How to make a pillow mattress

Not only do I like it, but I could see an immediate need for one (why is it that you don’t know you need something until you see it?). Since the one in the photo belove is somewhere in England right now retailing for approximately $145 plus shipping…you know the rest, right? I’m super cheap.

How to make a pillow mattress

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First, I went to IKEA – here’s my entire haul…one twin size duvet cover and five pillows.
How to make a pillow mattress
The duvet cover was $9.99 and the pillows were $0.99 each (yes, you read that correctly). The total cost of this project? $14.94!! Who just saved 90%? I keep telling Eric I’m saving money, and he keeps asking me, “by buying things??” This is what marriage is all about, friends.

Step 1:
Measure. I eyeballed everything – I didn’t even pull my tape measure out on this project. I liken this to my grandmother rationing ingredients at dinner…I don’t know if she even owned measuring cups, but somehow the food was always delicious.

Here’s how I measured:
How to make a pillow mattress

Yep… “four pillows long” looks about right.

Step 2:
Cut the duvet cover to the desired width. Again, I eyeballed it based on the size of the pillows:
How to make a pillow mattress

I ended up cutting the duvet cover exactly in half. Do you know what that means? I’ll tell you what that means: it means that I have another pillow mattress just waiting for me to make it (it’s probably going to wait a while).

Step 3:
Cut the top half of the duvet cover lengthwise so that the bottom edge sticks out a few inches further – like so:
How to make a pillow mattress

The longer edge will fold under to make a pocket (so that you can’t see the pillows when they’re in the cover).

Step 4:
Hem all raw edges.
How to make a pillow mattress

This was the longest step and it probably took 15 minutes.

Step 5:
Make the pocket. Fold the long edge (from step 3) inside under the short edge. I turned the entire cover inside out, folded the long edge, and then sewed up the sides width-wise (made about a 3″ stitch at the top and the bottom of the cover).
How to make a pillow mattress
Once I turned it right-side-in, the pocket was tucked neatly under the short side so that you couldn’t see it. The widths of the long side and the short side match now (so I guess they aren’t exactly “long” and “short” anymore).

Step 6:
Divide the cover into quarters by sewing three lines across the width.
How to make a pillow mattress

This will make the “pillow cases.”

Step 7:
Insert pillows:
How to make a pillow mattress

Et Voila…a Pillow Mattress!

Here it is in it’s new home, the “Princess Fort”
How to make a pillow mattress

Really easy project – time commitment is about 45 minutes, and the pillows and cover are washable!

How to make a pillow mattress

How to make a pillow mattress

How to make a pillow mattress

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