In the last few weeks I have implemented a few DIY projects for camping, which make the holiday on the campsite even more comfortable and organized! The start today is a DIY camping pillow, which you can sew yourself in about 30 minutes and which is in no way inferior to expensive outdoor pillows in terms of comfort!
The right filling for the camping pillow
We have been camping for many years, first in a mobile home and now temporarily in a tent, because we want to restore a caravan. I like to limit myself on vacation, I don’t need fancy clothes or TV or anything. But I don’t want to do without a certain comfort! This definitely includes the right dishes and glasses (I just don’t like plastic plates) and a comfortable bed. Even if it’s just a thick air mattress, I always make ourselves really comfortable.
The main reason why the pillows are so practical AND comfortable is that they have a filling made of viscoelastic foam (I link it to you in the material list). These foam chips have the property that they can be squeezed together very small (important to roll the pillow small) and then they go back into their shape and are really nice and plump. In addition, I adapt the pillow to the head or neck very well. Perhaps you know the material under the term “memory foam”. When I had the material in hand for the first time, I immediately thought of my Tempur pillow. My family tried it and I can’t keep up with the production because everyone wants one :).
This is how you sew the camping pillow
How to do it:
Cuts all parts for pillows and bags out of fabric. Two pieces of 55 x 43 cm and two pieces of 22 x 36 cm.
Sew the two parts for the pillow together inside out and leave an opening to turn it over. Overcast the edges with the overlock machine or with a zigzag stitch.
Turn the pillow inside out and fill it with the foam flakes. The pillow should not be filled to the brim, but should be able to be fluffed up loosely. In order to get the right amount of filling, I closed the opening with clips in between and lay down on it for a moment! This is the best way to tell whether there is still filling or if it is cozy!
Sew up the gap by hand.
Now the bag is sewn. To do this, I first neaten the upper, short edge with a zigzag stitch and then sewed about 2 cm on the right and left. Then I sewed a tunnel for the cord.
Finally, the cord is threaded and pulled through a cord stopper. You don’t necessarily need the cord stopper, of course, but I think it always looks much better quality and the bag is easier to shoot.
Care instructions for the camping pillow
Since the foam smelled somewhat chemically in my opinion, I put the pillow in the washing machine right away (with the other pillows it was enough that I aired them out for a few hours).
You can wash the pillow in the machine at 30 degrees, but note the following: I put the pillow alone in the short program and it was so full of water that my machine could not spin. I took it out, wrung it out with my hand and then hurled it again. The pillow is now MUCH FLUFFER, and you can no longer feel the individual schnitzel, but rather it is very elastic and cozy overall. However, I could have filled in less foam because it is now much plumper than before.
I am looking forward to your experiences with the pillow! The next camping post will be about kids camping, keeping busy and tidy :).