How to Fill Your Own Down Pillows

By Jordan Sotto

Most people like the concept of choosing the stuffing or toppings they want either for a Subway sandwich or pizza. This blog is written on a similar note to help you fill your pillow with specific stuffing you prefer. This is of great interest among younger children and elders who are facing neck-related health issues. According to our customer’s feedback, it feels something else entirely to sleep on a pillow that you designed for yourself.

With respect to the materials that are used to fill your pillows or the materials that are used as pillow covers, Hometex offers numerous choices that will keep you busy all day. Your pillow cover type depends on the type of materials that are in your stuffing. This blog mainly focuses on down-filled pillows.

Why down filled pillows, you ask? These pillows are of the highest quality with an innovative 3D structure that cannot be fulfilled even with synthetic fibers in today’s day of technology. Down is a natural product manufactured from different animals; the most commonly used in pillows is the goose down. We, at Hometex, are proud to offer our customers with the highest quality of goose down available in Canada. For our animal loving customers, do know that no animals are harmed from the extraction of down as geese shed it as they mature in life. The geese aren't even touched for the harvesting.

Down as a cloth has a natural plump to it while being incredibly soft, almost as a cloud as our customers say. It gives you the same benefits that leather would give you like, durability, reliability and long lasting nature, which make it an ideal investment.

To stuff your own down pillow, you will require a down-proof ticking cover. A ticking cover is usually a reinforced cover with a 300-thread count and 100% embedded cotton modified with a double stitching on the edge. The easiest technique to make a cover is to purchase a high thread (400 or above) count pillowcase and cut through the open end very carefully. If this isn't possible, you can always visit a local fabric store and purchase the best ticking they have. The next step involves you sewing the pillows to your desired size, alternatively if you can't sew, you can visit a local seamstress/tailor. Ensure that at least 10’’ of cloth is left open on one end of the pillow, which you'll have to sew in all by yourself after filling it up.

Down is a very messy stuffing to fill into a pillow. Being very light and fluffy, down filling for your pillow is an incredible challenge.  Our advice: doing the process of stuffing in a closed room will ensure that it doesn't float around creating a huge mess. Use a funnel to restrict waste accumulation to your best levels. About the funnel, purchase one which has a wide exit hole at the bottom to allow smoother and faster flow of the down all the way through. If funnels aren't your style, you can always get your hands dirty by stuffing the pillow in small, handfuls very carefully.

For your own safety, consider getting a double stitching done at the pillow shell at around 1″ from the edge. The stitching is crucial, as ineffective stitching will lead to leakage of the stuffing of your pillow.


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