DIY Dog Bone Pillow + FREE Pattern

5 Materials
$5
15 Minutes
Easy

Regular pillows aren’t all that comfortable when you’re reading a book or watching TV. Your neck starts hurting from them sooner or later, no matter how you set them up.


This dog bone neck pillow is different. Due to its special shape, you can rest on it for hours and not feel any pain in your neck! On top of that, if you happen to fall asleep, your head won't slide off the pillow because it will stay locked in place, again thanks to the shape of the pillow.

Sewing this headrest pillow is easy and fun, so let me show you how it’s done.


Prepare the pattern and cut the fabric

Download the free dog bone pattern, cut out the pieces, and assemble them together.

Fold the main fabric in half. Put the pattern on the fold of the fabric and cut around it through both layers. Cut three pieces of fabric like this.


Stack the layers

Put all three fabric pieces on each other and align their edges. Clip the corners where the curves meet, on both sides, through all layers.

Place two fabric pieces on each other with their right sides facing inward.

Start sewing the bone pillow

Using a 3/8 inch seam allowance, sew along the bottom half of the fabric sandwich, from one clipped corner to the other.

Fold the top flap down, and align it with the bottom edge. Now the right side will be facing up.

Place the last fabric piece over the layers with its right side facing down.

Align the edges and pin the two raw edges on top and the two on the bottom so that the wrong side is facing out however you flip the fabric. Make a seam on each flap with raw edges. Use the same seam allowance as before. Leave a gap of about two inches unstitched for stuffing the pillow.

If you did everything right, you will get a piece of fabric with three flaps.

You can put a folded ribbon between the layers before sewing if you want the pillow to have loops.

 Need more guidance? Check my step by step dog bone pillow tutorial over at hellosewing.com

Finish the headrest pillow

Make small cuts all around the curves of the pillow. Turn the pillow inside out through the opening and push out the edges.

Stuff the pillow so that the center is soft and the ends are firm. Use a needle and a thread to stitch the opening shut.

What do you think about our pillow tutorial? Let us know how yours turned out. Enjoy comfortable relaxation with your new pillow!

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  • I belong to a group of women thru my church called angel ministries. We have been making these pillows for about 5 or 6 years and we donate all of them to hospitals for use for patients who are doing cancer treatments and dializis. And what ever else they need them for. We also give them to hospice. We have made and donated well ove r a thousand of them. And continue to make more. They are very popular all the material has been donated to us and it’s a great project

    • Helen | Hellosewing.com Helen | Hellosewing.com on Apr 23, 2021

      Thank you for stepping up and getting this done for the patients who need these pillows! You are an awesome group of ladies.

  • Zezo fire 😚 Zezo fire 😚 on Oct 14, 2021

    OMG I LOVE THIS

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