When was the last time you bought yourself a new pillow for your bed? I asked this question of some friends recently, and their responses were much the same as mine – years. We all know about dust mites, and keeping our bedding clean, vacuuming the mattress from time to time, but I’ll bet most of you, like me, don’t think about the pillows much. Change the pillow cases, wash the covers, and wash the pillows if you can. I have foam pillows which are next to impossible to wash, but I can put them in the dryer now on high heat for 15 minutes to kill the mites. Problem is I forget to do that every three to six months as recommended. Down pillows are the worst for growing mites, and it seems that the newer latex and memory foam is the best for keeping those colonies down. There was a great sale at a local department store over the July 4th weekend, and I am sure that there will be good ones coming up for the next holiday. So think about getting yourself some new pillows. Now, decide which of the old ones can go between your bed and the guest bed. But, don’t throw them away, make these really super fast dog beds. I cleaned the pillows as best I could in the mud sink with a brush and soapy water (they won’t do in my low water washer), dried them in the dryer to get them as fresh as possible.
Then, I purchased some pillowcases at the thrift store for $1 each. I brought them home and washed them. Inserting a pillow, I simply topstitched the opening closed. Assembly time less than five minutes.
Then, there was this fabric in the stash. I got it because of the light pink part, never opened it up to see the border print. Now it is in the ‘what was I thinking?’ pile.
I put the pillow on the fabric and cut a piece large enough to cover it, folded it right sides together, then serged the sides. Sewing would work just as well, but I need to use the serger to keep it working well.
The pillow was inserted, and the end was sewn shut by turning under the raw edge and topstitching.
This took 15 minutes total. I don’t think the shelter dogs will care about the color.
One of the pillowcases was a king size pillowcase in flannel with a large, thicker piece on the end. So, I cut that off to make the case a better size for the pillow.
I turned the raw edge under….
and topstitched it just like the others. The flannel slid around a bit, so I pinned this edge.
Donated to an outlying shelter that has little support, five dog beds made quick and easy. Making all these beds took about an hour total sewing time. Add a bit for the cleaning and drying, but all in all a very fast project.
So, now you can have some fresh pillows for your bed, and the dogs get new beds too. Nothing goes to the landfill. How long has it been since you got a new pillow?