Sometimes certain events occur in our lives and they send us into a whirlwind of confusion. This was the case in my life a few months back. My initial reaction was to shut down and feel sorry for myself but then I decided to try something different - something more positive. For the first time in my life, I started to focus on myself. I tried to understand who I was as an individual. I then became grateful for these events that were bringing me down before. They allowed me to discover all new things about myself.
From this journey of self discovery, I found yoga. It was calming and peaceful and allowed me to connect with myself on a more personal level. It reminded me of something I had felt before, a few years ago.
A few years back I was really into meditation. I didn't know exactly what I was doing but when I was done with these meditative sessions, I was on a high. I had never felt so calm before. Unfortunately, after some time I lost the ability to quiet the commotion in my head and meditation was no longer enjoyable. I quit attempting to do it shortly after.
Thankfully, yoga reminded me how to focus on the here and now. It taught me to quiet the noise in my head and just focus on myself in that moment. Because of this new understanding, meditation is becoming easier for me to accomplish and I would like to start doing it more.
What a way to make a short story long!
Today I'm going to show you how to make a meditation pillow. Meditation pillows serve a couple of purposes.
Butts are boney and floors are hard. Meditation pillows create a nice cushy layer between bum and floor which allows for added comfort and less for you to get distracted by.
While meditating, I find it easiest to cross my legs and sit straight up. This position can get uncomfortable for the hips after some time. The pillow acts as a little booster seat so that your hips are raised equal to or above your knees. Again allowing you to focus more on your practice and less on your discomfort.
It's just cute.
I don't know about you but when I find a "hobby", I enjoy buying or creating things that add to that hobby. In this case, it makes me joyful to have a pillow dedicated solely to meditation. Something about it gives me a sense of, "Okay! We've got this, let's do it!" Maybe I'm just crazy.
Enough of the chatter, let's get into the tutorial.
You will need.
- A yard of fabric.
- Lots of stuffing.
- Yarn. (optional)
Fold your fabric in half and cut out two 24.5 inch pieces. Make sure your fabric is completely flat and doesn't have any wrinkles or folds before you cut. It's okay if your edges are a little jagged but try to cut in as straight of a line as possible as this will help you when it comes time to sew.
If you have your fabric folded on one end you won't need to cut that side and it will save you some sewing time!
Pin the fabric.
Turn your fabric "inside out" so that the pretty, patterned side is touching. You want the not so pretty side to be facing out on both sides.
Pin the fabric together along the edges using fabric pins. Make sure there are no wrinkles or folds when you're doing this. You don't want your final pillow to be lumpy and wrinkly. You want it smooth like butter!
If you aren't confident in sewing straight lines just yet, go ahead and use a sharpie and a yard stick to draw out very straight lines on the fabric. This will give you a guideline if you don't feel comfortable working off of the position of the pins.
Self explanatory right? Pick a side and start sewing. If you did fold your fabric in half then one side is already "sewn" for you. Sew up the other three sides now.
NOTE: You need to leave a small section of your pillow open and unsewn so you can flip it inside out and get the stuffing inside. I would leave a section 2 inches or wider left open! Personally, I prefer to leave a big enough opening so that I can fit my hand inside and move the stuffing around.
Flip and Stuff.
Find the hole you left in your pillow and shove all of the fabric through the hole. You can use a ruler to help you get it through and straighten it out.
Once your pillow is right side out it's time to start stuffing. This is the time when you'll appreciate a larger opening. Just start shoving the stuffing through the opening until your pillow is cushy enough for your liking. The final amount of fluff your pillow has is entirely up to you.
Maybe take your pillow to the floor and give it a test run before you finish closing it up. Make sure it's comfortable and you don't feel the floor beneath your bum.
Also if your stuffing seems lumpy and not very smooth, don't be afraid to adjust it while it's in the pillow. Move things around. Shake the pillow. Do what you gotta do to make it look awesome!
Sew it up.
This step may seem a little intimidating and my sewing skills still aren't master level. It's easier to do than it is to explain and involves hand sewing. I found an awesome picture tutorial that you can get to by clicking here. I don't want to confuse the hell out of you by trying to explain it so luckily there are people like Amy from Positively Splendid who make it look and sound very easy.
Create and apply tassels. (Optional)
Tassels are completely optional but they do give your pillow the most satisfying finishing touch. (And they're really easy to make.)
Grab some yarn, almost any yarn will do. Find something to wrap your yarn around. The length of this something should be about the length that you want your finished tassel to be. Keep the thickness of the object in mind as that will add length to your tassel. I ended up using this little gift box that is probably about 4 inches.
Wrap your yarn around your chosen object many, many times. The more you wrap, the thicker your tassel will be. I wanted them thick and fluffy so I wrapped generously. Once you have your desired thickness, cut a second piece of yarn and slide it underneath the top layer of yarn that is resting on your object. Slide it towards the top and tie it very tight!
Once you have that knotted, carefully slide the yarn off of your object. When you have all of the yarn off, go ahead and cut the very bottom of the yarn circle you have made. (Opposite of the knot you created.)
Don't panic if your yarn bits aren't all even. You can always go back and give it a hair cut later!
Rest the top knot on a pen or something relatively thin and fold the tassel back in half. Get a third piece of yarn and tight a knot very tight underneath the pen. Slide the pen out and you've got a tassel!
Now for the attachment.
Thread your needle and make a knot at one end. Slip the needle through the top knot and make sure it is secure. Attach the tassel to the pillow by placing your needle in one seam on the corner and out the other side of the same corner. Make a loop through the tassel and the seam multiple times until you feel your tassel is secure. Knot the end of your thread and cut off the excess.
Repeat 3 more times and viola!
Sit and meditate.
Congratulations, you've just created your own meditation pillow. Now you'll have a place to root while you relax your mind, body & soul!
And now that you have made this pillow, you can create all kinds of other pillows for your home since you have the basics down!
I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have created the most amazing pillow for your practice. Let me know how yours turned out or if you plan on making one in the comments below!