How to make a Homemade Wedge Pillow

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another frugal and worthy project from our home to yours. Today I have another project that is a little different for us to offer, but I think you will like it...

This pillow project may appeal to a few people or possibly none at all, which is OK. While I have not taken out a full-page ad to announce the fact, it is also not a secret that I have developed an ulcer. I am sharing this because I am fairly sure, I had mentioned it at one time. For the longest time, I was quite ill and because of that, I did explain why I was not blogging as much. Healing an ulcer is not always easy, you just never know what will upset it for the day. Then that day can turn into a week of bad days, for things to heal and settle back down.

At some point, your specialist will tell you to sleep in an elevated position. So, of course, you go out to the 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 (with my work discount I paid $30.00). But they are definitely hard! Hard enough to keep sleep from settling in, and of course, a good night's sleep is what we all need. 

It makes sense, of course, the pillow needs a fair amount of firmness to keep you (and your stomach) in an elevated position. The problem with that is that the commercially made wedge pillow hurts your head, or at least it hurt mine.

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

And 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 safety pinned the pillows together in the configuration I thought might work the best. After sleeping on pillow mountain for two days, I knew I was close, but took another day to think it through.

Previously I had all the pillows going one way. Unfortunately, they tend to separate, because of this, after thinking about some of the changes I needed to make, I started with a base pillow in the vertical position and three additional pillows cascading horizontally. I happened to have a 1 1/2 inch piece of foam and I also decided to use that for stability at the top.

Update: this extra foam piece is NOT needed, the pillows themselves are more than enough support. 

I encased the foam in a spare pillowcase and tucked the extra material under. This was attached to the base pillow at what would be the top.

Then starting at the bottom, attach the first pillow. The pillow will most likely extend beyond the base pillow. You will want to stitch the pillows together with a button for strength. This will prevent the stitches from being torn open.

Then attach another pillow halfway between the top of the "bottom" pillow and the top of the entire pillow wedge. This pillow will cascade over the first pillow, which is actually the bottom of the wedge. And finally attache the top pillow to the top of the wedge. Secure with buttons as needed, where pillows come together.

It is helpful to have the top most pillow plateau, this level space will allow the use of a support pillow for your neck if you use one. 

This is the side view of the finished project. Not beautiful, but very usable, and it won't give you a headache. The wedge is also soft enough to use your regular pillow if 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 on a wedge pillow.

And the purchased wedge pillow, it is now in the garage waiting to be used by the grand-kids when they come to play. I think it might make a good reading pillow.

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  1. That looks like quite the Princess pillow. I hope your tummy likes it!

  2. That is quite the idea! I sure hope that it is working for you! Take care, miss you around here>

  3. You are so clever! I am going to try this for sure. Thank you for posting the instructions.

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