I was not willing to buy a big, expensive maternity pillow, though I am sure they work great. Instead I took two old flatty pillows that were hanging around my linen closet, sat down at my sewing machine, and this project was born. Here's how I did it.
You will need:
- 2 old flat pillows.
- A sewing machine and heavy duty thread, or a good needle, thread, and some patience.
- A jersey knit pillowcase(great because it stretches) or other large pillowcase/sham, or sew yourself a case if you are crafty! Whichever you choose, you just need room for your two pillow rolls to fit in and leave a gap in the middle for you.
Select pillows. You could use one big fluffier pillow or just a bunch of batting in a pinch, but that requires more sewing, splitting the stuffing and making them their own pillow forms. It worked for me to get out thin old pillows that no one wanted to use. They were the perfect size for this as well.
Fold in half the long way, to form a skinny roll, and pin the edges. This may get a bit tough in places, try to push the batting away from the seam and then pin it.
Thread your machine with heavy duty thread. Mine may have been a bit too thick, I had a tough time getting the machine threaded, not to mention the fun it gave me while sewing. You could give it two passes with regular thread.
Sew down your new seam, removing the pins as you go. I ended up pulling my fabric taught from each side of the machine to help smooth the fabric and direct it under the foot. It still looks a little rough, but it will certainly do!
Repeat with second pillow.