Kristin Rutten

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow


Make a soft, fluffy pillow for your 14- to 18-inch doll with this easy sewing tutorial from Matilda Jo Originals! The perfect complement to our Suite Dreams Collection and Snug As A Bug Collection PVC doll beds!


How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

Materials Needed

• Fabric – enough for two 4×6-inch (14- to 15-inch doll) or 5×7-inch (18-inch doll) pieces for each pillow (cotton, ticking, other light to mid-weight woven fabrics)
• Thread
• Fiberfill stuffing


Tools & Supplies Needed

• Self-healing cutting mat, clear quilting ruler & rotary cutter
• Sewing pins
• Sewing machine
• Iron & ironing board
• Hand-sewing needle
• Scissors




Instructions

1. Using a self-healing mat, clear quilting ruler and rotary cutter, cut two rectangles of fabric, each measuring 4 inches tall by 6 inches wide (for 14- to 15-inch dolls such as WellieWishers™) or 5 inches tall by 7 inches wide (for 18-inch dolls such as American Girl™). (Once stuffed, your pillow will measure approximately 3×5 inches for the smaller size and 4×6 inches for the larger size.)

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

2. Right sides together, pin and stitch the two fabric pieces together using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Leave an opening about two inches wide near the center of one of the shorter ends.

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

3. Clip corners. Trim seam allowance to approximately 1/8-inch on all sides except next to the opening.

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

4. Zigzag or serge trimmed edges to finish.

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

5. Turn pillow right side out. Use a pin to fully turn the corners.

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

6. Press pillow, folding the edges near the opening 1/4 inch to the inside.

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

7. Using a small bunch of fiberfill at a time, stuff the pillow. Be sure to work the stuffing into each corner.

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

8. Once the pillow is stuffed to your desired firmness, add just a little more stuffing near the opening.

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

9. Pin the opening closed.

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

10. Slip-stitch the opening closed.

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

11. After knotting the end of your thread, hide the tail by inserting the needle into the pillow and pushing it out an inch or two from the opening. Clip the thread close to the pillow (be careful not to clip your fabric) and allow the tail to slip back inside the pillow.

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow

Your pillow is ready for use!

How to Make a Doll-Sized Bed Pillow


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Need a pillowcase pattern?

Both of these patterns include pillowcases that will fit your new pillow…

Sew Better Together Pillow & Pillowcase sewing pattern for 18-inch dolls
Coming Soon!!

Interested in making furniture for your doll? Check out our AptOne8 PVC doll furniture plans…

Matilda’s Closet and AptOne8 are not affiliated with American Girl® or Mattel®. No endorsement is implied.


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About Kristin Rutten

Kristin Rutten is the creator, owner and operator of Matilda Jo Originals. Born and raised in Montana, she first learned to sew on her grandmother's antique Singer sewing machine by cutting out and stitching a simple nine-square pillow. Other projects soon followed and she has been crafting and sewing ever since. In addition to sewing and pattern design, she also enjoys crocheting, scrapbooking and designing WordPress websites. She makes her home in Central Montana with her husband and four children, ages 8 to 21.

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One Comment

  1. November 9, 2016 at 5:19 am

    […] The bed pillow was made be tracing a 4×6 index card.  Sewing steps as above for throw pillow.  For the pillow case I cut a piece of fabric 4-1/2 inches wide x 16 1/4 inches long.  I folded (right sides together) in half and stitched along each side.  I turned right-side out.  I tucked in edges of pillow and sewed a zig-zag stitch all around to create a seam……seam was created 1 inch from edge.  For a great tutorial on bed pillows see here: http://matildajo.com/doll-sized-bed-pillow/ […]

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