DIY Bobbin Lace Bolster Pillow

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After I published my bobbin lace guide for beginners I got A LOT of interest in more tutorials and resources. At first I was very reluctant to do any, because I was new myself, but after a long while of working on my own projects, I feel confident sharing some basics.

Since this is an expensive hobby to get into, I will be doing all this on a budget. This DIY is intended to be a very basic started pillow. It is not going to be the same quality or durability of the professionally made ones, but it does use household items, which is a major plus.

A bolster pillow is pretty much a lace pillow you can work around, mostly for making those long lines of lace that you are familiar with. It can be just a log, or tailor’s ham, looking pillow set on top of a basket to keep it steady, or it can be like the one I make today, with the ability to spin in place.

If you *do* have a budget to get a bolster pillow, or even a cookie pillow, check out Lacis. (Yes, there is an Amazon option for getting a cookie pillow and bobbin set.)


  • cardboard box, extra cardboard
  • poll noodle
  • hot glue (and hot glue gun)
  • felt or wool
  • polyfill or foam
  • kitchen skewer
  • sewing supplies
  • box cutter or other sharp thing for cutting non-fabric items
  • fashion fabric to cover outside
  • rulers would be good

And watch this video for a step-by-step walkthrough!

Again, this is super basic. You can feel free to mix-and-match and do what works for you and what supplies you have.

If you are looking for more FREE lace resources, check out this post and this video.

If you’d like to support me and my work (or see previews of my upcoming projects), check out my Patreon (it has Austen-themed tiers)! You can also consider donating to my Ko-fi. These funds go toward production fees, which helps me be able to share my content with you all.

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