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« on: March 16, 2004 05:48:10 PM »

Hello,
I was hoping to make a "pillow corner" in our apartment with large body pillows for extra seating.  Now the question is, what to stuff the pillows with.....Poly fill tends to flatten out or get lumpy even if you fluff and stuff.  So I was thinking about filling it with buckwheat husks or something.  
Has anyone made body pillows for seating?  What did you use?  Any tips or better ideas?
thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2004 06:12:45 PM »

i love the idea of a pillow corner. gosh darn it craftsters are so darn clever!

this sorta reminded me of a pillow my grandma made for a bench we bought together for my living room. for the pillow she took two pieces of egg foam (i don't know how else to describe it). she iverted the pieces so that the outside would be normal texture and covered it. pics of the pillow are here:
http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/sarahzz15

perhaps you could do several layers of the egg foam and gradually taper it for the sides? i'm  a very inexperienced pillow maker, so i have no idea if it would work
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2004 06:19:23 PM »

I'm guessing that you mean egg foam as in the foam that you can buy to put on your bed to make it comfy.  (and it does, I have it on my bed right now.)  they have cheap one for about $10 at bed and bath stores.

it's probably a little firmer and more structured than you want, but it would be nice to make a big pillow out of it to put on the floor of the entire corner.  that way the corner would be confy and you wouldn't need as. many pillows
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2004 05:49:28 PM »

I bought a pattern for floor pillows, bean bags, star, flower and heart shaped...and a cube one too, anyways, for the bean bag one, it says to use "protective packing peanuts available at office supply stores such as staples"
 and the floor pillow says to use polyester fiberfill, but to stuff lightly.

the pattern is simplicity 5105

I usually would have never bought the pattern for pillows, but it was on sale at hobby lobby for 99 cents!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2004 05:39:20 AM »

Holywhack-before going to Staples and buying the peanuts, you should check at places that ship UPS and Fedex and things. I know a lot of them accept "used" peanuts for recycling and reuse, so perhaps you could get them free (or very very cheaply) So your only cost would be your fabric.
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2004 06:01:06 AM »

I'm planning on making a beanbag chair (from this pattern if you're interested:
http://www.masseysewing.com/projects/teen/beanbag.html

and from my research, they seem to recommend polystyrene/styrofoam beads rather than peanuts for comfort. Seem to be able to get these from some fabric or craft stores and maybe packaging type places.  
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2004 06:56:29 AM »

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Holywhack-before going to Staples and buying the peanuts, you should check at places that ship UPS and Fedex and things. I know a lot of them accept "used" peanuts for recycling and reuse, so perhaps you could get them free (or very very cheaply) So your only cost would be your fabric.

I never would have thought about going to a packing place...there's a ups store right next to my work!!

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and from my research, they seem to recommend polystyrene/styrofoam beads rather than peanuts for comfort. Seem to be able to get these from some fabric or craft stores and maybe packaging type places.  

I won't be making these pillows for a while...at least a year, or when I finally move out of the parents house...  but I'll make a note on the pattern to look into the beads....  

Thanks!
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2005 12:54:40 PM »

If and when I finally make my bean bag chair, I'm going to use what the guys at Lovesac use: crushed foam. You can find it at some fabric stores...or if you have some sort of wood grinder thingy I guess you could make your own! All I know is Lovesacs are very comfy and very expensive and I want one!
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