Threads Logo Threads Logo Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram Favorite Navigation Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon
SewStylish

Sew a Back-Friendly Pillow

Oct 09, 2007
Article Image

When complete, your pillow will look like this.

Easy to make, and good for the spine–what’s better than that? In “Posh Pillows” by Angela Lamb-Dittmarin in p.24 of Sew Stylish: Gifts to Make, we promised you a bonus pillow project. And here it is. This little pillow, which floats securely at any height due to a cool rubberized strap, provides lumbar support at your sewing or desk chair, in your car. You can even take it on the airplane!

What you’ll need:
-1/3 yard fabric
-Nonslip rubber shelf lining
-Thread
-1/3 cup of inexpensive beads, or fine aquarium gravel/pellets (yes, the stuff for fishies)
-Polyester stuffing

How to do it:
1. Sew a tube. Cut a fabric strip 4 inches by 25 inches. Fold it in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew the long edge using a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Press the seam flat, the press the seam allowances open. Stitch across one short end. Center the seam on the tube back. Turn the tube right sides out.

2. Weight and rubberize the strap. Cut a 1-inch-wide by 22-inches-long strip of rubber shelf lining. Shake beads (or gravel/pellets) into the tube, filling to a depth of about 3 inches. Sew across the strap above the beads to secure them. Center the rubber shelf lining over the rest of the seam. Sew it in place by hand or machine.
TIP: If you sew by machine, cover the rubber with tissue paper, so it runs smoothly under the presser foot.

3. Sew the strap to one pillow layer. Cut two pieces of fabric 11 inches by 8 1/2 inches. Place one pillow piece right side up on your work table. Pin and sew the unfinished end of the strap as shown below. Use a 5/8-inch seam allowance.
TIP: Stitch again to reinforce.

4. Stitch around the pillow. Fold the strap so it fits inside the pillow’s seam allowance. Cover with the other pillow piece, wrong side up. Sew around the edges. Leave a 3-inch opening to turn. Turn the pillow right side out. Fill with polyester stuffing until it is the firmness you desire. Slipstitch the opening closed.

Sign up for the Threads Eletter

Get the latest from Threads delivered straight to your inbox.

×
Discuss

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, patterns and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Subscribe to Threads today

Save up to 37% and get a free gift

Subscribe

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

More From Threads

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All

Highlights

  • Sign up for the Threads Eletter

    Get the latest from Threads delivered straight to your inbox.

  • SewStylish

    SewStylish

    Take a look inside the pages of SewStylish Spring 2017.

  • CraftStylish

    CraftStylish

    Expert craft tutorials, news, and tips for sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, paper crafts, embroidery, jewelry making, and more!