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    How to make a hammock pillow

    I've had an old slumberjack camp pillow for years and years and my wife has been kind of eyeballing it lately so I thought I'd have a go at making a plush hammock pillow. This one is some sort of plush super soft polyester (owl print) on one side and supplex nylon on the other side... a warm side and a cool side. It's just big enough to fill the little hollow under your neck with some roll-over room on each side. Final dimensions are about 8"x15" tapering to 6" in the center.

    So here's how ya make this hammock pillow.

    Get a standard piece of 8.5x11" paper and fold exactly in half. On the open end measure down 1.75" on one side and make a mark at the edge. On the other side measure down .5" and make a mark and draw a line between them.


    Now cut along the line and unfold the pattern.
    Get your fabric and fold over an end far enough to fit the pattern. Put the short side of the pattern on the fold and cut around three edges of the pattern, NOT on the fold/short side, thru both layers of fabric at the same time. Repeat step to make two identical pieces (can be the same or different fabrics)


    Remove the pattern and unfold the fabric. You should now have a bow tie shaped piece of fabric.


    Now pin the two pieces of fabric with the RIGHT sides together.


    Sew around the pillow with a 3/8" or 1/2" seam allowance leaving 3"-4" open along one of the short sides. then turn it right side out thru this opening. This is where you will add the stuffing.


    I used some poly stuffing from joanne fabrics. It was approx $4 for a bag large enough to do several pillows.


    Begin stuffing the pillow. I used a wooden spoon to push the stuffing into the corners etc.

    Once you have as much stuffing as you'd like it's time to close up the opening. You have at least two options, you can hand stitch it and using a ladder stitch it will be virtually invisible like the rest of the seams on the pillow. Or you can do what I did and just fold the raw edges inward and sew across as close to the edge as you can.



    That's it. It's a really easy project can add some significant comfort to your hammock experience. Here is the new pillow on top of my old pillow for size comparison.


    It may be a relatively large pillow for backpacking but I always found room for the old slumberjack. This pillow weighs in at 3.45 ounces.

    Now if you're read this far the first "I'll take it" gets the one I made for the tutorial.
    I almost got my man card pulled by the young girl at the fabric shop, while the wife finds the owls "adorable" they are not very macho. Plus we can't have matching pillows, that would be even worse!
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    I'll take it, Red. Looks comfy and thanks for sharing the pattern.
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    Winner winner chicken dinner! I'll get it headed your way soon.
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    Nice little pillow. My kids would love to have something like that for our road trips to see their Grandparental units. It will be a great craft for each of them to make their own.

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    Senior Member Redoleary's Avatar
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    Yeah, these would be perfect for sleeping in the car with too.
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    Thanks for the ''hootorial'' . I made one like this a while back but forgot my dimensions I used. Will bookmark this and save for later use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Now if you're read this far the first "I'll take it" gets the one I made for the tutorial.
    Quote Originally Posted by Les Rust View Post
    I'll take it, Red. Looks comfy and thanks for sharing the pattern.
    Quote Originally Posted by Redoleary View Post
    Winner winner chicken dinner! I'll get it headed your way soon.
    Nice!! Looks like you'll really enjoy that, LR! Very generous of you, Red! And nice work too! Thanks for the tutorial.
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    could you use down in place of the polyester fiber?

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    I've always just used a small travel pillow. It's still rectangular, just smaller than a bed pillow. And while covers can be found wherever they are sold, I've also made my own with zippers sewn on the inside so it doesn't snag.
    Tag with Home if your thread is more about home hammocks. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish<>< View Post
    Thanks for the ''hootorial'' . I made one like this a while back but forgot my dimensions I used. Will bookmark this and save for later use.
    You're welcome. Give a hoot- make a pillow (I thinks that's what Woodsy says)
    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    Nice!! Looks like you'll really enjoy that, LR! Very generous of you, Red! And nice work too! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Thanks Pips!

    Quote Originally Posted by pumkinpete View Post
    could you use down in place of the polyester fiber?
    The owl fabric would definitely not be down proof, however it could be made from downproof fabric.
    Quote Originally Posted by toober View Post
    I've always just used a small travel pillow. It's still rectangular, just smaller than a bed pillow. And while covers can be found wherever they are sold, I've also made my own with zippers sewn on the inside so it doesn't snag.
    The old slumberjack was rectangular but I just thought I'd fancy it up a bit with the bow tie shape. Zippers on the inside is a good idea.
    Good luck,
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