How to Make Bolster Pillows

How to Make Bolster Pillows


In this Bolster Pillow video I will teach you how to make a bolster pillow, add fabric covered buttons and mix multiple fabrics in one project.

Bolsters are long, cylindrical support pillows that can be made to complement your bedding and brighten up the room.


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  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access

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  • Over two hours of close-up instruction from an expert

  • Answers to student questions from instructor Donna Cash and owner of Kim’s Upholstery, Kimberley Chagnon

  • Discussions with other members in the DIY Group

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Class Overview

In this Bolster Pillow video I will teach you how to make a bolster pillow, add fabric covered buttons and mix multiple fabrics in one project.

In this video, Donna Cash will teach you how to make a bolster pillow with a diagonal seam embellished with a decorative trim. The gathered ends have a fabric covered button. Donna will show you how to easily pull buttons in a foam insert. Learn how Donna keeps the ends of the bolster nice and round when a welt cord has not been added to the seam. Learn a few tips for mixing multiple fabric patterns in one project.

In this video you will learn to:

  • Make a diagonal seam
  • Cut fabric
  • Add decorative trim to a pillow
  • Make gathered ends of a pillow with buttons
  • Add trim to the pillow
  • Pull buttons through a foam insert
  • Mix multiple fabric patterns on a single pillow

Run Time: Approximately 55 minutes

Class Lesson Breakdown

  • Part 1 – Introduction
  • Part 2 – Preparing the Foam
  • Part 3 – Making the Bolster Pattern
  • Part 4 – Cutting the Fabric
  • Part 5 – Mixing Fabric Patterns
  • Part 6 – Joining Face Fabric to Lining
  • Part 7 – Adding the Trim
  • Part 8 – Sewing the Bolster and Inserting the Foam
  • Part 9 – Pleating the Bolster Ends and Adding the Buttons

Tools & Supplies for  a Single 18″ X 8″ Bolster Pillow

  • One foam bolster @ 18” x 8”
  • One piece Dacron 18” x 25” and two 8” circles (or sized to fit your foam bolster)
  • Button twine – about 80”
  • A needle and strong sewing thread
  • Two lining pieces @ 20 ½” x 27 ½” (one for a pattern and one to line the bolster)
  • One piece face fabric @ 20 ½” x 27 ½”
  • One piece of contrast fabric @ 20 ½” x 27 ½”
  • Two fabric pieces for pillow ends @ 27 ½” x 5”
  • Two pieces of foam or stiff welt cord at 27”
  • One yard of decorative trim
  • Fringe adhesive, iron on bonding tape, or double stick tape
  • Silicone spray
  • Two buttons @ 1 ½” or larger
  • Ruler or straightedge

Taught By

Donna Cash
Donna Cash owns and operates Designs by Donna in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Known for her exquisite attention to detail, she brings beauty to the lives of busy homeowners by offering custom window treatments and soft furnishings. Donna also offers online and hands-on education to workroom professionals and others who are interested in expanding their sewing skills or to increase product offerings and profits.

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