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“If you have kids or grandkids, you know first-hand how hard it is to find a place for everyone to sleep if you have a bunch of kids over. Where do you put the overflow of kids once you run out of beds? There’s always sleeping bags or airbeds, but this DIY tutorial video has another really practical, economical idea.
Pillow beds are a great solution when you need extra sleeping space. You can use whatever fabric you want, so the patterns and designs are pretty much endless. Thankfully, they are pretty simple to make, so even a beginner seamstress can handle this.
Stephanie, from the Stephanie Farrell Focus YouTube channel, loves to share tutorials about camping, travel, crafts, and just about everything else in between. Here, she shares a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these really cute pillow beds.
● 3 standard pillows
● Fabric (2 ½ yards at a minimum of 53” wide)
● Velcro (61”) (or you can choose to sew on snaps instead)
The old adage is: “Measure twice; cut once.” Double check the measurement of your fabric and then cut the width to allow for you to fold it under one time for a hem. It doesn’t really matter how wide the fold is, just as long as it ends up being 26” wide, so cut your fabric accordingly.
Fold your fabric inside out and use straight pins to secure your edge fold (your hem). Cut your Velcro to the right length and pin it in place very closely to the edge (hem) of one side of your fabric.
Sew the Velcro in place along the long edge by sewing two parallel lines down the strips, securing it onto the fabric. Trim off any excess fabric beyond the Velcro strips. At this point, sew the two shorter edges as well.
Turn your fabric with the right side out and press the edges together with the Velcro. Now, you have basically one long pillowcase, but you want three individual pockets for the three pillows. Divide your bed into three sections and draw a line with a marking pencil as a sewing guideline. Sew along the two lines you just marked, and you now have three pillowcases.
All you have left to do is insert your pillows. If you really want to spend some extra time on this pillow bed, you can dress it up with some trim or lace. When this isn’t being used, it can be folded up and stored away to save space. Another great thing about them is that they’re extremely easy to wash. You know you want to go try this now.”