What is a Husband Pillow?

There are many different types and shapes of pillows available from small toddler pillow to large Euro pillows.  A husband pillow is a little different from most all of them due to its shape.  Instead of the normal rectangle or square, a husband pillow is a square pillow with an arm on either side.

Another name for these pillows are bed rest pillows and if you like to sit in bed and read or watch TV, then they are perfect.  They give support when you are sitting to avoid an aching back and can also be given to the kids to sit on the floor while playing games.

Making a husband pillow

To make your own husband pillow, you don’t need to be a sewing machine expert.  You can make a simple brown paper pattern by measuring 22inches across the top, 11 inches down each side and 17 inches out at the bottom.  Add another 8 inches for the side of the arms so that the total bottom length with these should be 56inches.

Once you have cut out your pattern, fold your material and pin it to it.  Once you cut it out, this will give you two pieces.  You need another piece that is 5 inches by 122 inches but you can piece this together if you material isn’t long enough.

Fold over the ends of the long side and sew across the 5 inches on the wrong side.  Next, sew the strip on the bottom of the pillow, starting from the middle, leaving the last 4 inches loose.  Do the same with the other pillow, making sure you are attaching to the wrong side on both.  Then turn it right way around.

Next, stuff the pillow with your chosen filling.  Starting with the arms until they are firm then fill the central area of the pillow.  While you are stuffing the arms you can position them so they are comfortable for you to use so don’t be frightened to shuffle the stuffing around.

Once the stuffing is where you want it, you can stitch the pillow shut around the remaining edges.  If you want to make the pillow washable, you can leave half of the bottom seam open, stuff it with foam and use Velcro to close it.  This means you can remove the foam filler to wash the case.

Buying a pillow

If the idea of sewing a pillow fills you with dread, don’t worry there are also plenty of great quality pillows for sale.  One such example is the Brentwood Originals Brushed Twill Bedrest, which is available in five different colours and is made from a brushed cotton twill and filled with poly-fill for a firm support.  It also has a handle on the top to make it easy to move around so when you have finished watching the TV, you can pick it up and store it for the next night.  It measures 26 inches long by 18 inches wide and high.  It can also be spot cleaned with a damp cloth.