tea Cozy

I’ll throw on some handmade slippers by onstailFelted slippers Light Gray HANDMADE TO ORDER

Keep my neck warm with this circle scarf by Murano & TaguaNEW - the dockside circle scarf in SILVER GREY (vegan friendly)

And decorate with hearts by reyaveltmanGray Heart Hanger/Mobile

And when I go outside, I’ll wear this slacker beanie by the lovely Miss Indiethe slacker beanie hat in pumpkin and gray.

Or strut my stuff in this gorgeous capelet by reflectionsbydsGray Cozy Warm Cable Mohair Capelet - Winter Fashion

It’s going to be a gorgeously cozy winter! See the these items and more in my “Cozy in Grey” treasury :)