I made this easy bandana pillow a couple of weeks ago for my older daughter’s birthday. I was sooo pleased with how it turned out, and my daughter said it was her favorite birthday present!
And it was easy to make! I started with a standard sized 21-inch bandana. I found the all-cotton bandana shown here over a year ago at Walmart for less than two dollars. I shopped at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, and found a standard sized 20-inch pillow form like the one here for about nine dollars.
While at Jo-Ann’s, I found and bought some deeply discounted upholstery corduroy with an imprinted pattern that I thought went perfectly with the design of the bandana.
And sure, if you just use two 21-inch bandanas for the front and back, then you don’t even have to do any cutting. Since I only had one bandana for this pillow, though, I simply used the bandana as a guide to cut out the corduroy fabric to the same size for the pillow back.
With the right sides of each fabric facing each other, I pinned them together and sewed them on the machine.
You don’t have to use pins, but I think it makes the actual sewing a lot easier, often giving a smoother and straighter look. After sewing, I trimmed the corners to reduce the bulkiness there after the fabrics are turned right side out.
You’ll want to leave about 16 inches unsewn and open to allow room to insert the pillow form. If you wish, you can use loose pillow stuffing, which means you won’t need to leave as big of an opening to fill up the pillow.
Use pins to carefully close up the opening before you begin slip stitching your bandana pillow completely closed. Take your time here, to make sure the stitches are neat and well hidden.
And that’s it! My daughter couldn’t believe that this pillow was homemade because it looked so professional. You can find unique and stylish bandanas at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, at Amazon, and at Walmart. I recommend buying all-cotton bandanas for added softness and durability. Try making a chic and easy bandana pillow for yourself or as a unique gift!
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