How to Make a Cozy Pillow Bed

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Learn how to make a cozy pillow bed with this quick and easy photo tutorial - a great beginner sewing project. Perfect for reading, lounging, movie nights, sleepovers and camping! Click here for the full tutorial.

Learn how to make this cozy pillow bed.

How to Make a Cozy Pillow Bed

In honor of Throwback Thursday, I’m resurrecting an oldie but a goodie. Over two and half years ago I posted my second ever blog post called “PILLOW MATTRESS – MY FIRST BIG SEWING PROJECT”. At the time, I didn’t think anyone would be interested in my blog or anything I had to talk about. Boy was I wrong! Today, that same post has been pinned over 40,000 times on Pinterest and it didn’t even come with a tutorial or directions on how to make the pillow bed. I think it’s time to remedy that situation now. I’ve redone the photos and am now including a full photo tutorial so you can learn how to make your own cozy pillow bed.

Before we get to the tutorial, I want to take a minute to talk about how great this pillow bed is. It’s been a couple of years since I made the pillow bed and it still gets used on a very regular basis. It’s so incredibly comfortable that it’s the bed of choice anytime my daughter has a sleepover. I’ve even had kids fighting over who gets to use it before. Noelle uses it whenever she goes to sleepover’s where they don’t have an extra bed or mattress – it’s very easy to transport. We’ve even used it to sleep on when we go camping. I’m telling you, it is the most luxurious and comfortable bed ever. And, don’t worry if you’ve never sewed before, neither had I before I made this – it’s super easy to make and you’ll whip it up in no time flat.

Cozy Pillow Bed Sewing Tutorial

Finished size: 33 x 74 inches (83.8 x 185.4 cm)  |  Seam Allowance: 1/2″ (1.3 cm)


  • 2.25 yards (2 m) flannel material in pattern 1 (you can also just choose to do the entire bed in one pattern if you prefer)
  • 2.25 yards (2 m) flannel material in pattern 2
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Sharp scissors or rotary cutter
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil or water soluble marker
  • 4 pillowsCozy-Pillow-Bed-Tutorial


  1. Using your scissors or rotary cutting tool, cut both pieces of flannel material to measure 34.5″ x 75″. (PHOTO A)
  2. With both flannel pieces facing their right sides together, pin around one short
    side, one long side, and the other short side (one long side will not be pinned together). (PHOTO B)
  3. Machine sew the three pinned sides together, leaving a 1/2 seam as you sew. Remove pins as you sew. (PHOTO C)
  4. Trim the points off the stitched corners with scissors (don’t get too close to the stitching). (PHOTO D)
  5. On the one long raw side that hasn’t been sewn, fold over and pin the material twice so that there’s approximately a 1/2″ seam. (PHOTO E)
  6. Machine sew the 1/2″ seam along the edge of the material (do not sew the two sides together) and turn right side out. (PHOTO F)
  7. Starting at one short end, mark a parallel line every 18.5 inches down until you reach the other short end. This will divide you pillow bed into four equal sections. Stitch along each line to make four pillow pockets. (PHOTO G)
  8. Stuff each of the four pockets with a pillow. (PHOTO H)

Download your free cozy pillow bed sewing tutorial here.

If you’re interested taking on more sewing projects, check out this fabulous book – Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow

Looking for some other great maker projects? Check out: Learn How to Embroider, Pink Grapefruit & Clay Soap, Copycat Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Outlander Crochet Cowl, DIY Button Stamp ToolJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero Costume,

Learn how to make a cozy pillow bed with this quick and easy photo tutorial - a great beginner sewing project. Perfect for reading, lounging, movie night, sleepovers and camping!

Learn how to make a cozy pillow bed with this quick and easy tutorial – a great beginner sewing project. Perfect for reading, lounging, sleepovers, and camping!


31 Comments on How to Make a Cozy Pillow Bed

  1. CS
    March 31, 2016 at 6:01 PM (3 years ago)

    Love this idea. Is each section where the pillows are stuffed in….left open?

    • Jamey
      March 31, 2016 at 6:35 PM (3 years ago)

      Hi, I’m glad you like this project. Yes, I just left them open but you could probably add velcro or maybe buttons if you wanted them closed. I’ve never had a problem with the pillows slipping out. They’re snug in there.

      ~ Jamey

  2. Lindsey
    May 12, 2016 at 7:41 PM (3 years ago)

    Did you just use standard pillows?

    • Jamey
      August 19, 2016 at 9:59 AM (3 years ago)

      Yes standard pillows should work perfectly.

      ~ Jamey

  3. Donna webster
    June 10, 2016 at 11:58 AM (3 years ago)

    What size pillows? Standard, queen or King?

    • Jamey
      August 19, 2016 at 9:56 AM (3 years ago)

      Hi Donna, standard size pillows should work well for this.

      ~ Jamey

  4. Linda
    July 19, 2016 at 5:08 PM (3 years ago)

    I love this pillow bed! I’ve made three for my grandkids and did one for a friend’s grandchild. The pattern I have from a magazine in 2013 called for 5 pillows. My grandkids love them as do their mom’s. Especially when they get sick and want to sleep by mom.

  5. Visnee
    August 14, 2016 at 8:38 PM (3 years ago)

    I literally learned how to use a sewing machine last week and made a pillow. I decided to get more ambitious and found this via Pinterest. Thank you SO much for making the instructions easy enough for a beginner like me to understand! I made it for my 2 year old who adores it! I did opt to close the ends with velcro but otherwise followed along exactly. So happy thanks again!

    • Jamey
      August 19, 2016 at 9:50 AM (3 years ago)

      Oh, I’m so glad your pillow bed. I love that you adapted the pattern too – I swear I can never stick to a pattern/recipe without adding my own touches. Thanks for your lovely comment.


  6. Gugu
    June 19, 2017 at 8:44 PM (2 years ago)


    Thanks for this wonderful idea. In summer i like sleeping on the floor. I always put 3 pillows and cover them wiyh a sheet. Now i am going to sew this and close the openings with buttons. Thanks again.

  7. Julia Kolb
    November 23, 2017 at 6:11 PM (2 years ago)

    What a great idea! Guess what will be waiting for my granddaughter when she visits. Thanks

  8. Julia Kolb
    November 23, 2017 at 6:13 PM (2 years ago)

    Forgot to mention…I had a cat exactly like yours. She is gone now but still missed.

    December 9, 2017 at 6:03 AM (2 years ago)

    Wow! this is genius! I must make one ASAP!Thank you for sharing!

  10. Lisa Richardson
    January 22, 2018 at 4:38 AM (1 year ago)

    Hello, I would love to make this for gifts for children in the family. Do you have a rough idea of what age children this is typically good for?


  11. Linda
    January 31, 2018 at 7:28 PM (1 year ago)

    This looks like such a great idea and I will be making one for my granddaughters. I assume that the pillows are removable so that it can all be washed?
    Thanks for a great idea and tutorial.

  12. Bev
    February 19, 2018 at 8:26 PM (1 year ago)

    I made 2 of these and use a flat bed sheet to the measurements. Worked out great.

  13. Anonymous
    April 13, 2018 at 3:12 PM (1 year ago)

    Love this idea. I believe I could do this!!!

  14. Hailee
    May 12, 2018 at 12:40 PM (1 year ago)

    It is good for camps

  15. Sue
    May 17, 2018 at 11:20 AM (1 year ago)

    I bought cartoon pillow cases at dept store sewed them together and stuffed pillows into them very simple

  16. Deb
    July 1, 2018 at 11:00 AM (1 year ago)

    The standard size pillows I’m finding measure 20 in. Wide. Will they smoosh down to fit into the 18.5 in. Opening in these instructions?

  17. Cynthia Holder
    July 29, 2018 at 8:52 AM (12 months ago)

    I was wondering what age the four pillow design is for ? And if I wanted a five pillow how much material would be needed.
    Thank You

  18. Char
    September 8, 2018 at 7:37 PM (10 months ago)

    Made this pillow bed out of 60 inch wide fleece for granddaughter, in a Minnie Mouse print. Super easy,, just cut off selvage edges, fold in half lengthwise, sew up short ends, stitch 3 times to make slots for 4 standard pillows, done in about an hour.

  19. Judy
    October 8, 2018 at 7:26 AM (9 months ago)

    Hi, Did you wash the fabric before sewing? Do you suggest purchasing additional yardage to allow for shrinkage? Thank you! I look forward to making the pillow beds for my grandchildren.

  20. Judith
    October 8, 2018 at 7:29 AM (9 months ago)

    Did you wash the fabric before sewing? Also, do you suggest purchasing additional fabric to allow for shrinkage? Thank you for the tutorial!

  21. Rosemary
    November 6, 2018 at 9:49 AM (8 months ago)

    Are the seams 1/2” or an 1”? If I do 1/2 the finished product is not 33”. I cut the material the size you said.

  22. Suhana Morgan
    November 8, 2018 at 3:05 AM (8 months ago)

    Amazing idea and wonderful hacking. Here is an excellent discussion on cozy pillow and step by step discussion. Thanks for your great review!! I thought a good sleep leads a well day. A good sleep depends on some technique or used instruments. By following your blog, a good explanation on sleeping position and remove back pain. A research says that knee pillow is the best instrument for better sleep, using a pillow give you a comfortable sleep.

  23. Angelika mae dalida
    December 17, 2018 at 2:16 PM (7 months ago)

    This is awesome! I cant help but to amazed on how clever the idea is?. What a creative mind of yours.. thanks for tutorial and free tutorial downloder…

  24. Dr Q
    December 19, 2018 at 7:13 AM (7 months ago)

    I’m planning to make four this weekend. Intend to make the bottom piece wider and create a folded pocket with the edge to tuck the pillow into, then allow the top piece to drape over (I hate Velcro picking up all the fuzzies off the carpet or in the wash)… ?

  25. Heart Eyes Emoji Pillow
    January 6, 2019 at 2:07 AM (6 months ago)

    Hi Jamey,

    What a great idea, you represent with us in an easy way. Like your style and love your idea. Thank you so much for sharing!

  26. Jayne Green
    January 8, 2019 at 6:04 AM (6 months ago)

    These sewing projects are just great! Thank you for sharing with us!

  27. Jean Smith
    March 10, 2019 at 12:09 AM (4 months ago)

    Love this idea but a shame I will not be using it as far too many advertisements get in the way


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