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I'm all for all-natural when possible, however for me to complete this very simple BB, I'd have to buy something I don't already have: some sort of natural filling.

What I have on hand is the stuffing I saved from an old couch that was in horrible shape upholstery-wise and not worth fixing. I have so much stuffing, and cushions, that I have been working on different projects to use it up. I was hoping to use some of that for this but to fulfill the requirement, I'd have to spend money. I don't want to spend money, I want to reuse what I already have on hand.

I could use the seagrass out back but to be honest, I doubt I would ever use it due to comfort level and then it becomes something useless in my house. I don't like having useless things in my house.
 
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I really put this off, I had weird psychological obstacles that kept me from the sewing machine.  I used the last bit of this really cool cotton cloth I had lying around.  The pillow ended up much larger than "small," and it's for the better I think.  It makes a better throw pillow this way.  I used some clean pine shavings I had kept from the shop.  The shavings are pretty large, but it isn't quite as dust free as I would have liked, but still nice.  The pine shavings give the pillow a great structure and it is a very useful and wonderful little cushion.  I added a little hem around the perimeter after closing it up, I speculate it makes it stronger (maybe?), and my other store bought pillows have that extra hem, so why not?  My youngest daughter has claimed it as her own.

Thanks, enjoy!
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Last bit of this fun fabric (cotton)
Last bit of this fun fabric (cotton)
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Clean pine filling
Clean pine filling
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hand sewing closure
hand sewing closure
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13 inches x 24 inches
13 inches x 24 inches
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Here is my submission for the textile.sand.pillow badge bit. Cut from a coton t-shirt, sew with old coton threads and stuffed with extra straw from my strawbale house. Nice addition to my sofa.

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This pillow is the perfect size for a heel bolster in my massages. Some folks don't like their heels resting flat on the table, so I made this pillow 10x18 inches. I cut it out from an old linen sheet. I stuffed it with the "waste" wool that doesn't spin well, seconds I guess they can be called, and then I sewed the opening up by hand. Ta da!
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18 inches long by 10 inches wide
18 inches long by 10 inches wide
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sewing around the edges
sewing around the edges
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stuffing the pillow
stuffing the pillow
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sewing the gap
sewing the gap
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finished pillow!
finished pillow!
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Crazy question...
Can I use dog fur as my pillow stuffing? (specifically German Shepherd undercoat?)

I'm asking because I'm allergic to feathers and wool and straw/grass. I don't have a cheap/local source for buckwheat hulls. But since my dogs will likely get the pillow when I'm done since I have so many, can I use their sheds?

Alternately, can I use scrap cotton fabric? I have stuffed things with small strips of scrap cotton fabric left from quilts before...
 
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I just finished sewing my first pillow!
I learned that needlework is defiantly not my area of expertiece.  
but I enjoyed it overall, and I managed not to stab myself with the needle!
It is super squishy.
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100% cotton.
100% cotton.
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the fabric
the fabric
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10" by 10"
10" by 10"
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ripping up the rest of the 100% cotton shirt to make stuffing.
ripping up the rest of the 100% cotton shirt to make stuffing.
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stuffin in the stuffin
stuffin in the stuffin
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final product.
final product.
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here is my 10 in pillow with hay inside. hand sewn 10 by 11 pillow
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stuff need
my fabric
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its 10ins
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cotton thread and 10in
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this is the other side thats 11 1/2 ins
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getting it done
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the hey i used
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hay going in
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hay in the pillow
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my son holding the pillow
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he is still holding it he really likes it
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this is where i put the hay in but it dont show
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all done
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I made a jean pillow with strips of jean as the filler.  I used the legs from 3 pairs of 100% cotton jeans.
I sewed them on a sewing machine except for the filler opening.  Sewed by hand.



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Jean legs and scissors to make jean pillow
Jean legs and scissors to make jean pillow
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Cutting legs of jeans to make pillow
Cutting legs of jeans to make pillow
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Pinned jean material to sew
Pinned jean material to sew
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Pinned jean material to sew
Pinned jean material to sew
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Sewing machine
Sewing machine
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Sewing jean pillow seam
Sewing jean pillow seam
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Sewing jean pillow seam
Sewing jean pillow seam
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Jean pillow part finished
Jean pillow part finished
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Sewn pillow with opening for stuffing
Sewn pillow with opening for stuffing
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Cutting jean legs for stuffing
Cutting jean legs for stuffing
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Pile of jean stuffing
Pile of jean stuffing
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Adding jean stuffing
Adding jean stuffing
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Pinned hole for stuffing
Pinned hole for stuffing
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Sewing hole where stuffed stuffing
Sewing hole where stuffed stuffing
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Completed pillow
Completed pillow
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I upcycled fabric from a cotton curtain I had made about 15 years ago. It's been in my stash hanging out. I stuffed my pilliw with wool.
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upcycled fabric
upcycled fabric
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on the machine
on the machine
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more sewing
more sewing
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stuffing the pillow
stuffing the pillow
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sewing it closed
sewing it closed
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size
size
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other side
other side
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wide
wide
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Nicole Alderman wrote:This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in textiles.

In this project, you will make a small pillow.

Minimum Requirements:
  - Must be stuffed with a natural material: bedstraw, straw, feathers, or wool
  - Fabric must be a natural material (hemp, cotton, wool, linen, silk, etc)
  - Be at least 10x10 inches
  - It can be machine sewn, as you can probably already sew by hand if you can use a sewing machine!

To document completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (< 2 min):
  -  Show your fabric
  -  Show your pillow in progress
  -  Show stuffing your pillow
  -  Show your completed pillow!

Here's a quick video on sewing a pillow

 

If you've never sewn before, I have a more in-depth tutorial down below!

Here's a tutorial on how to sew!

Step
1

Measure and Cut the Fabric



Generally, it is useful to first WASH the fabric, as it will shrink when washed. Though, if you're never planning on washing your pillow, this isn't really necessary. And, if it's an old tee-shirt or sheet you're re-purposing, you don't need to wash it, either.

Once the fabric is washed and dried, you'll want to iron it flat (not as necessary in a little pillow, but it's a good thing to get in the process of doing when sewing most anything)

Now lay it on a flat, preferably smooth surface and measure and cut it.



If you don't have the fancy clear ruler and slicy-thingy, no worries! Use any sort of straight edge to draw the line you'll cut. Find the sharpest pair of scissors you have, and cut on the line! (You can also buy a brand new pair of scissors and devote them soley to fabric so they stay sharp. Threaten your family with dire consequences if they use your precious fabric scissors for anything that's not fabric. Hide the scissors from them, too, if need be!)



Step
2

Pin the Fabric and Thread the Needle



Pin the pieces of fabric together



Thread the Needle


Tie a knot at the end of the needle





Step
3

Sew It



You might want to use a pencil and draw a line 1/2 inch from the edge of your fabric. This is where you'll sew. Make sure to NOT sew the whole pillow. Leave a gap to turn the thing right side out, and to stuff it.

You can Either sew it with a running stitch



or the back stitch. The back stitch is a bit more secure.





Step
4

Turn the Fabric Right-Side Out and Stuff It



Reach your finger through the hole you left, and grab some fabric and pull it through the hole. Just like when you turn your pants right side out.

Shove your stuffing through the hole. Push the stuffing into the corners first, then keep putting more stuffing in. And more stuffing. And even more. Because it will compress.





Step
5

Sew the hole shut!



For this, you need a blind stitch



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Here’s my fabric, I used some old cotton place mats.
Here’s my fabric, I used some old cotton place mats.
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Sewing it, the thread is also cotton.
Sewing it, the thread is also cotton.
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Stuffing it with wool.
Stuffing it with wool.
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Tada! A completed pillow
Tada! A completed pillow
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Note: Excellent sewing and stuffing, Fiona! On other bbs, you may need to show a picture of you measuring the pillow or other item to be the required size. I am going to assume that placemats are more than 10x10

 
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