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March 26th, 2013, 12:28 AM
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Right before I was about to go out to get material for this I mentioned it to a friend and she very kindly offered to save me the trouble and long-term-loan me her boppy and she even has slip-covers for both genders. So, even though I wanted to try the feather thing out and all, I decided to take her up on it and spend my bday $ on shoes and some needed kitchen items at Target. Thanks for the help ladies. I may still make it one day for the heck of it so I'll remember the tips.

(I know I'm always begging for help on things!)

This is regarding the DIY boppy pillow I said a while back I would make. Well, I'm feeling the crunch to get it done and I also have some bday $ so i wanted to go ahead and make my purchases for the supplies I need for it. I'm the crazy one with the fear of sewing machines.

Anyways to recap: The reason I want to make my own to begin with is I want to fill it with down feathers instead of polyfill. I want to make the pillow so the feathers can be removed and pillow washed and THEN on top of that I want to make a removable slip cover as well. Something with a zipper.

The two tutorials I've found:
Baby Boppy Pillow Slipcover Pattern | Vanilla Joy
A Load Of Craft: Tutorial: How To Make A Boppy Slip Cover

Ok, my questions:

1. To make the original pillow should I just follow one of these tutorials and make it with a zipper and also make the slip-cover the same way except maybe a half inch larger all around?

2. What material would be best for the actual pillow (canvas perhaps?), I'd want something a bit thicker than the slip-cover which I definitely want to be 100% cotton (wondering too if flannel would work for the cover).

3. Which tutorial seems better to use? The one has the zipper in the seam and the other has it across the underside.

Thanks for any help. I'm sincerely grateful. This seems so much harder to me than making wipes.

ETA: This is the material I was thinking of making the pillow itself out of: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/...naturl-759290/
And here's what I was thinking of for the slip-cover: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/...stripe-555623/ AND http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/...-toile-555599/

What do you think? Are those fabrics ok for the job?

Last edited by 4hearts; March 28th, 2013 at 06:05 PM.
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March 26th, 2013, 04:23 AM
QueenCrafty's Avatar Courtney
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Canvas will be too scratchy. I didn't have a chance to look at the tutorials (on my phone sorry!). But I would make the inner pillow out of muslin. It's cheap but sturdy. It's what I make all my base pillows out of. As for your outer cover, you could go with anything really. I've had a boppy cover made of minky before. If you are stuffing with down, be sure you get enough to really fill it. I like my nursing pillows to be firm so that I can get baby positioned easier.
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March 26th, 2013, 12:22 PM
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Thank you Courtney! I was wondering about muslin. Going to go searching for that in a few. The box of down feathers from ebay is an entire pound's worth and they say it's enough to make a large pillow so I figure I'll probably have a lot left over and can use it to fluff some of our bed pillows which are in a sad state indeed.

ETA: Ok, I found this and it's half the price of canvas so yay. Hope this will work!

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March 26th, 2013, 05:27 PM
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Also I think 1/2 inch all around might be alot. The pillow will compress a little I'd maybe do a total of 1/2 inch extra on length width... Just a thought! Don't want it sloppy!

Oh a good luck!! Post a pic when you're done!

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March 28th, 2013, 06:07 PM
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