For those on a budget crunch or some who simply find the pricing on maternity pillows exorbitant, will find that they can easily do-it-youself their own maternity pillow for the fraction of the cost. This will also allow the user to choose the fabric of their choice, as store bought ones come in generic and limited designs. One can also feel the fabric and go for the one they are most comfortable sleeping with during their pregnancy.
Learn Through Resources And Expert Advice
There are plenty of books, online websites, instructional videos with pregnancy pillow information, which all aim to help new crafters and mothers learn how to make their own maternity pillow. There are step by step guides and information to make this process easy on someone who has no clue about stitching. Finding out tips on sewing from experts will help elevate the project into a professional looking maternity pillow. Such tips also make it easier to pull the piece together will minimum effort.
Choose A Shape
Choosing a suitable shape will help the user get the most out of their project after all the effort that goes into planning and making it. Selecting a certain shape will also determine how much of each type of material one needs in order to finish the project without running short of any fabric.
Select Suitable Fabric
In order to make a maternity pillow, one will need more than just the fabric, batting and stuffing. A pair of fabric scissors, need and thread or a sewing machine, cutting board or surface, markers, pins, and measuring tape are all necessary. The fabric chosen can be in any color, preferably 5 yards of fabric and batting, along with enough stuffing to make the pillow firm and fluffy. All these can be easily procured in a local craft or fabric shop. The fabric can then be washed and ironed, in order to shrink it and remove any excessive wrinkles to make sewing easier.
Find A Cutting Template
It is now very easy to find suitable cutting templates online. They can be printed out and laid down on the fabric and secured with pins to cut around. Or one can easily follow the measurement guidelines to mark and cut out the shapes. One should cut out 2 identical pieces in order to cover both sides of a maternity pillow. They hen can be pinned together before sewing.
Sew Together Cut Out Pieces
After cutting out the template, the fabric should be reversed and fixed with a batting. There are both regular and iron on batting available in the market. One can choose from either for their project. Iron on batting makes sewing easy as there is less fabric to handle. The pieces then can be aligned and sewn together on the wrong side with a good seam allowance. After which it needs to be turned over with the help of a small hole that is left out.
Fill With Stuffing
Once the entire piece is turned over on its correct side. The pregnancy pillow can be stuffed to each persons liking. It should preferably filled to the brim, because these type of pillows need to be firm enough to provide support and not fall flat when in use. The opening hole can be sewn together to finish the product with a needle and thread or with the help of a sewing machine.
Wash Before Use
As the pillow will go through many stages during stitching, it should be either thrown in the washer or cleaned otherwise to remove all the grime and dust it might have collected during the sewing process. If this is not possible, it should at least be dusted and aired out prior to use. For those who cannot wash their pillow frequently, should consider stitching an additional pillow case for added hygiene.
Pregnant women should not shy away from making things on their own. Crafting and sewing during pregnancy not only saves money, but also gives the mothers something to do in their spare time. Besides, finishing a project all by themselves will also make them feel satisfied and accomplished. Maternity pillows also make great gifts for pregnant women, they will love receiving them from their family and friends. They will add a personalized touch during this emotional journey.