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« on: October 06, 2004 09:06:25 PM »

Anyone know any thing good to use to stuff a pillow besides poly-fil?

I remember making a pillow when I was little and used shredded and bunched scrap fabric. It worked fine, but the pillow was very lumpy. Anyone have any ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2004 09:19:28 PM »

feathers? Unless your allergic, but that gets lumpy too. Plus i dont know where you'd get them in bulk

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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2004 11:11:06 AM »

How about those filler beans like they use in bean bags or beanie babies? Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2004 11:14:05 AM »

This might take a while, but how 'bout the lint from your dryer's lint catcher?


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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2004 11:22:58 AM »

I think lint would be to dusty. What would you use the pillow for?

My auntie had a giant pillow on the floor for lounging while watching TV that was filled with hundrend of shredded socks. I loved that thing.

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2007 12:48:12 AM »

if you have old VHS tapes you don't want...
 use the black film stuff. With enough tapes it isnt too bad.
but it is a bit crinkly.

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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2007 10:47:34 PM »

Most fabric stores sell shredded foam, which makes a rockin' good cushion. It can be a little lumpy depending on how big the chunks are, so you might want to make a pillow and a separate cover (if that makes any sense outside my head) to keep the pillow from feeling kinda lumpy.
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2007 01:32:28 PM »

I use a poly fil derivitave called Cluster stuf.  It doesnt get all bunchy and is really soft.   I made some floor pillows for my heathens with it, and the pillows are really holding their shape well.

Once I used warm and natural quilt batting to make a round bolster pillow.  It worked out really well.....expensive, but well LOL.
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2007 10:29:34 PM »

or for a more natural and less expensive version, you could fill a pillow with dried beans or dried lentils!  This is what they often use for neck pillows, and hell, you can throw it in the microwave to warm it up and then get all cozy.  Just be sure to sew that pillow well as to not have a spill.  That could get messy.
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2007 06:52:50 PM »

Why do you want something other than polyfil? I ask only because many of the other things listed have their own sets of drawbacks.

All food products are just that- they can attract bugs and can mold/ rot fairly quickly.

Foam is not enviornmentaly friendly because of the chemicals in the process.

Dryer lint is very flamable. It can also stain if wet.

Recycled cloth/ clothing can retain dampness & mold easily.

Polyfil isn't perfect, it isn't terribly enviornmentaly friendly to produce. But it does dry easily reducing mold & mildew problems, doen't bunch as much, and is treated with flame retardant.
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