This is an Instructable for a self inflating camping pillow. The pillow is filled with polyurethane foam inside a plastic case which fills the pillow with air but can be easily be deflated, compacted and stored.
Step 1: MATERIALS // TOOLS
/ Soft shell fleece
/ Leather scrap
/ Polyurethane foam
I used an old mattress pad http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/5-zo...
/ Ziplock gallon bag
/ Fabric sheers
/ Aluminum Foil
Step 2: CUT OUT THE FOAM
/ Cut out the polyurethane foam
/ Cut out two sides if your using the mattress topper from bed bath and beyond so it has good cushion
Step 3: PUT THE FOAM IN THE BAG
/ Bunch the foam up and stuff it into the bag
/ Poke holes in the bag so it can be deflated
Step 4: IRON THE BAG SHUT
/ This step is to seal the bag and remove the ziplock
/ Bunch the foam to the opposite side of the ziplock
/ Turn the iron to medium
-too cool wont create a good seal and too hot will melt the plastic to the foil
/ Create a foil sleeve around where your going to iron the seam so you don't ruin your iron
/ After the seam is created you can cut out the ziplock
Step 5: SEW THE PILLOW CASE
/ The material is a microfiber soft shell fleece. It has good breathability, waterproof and has a nice soft outside.
/ Cut out the pattern
/ Sew around the pieces with them facing each other
/ Reverse the pillowcase so its right side out
/ Stuff the foam bag into the case
/ Finish with an outside seam to close the pillow
Step 6: LEATHER STRAP
/ I got this piece of leather from a scrap bag from Tandy Leather. Its pretty thick and hard to sew without an awl.
/ Using the Juki without any thread and slowly walked the leather through by hand to make the perforations.
/ Remember to use a long baste stitch since leather can tear easily with a closer stitch.
/ Use a leather needle and thread to finish the seams by hand.