Originally this project was titled “Dorm Pillow” – and I think you know why when you look at the picture. A pillow large enough to lounge against while reading, or throw on the floor for watching TV and made with collge prints? It must be for a college student – right?
But, it gets even better. This pillow has two ‘hidden’ pockets that blend right into the design – just the right size for an MP3 player, a cell phone, a few pens or the chocolate bar you’re hiding from your roommate. (However, I do suggest that you not forget the chocolate bar – it would be messy to clean up if it melted.) They may be difficult to see in the picture on the right – so check out the closeup pictures below. If you are planning on making this pillow, I suggest downloading the pattern and having it printed out for notes while you read the rest of the blog – go ahead, I’ll wait while you print it. Hidden Pocket Dorm Pillow
As you can see, the pockets are discrete when you view the 30″ pillow – but large enough to be functional up close. Once I finished this, I could easily see how other people might enjoy this pillow. A small toy could be tucked inside for someone taking care of a new baby, and grads aren’t the only ones who sometimes need to lounge against a pillow but still have a pen or pencil close at hand – what about your favorite crossword enthusiast? I thought about using the pockets for sewing tools as well – for someone who likes to do needlework, but I’m afraid that most of the tools would get lost in the pocket and just cause frustration (no one really wants to have to hunt for a missing needle). If you put your mind to it – I’m sure that there are lots of other people who could use a pillow like this, and the pattern is easily adaptable to a variety of fabrics and prints.
Making the pillow is pretty straight-forward, so I’m not going to repeat all the steps in from the pattern here – just download the pattern from the link at the top of the blog. The only unusual part of the pattern is the pocket, so I’ve provided a closeup picture of how the pocket is formed. As you can see from the picture above, the pocket is formed by folding the fabric used for the side borders. This means you don’t have a seam creating the bottom of the pocket (more strength), and you have two layers of fabric forming the front of the pocket (again, for strength). This is just so that normal use – taking things in and out of the pocket – won’t tear it.
Once you’ve created the folds just sew the border fabric in place as you normally would, and voila! – you have a hidden pocket. One caution, be careful in folding the fabric of your borders, you want both pockets to be on the same side of the pillow so you can use them both when the pillow is sitting up on that side.
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing