DIY Maternity Pillow

**I’m moving this page to my new blog! Even though I don’t need it now, it is definitely my most popular post to date, so I’m updating it! This was written when I was about 6 months pregnant with my son who is now 1. Also, this post will get a makeover someday. It is super choppy and missing some pictures. I’m so sorry! It was a newbie effort**

 

DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!

 

WARNING: PREGNANCY MAY BE UNCOMFORTABLE

 

Well, yes. At times, especially night time. If I’m being honest, the only discomfort I have really is at night! (I am one of the lucky ones and counting my blessings every day!) I go to sleep with the recommended pillow between my legs and wake up with the most awful backache. It is terrible I tell you. At only six months along, I couldn’t even imagine going another 3 with the discomfort!

 

My friends who have all been through this stage before had purchased the Snoogle pillows and loved them. I looked in to the Snoogle, I did. But there were a few things I didn’t like: a) the price and b) the size. I really wanted a pillow that both supported my belly and my back, and I was worried the Snoogle just wasn’t long enough to do so.

 

Also, I think it is crazy that a pillow is over $50!! And the pillows that I found that would have met my needs were even more…I saw some for almost $100!! Call me crazy, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend that much on a pillow.

 

Thank the Lord above for Pinterest. I searched the boards for a maternity pillow that I thought could work, and I found the perfect one here at Homemade Toast with a free pattern and a great tutorial! Score!

 

I grabbed some coupons for fabric, made a trip to the store and broke out the machine.

 

DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!

Materials Needed:

Color A – (2) 50in x 30in pieces

Color B – (6) 3in x 40in pieces and (2) 2in x 25in pieces (I grabbed this out of the remnants basket!)

1 – 24in zipper

Stuffing (I found some pillows on sale at Sears for $3.33 a piece and used 6 of them to stuff! MUCH cheaper than buying stuffing from the craft store!)

Cut the Fabric

The two main pillow pieces are pretty large and required a lot of space to cut. I actually had the store cut to specific length which saved me lots of time. Be sure that the measurements are still correct after ironing your fabric. Trim them to match if they don’t!

 

DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!

 

Cut to exact measurement, then fold into quarters. Round the corner opposite the folds so that all outside corners are rounded.

 

DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!

 

Then unfold. Cut straight up the middle, to about the halfway mark. Round the bottom corners, opposite the already rounded corners.

Place the pattern along your middle cut, leaving 14″ from the top. Trace and cut.

 

DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!
 

Yay! The hard part is done! (Seriously, this is a great project for beginners!)

Sew the Gap Pieces

Take the 6 pieces of Color B and sew 3 of them together on the short side at 1/4in seam allowance, making two long strips.

 

Then sew the zipper into the 2 – 2in strips, one on either side. I hate sewing zippers, but this allows the pillow to serve as a cover if you so desire. Plus, I find it easier to stuff this way.

 

DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!
 

Once the zipper is in, attach the zipper strip to the two, now, long strips. A little extra material might remain around the zipper, but you can trim this to match the width of the other strips. Now we have one long strip!

 

DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!

Make a Pillow!

Now sew it all together! (I’m sorry I don’t have pictures of this part!)

 

Pin the Color B strip to the Color A piece with wrong sides facing you. Place the zipper at the top of the pillow piece then pin the remainder from there.

 

After you have one side sewn, pin the other side and sew it to the Color B strip.

 

Voila! You have a pillow case!

 

Now, you can stuff this (like I did), or you can use it as a pillow case. You’d just have to make another pillow to stuff!

 

DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!

 

DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!

 

I love this thing, and so does my dog. My husband might not as much since it takes up a lot of space….

 

DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!

 

Sacrifices, sweetheart. Sacrifices.

 

Enjoy, mamas!

<3

 

DIY Maternity Pillow - easy sewing project that will save you lots of pains, and it's easy on the wallet!

About Mallory

Nice to meet you. I'm Mallory! I'm a believer, wife, and mother. In my professional life, I am a registered dietitian and certified lactation counselor. I'm striving to be the best mom and wife I can be, always working to improve. Join me as I make a mess in the kitchen and at the sewing table, all while trying to save some money!

4 thoughts on “DIY Maternity Pillow

  1. First, thank you for taking the time too document these steps! I never could have done it! I think the last time I used my mom's serger was around 1989 and this was, thankfully, very simple! I have had 2 neck surgeries for discs and have my neck fused from C4-C7. Lots of neck pain makes out difficult to sleep no matter how many fancy pillows I use! But this is a life changer! I started making this Friday night after buying two king size pillows at a major retailer for less than $17 total. My Mom had tons of zippers too choose from so I didn't need to buy anything but the pillows for stuffing. Friday night I cut out the pieces from a sheet that my Mom bought before I was born in 1975. I even kept the tag on because I thought it was kind of sweet that these treasured sheets were finally going to be used again! My parents haven't used them since the early 80's. Saturday day, I sewed and stuffed and slept on out last night! Easy peasy! I made two changes. One: I used 2-20- inch zippers that come together at the top and curve about 5-inches down each side. This meant double the steps but seemed like it would make it easier to stuff. Two: As I said, I used old sheets and used a finished sewn edge to act as a flap to hide the zipper, partially to keep the tag intact and also to look pretty. I cut one strip 3"x44", with the 1" finished edge that was at the foot of the bed, and two more strips 2"x22". Excellent and easy! Now to make a fancy cover!
  2. I want one. I am three months pregnant and with this baby it feels like everything aches after I wake up I heard about your pillow but I am busy with work and two girls I barely have time for myself let alone sew myself a pillow do you make these to sell or just the instructions on how to make them

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