In part one of this series, I discussed my current lace pillows and the tutorials I found which inspired me for this project.
This is a supply heavy project, so this instalment is just going to cover the supplies and tools which you will need to get your hands on.
- 1 Laptop table from IKEA. It doesn’t matter too much which table you get. Make sure it has an adjustable stand and that the surface of the table is large enough for your needs. Some people have made this kind of pillow with the DAVE table but as it wasn’t available here in Belgium, I ended up using the SVARTÅSEN. ( 20 € )
- A roll of pattern paper, gift wrap would work well too
- a pencil
- a coin (for tracing seam allowances)
- 1 panel of high density styrofoam. This stuff is fantastic. You can buy it in the insulation aisle of most hardware stores. You don’t want the low density white stuff which is used in packaging because it will break down ridiculously fast with use. The green stuff is so dense that it will be mostly self healing for a good long while. ( 8 € )
- Hot wire cutter for carving the Styrofoam to shape. These are hard to come by. I found mine at AVA for 20 € but they can be found on Amazon as well. If there is enough interest, I will see about getting some on hand so you can buy one from me.
- Superglue for gluing Styrofoam. You have to make sure you get the right glue as the majority of super-glues have solvents in them which will cause the Styrofoam to liquefy before your eyes. (6 € from AVA )
- Tie-down straps to vise the foam pieces together without leaving marks
- 1 old blanket (old polyester fleece works great as it is nice and stretchy)
- 1 yard of nice fabric for the pillow top. You want something in a neutral tone which will contrast nicely with your lace while being easy to look at for hours on end. Imagine staring at fluorescent green fabric for a few hours…yeah, don’t do that to yourself! A solid coloured fabric would look nice and utilitarian but if you want something fancier avoid any patterns which are too busy. I had bought my fabric about a decade ago for use in my historical reenactment outfits, long before I realised that it wouldn’t work at all for my time periods.
- 1 yard of sturdy, contrasting fabric. You’ll be using it to cover the base of your pillow so it has to be sturdy enough to stand up to whatever surface you’re working on. I’ll also show you how to make a pillow cover from it, so don’t grab the most hideous fabric you have on hand either!
- 1 wooden box which will fit in the back corner of the pillow. I bought a few extra before they went out of season and if you’re quick you can grab one from my Etsy shop.
- Sturdy pins for holding the fabric in place on the foam until you can sew it into place
- Fabric scissors
- Needle and thread
- Self adhesive Velcro dots
- A sheet of cardboard (or an old cereal box)
- A bowl with a 14 or 15 cm diameter
Once you have gathered all of your supplies, set aside a weekend to make your pillow. In part three I will walk you through making your pillow as well as some accessories ( bolster pillow, pillow cover, and a handle to carry your amazing pillow everywhere you go.)