How To Make a Down Pillow

In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, sleep has become a luxury. People cut back on their much–needed sleep time to accommodate more work, chores, and activities. Though getting the prescribed 8 hours of sleep is important, doctors in recent medical studies are saying that it’s not the length of time a person sleeps that matters but more importantly, it’s the quality of sleep that a person gets.

One of the most important factors that contribute to a perfect night of shut-eye is getting the right support and comfort from your pillow. Finding the perfect pillow has been a frustration of many individuals, even with the hundreds of brands available in the market. But you need not waste any more money or be disappointed yet again as you can make your own down pillow. Customize it according to your needs. Make pillows as soft or a firm as you want and in any size you prefer. You can even make pillows for different sleeping positions. Achieving a good night’s rest is possible. Here’s how.

  • Preparation. You will need: cloth that is breathable and that has a slight stretch, needle, thread, pins, tailor’s chalk, and about 2 kilos of down feathers. You may also use store-bought cotton fillers or scrap fabric.
  • Cloth. Lay the cloth flat on the table and cut the standard pillow size of 20 inches by 36 inches. Mark 2 inches for seam allowance on all sides of the rectangle with tailor’s chalk. Then cut an identical piece for the other side of the pillow. Place pins along the lines. This will help the fabric from moving as you stitch.
  • Stitching. With the needle and thread, sew along the drawn lines. Do not make the stitches too wide or too loose. Stitch each side but leave a small opening about five inches so that you can insert the down feathers later.
  • Checking the seams. Pull the cloth inside out. Test the seams by slightly tugging at the fabric. Cut off any loose threads and stitch close any major holes.
  • Down feather stuffing. Once the cloth is right side out, stuff the pillow with the down feathers. Make your pillow as thick and as firm as you’d like. Pat down the pillow so that the filling is evenly distributed. Once you have achieved the perfect thickness and support, close the opening with a slipstitch.
  • Final touch. Slip on the pillow cover over your homemade pillow for added comfort (optional). For a cool, smooth feeling, opt for a cotton or satin cover. On the other hand, if warmth is what you’re after, choose flannel. Snuggle up!

Eventually, your pillow will lose its shape and firmness with use. But you need not fret as you can easily snip off the slip stitching and re-stuff your pillow.

Once you’ve mastered sewing a pillow you can play around with different shapes and fabric. You will never need to spend for another expensive cushion again! Make throw pillows for decoration or give pillows as gifts to friends and family. Enjoy!


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