I had a sewing project on my aspiration list for awhile. I tried to make a jacket a few years ago….Didn’t really go anywhere past the fabric cutting stage. This year I almost took it off my list, but decided I should just tone my expectations down a bit and I would be able to complete something. I remembered I had pinned a Headache Pillow when Pinterest was brand new to me. It linked up to Whitey’s blog Elm Street Life, where she had a tutorial. I found it on my beloved ‘Possible Projects’ board and decided it was definitely something I could handle. On top of it being a simple project, it would be useful too. I tend to get quite a few headaches and it sounds weird, but it makes me feel better to put pressure on my head. This pillow is filled with lentils and its nice and heavy.
The only thing needed to create your own headache pillow is: fabric, thread, lentils, and lavender. I also needed a sewing machine to get it all put together. That is where my sister comes in. She has a sewing machine which I knew would help me get the job done a lot quicker. I suppose I could have sewn by hand, but I assure you I do not have nearly enough patience for that.
- Fold your fabric in half longways and then measure and cut so that folded in half it measures 6×18 in. (or 12×18 inches when unfolded).
- Next, I made sure the fabric was facing inside out and then started pinning around the edges to prepare to sew.
- Setup your sewing machine- I cannot help you with this. I struggled and Kate helped me and in the end I sewed straight lines around the edges of my fabric and just left a small opening.
- Next I added some of my lavender along with the 2 lbs of lentils.
- Sew the opening closed.
- Now you want to separate the lentils in half and sew a line down the middle of the pillow. I am particular so I made my sister get out her kitchen scale so I could make sure the lentils were evenly distributed on either side of my pillow. You could be less crazed and just estimate.
- I sewed a straight line right across the middle of the pillow and then repeated step 6 over to the left and then right so in the end you are left with 1 pillow that has 4 sections.
The process is super simple, but really time consuming. I ended up making two pillows in one night, but it probably took me 2 hours plus. I thought for sure I’d finish all 5 I had planned to make. I think it would have gone a bit faster if I was an avid sewer. I still need to finish my last three. And please, if you are my friend and have headaches, be warned. You might be getting one of these from me. Even if you think it’s silly, please accept it and act impressed that I made it myself. You can always use it as a paperweight or something else equally useful!
Few Tips if you plan to create one yourself:
- I bought the loose lavender from Whole Foods- you purchase by weight and I was surprised at how reasonable it was. That whole bag I have pictures above was something like $4.50.
- I ended up ditching the pins because I thought they were harder to sew with. Plus this isn’t a project that needs perfect stitching. When I use it I will feel like death and not be inspecting the stitching.