memory foam mattresses that are so cool right now, and it is in fact making her back issues *worse*.
Peggy Rivera wrote:Can you tell me more about the casing you used around the straw?
To stuff pillows or mattresses with this herb, cut the tops in midsummer and dry them in the sun. You’ll need a lot. Don’t be surprised if they rustle when you turn over in bed.
Galium aparine is edible. The leaves and stems of the plant can be cooked as a leaf vegetable if gathered before the fruits appear. However, the numerous small hooks which cover the plant and give it its clinging nature can make it less palatable if eaten raw
bernetta putnam wrote:How to Make a $35 straw mattress
[UPDATE: Do you have experience making alternative mattresses, including using straw? We were forced to give up this straw mattress due to back pain and an unfortunate uneven sleeping surface. If you have tips about how to make a more comfortable natural mattress, please contact us!]
i made my own mattress with an organic cotton futon mattress cover ($30 for a deep queen, three side zip cover on ebay) and stuffed it with buckwheat hull that i ordered from a local central NY farm (eventually spent a little less than $200 on filling it to the extent i wanted)…
as the bed is form-fitting, every few nights i level out the buckwheat again… i used to have lower back pain, but it’s a thing of the past… the buckwheat is always a perfect temperature… i have horrible allergies to straw and hay, and i’m unaffected by the buckwheat… supposedly it deters bugs too.
only downside– HEAVY (i think mine is around 300lbs)… luckily, just empty the buckwheat into smaller containers or contractor trash bags to move in small loads)… it’s a ridiculously oversized bean-bag of a bed, but luxurious to sleep on/in.
Lito George wrote:I read this thread some time ago as inspiration for my desire to sleep on something more natural.
a) I am allergic to grass, hay and straw. And dust!
Jay Angler wrote:Like so many things in "modern society", mattresses that used to need regular maintenance, but were biodegradable, are now expected to need no maintenance for years and then go to the land-fill. I have a *very* old mattress that probably contains mostly natural substances. I made a topper for it, which I admit is artificial quilt batting, but I was having shoulder issues at the time and needed something softer and it was handy.
Jay Angler wrote:@ john mcginnis: Years ago, my husband bought a feather pillow for my son because my son saw it on sale in a store and really wanted it. It shed feathers everywhere. I bought proper ticking at a local fabric store, pre-washed it and put it in our dryer on hot to try to shrink it as much as it would shrink, so that the fibers would be as tight as possible. Then I sewed a zippered pillow cover. That pillow never shed again! I was actually afraid to take the zipper cover off, as the one time I peaked in, there were many feathers that had escaped the inner fabric, but were being caught by my home-made ticking cover.
We have Muscovy ducks which we raise for meat, and Khaki-Campbells that we raise for eggs, so when we hatch some of the latter ducks out, there are unwanted males that also get named, "Dinner". We don't have a plucker, so I have found that it is much more pleasant to dry pluck as much of the bird as possible before scalding (this is partly due to the fact that we're usually doing this in cold, wet weather.) I support an old pillow case in a bag where I'm working - soft downy feathers go in the bag, large or really dirty feathers go in a large bin for compost. When the pillow case is full, I fold over the top and hand stitch it closed. Then when I have time, I put a couple of them in the wash and then in the dryer, then they just get stored.
I will want to do a bit more research before actually sewing the mattress. I *know* I want to sew baffles in it, so that the feathers are contained in pockets so they don't all end up in one place. In fact, I may do "his and hers" sides and mark them, as I definitely have less natural padding than my husband has. I'm debating whether it would be good to put them in a rinse of borax to discourage insects. Research needed!
The comforter we use was second hand from a friend and it is filled with wool. I love it, but my husband finds it a bit warm at times.
Our dryer is almost inaccessible, and often not plugged in. We dry most of our clothes on racks or lines, inside by the fire or outside in the sun. I'm known to refer to our "dryer" as my "shrinking machine". I pre-wash most fabric I plan to use for 4 reasons: 1. I react to some of the chemicals used in the finishing process. 2. My sister had a spectacular failure of dye fixing which ruined a beautiful dress she'd made and only worn once. 3. I sew to fit the recipient, so having it shrink *after* sewing ruins my efforts. 4. To tighten up the weave and to make sure it doesn't shrink more in one direction than the other.