Make your own Boppy

While shopping for baby items at Babies R US one day I was shocked to see that a simple (not to mention ugly) pillow was going for $30+ dollars. So, logically I decided to make my own.

I found this great pattern online for free.

I won't post a complete tutorial because this one is already so good, but I will show you a few pictures of my process and a couple of changes that I made.

This first picture is of the body of the pillow. I used a vintage sheet that I bought at a thrift store. The only change that I made was to leave the opening on the outside edge instead of the inside curve as she suggests. I thought it would be too hard to hand sew up the tight inside curve. Another suggestion is to make sure that you clip the inside curve repeatedly and reinforce stitch it or else it may rip from the tension once you try to use it.

This second picture is of the pillow casing once done. I used some home decor weight ikea fabric. Just like the main pillow section I left the opening - zipper on the outside edge instead of the inside curve because I thought it would be too hard to sew the zipper into such a tight curve. Make sure once again to clip the inside curve really well after sewing.

Here is the finished project once the casing was put on the pillow form. I love the way it turned out.


  1. I had a knock off bobby 11 years ago with my daughter that cost $2 new. We loved it and used it all day, everyday, for months. So, when I found my close friend is pregnant, I decided she MUST have one also. When I went to target and saw the price of the actual bobby, my jaw hit the floor and I decided to make her one... one problem, I had no clue on the measurements. I am so thankful you posted this!

  2. This is great. I am expecting and also sew a lot, so I might try this.

  3. Great idea - I had to make a twin nursing pillow for my wee girls (oddly enough they weren't readily available at baby stores) and found that a zig-zag stitch was the best to use around the whole pillow. The girls are 3 & the pillow is now a bunch of cushions. Plenty of jumping goes on and still no ripped seams.

  4. That turned out beautifully! Good work. It almost persuades me to have another baby. Or just find a pregnant friend. Yeah, that's a better idea. I'll do that one. :)

  5. You did a great job - is it nice and soft like the ones you buy? What type of filler did you use?

  6. Thanks for the tutorial. I have a few friends who are pregnant and this will make a great gift!

  7. Anonymous9.7.12

    Another quick way to cut the cost is to buy a waterproof slip cover which is availabe for $5 on amazon and stuff it with pillow stuffing you can buy for $4 at your local walmart. Now you got a store bought boppy pillow for less than $10.

  8. Anonymous14.4.13

    Awesome. I am so glad I stumbled on your tutorial. I had the same thought about a home-made boppy after leaving Target thinking "Really? 30 bucks for a pillow I could make for maybe 10 at the most?" Great minds think alike! =)