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October 31, 2015

10 Minute Doll/Dollhouse Pillow-DIY

Hello! Being a seamstress for many years,  I thought it might be helpful to share with you how I make a doll pillow. This takes about 10 minutes from start to finish once you have your fabric and supplies and are ready to go!

I make doll/dollhouse bedding for a living in my Etsy shop and I have tried to implement as many shortcuts as possible when sewing while still maintaining quality and accuracy. Sometimes I will make 50 pillows or more in a week! Yikes! What?

When making dollhouse items, they are so tiny that if I am even 1/4" off it can throw the entire item off.

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Most dollhouse beds are approximately 4"-5" wide. So if we are making two pillows they should total 4"-5" width when placed next to each other. Little beds need little pillows!

We will be making two pillows that will each end up being 2" x 2"( I will give you more measurements at the end of this post for other doll size pillows-bigger but using same technique!)

What you will need-
1/8 yard of fabric, or fabric scraps
polyester stuffing of your choice
sewing machine, or fabric glue
needle and thread

For each pillow;
Cut 1 long rectangle 2 1/2" x 5"

Fold rectangle in half and pin as shown in photo. When looking at the photo below, you will sew only the left side and the right side. The bottom edge is to be left open.

 I sew using a small 1/4" seam allowance...bigger seams lead to bigger bulk and you are sewing little so your seams need to be little.

Once both sides have been sewn, remove pins, trim threads and turn pillow right sides out.

Take a small amount of stuffing and fill pillow.

After the pillow is stuffed, turn the raw edges of the pillow inside approximately 1/4" and pin pillow closed.  SEW the pillow closed. Remove pins and trim threads.
 Your pillow is ready! Or you can make some more!
On this bed below, there are two aqua pillows in the back, two white pillows in front of them, and the pink and white checked fabric pillow in front of them all using the size of pillow just made.
The accent pillow is a bit smaller. I cut it 2" x 4" instead of 2 1/2" x 5" and made it the perfect size pillow for an accent pillow!

I have also made a very comprehensive doll bedding pattern for those of you that would like a little more detail in sewing. It includes directions and tons of pictures for making the following:
flat sheet and matching pillowcases
ruffled comforter
ruffled pillowcases
pillow insert
pillow sham
dust ruffle
rug for the floor
It can be found here. 

It is a PDF and an automatic download.  There are 40 pages of pictures and directions. If you can sew a straight seam you can make everything in the pattern. I made it very simple.

Other size pillows that can be made using this same technique.
Rectangle pillows- Cut rectangle 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Larger square pillows for dollhouse bed (sham or Euro size) cut rectangle 3" x 6"
Accent pillow for dollhouse bed or to place in a chair cut rectangle 1 1/2" x 3"
If you have questions you can leave a comment or email me. I'm happy to help!

One last thing-I have found that all doll beds are different sizes. After making bedding for hundreds maybe over a thousand beds I can tell you they are different sizes and yet say they are standard dollhouse size. Don't let this throw you.  I'm happy to help you figure out measurements if you need.

Thank you! Have an awesome weekend sewing!