This Peanut Pillow
pattern and tutorial website was inspired by
Proverbs 31:13, which is a Bible verse describing some
of the qualities of a virtuous woman.
"She seeketh wool, and flax,
and worketh willingly with her hands."
A peanut pillow
is a very handy little thing. It's an absolute must
for children traveling by car because a peanut pillow
hardly takes up any room whether it's in use or not.
If you travel long distances,
a peanut pillow of your own would be so much better
than the public pillows that may (or may not) be available. And does it seem
that every time you start to doze in the recliner, you
wish you had just a little something to support your
neck? A peanut pillow is the answer!
Materials you will need:
⅔ yard of Fabric
Hand Sewing Needle
Print the Pattern
Step 1 before downloading.
finished dimensions of this peanut pillow measure approximately 12"
long and 5½" in diameter.
Step 1. The peanut pillow pattern fits on
one piece of standard or A4 copy paper. Print TWO copies of the pattern. The pattern is one half of the peanut shape.
Tape the two halves together on the
straight edge to make a full
peanut shaped pattern piece.
Download the free Peanut Pillow Pattern
This is what the peanut pillow pattern download
Note: The sewing
instructions for the peanut pillow are not included on the pattern itself.
Customizing the Loop
The loop on the peanut pillow is optional. You could
always omit the loop if you don't need or want one on
your peanut pillow. If you will not be using a loop on
your peanut pillow, proceed to Step 3. If you will be using
the loop on your peanut pillow to carry it, you will
want to adjust the length of the loop so that it comfortably
fits on your hand or over your wrist, depending on how
you will carry it.
For a hand held
loop, measure the circumference of the palm of your
hand, from inside your thumb to the outside of your
hand below your pinky, all the way around to the
inside of your thumb again. Add 1" to this measurement so it is easy to
slip on and off your hand, plus 1/2" (which will be
for two ¼" seam allowances).
For a loop that will
be used on your wrist, measure the circumference of
the widest part of your hand. Add 1" to this measurement so it is easy to slip on and
off your hand, plus ½" (which will be for two ¼"
Cutting the Fabric
Step 3. This pattern allows
for ¼ inch seams. The seam allowance is already
figured into the pattern, so there is no need to
adjust the peanut shaped piece or add any seam
allowance to it. Lay out your pattern with the arrows
along the straight grain of fabric. Cut 4 of the
peanut shaped pattern piece and 1 of the loop handle.
Tip: If you
have a pattern that you use often, try cutting it out
of a strong quality paper towel. The paper towel is
easily pinned through onto your fabric because of its
flexibility and it doesn't rip
so easily as paper does when pinned through repeatedly
for multiple uses.
Sewing the Peanut
Step 4. Starting with the loop, fold the fabric lengthwise,
right sides together, and stitch a
¼" seam, locking
your stitching at the beginning and at the end of the
seam. Finger press the seam open with your fingernail.
To finger press, simply lay the seam open on a flat surface
and scrape your fingernail on the opened seam as you
would to crease a piece of paper. This doesn't press
the seam open as well as an iron, but works
sufficiently for this purpose.
Step 5. Turn the loop right
side out and iron flat with the seam in the center.
Top stitch two rows of stitching, along the length of
the loop, one third of the way in from each edge. Use
whatever stitch length you desire.
Step 6. With right sides
together, pin two of the peanut shaped pieces of
fabric together along one long side.
Stitch a ¼"
seam, locking your stitching at the beginning and at
the end of the seam. Repeat with the other two peanut
Step 7. Fold the
loop in half, raw edges together, with the seam on the
inside of the loop. Baste the loop to one half of the
pillow where the seam is on the right side of the
Step 8. Now you should have
two halves of your pillow that look sort of like
canoes when opened up. Pin these halves, right sides together, all
the way around, matching seams and if
including a loop on your peanut pillow,
it should be inside the two layers of fabric at this
Step 9. Starting on one long
edge, leaving a 2" opening (so you can stuff your
peanut pillow with Poly-Fil or your choice of
fiberfill), stitch a
all the way around the pillow (except for the 2"
locking your stitching at the beginning and at the end
of the seam.
Tip: If you leave your
thread long at the end of your stitching you can use
this thread to close the opening after stuffing.
Carefully and gently turn the peanut
pillow right side out and bring the thread to the
outside that you left for sewing the opening closed.
If you accidentally clipped the thread, you can just
knot a piece of thread and close the opening in Step
12 as you would to hand sew anything else with a
simple knot at the end.
Step 11. Stuff the peanut
pillow with Poly-Fil or your choice of fiberfill. You
can stuff your peanut pillow to whatever firmness you
Step 12. Blind stitch the opening of your peanut pillow
closed by hand sewing with a needle and
Just sort of loosely ladder stitch the opening,
then gently pull it taut to close the seam and tie
off your thread.
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