How to Sew a Dream Pillow, a fun and simple sewing DIY project. It’s also a perfect stocking stuffer, and I know we are all searching for those sweet little presents we can easily make.
We have all sent someone off to bed at night and wished them, “Pleasant Dreams.” What if you could gift someone you love with a tangible reminder of that blessing? Now you can, and I’m going to show you how. Keep reading to learn how you can sew a dream pillow yourself! It’s a fun and simple sewing DIY project, and perfect for beginners.
Wishing someone “Sweet Dreams” or “Have a good night’s sleep!” is something we have all said at one time or another. Today’s tutorial is going to show you how to sew an adorable little pillow that is designed to be tucked away inside a pillow case with the intention of aiding in that lovely sentiment, Sweet Dreams. Is there a lovelier gift to give than that?
This project is called a Dream Pillow. The story goes that certain herbs can help to promote pleasant dreams or more restful sleep. I’m of the camp, “can’t hurt and it might help.” So I sewed these adorable little pillows and stuffed them with a combination of herbs designed to promote a little extra chill factor. This tutorial used actual dried herbs and not essential oils. They are quite different.
This is a simple sewing project, and while I sewed most of my pillows on a sewing machine, they can easily be sewn completely by hand using a running stitch. Either way you go with these, the opening left to stuff the pillows will need to be sewn closed by hand, so there is an element of hand sewing not matter which way you go.
Here is your supply list for this project:
- Small quantity of fabric. Fat quarters that are used in quilt projects are great for this. However, I purchased a half yard each of these two fabrics, and I still have plenty left over.
- Matching Thread
- Poly fill pillow stuffing
- Dried Herbs. I used a mixture of lavender buds, chamomile flowers and rose petals.
- Needle for hand sewing.
- Straight Pins to hold the fabric in place.
- Small spoon to spoon the herbs into the pillow.
- Sewing scissors. I used pinking shears.
- Sewing machine to sew the pillows OR this can be done by hand using a running stitch.
- Chopstick or something similar to push out the corners of the pillows when turned right side out, and to stuff the Poly Fill into the corners.
- Parchment paper (we use this to make our pattern piece)
- Sharpie pen (to draw the cutting lines on the parchment paper)
- Straight edge to draw the lines for the pattern
- Rule or tape measure to measure the dimensions for the pattern
- Ribbons for trim or decoration
- Glue gun to attach trims.
It seems like a lot of stuff, I know. But if you have a simple sewing kit, or know someone who does, they will most likely have all of these items already. Except for the herbs. Don’t worry. I’ll share with you where to get those as well. Take an afternoon and make these cute pillows because when you’re done, you will have THIS:
This project is completely customizable. I love that about it. You can pick out the fabrics and colors you like the best and use any combination of the herbs I listed or even just one. If you are going to go with just one, I would suggest lavender. You will want to use linen or cotton fabric.
Here are the steps to making this Dream Pillow Project:
- On the parchment paper, measure and draw out a pattern piece that measures 5″ x 12″. Cut out the pattern piece.
- On freshly washed and pressed fabric, pin down the pattern piece and cut out your fabric. Cut out 3 or more of these, because you can make and sew this project in small batches for gifts. They are a perfect stocking stuffer.
- Fold the fabric in half making the piece 5″ x 6″. Be sure to have the fabric wrong side OUT. Pin the fabric in place to hold.
- Starting on the right edge of the fabric, and leave a 3/8″ seam allowance, sew the first seam. When you reach the top edge, leave the needle down, raise the presser foot and turn the fabric 90 degrees. Put the presser foot back down and sew about 2″. Back stitch to secure and cut the thread. Skip over about 1.5 or 2″ of the edge and then lower the needle and presser foot to sew to the end, follow the same instructions as above for turn the work at the corner. You are leaving an opening on the short side of the pillow. This is to turn the work right side out and to leave room for stuffing.
- Turn the project right side out. Use the chopstick to gently put out the corners to a square.
- Stuff a little pillow stuffing in. Only stuff the lower 1/3 of the pillow. Use the chopstick to distribute the stuffing into the corners. Be gentle. You don’t want to stick the chopstick through the pretty corners and tear out the seams.
- Using a spoon, spoon the dried herbs into the pillow. Crush them gently by squeezing the pillow to get them evenly distribute. Fill almost to the top. Leaving space for more pillow stuffing.
- Evenly distribute more pillow stuffing into the top corners and over the top of the herbs being careful not to over stuff.
- Bring the edges of the opening together, and pin closed with the straight pins.
- Using the same thread used to sew the pillow seams, use and overcast stitch to close the pillow. Trim the loose thread.
- Squish the pillow to even it out. The squishing is sooooo satisfying and it smells really good.
- If you care to add a little more decoration to your finished pillow, you can either sew on or glue gun on a decorative trim. I tied a bow with ribbon and glue gunned it into place in my sample
It sounds like a lot, but really, this is a super simple and very satisfying project to make. If you have been wanting to try a simple sewing project, this is a great way to get started! As yarn crafters, it’s so enjoyable to purchase colorful yarns and enjoy textures. I get similar enjoyment looking at fabrics, and I do love easy projects that can be started and finished in the same day.
The herbs are a very important part of this project. There are a few suppliers online, but I’ve always used Mountain Rose Herbs. Many years ago, I supported myself as a Certified Massage Therapist and used to make these pillows as surprise gifts for my clients. So I bought my herbs in bulk to make all the fun things I gifted these lovely people who made my business possible. I got out of the business almost a decade ago, but I still have some of those herbs remaining. I used them in this project story, and they are still fragrant and wonderful as ever! I also have a great health food store locally with a wonderful bulk products section. They carry dried herbs and teas, so I have also purchased items there.
Dried herbs also look really pretty in mason jars, so you can use them for a few different projects! Anytime you need a moment to regain your composure, open a jar and take a deep breath. Though if you have ragweed allergies, be careful with the chamomile flowers! They can make you sneeze!
If you are interested in learning more about dream pillow as well as discovering several different recipes I recommend the book Making Herbal Dream Pillows authored by Jim Long. It’s a wonderful book and one I have used over the years to make dream pillows for people I care about.
Enjoy this wonderful project! If you have any questions, reach out to me on my Facebook page! I would be happy to help you to craft this adorable project yourself. And remember, you matter, too! So making Dream Pillows for yourself is a wonderful thing to do! The world deserves you at your best, and that starts with a good night’s sleep. Pleasant dreams!
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