I have a friend with cervical spine damage who is always on the hunt for the perfect pillow. She asked me if I could make one for her that had the following qualities:
Boudica being away for maintenance, I made everything with my serger. I used up scrap muslin for the pillow, and used every shred of the latex fill to stuff it. Then I closed it by hand with orange thread; I wanted the closure to be obvious in case my friend decided that there was too much stuffing, so she could open the original hole instead of making a new hole, and take some stuffing out.
Then, using more white fabric from my stash, and using an eyelet lace ruffle salvaged from an old sheet, I made two pillow cases.
When attaching the ruffle, I used pleats on one pillowcase and gathers on the other, which gives a nice illustration of the look of the two techniques side by side. I like gathers better for the eyelet lace ruffle: I think they have more body and look sweeter than the pleats.
So I packed all the white stuff in a box, and tossed some other white things in there just to make the package even whiter! I sent them to her in time for her birthday (which was yesterday).
I hoped she would find the pillow useful for her neck problems, to help her sleep. But her feedback was less than stellar: she liked the feel of the latex fiberfill in her hands, but didn't think there was enough of it in the pillow to really support her neck. I suggested that she experiment with this pillow in conjunction with her others. Then, if she still wants to double the amount of stuffing in the pillow, I gave her the name of the filler so she could find it at Joann's, and reminded her to open and close the pillow at the orange hand-stitching. Then she worried that if she overstuffed the pillow, the pillowcases would no longer fit, and I told her that she needed to not worry about pillowcases, because the goal is to make something that works for her neck!
So: not a success, but a step in the right direction, in that the fill has promise.
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