DIY: Bolster Pillow (Made of Pants!)

Hello! Today I am so excited to share my very first original DIY project with you! I have linked to other ones in the past, but today's project does not come from another website. :) A friend of mine showed me how to do this using a pillow form, but since I didn't have a pillow form on hand, I tweaked it just a little to use fiberfill and fabric squares. I even took step-by-step pictures! (Go me!) So if you are looking for a fun, easy, quick summer project, give this a try!

What you will need:
* A pair of old pants
* Some fabric scraps
* Ribbon
* Fiberfill
* Sewing Machine

1. First, lay out your pants and cut off one of the legs. One side of the pillow will end up being a little bit bigger if you are using women's pants just due to the fact that we have hips, so don't worry about it. :) Be sure to cut off the cuff of the pant on the bottom too. I forgot to do this and had to do some resewing later, so save yourself a step!

2. Next, fold in each end of the pant leg about 3-4 inches and pin it.

3. It will look something like this when you are done. What is visible is how long your pillow will be, so adjust accordingly. 

4. Using your machine's free-arm function, sew around the folded edge of each end of the pant leg. 

5. When you are done, pull out the folded parts of the pant leg. It should look something like this. 

6. Now you are going to make the casing for the ribbon drawstring. Fold over the raw end of each side of the pant leg about 3/4 inch, depending on how big your ribbon is. Mine was pretty small, so I didn't need a lot of space. 

7. Pin this down and sew around it completely, leaving room for the ribbon to eventually be in there.

8. Don't worry if the line isn't completely straight. The end of these pillows is very forgiving. But each end of the pant leg should look something like this now.

9. Choose one end of the pant leg to focus on first. Using your seam ripper, tear a small hole next to the seam of the pant leg. This is making an opening for the ribbon to enter. Make it large enough for a safety pin to fit through. 

10. Using the safety pin method, string your ribbon through the folded over section of the pant leg. Pull it all the way through and don't cut the ribbon until you have both ends of the ribbon through the hole. (The next picture will explain this better.)

11. The ribbon should now be all the way around the inside of the top folded section and both ends should be out of that single hole that you made with your seam ripper. Now, cut the ribbon, leaving a few inches for a tail. 

12. Now, pull the ribbon tight, creating a drawstring effect on the end of the pant leg. Once you have it as tight as you want, tie off the ribbon in a knot or a bow. 

13. Take a small square of your chosen fabric and, keeping it flat and face down, push it through the wider opening of the pant leg until you reach the drawstring end. It should look something like the following picture:

If it looks like this, then move onto the next step.

14. Now it is time to stuff! Get the fiberfill and stuff as much as you want into the pillow. I made mine really soft because I am using this more as a decorative one rather than a practical one, so I didn't want to use a whole lot of the fiberfill. 

15. Once you have the amount of fiberfill you want in your pillow, take another square of the fabric and place it around the top of the stuffing. 

16. Now close up this end of the pant leg by repeating steps 9-12 on this end. Once that is done, you will have your finished product!

Feel free to add any embellishments to the pillow that you want. I am thinking about making some of these and pinning them to the pillow. You could also do bows or even pockets, as long as you sewed them on prior to stuffing the pillow. The possibilities are endless! These make great gifts and often take less than an hour to make, depending on your sewing level. 

If you make this, I want to see pictures! Post them to your blog and leave a link in the comments so I can check it out! :) Happy sewing! 


  1. That seems super easy and I always have old jeans lying around. I may sew the yellow fabric on though with the amount of ware that this type of pillow would get with me ;)

    1. Yeah, I tried to sew the yellow fabric on at first, but I'm not quite sure how to do it. My experiment turned out looking terrible. If you figure out a good way to do that, let me know!

  2. sew the yellow material onto the end of the blue jeans like you are lengthening them and make a shirt tale hem and follow dyi instructions above...

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