upcycle/recycle pillows?

Is there something I can do with old bed pillows besides throw them out?  I am told to buy new pillows every 6 months, but what a waste, not to mention all those pillows going to the landfill.

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How can I prevent a envelope pillow cover from popping open on the back?

I have made two of the envelope pillow covers and on the back the opening does not lay close and flat like the picture shows.  My thought was a tight fitting pillow would cause the opening to split open but both pillows fit loose and still the opening still does not stay closed. Any ideas on what is causing the gap?  Any ideas on how to prevent it?

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seeking pleated pillow pattern? Answered

I really like the look of this vintage pleated velvet pillow. Does anyone have a pattern or instructions on how to make one like it? thanks!

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Love Guru motorized pillow??

: press hands and:bows:: "Mariska Hargitay" Has Any one tried to replicat the Great Guru Pitka's Pillow ride? It looks as if its joystick controlled, but with a much shallower control shaft. I mean a basic digrame and parts list would make me just as happy. **With luggage hitch- optional

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possible? the auto-cooling pillow.

I am the kind of person that flips over his pillow every fwe minutes so my face can be on the cool side for a bit. I was wondering if anyone has ever created a pillow that keeps one side cool the entire time. Can anyone help?

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SF Pillow Fight - Valentine's Day

For those of you in they SF Bay Area, here's a chance to release some pent-up aggression this Thursday. Cut & pasted direct for your enjoyment:Pillow Fight is being planned for 6pm on Valentine's Day (February14th) at PeeWee Herman Plaza (at Market and Embarcadero). Wait untilthe Ferry Building clock strikes 6!Bring your own damned pillow.Rules:1. You do tell everyone about PillowFight Club.2. You do tell everyone about PillowFight Club.3. If someone whines or has no pillow, you cannot hit them.4. Everyone joins in the fight.5. The one fight starts at the designated time - No earlier.6. No tar, no heavy things in pillows.7. PillowFights will go on until they're done.8. If this is your first night at PillowFight Club, you have to get feathered. Image from flickr user presta under Creative Commons license.

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Head/Pillow Heat Sink Materials

I'm wanting to build a heat sink for my head/pillow at night. The reason? My head frequently gets too hot at night giving me bad dreams, headaches, and sometimes keeping me up for hours. What I've come up with is steel or copper BBs contained in a thin plastic bag to prevent corrosion and enclosed in fabric for comfort and durability. Does anyone have a better idea, especially for the heat sink (metal) part?

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How might I go about building something like this? Ideas?

I found this on a website but it's a bit pricey for me. I'd love to make one for my girlfriend but I have no idea where to start. The design seems simple enough but there are parts that puzzle me, like the charging and wiring. Any help would be greatly appreciated.Rei HuggableFrom the site:We have wrote about this glowing pillow a loooong time ago, but now it's finally out of production and in the market and we are so happy to present it to you. What it is? Well for starters it's a soft and fuzzy pillow filled with 'silicone bean bags' that contain high intensity LED lights.These LED lights in the silicone beads make the entire pillow glow in an extremely calming and soothing way. Powered by 4 AA batteries – or if you prefer to hook it up to the adaptor, that's possible as well – the pillow glows strongly for about 4 hours and then the lights ever so softly fade over the next couple hours.

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help sewing one inch welt to a pillow?

I am making silk pillows with one inch silk welt. It always twists. Any tips on how to apply large welt without it twisting?

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Would bed pillows make good insulation for a roof?

I'm planning an earthbag house, and with its vertical walls, I need a roof. I'm going as cheap as possible, and I wondered if this would serve as a solution? I can get pillows from Walmart for about $5 a piece.

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I want to make square "Envelope Pillow Covers" with a front flap like a mailing envelope. Do you have instructions?

I am making square pillow covers using 19" forms.  The back will have what is often called an envelope opening with overlapping edges.  I want to have a decorative triangular shaped flap on the front, similar to that on mailing envelopes, that will close with either velcro or a big button.  I am wondering if it would be easier to actually make an envelope, opening the flap to insert the pillow form.  I don't know if the form will show at the top corners. If anyone has made a pillow cover like this or has instructions, I would really appreciate any help/advice  you can provide. :>) Thx! Julie

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Anyone help me with a muscle problem in my neck.

I cant take anti-inflammatory pain medication. I was told that a new pillow might help but I have tried two different ones and still no luck.

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Can I insulate a wall with air pillow cushions?

I want to insulate a wall but don't have much money to spend so i'm trying to find alternative ways to buying insulation from a shop. I have loads of those air pillows/cushions that are used for packaging fragile items in the post and wanted to know if I could use them for insulation? Mainly the effectiveness but also safety. Any comments would be really appreciated.

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How can I make a rose out of scrap fabric?

I have some leftover fabric from a pillow I'm making, and I would like to make a small/medium-sized rose to sew onto the pillow.

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how do you make a garter from an old set of acus?

i am getting married in dec and my fiance wants to make a ring bearer pillow, guest book cover, and a garter from an old set of my acus (army cobat unifom).  any tips would be appreciated

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2 Instructables need to be removed, but can't.

 My 2 instructables I have, I wish to delete them, but it says they are in a contest. Can anyone delete them so I can add some new, better worth-the-time ones? P.S.; I wish to remove them because they suck eggs.

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How do I upholster a barrel chair?

I have 2 barrel chairs with saddle bag style pillows that I would like to reupholser. Do you have anything that aides in reupholstering anything?

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ink jet printer

Help, I want to make pillows for my kids with pictures of their dogs.  I cannot find any place in Phoenix that has ink jet printers.  What can I do??? Cyndie

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Handmade rag rugs

I was trying to remember if I saw a 'ible on how to make a rag rug, like the ones they sell at Pier One, or a rug (or pillow) made from strips made from T shirts. Does anyone remember any of this?

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how to make an an ewok doll craft ?

I need t make a ewok for my baby sister and i dont know how the only materials i have is 2 sheets of felt,pillow stuffing,a piece of white paper,some fabric paint and a sowing kit

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Which contest should I enter?

I'm planning on publishing an instructable (A pikachu pillow) But I'm not sure if I should put it in the 1-hour challenge or the rainbow contest! Can someone give me some advice? Thanks :DZakbobdop

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Funny Joke

Ok here's a pretty good joke I heard earlier ... .... .... Ok so there were three rugby players ... one from australia (yeh) one from south africa (eh) and one from NZ (ooh!) so the go down to uh one of the certain countries where alcahol is band (???) they end up having a party and well start to drink some beer and all that ... then a local police officer comes to see whats going on ... he finds out what they've been up to and starts to whip the three ... but "Hey South Africa, I heard you played well in the world cups, so I am going to grant you a wish before I give you your 30! lashes" (officer) "Ok, I wish for one pillow strapped to my back please." (SA) So the cop lashes him 1,3,5,and ten times.  But the pillow disintegrates and the player carries 20 lashes "Hey, it's australia ... I  saw you played really well durig the games!! I'll grant you one wish before I give you your 30 lashes."  (officer) "Ok I wish for 2 pillows strapped to my back!" (aussie) he gets whipped 20 times and his 2 pillows fade away too so he recieves 10 lashes. "Wow it's NEW ZEALAND !!! I seen you play REAL well in the games I 'm happy to grant you 2 wishes" "Ok for my first wish I want 50 lashes" NZ  "ohh someones trying to be the tough guy hahaha" (cop) "and for my second wish i want that AUSSIE strapped to my back instead!" NZ Ok that was it please comment!

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can any one sew or make car window screens out of mosquitoe netting in the shape of a pillow case

Any one good at sewing and want to make a instructable on how to make car and truck window screens out of every day materials wood,fabric,mosquitoe netting,Velcro, and needle and thread.

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Millenium Falcon Bed

This Star Wars fan took his desire to sleep on the Millenium Falcon to a new extreme. OK, the first extreme and also the first time I've heard of anyone with this desire. So here's the bed for that. Now all he needs is a space worm body pillow to go on top. Link

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Instructables Build Night: How to Make Soft Circuits

Instructables held a "themed" build night on Thursday, August 14--the first installment in the new Build Night Series.Rachel taught a brief lesson about soft circuits and conductive threads/fabrics, and participants got to do some pillow anatomy and see the insides of LED vibrating pillows, fabric sensors, and other electronic-fabric creations. Then, everyone tried to build their own soft circuits in whatever style they wanted.Check out the promo video below and, if you're interested and in the SF Bay Area, come to Make your own Mouse Mouse with Christy on September 11 or another upcoming event.The office--aka build night workshop extraordinaire--is located at: 489 Clementina Street, 3rd FloorSan Francisco, CA 94103 We hope to see you there!

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Can I change a loveseat into a backless one so it looks like a rolled arm bench?

The loveseat does not have attached cushions.  It's has throw pillows, but it is angled out a little. I wanted to cut the back frame down as this is sitting in front of a window and I don't want view blocked.

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Has anyone made a dog booster seat?

I would like to know how I could make a booster seat for my Lhasa Apso. He likes to see out while traveling. I looked at some, but there expensive.  I thought maybe making one from a deep rubbermaid bin and putting a thick firm pillow in the bottom???

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What's the best way to attach fabric to the inside of a plastic milk crate?

I want to make my own ottoman out of a plastic milk crate, turned upside down, with a small pillow on top, that's completely covered with fabric. But I'm not sure how to attach the fabric to the inside of the milk crate so it stays put. Any ideas or tips?

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i want to paint a sponge foam puppet

Hi.  i want to paint a sponge foam(i think that is the right name,is the material we put inside pillows) puppet and i dont know what kind of colors is better to use.I ve tried with oil pastel but is difficult to paint details.Does anyone have any idea? thanks in advanced

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Sensor and Quick Release for Monster Trap Christmas Gift

I'm building a Christmas present for my 2 year old nephew... The goal is to build a monster trap for his room. My current plan calls for a large 2-3 ft. net, framed with a lightweight material, this would be attached to the ceiling of his bedroom by dad. In the apparatus that attached the net to the ceiling there is some form of 'quick release' mechanism that is triggered by some form of sensor hidden in a pillow, platform, cardboard box... a big stuffed banana -something that resembles monster bait. The physical parts of simple enough but I'm wondering what options I have for the sensor and quick release... I'm pretty handy with radio gear and fly quadcoptors so I'm pretty sure I can rassle up something.. Any ideas? Parts for Monster Trap: - one lg net, preferrably framed - radio controlled quick release - light sensor w/ radio transmitter - pillow or something to mount the light sensor in - screws to ceiling mount the net

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Im looking for a good way to carry quite alot, preferably on my back, any ideas?

Me and a few friends are going to a music festival in July and we will be camping overnight so ill need a tent, a sleeping bag, preferably pillows (or a substitute) and a separate bag of other things. I would prefer to carry it all on my back as it is easier and we have to get the train there so compact is key. 

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NEW knex everyday group!

Come join my new group if you are into knex, but NO GUNS!!!This group is about every day uses for knex, so if you like knex and like to make useful things out of it then feel free to join!The picture is of Jollex's totally KICK ASS ipod touch watcher pillow thing!Check that out too! hereThanks!

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How can I make stuffing?

Hello! I love to do amigurumi, but I've noticed that stuffing is very expensive. I'm looking for new way to stuff my amigurumi. I've already had used: stuffing soft polyester fibre mattress and pillow wool absorbent cotton balls of old wool (almost run out of these :D) Any other ideas? I'm looking for a way to make stuffing out of rags. Thanks :)

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i have a huge blank wall. what in the world could i do with it?

Something on the cheaper side would be great to fill it up. I don't really have any decorations in my room to be truthfull. I like my bed, that's the only thing I put care into. Lots of pillows. I also have two huge windows with long brown curtains if that helps. But the wall across from my bed is big and blank!

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Can wool yarn scraps be recycled into a felted fabric?

I do a lot of needlecrafts so I have yarn scraps of all descriptions & I would like to use them in some productive way. I want to use them to wet felt into something that I could then make into a pillow or whatever. Theoretically, it should work. If anyone has any ideas or comments please let me know. thanks

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Bubble Machine, Sleek iPad Stand, Laser Cut Wedding Dress

Bubble Machine Two-Ingredient Ice Cream Laser Cut Wedding Dress Secret Minesweeper Pillows Simple Workbench Sleek iPad Stand Special Effects Makeup USB Game Pad Alcohol Stoves DIY Boom Box Desktop Skee Ball Make Viking Era Paint Altoids Stereo Mixer RFID Car Immobiliser Solar Hot Air Collector

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Easy Chocolate Truffles, Mother's Day Ideas, Sew a Custom Bag

  Easy Chocolate Truffles Mother's Day Ideas Sew a Custom Bag Guy's Guide to Buying Flowers No Sew Duct Tape Pouch Double Chocolate Cheesecake Make Bath Bombs DIY Faux Pearl Necklace Waterproof Tablecloth Apron Sewing Spa Slippers Cook an Impressive Meal Kids Wall Art Paper Bead Bracelet Hands-Free Book Pillow Gifts for Women

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Budget Bowl Lathe

I salvaged an AC motor from an old water pump I found on the side of the road and want to use it to make a simple lathe for turning green wood bowls and cups.  I was thinking about using a floor flange as the face plate, a nipple for the shaft and pillow bearing blocks to support it.  This assembly would be driven by a v belt and controlled by the speed controller from a jig saw.  I attached pictures of the components and a simple cad drawing of the assembly. Do you think this would be functional? Any recommendations?        

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who here plays the ocarina?

I play the ocarina. i got my very first one awhile back from my aunt alicia. it was from peru, and it had 8 holes. but 1 unfaithful day, as i was helping my sister clean our room, IT HAPPENED. the poor thing was in the floor under a pillow, and i stepped on it and *sniffs* it shattered! so my sister thankfully gave me hers. it's been about 4 years since that happened and now i have one made of plastic, and it has 10 holes, and it's a sweet potato ocarina.

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(newsletter) Run OS X on 1984 Mac, Baby Care Bear Costume, Compass Table

  Baby Care Bear Costume 1984 Mac to Run OSX Compass Table DIY Scratch Off Business Cards Mini Yorkshire Puddings Voluptuous Pillow Chairs Runaway Mouse Prank Recumbent Trike DJ Turntable from Old Computer Parts Emergency Breakfast Cake Computer Monitor Cat Bed Custom Fit Gloves Guides Giant Pi Day Easy Vegan Recipes Instructables.com - 82 2nd St. - San Francisco, CA

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Vibrating alarm clock help

 Hey guys,  I'm a soon-to-be college freshman and a very heavy sleeper. I contacted my soon-to-be roommate, and it turns out he's a very light sleeper and is frightened by waking up to loud noises. Of course, coming from a house where I used a phone hooked to a guitar amplifier as an alarm clock, I figured I'd have to change my waking habits. I heard from my father about an alarm clock system that utilizes pillow-mounted vibrators, but that costs waaaay too much, and I'm already going to have to balance a job or two just to get by paying tuition. Besides, I don't like buying things I can build at home. So here's my situation: I have a five-volt vibrating massager that plugs into USB ports that I wanna use as a pillow-mounted vibrator in college, so I don't wake my roomie up with a fright. My phone has a 3.5mm plug that I use to connect it to the guitar amplifier. My question is: How can I build an amplifying circuit that'll power the vibrating motor enough to work with the signal from the phone (or any alarm clock signal, for that matter)? I need 5 volts to power the motor. That much I know. I haven't measured the signal from the phone, since I haven't access to a volt-meter, at the time. HELP ME PLEASE!! Thanks.

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Fort Of July

Anyone heard of this: ~ Fort of July ~ = playfulness + community building + irrelevant revelry team awesomes all over the globe unite and celebrate in the name of awesome, fun-enabling, just-for-the-heck-of-it attitude, the spirit of nevernever land, and because building forts is just downright sweet! so on July 4th: * get a gang together * brings fort supplies – sheets, pillows, boxes, ladders, tree fronds, whatever-is-clever! * build an awesome fort * play together, in the flesh and using fun flashy techy tools to connect forts in worldwide ideas = welcome! spreading the idea = super welcome! making it blow up = well duh! high 5! team awesome ________   From Fort Of July I'm totally going to celebrate, are you?

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Need Help with CitraSolv Transfers !!!

Hi, I have been trying to do the step-by-step tutorials on how to do the CitraSolv image transfers and I can't get the image to transfer.  Everyone is commenting how quick and easy it is......well - it is  but when I lift the paper I have no image! I went to Staples for some toner based black and white photocopies of my image.  Came home and did everything it said to do. No image! Went to Kinkos the next day and the man behind the counter assured me that all the copiers were toner based cartridges (I even opened up the side door and saw the toner cartridge myself!).  I made some more copies and followed the instructions for the transfer and still - Nothing!  No image.  I burnished harder, added more liquid, held my mouth just right...... What the heck am I doing wrong?  I really want to do this for some pillows I am making for a gift for a friend....... Anyone?  Help please......

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How can I build an amplifying circuit to wire a vibrating motor to an alarm clock or cell phone?

I will be going to college soon and have found out that my roommate gets shaken by loud noises, so I had to abandon my guitar-amp amplified phone alarm for a quieter alternative. I was referred to a vibrating alarm system that fits into pillows and runs on signal from music players and/or plain ol' alarm clock inputs, but those are waaay too expensive, and I prefer building my own over buying. Here's the situation: I have a USB-powered vibrating massager that I got for free at some tech convention. Since it's USB-powered, I know it runs on 5 volts, which is more than my phone's 3.5 mm plug can deliver. How can I build an amplifier circuit that will boost the signal from my phone enough to run the motor? Thanks

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How to drop an egg from a window and prevent it from crashing

Hello everybody I think you might find this exercise fun and at the same time original ideas are needed! Thanks In advance!! I'm studying design and this exercise has become a classic at my school. Since 10 years ago students have tried to reach the objective but also to develop an original and creative solution. The exercise is to develop a kind of device in order to be able to drop an egg from a window in the first floor and land it safely on the ground at a distance that has to be less than 3 cm from it. Plain Parachutes and slides are forbidden as they are too obvious unless they have a distinctive aspect and also you can`t wrap the egg in something soft (like a pillow) and drop it. Important things to take notice are: -The person has to loose all contact with the egg (You can´t hold a fishing rod with an egg on the end of the line and slowly get it down). -It must be a raw chicken egg Thanks!!

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