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Thursday, July 23, 2020

How to make a Homemade Wedge Pillow.

How to Make a Homemade Wedge Pillow because purchased wedge pillows are hard! This pillow project may appeal to a few people or possibly none at all, which is OK. Many folks and not just me live with ongoing issues from an ulcer. But a comfortable pillow will help you sleep better...From the DIY Homemade Household side of the blog!

A wedge pillow can be used for many different reasons. 

One application is for a medical issue. For me it was healing my gut. It turns out that healing an ulcer is not always easy, and often you will not know what has just upset it for the day! And that day can turn into a week of bad days before healing takes place and your ulcer settles down. That is where a wedge pillow comes in. You see...

At some point, your specialist will tell you to sleep in an elevated position. So, of course, you go out to the local medical supply store in your neighborhood or on the way home from work and purchase a wedge pillow. While they don't cost an arm and a leg, they are not cheap. But they are definitely not comfortable!

How to make your own Homemade Wedge Pillow.

Sleep is essential for healing...

In fact, they are hard! Hard enough to keep sleep from settling in, and of course, a good night's sleep is what we all need, especially when healing...How about those other reasons to want and use a wedge pillow?  

Well maybe you are thinking about a wedge pillow for a bit of extra comfort while reading in bed. Or how about when watching a bit of TV? 

If you answered yes to any of the reasons listed, these instructions for How to make a Homemade Wedge Pillow, are just what you are looking for.   

You need a dual purpose Wedge Pillow for overall comfort.   

A Wedge Pillow will need a fair amount of firmness to keep you (and your stomach, if using for medical reasons) in an elevated position. Which the commercially made Wedge Pillow does a good job of, but the problem with the commercially made Wedge Pillow is that it hurts your head, or at least it hurt mine. There is not enough softness for your head to sink into the pillow enough to be comfortable. Because...

The foam is dense and like a bully it does not give...which for me, led to a stiff neck and a daily headache. I also found it was impossible to use my favorite nighttime pillow with the foam wedge pillow. And since I use a neck roll pillow for support, this became a painful problem.

The solution? Make my own Wedge Pillow.

All of that led me to try and make my own. First I purchased 4 pillows. But keep in mind, you may use pillows you already have. When I brought them home, I had an idea, but not a solid plan. To test my idea, I safely pinned the pillows together in the configuration I thought might work the best. After sleeping on my crude pillow mountain for two days, I knew I was close. But I took another day to think it through.

Make your own Homemade Wedge Pillow.

Originally I had all the pillows going one way. Unfortunately, assembled with the single direction, they tend to separate. Separation equals no support in the middle of the night...after a more little thinking, I came up with the needed changes for a supportive and comfortable pillow. I started with a base pillow in the vertical position and three additional pillows cascading horizontally. 

Let's get started...

Supplies needed for this project:
  • 1 Queen or King-sized pillow for the vertical pillow base** see note below
  • 3 or 4 standard-sized pillows
  • buttons
  • thread
  • sewing needle 
You will also need the following:
  • scissors
  • measuring tape, if desired for placement
Now we are ready to begin!

How to assemble:

Starting at the bottom with the vertical pillow (Use a queen or king size pillow for the vertical pillow based upon your own height.), attach the first horizontal pillow. The first pillow may extend beyond the bottom edge of the vertical base pillow. Stitch the pillows (vertical and horizontal) together with a button for strength, at each contact point. This will prevent the stitches from being torn open/out.

Stitch together with buttons for added strength, when making a Homemade Wedge Pillow.

Proceed by attaching another pillow halfway between the top of the bottom vertical pillow and the top of what will be the entire pillow wedge. 

This middle pillow will cascade over the first pillow, which is actually the bottom of the wedge, you are building in reverse, from bottom to top. 

And finally, attach the top pillow to the top of the wedge. Secure with buttons as needed, where pillows come together. 

Note, if you have chosen to use 4 horizontal pillows, space accordingly for the four pillows.

How to make your own Homemade Wedge Pillow.

This is the side view of the finished project. While not beautiful, it is very usable and comfortable enough so that it won't give you a headache, while offering good support. The wedge is also soft enough to use your regular pillow as well, should you want. 

Important: the challenging part of using a wedge pillow successfully is staying at the top. In regards to this homemade pillow wedge, your own bottom should be on the bottom pillow, with your head resting on the top pillow. This sounds like common sense and is, but you will find that it takes a bit of practice to get up and onto 
your new wedge pillow.

** if you are tall you may want to use a King sized pillow for the base with 4 standard pillows laid in the waterfall pattern.


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  1. Good to know how to do this! Thanks so much for linking up with me at A Themed Linkup 48 for Crafts and DIY. Pinned!

    1. Thank you Dee, I appreciate sharing with your fun linkups! Have a great week ahead, take care.

  2. Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up with me at A Themed Linkup 56 for Crafts and DIY. Pinned! again

  3. Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 68. Pinned!

  4. I appreciate the specific details, Melynda! Working with individual pillows can be challenging, this seems to solve the problems. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up at #IMadeItMondayLinkParty 11. Shared.

  6. A very interesting topic that I have never thought of, although lately sleeping on the side has been a challenge, meditation helps. Knowing is good. Visiting from the #SSPS 277 @7, 8 & 9. Thanks for sharing with us ~ Julis Syl


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