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Yoga bolsters are great props, especially for restorative and yin poses. They’re also nice to sit on for meditation. If you don’t have a shop to buy one in your area or if you want one on the cheap, you can make a bolster on your own.
Materials for your bolster
- one large piece 28″ by 18″ plus seam allowance
- two small pieces 6″ by 3″ plus seam allowance
- sewing supplies (thread, sewing machine or needle, scissors, etc)
How to sew your bolster
Cut your fabric to size, don’t forget to leave some extra room for seam allowance
- Pin then sew the long sides of the big piece of fabric together, with the right sides of the fabric together
- Pin one small pieces onto an open ends of the large piece (which is now a tube)– if the corners don’t match perfectly, it will be an ovular end, which will also work
- Sew the small end piece into place
- Repeat with the other end piece, but leave an opening for the stuffing rather than sewing all the way around
- Turn the pillow right-side out
- Stuff it FULL (you want a nice firm base to support your yoga poses)
- With a needle and thread, stitch up the opening you left for stuffing
For a pillow case
Follow the same steps as the pillow itself, except you will need slightly larger fabric (e.g. 30″ x 19″ and 7″x 4″) so the case can fit around the pillow. Also, rather than sewing closed the long side, install a closure like a zipper or buttons. Later, when you add the second end, you can seal it all the way up rather than leaving a hole for stuffing.
How to use the bolster
Check out some poses to try with your bolster in this post on restorative yoga by clicking the image on the right.