Over-Sized Lumbar Pillow DIY

Every week, I strip our bed and wash our white sheets and bath towels.  And every week, when making the bed, I searched for the small tag at the bottom (or top) of the fitted sheet.  Finally fed up with that, I ordered a set of Organic Harmony Sheets from West Elm and impatiently waited the delivery.



When the UPS delivery arrived, I quickly ripped open the package, washed the sheets, and made the bed.



In the few days wait, I ran some errands and popped in JoAnn fabric.  I came across an indigo inspired fabric and bought a yard to sew up a new pillow.  Fabric in hand, I stopped into Wal-Mart and bought a basic body pillow for $9 and a 32 inch long zipper for three bucks.


I love the simple look of one large lumbar pillow with a smaller one in front for contrast.  Fewer pillows to remove, but still high impact.  Even more so, a body pillow is super affordable.  Sometime in the near future, I’d like to sew a camel leather lumbar pillow, but the tan wool backing of another pillow works for now.


Though I do make our bed every morning, I usually don’t take the time to fold the top over, but the cute pattern makes it worth it.


But the real reason for the pattern is to have an obvious direction, taking the guess-work out of which side of the king sheet goes where.  If you’re in the market for new sheets and pillows, here are a few other options I considered.


  1.  Organic Hand Drawn Stripe Sheet Set + Shibori Tye Dye Body Pillow + Pieced Leather Pillow Cover
  2. Bedford Navy Stripe Sheet Set + Fawn Body Pillow Cover + Evergreen Velvet Lumbar Pillow
  3. Nate Berkus Dotted Triangle Sheet Set + Boho Body Pillow Cover + Mongolian Faux Fur Lumbar Pillow
  4. Threshold Performance Sheet Set in Natural + Mud Cloth Body Pillow Cover + Green Velvet Lumbar Pillow




Where do you fall on the bed pillow count?  Are you the less is more type or the more is more type?  Do you have any bed making tips or tricks?

2 thoughts on “Over-Sized Lumbar Pillow DIY

  1. Bed-making isn’t one of my favorite things. I would definitely be in the Fewer Pillows camp! What I struggle with most (literally!) is the duvet/bedspread/coverlet question. On a king size bed they’re just so hard to maneuver! I had plans to make a couple of new pillows to put in front of the sleeping pillows, but I think you’ve convinced me to go with one big one.
    Thanks for your posts- I always enjoy seeing your ideas and progress.

  2. The new pillows look so good!
    I’m definitely a fewer, larger pillows kind of girl. Thanks for the great idea….such an economical way to get a high end look.

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