DIY Bolster Pillow – Made of Pants

Hello! Today I am so excited to share my very first original DIY project with you! I have linked to other ones in the past, but today’s project does not come from another website. 🙂 A friend of mine showed me how to do this using a pillow form, but since I didn’t have a pillow form on hand, I tweaked it just a little to use fiberfill and fabric squares. I even took step-by-step pictures! (Go me!) So if you are looking for a fun, easy, quick summer project, give this a try!

What you will need:

* A pair of old pants
* Some fabric scraps
* Ribbon
* Fiberfill
* Sewing Machine

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of PantsNow, here are the instructions:

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants1. First, lay out your pants and cut off one of the legs. One side of the pillow will end up being a little bit bigger if you are using women’s pants just due to the fact that we have hips, so don’t worry about it. 🙂 Be sure to cut off the cuff of the pant on the bottom too. I forgot to do this and had to do some resewing later, so save yourself a step!

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants2. Next, fold in each end of the pant leg about 3-4 inches and pin it.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants3. It will look something like this when you are done. What is visible is how long your pillow will be, so adjust accordingly.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants4. Using your machine’s free-arm function, sew around the folded edge of each end of the pant leg.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants5. When you are done, pull out the folded parts of the pant leg. It should look something like this.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants6. Now you are going to make the casing for the ribbon drawstring. Fold over the raw end of each side of the pant leg about 3/4 inch, depending on how big your ribbon is. Mine was pretty small, so I didn’t need a lot of space.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants7. Pin this down and sew around it completely, leaving room for the ribbon to eventually be in there.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants8. Don’t worry if the line isn’t completely straight. The end of these pillows is very forgiving. But each end of the pant leg should look something like this now.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants9. Choose one end of the pant leg to focus on first. Using your seam ripper, tear a small hole next to the seam of the pant leg. This is making an opening for the ribbon to enter. Make it large enough for a safety pin to fit through.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants10. Using the safety pin method, string your ribbon through the folded over section of the pant leg. Pull it all the way through and don’t cut the ribbon until you have both ends of the ribbon through the hole. (The next picture will explain this better.)

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants11. The ribbon should now be all the way around the inside of the top folded section and both ends should be out of that single hole that you made with your seam ripper. Now, cut the ribbon, leaving a few inches for a tail.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants12. Now, pull the ribbon tight, creating a drawstring effect on the end of the pant leg. Once you have it as tight as you want, tie off the ribbon in a knot or a bow.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants13. Take a small square of your chosen fabric and, keeping it flat and face down, push it through the wider opening of the pant leg until you reach the drawstring end. It should look something like the following picture:

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of PantsIf it looks like this, then move onto the next step.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants14. Now it is time to stuff! Get the fiberfill and stuff as much as you want into the pillow. I made mine really soft because I am using this more as a decorative one rather than a practical one, so I didn’t want to use a whole lot of the fiberfill.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants15. Once you have the amount of fiberfill you want in your pillow, take another square of the fabric and place it around the top of the stuffing.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants16. Now close up this end of the pant leg by repeating steps 9-12 on this end. Once that is done, you will have your finished product!

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of PantsFeel free to add any embellishments to the pillow that you want. I am thinking about making some of these and pinning them to the pillow. You could also do bows or even pockets, as long as you sewed them on prior to stuffing the pillow. The possibilities are endless! These make great gifts and often take less than an hour to make, depending on your sewing level.

DIY Bolster Pillow - Made of Pants

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