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Thread: Pillow covers - fabric?

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    Pillow covers - fabric?

    My feather pillows keep leaking feathers. I'm tired of feathers tickling my nose when I sleep. I want to make covers for them (not "cases" but sealed covers that stay on the pillow - and yes I'll still be using an additional pillow case). I'm not sure if if regular quilting cotton would be the best to keep the feathers inside, or should I choose something different? I want to stick to an organic fabric ... I don't like poly.

    Any recommendations??
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    hee hee ... found it. I could not remember the name of the stuff to save my life. Ticking.

    Found some on sale for $4.77/yard. perfect!!
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    I would suggest pillow ticking fabric but they can even find their way through that. I wonder if you bought the cases for allergy or bedbug problems if they would have a super tight weave and might work?

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    What you need is a very tight woven cotton, something like a cotton sateen. Ordinary cotton fabric has a more open weave.

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    The old style ticking fabric is the best. It is heavy and a tight weave.

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    I have bought pillow covers at Target .... They come in different thread counts ... I made 4 pillows from an old down cover ....

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    The "feather pillow police" would tell you the correct way is to have the pillow covered in ticking, then put the pillow in a pillow cover, white with a zipper on the end, and then put the pillow covered pillow into the pillow case of your choice. The ticking keeps the feathers inside the pillow. The pillow cover protects the ticking from oil and dirt that comes through the pillowcase and the pillowcase is decorative to match your sheets. When you see how hard it is to make a good ticking and to transfer feathers from one old pillow to a new pillow then you will appreciate the practical nature of having a cover to keep the ticking clean.

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    I visit thrift stores to buy quality sheets (hard to find; but luck out sometimes) and make pillowcases from them with colorful borders. They would work well for the zippered pillow protectors.

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