How to Make a Pillow for a Doll

by Chelsea Fitzgerald
Bedding in the doll crib makes the crib look more realistic.

Bedding in the doll crib makes the crib look more realistic.

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Making a pillow for a doll is an inexpensive way to decorate the crib or doll bed. It allows the doll owner to coordinate the pillow with the bedding or the play area. Many little girls enjoy matching the doll clothing and accessories with their own clothing and bedding. Making the pillow yourself is the best way to accomplish this. The pillow craft requires no sewing skills and is a good way to create doll accessories to give as gifts to doll owners for birthdays or Christmas.

Items you will need

  • Square felt pieces
  • Scissors
  • Quilt batting
  • Appliques or other embellishments
  • Fabric glue
  • Old towel
  • Satin fabric (one-half yard)
  • Straight pins
  • Ruffled lace trim (about 1 yard)

Colorful Doll Pillow

Step 1

Place two squares of felt on top of each other.

Step 2

Cut the felt squares every three-eighths inch all around the square. Make the snips about 2 inches deep around the edges of the felt.

Step 3

Remove four to six strips from each corner section with scissors so that the felt squares have a "+" shape. This enables you to tie the corner strips without creating a bulky section in each corner.

Step 4

Grasp one of the cut strips on the bottom piece of felt and the one directly above it from the top piece of felt and tie them together in a simple double knot at the base of the snips. This creates a fringe on the doll pillow. Repeat this all the way around the pillow until you have a section left that leaves a 4-inch hole.

Step 5

Pull on a piece of batting to loosen the fibers. Stuff the batting into the pillow until it is as fluffy as you desire.

Step 6

Tie the remaining strips to close the pillow.

Step 7

Glue colorful flowers, ladybugs or other whimsical-looking appliques onto the pillow top if you desire to add color and designs.

Victorian Doll Pillow

Step 1

Cover the work surface with an old towel or wax paper to protect it from the fabric glue.

Step 2

Cut two rectangle shapes out of satin material. If you are making the pillow for a Barbie doll, a rectangle that is 5 by 3 inches is the perfect size. Cut the rectangles 16 by 10 inches for a larger doll.

Step 3

Place one of the satin rectangles on a work table with the right side of the satin facing up. The right side is the shiny side that you want to show once the pillow craft is complete.

Step 4

Spread a stream of glue around the rectangle shape about 1/2 from the edges of the fabric. Leave one narrow end glue-free at this time.

Step 5

Place the other satin rectangle carefully onto the first one one, making sure that the shiny sides are together. Smooth the edges of the top rectangle with your fingers to make sure that the fabric glue adheres to it. Wait for the glue to dry on the pillow before continuing.

Step 6

Invert the pillow by reaching into it and pulling the narrow edge up through the pillow. Now the right sides of the pillow are to the outside. For the smaller pillow, stick an un-sharpened pencil at the narrow end and push up through the pillow until it is right-side-out.

Step 7

Stuff the pillow with loose batting until it is as fluffy as you want it.

Step 8

Fold the open edges down inside the pillow one-half inch. Spread a stream of glue in the opening along the fold. Use straight pins to hold the pillow edge together while it dries.

Step 9

Glue ruffled lace trim around the edge of the pillow to create a Victorian-looking pillow. Secure the lace with straight pins until it is dry. Remove all the straight pins once the glue hardens.

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