Sometimes I start out attempting to perform a seemingly simple task (like buy a new pillow because I'm waking up with neck aches and think my *ahem old ahem* pillow is to blame) and end up complicating things far more than I ever anticipated. My search for a new pillow is the perfect example.
- One half pound eco wool (I found mine at the Bungalow Bear & Friends shop on Etsy)
- Approximately 4lbs buckwheat hulls (source - Serenity Pillows)
- 3/4 yard ticking (you'll have to ask JoAnn's for the "real thing" (not the looks like ticking but isn't stuff) it's not pretty but it does the job of holding all the buckwheat hull bits in)
We're going to make a simple box shaped pillow from the ticking and add a separate chamber on top to stuff with the wool to make it softer. Here's how:
Cut two 25"x21" rectangles from the ticking
Cut one 20"x16" rectangle from the ticking
Sew the 20"x16" rectangle into the center of one of the larger rectangles (there's no right or wrong side of ticking, so it doesn't matter which side you sew it to), leaving a hole to stuff through.
Stuff the small rectangle with the wool and sew the hole closed.
Lay the rectangle with the chamber of wool with the raw sides of the chamber down. Place the other rectangle on top and sew all around, leaving a hole to stuff through.
At each corner, line up the side seams and sew perpendicular to the seams to make a boxed corner (like how I made the bottom of the library tote bag)
Turn the pillow right sides out.
Fill with desired amount of buckwheat hulls & sew the opening closed
Lay your head on it and sleep
Okay so here's the low down... for me at least. If I'm perfectly honest, I have to tell you two things. Firstly, my neck aches are completely gone since the first night I used this pillow but also, I'm not super in love with it. I apparently move around quite a bit in my sleep and this pillow holds its shape extremely well, so I wake myself up having to re-adjust it when I change positions in the middle of the night. But it's easy to re-adjust and an inconvenience I have thus far (almost 4 months into sleeping with this pillow) been willing to endure in exchange for no neck pain... I am however, thankful my Doug gets out of bed before me so I can steal his flimsy goose down pillow every morning.