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 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 easy sewing project post has been pinned over 40,000 times on Pinterest and it didn’t even come with a photo sewing 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.

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 your 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.

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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 night, sleepovers and camping!

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


70 Comments on How to Make a Cozy Pillow Bed

  1. CS
    March 31, 2016 at 6:01 PM (5 years ago)

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

    • Jamey
      March 31, 2016 at 6:35 PM (5 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

      • Lynda
        August 14, 2016 at 9:25 PM (5 years ago)

        What size pillows?

      • Linda
        February 11, 2017 at 5:01 AM (4 years ago)

        I have no problem with open but think some bows will be fun too. I’m not sure yet. Going to make 2. One for each grandchild. Thank you!

      • N.P.
        April 30, 2017 at 12:29 PM (4 years ago)

        I think snap buttons would work great for that purpose. I was wondering the same and then I had a closer look at the photos. I would probably prefer mine closed.

  2. MG
    April 17, 2016 at 7:23 AM (5 years ago)

    Jamey, this is such a cute idea! I will make one for my grandson. You have done a great job putting this together.

    Just an observation I made: in steps 5 and 6 you refer to the finished open edge as a “seam.” This is actually called the “hem”. This could be confusing to newbies as a seam refers to the joining of 2 pieces of fabric.

  3. najma
    April 17, 2016 at 8:52 AM (5 years ago)

    how many inches should the fabric be?

  4. Colleen
    April 21, 2016 at 1:43 PM (5 years ago)

    What size pillows did you use?

  5. Linda
    April 23, 2016 at 11:50 AM (5 years ago)

    Do you use king pillows or Queen pillows?

  6. Michelle Noermark
    May 3, 2016 at 5:23 AM (5 years ago)

    Love this idea, going to make one for my little boys mini-man-cave 🙂 However, one question, can you give the measurements of the pillows, I’m not entirely sure how big they need to be to fit into the sections. Also, what kind of filling are in the pillows, I’m thinking they need to be quite firm (ie not duck feathers) to be able to stand the test of time? 🙂

    Kind regards

  7. Lindsey
    May 12, 2016 at 7:41 PM (5 years ago)

    Did you just use standard pillows?

    • Jamey
      August 19, 2016 at 9:59 AM (5 years ago)

      Yes standard pillows should work perfectly.

      ~ Jamey

  8. Donna webster
    June 10, 2016 at 11:58 AM (5 years ago)

    What size pillows? Standard, queen or King?

    • Jamey
      August 19, 2016 at 9:56 AM (5 years ago)

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

      ~ Jamey

  9. Rashelle
    July 8, 2016 at 12:55 AM (5 years ago)

    Love this idea! What size pillows did you use? Where did you get them?

  10. Linda
    July 19, 2016 at 5:08 PM (5 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.

  11. Colleen
    July 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM (5 years ago)

    I’d like to make this but using 5 pillows (it’s for my daughter’s dorm room…they are tall!) Could you help me adjust the measurements for the fabric? Thank you.

  12. Kathy Swaringen
    August 6, 2016 at 8:47 AM (5 years ago)

    What size pillow do you use?

  13. Jane Nolan
    August 6, 2016 at 10:28 AM (5 years ago)

    Can you tell me what sized pillows YOU put in here?

  14. Visnee
    August 14, 2016 at 8:38 PM (5 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 (5 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.


  15. Debra
    August 17, 2016 at 4:13 AM (5 years ago)

    What width should the flannel be? Seems like 42″ wouldn’t be wide enough.

  16. Amber Evans
    September 23, 2016 at 8:35 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi.I’m so happy to find your blog and this project on Pinterest. Just want to personally thank you and let you know that I featured this project on my blog in my “Easy Peasy Sewing Projects for Novice Seamstress” post.

    Here it is,

    Please let me know if I missed something or if you want to change and add information about your blog and project.


    P.s. Love your branding! I’m a new fan. 🙂

  17. Dora
    October 7, 2016 at 1:43 AM (4 years ago)

    Would it be possible to make it into a douboue bed?

  18. Isobel
    October 14, 2016 at 2:25 PM (4 years ago)

    Im a preteen tequnicaly teen who oly has a dad who would never buy a sewing machine and my BFF is comin over 4 a sleepover cant you just sell these not say how to make them

  19. Maggie
    October 27, 2016 at 10:30 AM (4 years ago)

    Just made one of these for my Grandaughter….So easy to make…Your instructions are very clear to follow…Thank you….xxxx

  20. Kathy
    October 31, 2016 at 10:29 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi Jamey, my question is whether you wash the fabric first before sewing. I know flannel can shrink quite a bit.
    My daughter plans to make a pillow bed tomorrow, so we would like to know .
    Btw the fabrics you chose are adorable!!

  21. Marny CA
    October 31, 2016 at 2:30 PM (4 years ago)

    Just thinking: make each pillow section separate with ties in between.

    For the bed, tie sections together; when no need to be together, each section is a separate pillow for any bed or sofa.

  22. carol hensch
    November 26, 2016 at 10:00 PM (4 years ago)

    does your outer hem fold over 1/2″ & 1/2″ again then sewn down?

  23. Tori
    December 5, 2016 at 12:07 PM (4 years ago)

    ok so planning to make 3 or 4 of these 4 Christmas and was just wondering could i make the cover washable???? Thanks!

  24. Kathy
    December 6, 2016 at 7:31 AM (4 years ago)

    Can you use fleece with this pattern?

    Thank you,

  25. Diane
    December 11, 2016 at 7:44 PM (4 years ago)

    Good Evening Jamey,

    I am in awe of the bed pillow. A friend showed it to me and ever since I just can’t help thinking about it. So, tonight I looked it up and weather permitting, tomorrow I am headed to get the materials to make our Great Granddaughter, age 2, a BED PILLOW FOR Christmas. I know she will love it.
    Thank you for such a wonderful and hopefully easy idea.
    Merry Christmas
    God Bless You,

  26. Marlene
    December 13, 2016 at 7:49 PM (4 years ago)

    I”m working on my first pillow bed. My pillows are 20 x 28 inches. They are quite full firm pillows. My next step is to sew the seams for the pockets. I feel that this pillow will be too big. Can you tell me the measurement of your pillows? My package also says S/Q
    I would appreciate your advise

  27. Rickie
    December 24, 2016 at 7:29 AM (4 years ago)

    I have a question. If the finished size is 33 x 75 a standard pillow is 28″ long so there is 5 inches extra do you do anything with that. Your pictures look like the pillow fills the entire space

  28. Donna Gardner
    December 25, 2016 at 9:48 PM (4 years ago)

    I made two of these for Christmas . I used a twin sheet and folded in half. Made pockets for pillows and added buttons to close open side. The girls loved them.

  29. Susan
    December 30, 2016 at 4:33 AM (4 years ago)

    Man, I wash I had found this sooner! I just spent a year sleeping on a very uncomfortable cot with a two inch thick mattress. Just torchure! Mattresses are so expensive, and so is high density foam. I wanted something inexpensive to get me by till I could get a real bed. I’m going to whip one of these up to keep handy for emergency sleepovers. Would also be great for my “Emergency Go Bag.” Bulky, but light weight. Add some straps to cinch it up and carry it with. And you never know where you’ll be sleeping during a natural disaster. This could make all the difference in coping if someone has fibromyalgia or arthritis or other health/sleep issues. Air mattresses are so heavy to carry and they leak! And pillows can be had for just $4 each! Thank you a million times over! So simple, but so great! A surprise link to Pinterest accidentally led me here.

  30. Diane R
    January 1, 2017 at 8:05 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi Jayme, I think my grand kids love the pillow bed I made them, but I upcycled pillowcases that I had on hand and sewed them together to make the bed. It fits perfectly on my chaise lounge to make an extra bed. Your Tutorial is very easy to follow. Thank you!

  31. Lilly
    January 8, 2017 at 3:29 AM (4 years ago)

    Love this project. .I’m going to do a 2 section version and use 2 old bed pillows when I get new ones. It’s going to be a great doggie bed!

  32. Dewi ssrtika
    February 5, 2017 at 4:25 AM (4 years ago)

    Won learn more details.

  33. françoise garnier
    April 1, 2017 at 5:28 AM (4 years ago)

    je voudrais savoir comment faire le matelas à 4 coussins.

    merci d’avance.


  34. Lee Brinkley
    April 17, 2017 at 10:10 AM (4 years ago)

    love this idea but I have to ask about the kitty. Is he/she a Ragdoll?? Looks just like one of my Ragdolls and his name is Muffin!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  35. Heather
    April 22, 2017 at 7:18 AM (4 years ago)

    You can add a blanket to the side before you see the edge tape, add edge tape to some fleece on three sides, then when you are edge taping the mat, put the unfinished side of the fleece on there and close them together.

  36. SusanD
    April 24, 2017 at 3:58 PM (4 years ago)

    How much material do you had to add an extra pillow?

  37. Renee
    April 29, 2017 at 4:13 AM (4 years ago)

    I love this pattern idea and want to try this!
    Flannel tends to make me feel too hot and uncomfortable. I wonder though, would it make a difference if I used regular cotton fabric instead of the flannel?

    • Susan
      July 26, 2020 at 6:26 PM (7 months ago)

      Hi there. I am wondering I the same thing. Did cotton work for you?

  38. kathy
    May 30, 2017 at 11:28 AM (4 years ago)

    I want to make a 6 pillow with king size pillows, has anyone done this?

  39. audrey johnson
    June 17, 2017 at 8:10 PM (4 years ago)

    I would like to have the pattern of the pillow bed. I would like to make two of them for my grandsons to sleep at my house.

  40. Gugu
    June 19, 2017 at 8:44 PM (4 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.

  41. Carol
    August 16, 2017 at 8:57 PM (4 years ago)

    Love, love, love this idea. Could you use fleece instead of flannel for an even cozier bed?

  42. Julia Kolb
    November 23, 2017 at 6:11 PM (3 years ago)

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

  43. Julia Kolb
    November 23, 2017 at 6:13 PM (3 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 (3 years ago)

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

  45. Lisa Richardson
    January 22, 2018 at 4:38 AM (3 years 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?


  46. Linda
    January 31, 2018 at 7:28 PM (3 years 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.

  47. Bev
    February 19, 2018 at 8:26 PM (3 years ago)

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

  48. Anonymous
    April 13, 2018 at 3:12 PM (3 years ago)

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

  49. Hailee
    May 12, 2018 at 12:40 PM (3 years ago)

    It is good for camps

  50. Sue
    May 17, 2018 at 11:20 AM (3 years ago)

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

  51. Deb
    July 1, 2018 at 11:00 AM (3 years 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?

  52. Cynthia Holder
    July 29, 2018 at 8:52 AM (3 years 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

  53. Char
    September 8, 2018 at 7:37 PM (2 years 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.

  54. Judy
    October 8, 2018 at 7:26 AM (2 years 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.

  55. Judith
    October 8, 2018 at 7:29 AM (2 years ago)

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

  56. Rosemary
    November 6, 2018 at 9:49 AM (2 years 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.

  57. Suhana Morgan
    November 8, 2018 at 3:05 AM (2 years 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.

  58. Angelika mae dalida
    December 17, 2018 at 2:16 PM (2 years 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…

  59. Dr Q
    December 19, 2018 at 7:13 AM (2 years 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)… ?

  60. Heart Eyes Emoji Pillow
    January 6, 2019 at 2:07 AM (2 years 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!

  61. Jayne Green
    January 8, 2019 at 6:04 AM (2 years ago)

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

  62. Jean Smith
    March 10, 2019 at 12:09 AM (2 years 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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