How To Make Lumbar Pillow?

Making a lumbar pillow is a rewarding DIY project that can bring comfort and style to your seating area. To create a lumbar pillow, you will need fabric, a sewing machine or needle and thread, pillow stuffing or a pre-made pillow insert, scissors, and potentially a zipper or buttons if you wish to make a removable cover. The general steps include measuring and cutting the fabric to the desired size, sewing the edges together while leaving an opening for the stuffing or insert, then stitching the opening closed once the pillow is filled. By selecting the right materials and following a step-by-step process, you can craft a custom lumbar pillow tailored to your comfort preferences and design taste.

The Basics: Materials and Tools

Before you can begin making your lumbar pillow, it’s essential to gather all the necessary materials and tools to ensure a smooth crafting process.


  • Fabric: Choose a fabric that complements your decor and has the durability appropriate for its intended use. Upholstery fabric can be a good option for a lumbar pillow that will see a lot of wear and tear. You’ll need enough fabric to cover the dimensions of your pillow plus seam allowance.
  • Pillow stuffing or pre-made insert: Your choice will depend on the desired firmness of the pillow. Polyester fiberfill is commonly used for stuffing, while foam and down are options for inserts.
  • Zipper or buttons (optional): If you want a removable pillow cover, you’ll need a zipper or buttons and corresponding buttonholes.


  • Sewing machine or needle and thread: A sewing machine will make the process quicker and provide a stronger seam, but hand-sewing is also an option.
  • Scissors: You’ll need sharp scissors for cutting fabric and trimming excess material.
  • Measuring tape or ruler: Precision is key in measuring your fabric to ensure that the pillow will fit your insert snugly.
  • Sewing pins or clips: These will help to keep the fabric in place while sewing.
  • Iron and ironing board: Pressing the fabric before and after sewing will give a crisp, professional finish.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Lumbar Pillow

Step 1: Measure and Cut Your Fabric

Firstly, determine the size of your pillow. A typical lumbar pillow measures around 12×20 inches, but you can adjust the size according to your needs. Add an inch to both the length and width for a half-inch seam allowance on all sides. Cut two pieces of fabric with these dimensions using your scissors.

Step 2: Sew the Pillow Cover

Place the two pieces of fabric together with the right sides facing each other. Sew around the edges, ensuring you leave at least a half-inch seam allowance. Remember to leave an opening along one edge for inserting the stuffing or pillow insert. If adding a zipper, sew it into place along one of the long edges between the right sides of the fabric pieces.

Step 3: Turn Right Side Out and Press

Once you’ve sewn the edges, cut any excess fabric from the corners being careful not to clip the stitches. This will help create a sharp corner when turned right side out. Turn the pillow cover right side out through the opening or unzipped zipper and use a pen or pencil to push out the corners. Press the fabric with your iron to remove any wrinkles and to define the seams.

Step 4: Fill with Stuffing or Insert

If using polyester fiberfill, gradually stuff the pillow to the desired firmness, ensuring the filling is evenly distributed. For a pre-made insert, simply slide it into the pillow cover. Be cautious not to overfill as it might lead to a lumpy pillow.

Step 5: Close the Opening

Finally, close the opening by hand-sewing with an invisible stitch or ladder stitch for a seamless look. If you’ve created a removable cover, simply close the zipper or fasten the buttons.

Customizing Your Lumbar Pillow

After mastering the basic construction, personalize your lumbar pillow with various design elements to match your individual style and decor.

Adding Trims and Embellishments

Trims like piping, tassels, or fringe can add texture and visual interest to your pillow. You can sew these onto the edges of your fabric pieces before assembling the pillow cover.

Applying Fabric Paint or Dyes

Get creative by using fabric paints or dyes to add patterns or color blocks to your pillow cover. Make sure to do this before cutting and sewing your fabric.

Utilizing Fabric Appliqué or Embroidery

Embroidery or appliqué details can give your lumbar pillow a unique, handcrafted touch. Plan your design and apply it to the front piece of your fabric before constructing the pillow.

Finishing Thoughts

Creating a lumbar pillow is not just about enhancing the aesthetics of a room; it’s about adding comfort and making a space uniquely your own. Through carefully selected materials, thoughtful design, and the meticulous process detailed above, you can craft a tailored lumbar support that is both functional and reflective of your personal style. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crafter, this project offers a satisfying way to put a personal touch on your home decor while improving your sewing skills. Enjoy the process, and relish the satisfaction of lounging against a pillow you’ve made with your own hands.


  • Ollie Lane

    My name is Ollie Lane, the zestful spirit and sleep enthusiast editor at GoodSleepHub. Blending my expertise in Sleep Technology with a dash of whimsy, I'm all about transforming your nights from blah to ta-da! I believe great sleep is a blend of science, art, and a bit of fairy dust. When I'm not knee-deep in the latest sleep gadgetry or jotting down notes for my next blog post, you can find me strumming on my ukulele or chasing after my mischievous beagle, Benny. My approach to sleep is like my music: playful, innovative, and always in tune with your needs.

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