DIY Pillow Bed Tutorial

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With Addy being in daycare (school), and the floor they sleep on having thin little mats at naptime, I decided I needed to get her something a little thicker and warmer to sleep on.  After looking at different pillow beds, I decided to change things up and create my own DIY Pillow Bed Tutorial. Not only is this warm, but it’s also soft, cozy, and raised off of the cold floor.

DIY Pillow Bed Using Pillow SHams sewn together via

DIY Pillow Bed Tutorial

Here is what you will need for this DIY Pillow Bed Tutorial:

  • 4 pillows
  • 4 pillow shams
  • sewing machine

Step 1:  Grab your pillow shams and sew a straight line down the edges, attaching the pieces together.  You will want to sew over this a couple of times to make sure that things “stick” together.  (You know how toddlers can be rough with stuff!)

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Step 2:  Once you have all of your pillow shams together, grab your pillows and place them into the shams.

DIY Pillow Bed Tutorial from using Pillow shams!

If you don’t have any extra pillows at home (I did NOT), then head out to your local store and pick a few up.  I ran over to Target and grabbed 4 pillows for $4 each.

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I also did not have any extra pillow shams, but I ran over to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and picked some up that were on clearance! They are about to come out with their Spring lines, so they are getting rid of some great items and they are at GREAT prices!!

There really was not much to making this warm and cuddly pillow bed, and it was much easier than me trying to measure material and sew one together.  Not to mention, me and the sewing machine have a bit of a love hate relationship.  This was a LOT easier.

DIY Pillow Bed Tutorial

She loves her new DIY Pillow Bed!

With these being shams, I didn’t need to sew on velcro, etc.  They are already equipped with closures! Yay! With no extra sewing, I was done with this project in less than an hour.

Grab some pillows, grab some shams, and make a cute little pillow bed for the little ones today! Perfect for sleepovers and to take to school to keep the kiddos off of the floor.  I hope you like this DIY Pillow Bed Tutorial, and if you do, make sure you SHARE it!

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10 Comments… add one

The Dose of Reality January 24, 2014, 07:16

Okay…WHY have I never thought to do this? AWESOME!!! Seriously, this is genius. This would take practically no time and is SO CUTE. I love this!!!!! Pinning it immediately. (you are responsible for 99% of the things on my crafting board!!) –Lisa
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Jennifer January 24, 2014, 07:56

Haha! I am glad I end up on your crafting boards! :-) So glad you like it!

Tamara January 24, 2014, 08:14

This is a genius thing. And I need to buy one from you. Seriously!
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Jennifer January 24, 2014, 09:28

Oh my, Des and Scarlet would love these….even my teenager wants one!

Clotilde/Craftybegonia January 28, 2014, 01:19

Love them, they look so plush and comfy, I also love the colors!
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Kimber February 3, 2014, 03:57

Mine will be going to Preschool next school year. This will be perfect for me to make for them this summer before they start!
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Bek {Just For Daisy} May 4, 2014, 07:32

Fabulous! I am definitely going to try this! I love the pillow cases that you found!! Wow!
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Jodi November 11, 2014, 13:20

I love the way you did your pillow bed rather than buying material and sewing the cases. I want to make 3 of these and I have a few questions please. Have the pillows held up all these months? I know it would be easy to replace them but would I be better off buying a firmer pillow to begin with rather than the $4 ones? One bed will be a 5 pillow one for a 9 year old and the other for toddlers. Love your blog!!!

Jennifer November 11, 2014, 16:37

Thanks so much! Beleive it or not, this pillow bed has held up well, and that’s with four kids lounging around on it. I used 4 pillows, but that is still plenty large for even my 13 year old, and she is 5’5″. My toddler could have easily used a 3 pillow bed, so keep that in mind when you make one. You could buy more expensive firmer pillows, but this one has held up exceptionally well. :-)

Jodi November 11, 2014, 19:39

Thanks Jennifer! My daughter picked up 4 Walmart “huge” pillows tonight. They are 24 inches rather than 20 and I think 4 inches thick too. Under $4 each. I’m going to look for shams this weekend and then decide if I need an extra pillow for the 9 year old’s. I have to say out of all the pillow bed how to’s I’ve looked at yours is by far the best and easiest! I’m great at sewing and have 3 machines but anytime life can be easier… :)

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