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.