How to make your own shredded memory foam pillow quickly and easily.
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I have awful neck problems and have been in physical therapy for about three months. I have been working towards finding solutions to my neck pain- identifying the problems causing it and coming up with solutions.
One of the issues was my pillows. I haven’t been able to find one that works and I just can’t justify spending a billion dollars trying to find the right pillow. Plus, I already have too many pillows on my bed. I don’t want to waste money and environmental resources trying to find the perfect pillow.
I got a memory foam pillow at one point that was absolutely horrific. My neck was so much worse with it, but I gave it to my husband, thinking that it was just my typical neck issues. He ended up with a painful neck too after one night on it. And I haven’t been able to give this thing away.
So I decided to try upcycling it into a shredded memory foam pillow… and it worked out pretty well! Better yet, one solid memory foam pillow has the potential to make up to two shredded foam pillows.
Note: It would likely be cheaper to buy a shredded memory foam pillow than to purchase a regular memory foam pillow to cut up. This is more for those of you who hated your MF pillow and wanted to do something useful with it.
- A fabric you love. My fabric is a knit fabric, but you can use any kind you think would be comfortable to sleep on and easy to launder.
- Memory foam pillow that you don’t mind cutting up (This link has both shredded and solid memory foam pillows).
- Hook and loop
How to Shred Memory Foam to Make a Pillow
My pillow came with a pillowcase, as well as a fabric covering to the memory foam. I removed the pillowcase to save for another project and cut open the seam of the fabric covering. I removed the memory foam.
Then I just started cutting into smaller and smaller pieces. Once I got my pillow filled to the amount I liked, I closed it up and saved the pieces for another project. Now… originally I sewed it closed. Don’t do that. Instead, add some hook and loop so you can adjust your filling. It might take a couple of nights to figure out exactly how much memory foam pieces you want in there so it’s helpful to have a nice opening to add or subtract foam. I ended up taking a lot out.
Finally, I decided to make my own pillowcase. It’s smaller than my other pillows due to the original size of the memory foam pillow I had so it wouldn’t fit into a normal pillowcase. I just cut some of my favorite Doctor Who custom knit fabric and sewed up a quick pillowcase (this tutorial was for a standard pillowcase, but you’ll want to adjust the size as needed for your pillow).
Now I’m fairly comfortable with my pillow and I didn’t waste any resources! Happy girl! I really like how I can adjust the foam for my neck at night. Regular pillows just don’t have that level of flexibility.
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See how easy it is to make your own shredded memory foam pillow with just a few supplies.
- Memory Foam Pillow
- Hook and Loop
- Remove the pillowcase to save for another project.
- Cut open the seam of the fabric covering.
- Remove the memory foam.
- Start cutting it into smaller and smaller pieces.
- Add cut up memory foam to the pillow until it is filled with the amount you like.
- Add some hook and loop so you can adjust your filling.
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