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Thread: Large Floor Pillow stuffing, ideas?

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    Large Floor Pillow stuffing, ideas?

    I would like to make a large floor pillow for a child, maybe 36" square and around 8" thick. I am wondering what to use for stuffing. It will take a lot of whatever I use and I don't really want this to cost a fortune. I also think I would like it to be washable so I'll have to make a pillow form myself for the inside. I am assuming they don't make them this big! Does anyone have any experience with something like this? TIA< Laura

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    How about a large piece of foam. You can always put batting or stuffing over it to make it more comfy.
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    I made one with those packing pellets that were used in bean bag chairs. The little girl just loved it.
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    I saw bean bag refills at Walmart.
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    How about a couple of bed pillows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    How about a couple of bed pillows?
    Expanding on this, I believe it was at a craft that I heard am employee tell someone it would actually be cheaper to get a couple of body pillows from Walmart and use the stuffing from those rather than buying the packaged stuff. Just might be something to look into.
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    They do make 36" pillow inserts if that's what you want, but I'd make my own in order to have it thinner and less rigid than the standard form. I used to make tons of them when I was more into home dec than quilting. Make the form out of muslin, stuff it with polyester fiber from any craft store, and stitch it closed. Remenber to stuff it fuller than you think necessary since it will be used for sitting on the floor and will 'squish' a lot. Stuffing with bean bag pellets would work, too.

    I'd definitely make the covering removable so it can be washed separately. Washing pillow forms is tricky at best and a poly filled muslin one would be quick and cheap to replace if needed, much cheaper and quicker than a quilted covering would be.

    If you decide to go with a commercial insert...
    http://www.wholesalepillowinserts.co...oducts_id=1098

    Just a tip: Curve the corners of both the form and the cover to avoid dog ears on the pillow. Also make the form slightly larger than the covering for a 'fuller' fit.
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    I made my grandsons floor pillows for last Christmas. I bought the pillow forms online: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    They were relatively inexpensive and they are holding up very well.

    Here are the ones I made:

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    There are 44" forms available here:

    http://www.wholesalepillowinserts.co...oducts_id=1099

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    Wow, you guys have been extremely helpful, thank you!

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    Ikea has very good prices on pillow forms.

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    I read somewhere how a lady made dog beds/pillows and stuffed them with plastic shopping bags (like the Walmart ones). She said when they got a little mashed down she simply gave them a good shaking and they fluffed up again. Don't know if that would work for you, but I'm going to try it for my old weiner dog because she likes to get her bedding in a pile and then drape herself over it.

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    I have several beanbag chairs, which keep going flat. After a lot of Google reading, it seems the best replacement fill is shredded foam. That would probably work well for floor pillows, too.
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    How on Earth would you dry the dog beds stuffed with grocery bags? I wash my dogs' beds often and need them to dry. Inexpensive pillows from Big lots worked well for stuffing pillows at Christmas. Just undo the stitching and you've gained some fabric to make the inner pillow, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishrose View Post
    How on Earth would you dry the dog beds stuffed with grocery bags? I wash my dogs' beds often and need them to dry. Inexpensive pillows from Big lots worked well for stuffing pillows at Christmas. Just undo the stitching and you've gained some fabric to make the inner pillow, too.
    I have 'cheap pillows at Walmart' on my shopping list right now. I can pick up a twin size for $2, and just get new ones
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    what ever i used on the inside i would make a cover for it ...then put a zipper on the outside cover then i could strip it down wash the outside and shove the inside back in when dry

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