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Phone Pillows

Phone Pillows

Welcome to SewVeryEasy,
my name is Laura. And I love my cellphone. I use my cellphone to listen to music, I use it to get recipes off of it, I use it a lot in the house. And a lot of times, I need it upright so I can see what I’m looking at. And I also need to know where I’ve put it. So I have these little pillows that I have made in pretty much every room of the house. And that is where my cellphone goes when it is sitting in that room. Let me show you how quick and easy it is to make these little pillows. The first thing you’re going to need, well, is a piece of fabric. It’s 5″ by 16″. And another second little piece of fabric. And this is going to be a little bag inside, and it is 4″ by 6″. The next thing you’re going to need is some Poly-fil®. The other thing I like to use are these Poly-Pellets® from Fairfield. What’s really nice about them is they will not go bad like a food item. And, they’re also washable. So if the pillow gets wet or you need to wash it, you can, unlike food. And, well, they have some weight to them, so it prevents the pillow from shifting. Also, animals have a tendency like food and, well, they’re not going to like this. And it will make it a lot easier if you have a funnel and a little scoop, so you can scoop up the pellets. So you’re going to take your fabric, 5″ by 16″, and fold it in half. The first seam you’re going to do is a quarter inch, and go from the folded edge all the way up, backstitching. Now for this side it’s a little different. You’re going to start up 2″. Then from 2″, go up and secure your stitches there. So you have no stitching at all in this edge. Now turn the bag rightside-out. After I’ve turned it rightside, I have given it a press, but I press in the seam allowance here where that 2″ is. And it’s just going to be easier to stitch afterwards. The next thing would be from the folded edge, up 2″, draw a line. And then at the 2½” mark draw another line. So you have the 2″, and a ½”. And stitch that 2″ mark. That’s going to be the base where the phone is going to sit. Now you need to fill up this little pocket, which is this part right here. And where you have the opening, you need to fill up, and that’s why a funnel will come in handy. I’ll fill it up as much as I can, and then I’ll stitch it closed. So the phone rest is done, and the phone is going to go in this piece here. The next thing I’m going to make a is a little weighted pillow. And that’s where I’m going to use the pellets. And it is going to sit in the bottom of the pillow, just to give it some weight. So this is 4″ by 6″, and since it’s just being stuck inside, you do not have to worry about having the raw edges showing. Fold your 4″ by 6″ in half and sew two sides. And now fill this with the little pellets. You need to leave an inch space here when you stuff it, because the next thing you’re going to do is you’re going to close this seam, but instead of closing it this way, you’re going to have this end and this end touch, so it’s going to give you this shape. And you’re able to push the pellets to the bottom of the bag and pin right tight to where the pellets are, and that’s going to give you an inch space here, so your foot for your sewing machine is going to be able to stitch this closed. And by pinning the pellets out of the way, you will not run over any with your sewing machine needle. We want the pillow to stay in the triangular shape, just like this is, so we’re going to take this pillow and stick it in on that same shape, so now this is going to have some weight. The next would be just to fill up the rest of the space with the Poly-Fil. And you don’t need a lot. You just need it to hold that shape. Now you can see that the back wants to come to a point, so this is the side. The sides are going to come together. And, fold in a sew allowance; sew it closed. And your phone now has a pillow. These are so quick and easy, and you can make them in any fabric so they can match any room of the house. Or you can make them just for fun. And now you will always have your phone upright, and you’ll know where your phone is. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now!

100 thoughts on “Phone Pillows”

  1. Laura,
    I have made several of these and they are wonderful. I often get recipes from my phone and so mine is stationed in the kitchen and is so handy for that, plus I always know where my phone is…thanks so much you are a genius…..

  2. I love everything you have taught me but I love the phone pillow the most! You are great. Thank you for sharing these wonderful projects. I can't wait to share them with my Granddaughters.

  3. Hi Laura, I loved this tutorial. I am going to make a few of these phone pillows to give out as presents.

  4. Thank you Laura this is a great idea and i will be making some of these. Great video thank you for sharing

  5. wow ur amazing! this is not easy to make for me because i dont have enough patience for it but it was so interesting to watch and u explained it so well!

  6. Laura. …love this idea. ..going to make them for everyone in the family for Christmas. maybe even the church bazaar 🎄. Thanks!

  7. Neat Idea! I'm going to try these and I may try a larger one for my kindle tablet. I may try some for Christmas!

  8. Wow! Thank you so much, Laura. This, and possibly a larger size for a reader, is now my choice for Christmas gifts. I was racking my brain to find something that I can multiples of (with different fabric chosen for each recipient) but that would be fast and easy. I like how these look like a million bucks but are quick and fun to do. I'm now considered the friend/relative who gives fun sewn gifts so the pressure is always on to give something practical yet really nice. You're a life-saver.-Carol S.

  9. I just made a few of these. What fun! Thanks for such a great tutorial. Quick question–what is the purpose for the second line (at 2 1/2")? Should I stitch it after stitching the 2" line?

  10. Hi, for the small slit after turning it inside out and the last back with a machine or by hand? I did it by hand and it looks rubbish and by machine it has a big big sticking out… And still looks rubbish?!

  11. Hi,I just found this.Thanks for the video,Did you hand sew the top closed after you stuffed,or machine sew,not sure and I even zoomed in and can"t tell.Thanks

  12. I have made quite a few of these and they have been a huge hit. I managed to re-size it for a tablet, with a pocket on the side and they will be given as gifts. Laura, let me know if you would like the dimensions to try out and video. Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. Awesome!! This was a Great idea !! I loved your tutorial!! I love your fabric too! Who did you say was the fabric by? Thank you.

  14. Wonderful Laura, I love it and it looks so professional! I'm thinking it could even be adapted for a tablet just by increasing the measurements right? Bravo!!! 👏🏻✌🏼

  15. These phone pillows were such a hit with my friends for Christmas this year. I took your advice and made several for myself. One, I made one of those cute little funky chickens that you see online of this similar shape. I've been requested to make some for tablets, iPads and cookbooks. I have to figure out what I want to add to keep your place while using it for recipe books.

    One improvement I made was to sew a buttonhole in the little space between the pillow part and the front smaller pillow. It is easiest to add the buttonhole before you stuff the front pillow. Result: a place to run your charger cord through it so as to charge your phone etc while you have your phone on the pillow. If I use a thinner fabric for the pillows, I add iron on interfacing or batting. SO MANY ways to make this little gem…

    I use my phone pillows to watch YouTubes and movies while I'm sewing or at my desk. The front pillow makes for an excellent pincushion when needed.

    Thank you Laura!
    Ruth in Amarillo

  16. Hi! I love your tutorials! I just finished my first phone pillow but it doesn't stand up as good as I hoped. I opened it up again and took the small pillow out and just filled the whole back with the poly pellets. Now it stands up better! I wonder if it has to do with the size of the phone? I have an Android with the case on it. I plan on making many more! keep up the great teaching! Greetings from Fresno CA!

  17. Thank you so much for this tutorial.  I just keep making them as gifts.  Not only does everyone use them, but they think I'm a genius.  When the pellets become costly, I just use stuffing instead.  Works just as well.

  18. wonderful tutorial, thank you. I will be making a few with my grandson's help. My daughter is a cake decorator and uses her phone to refer to and this will be so much better for her than leaving the phone lying flat. Can't wait to make some. Also will try to increase the measurements to make one for my tablet to use in the caravan while on holidays.

  19. Help! Please. This is the second one of these (first one different pattern) and I can't get either one to stand up like yours does. It almost lays flat. What am I doing wrong? Also, your finished one seems to be much shorter than my finished one?

  20. Thank you. Always enjoy your videos. Very informative, will make some for the grandchildren. If you don't mind I will use your idea for my iPad as well. Lol V.x

  21. Thank you!Great tutorial. I just sewed one,not bad I guess 🙂 . How can I share my phone pillow picture with you?Thanks again <3

  22. I just made my first one for a gift, and I will be making more. (I don't have a smart phone!) I love your channel. I'm a visual learner and your instructions are always very clear. Thank you!

  23. love the pacman fabric!! thank you for your tutorials; you make the teaching very easy to understand for beginners such as I am.

  24. Thank you for the great you tube clips you have done. They are very well done and easy to follow. Lots of great things to make in the coming weeks… thank you

  25. Such a wonderful tutorial👌 i tired it and it turned out awesome, thank u for the video n guidelines. Cant wait to try out other projects from your posts

  26. such a fun and great Idea! thanks Laura, I always learn something new with you!!🌹😘

  27. Hi Laura you may recall I made a bunch of these for Christmas 2015 – guess what, I hacked this pattern! I made a baby car seat cover and my daughter and I soon realised it needed a weight. So looking around for inspiration as to what I could use – there was my phone pillow. I made the stuffed roll at 1.5" and had about 1" tab. I attached it to the wrong side of the back edge so that just the roll was showing. Works like a charm! I then also put a viewing window into the cover but that's another story.

  28. Even before the video was finished the first time I watched I was already getting my fabric scraps out to make one. Delightful 😊😊😊

  29. Thank u for wonderful tutorial…very neat and easy….I have shared your link on my page below is the link to my phone pillow

  30. I've seen several videos for these, but yours is hands down the best! And your instructions are so easy to follow! Thank you so much! ❤

  31. Thank you so much for this very useful and easy to make pillow! I see lots of little Christmas gifts for all my grandkids!!

  32. Thanks so much for the phone pillow tutorial. I made it according to your directions and it works great! Thanks for sharing.

  33. Had to look at this after your live posting! A great idea – I prefer laptop for viewing things, but I know several people who would love this. I use ground corn cob husks for the weight – works great in pincushions too. Thank you Laura. 😀

  34. This is by far the best example of the phone pillow or tablet pillow. I couldn't find the site for the pellets. Please comment to let me know where to find them.

  35. Thankyou-I need to make several of these for stocking stuffer gifts and yours is by far the most straightforward tutorial!

  36. I love my phone pillow but please consider using sand or pumice instead of those beads, which will eventually end up in the environment…not a good thing at all. Thank you for the tutorial!

  37. How much fun is this ! I love your tutorials, I'm working on the cool hanger covers right now, and will make these when i'm finished with my hangers! you explain everything really well. Thank you so much !

  38. Great tutorial, just made my first phone pillow and I'm delighted with the outcome. Got my fabric from Aldi and Poli Pellets from Ebay, so a really inexpensive project. I also backed my fabric with iron on interfacing for added stability. Would really like to make one for my Kindle so will need to work out the sizing, unless you can advise? Thank you 🙂

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