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From: MaryW
Date: 05-02-2004, 08:50 AM (1 of 4)
Can anyone offer any suggestions to this lady.

I have inherited a huge bag of feathers/down from my mother. It has been forever since I helped her make a 'feather tic' as I cannot use them in my house because of allergies.
My son and daughter-in-law would absolutely love to have the feather tics, and I would like to make them for them.
Please, I need a refresher on how to put them together, with the least hassle.
Thankyou in advance.
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User: MaryW
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From: mamahoogie
Date: 05-02-2004, 09:49 AM (2 of 4)
Quite honestly I would take them to a dry cleaners to have them thouroughly washed and dried to get rid of any mites and other things and have them put them into new clean pillowticks. I know our local dry cleaner will do this. They even take two or three old worn pillows and clean them and combine them to make one new firm pillow. I would hate to work with down, too hard to control.
I've decided to live forever - so far, so good.
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Member since: 12-25-2002
Total posts: 461
From: beach girl
Date: 05-02-2004, 03:53 PM (3 of 4)
I don't know if this will help you or not but, my Mom & Aunts made feather pillows plus a couple made feather bed tics. ( was put on top of their mattress.) Any way, they washed the feathers. I have several home made sets of pillows that they made. One set is 46 years old. They have been machine washed lots of times. Gentle cycle, just make sure the ticking is very secure. Dry in the sun & keep turning the pillows. Does take quite awhile. I was always told not to dry clean feather pillows. Most dry cleaners won't do them. Maybe some special ones do though. I don't think the factory feather pillows or bed tics are really the same thing as people think. I have one set of bought ones & even though a tiny feather will come out once in awhile it isn't really the same & the ticking isn't as strong. Just how I feel.
User: beach girl
Member since: 11-08-2003
Total posts: 72
From: NanCee
Date: 05-06-2004, 03:47 PM (4 of 4)
You lucky thing!
ai would love a bunch of them. Its been years since I made one
but I'm a bit of a fuss (clean nut) What I did I filled old pillow cases with them, sewed up the open end, washed them 2 at a time in my washer, dried them in my dryer, cuople at a time but
it took quite a while to get them nicely dried. Meantime I sewed
aversion of a large pillow case from some "good quality" pillow
ticking(what I liked wasnt wide enough) so I pieced it on either
side, then I sewed lines from top to bottom about 12 or 14 ins.
apart and stuffed each tube then sewed up my open end. I
found it was easier than trying to stuff an whole pillow type as I
had done that on a smaller version for a childs bed. I would do it
in a room that is easy to clean after cause outside theres always
some air movement . And wear a kerchief because it loves to stick to hair, like an instant white hair color.Have fun.
User: NanCee
Member since: 04-15-2004
Total posts: 76
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