An easy tutorial on how to make your own yoga bolster.
I've been wanting to purchase a yoga bolster because I've done some really relaxing poses in yoga class using one for support and I wanted to imitate them at home. But eh... expensive. I was so excited to suddenly realize- SURPRISE!- that I could make them. Of course- fabric. Oiy!
This is actually a REALLY easy project and I used all sorts of scrap fabric and upcycled clothing to stuff it. I usually like to use fiberfil for the insides of pillows or pillow forms, but yoga bolsters are really much more firm. I tried using scraps inside my oldest son's floor pillow and it's firm just like a yoga bolster so I figured it would be a perfect use for extra scraps AND it'd have the firm quality that I wanted.
Note: You know all those clean but worn clothes that really aren't good enough for donations, but you're loathe to just toss? They work well in here. I had socks, underwear, pajamas, etc. that are now so helpfully stuffing my yoga bolster.
So here's the instructions on how to make a (affiliate link) yoga bolster for yourself. Like all my tutorials, I like to break it down quite a bit for those who aren't super familiar with sewing.
- Wash fabric
- Iron fabric
- Cut fabric
- Large Fabric Cut: (2) 26"x13"
- Medium Fabric Cut: (2) 26"x7"
- Small Fabric Cut (end pieces): (2) 7"x13"
- Straps: (2) 5"x13"
- Fold straps in half, right sides together and sew up long side. Turn right sides out. Iron. Stitch long sides. These are your straps.
- Place the short pieces of your fabric to the side. You'll use those and the straps last.
- Sew long pieces together along the long edge... Alternate between the 26x7 (blue) and the 26x13 (beige). This will give you one big piece of fabric once pieced together. I did use a serger, but you can use a regular sewing machine as well.
- Now you'll take the two ends of that long piece of fabric and face them right sides together. Sew them together... and you've got the main portion of your yoga bolster sewn together.
- Now you need to add your ends and the straps on. Pin your straps inside the tube of fabric, one for each side. These actually pin to the short sides- in the picture below I added my straps to the long side (whoops!) so ignore that.
- Once you've got it pinned all the way around, you can completely sew one side closed. Make sure not to hit the pins of course.
- Now you need to sew up the final side. Same deal with pinning, except when you sew this you need to leave an opening to turn it right sides out (and fill). I recommend doing a hand's width space for this. I leave my opening in the middle of one long side because I need to sew down the straps really well and it's easier to do that with the machine.
- Turn fabric right sides out.
- Fill yoga bolster with scrap fabric. I stuffed this pretty much completely full. I want it to be solid.
- Hand sew your opening closed.
And here's my final product. I used it under my knees when I'm sleeping a lot because it is more comfortable for my back. I can also use it as a floor pillow for my sons (who love it!) or do yoga poses on it (as intended). I love that it's customized and doesn't look like every yoga bolster on the market- which is to say, plain.
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