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From: Melanie T
Date: 02-28-2005, 03:39 PM (1 of 5)
My husband has some neck problems and I saw this nifty pillow at a new local health food store that is supposed to help people eliminate neck pain. They claim it is the only pillow that has had clinical studies done to prove pain reduction and with a canadian medical device number, etc. It all sounds great, but there is no way that I am going to pay $60 for a little neck roll. :bg:

I think I can figure it out from the measurements that they gave on the website, but I need to find a soft, non crushable batting like the Hollofill VII that they use. Does anyone have any ideas or a source for the Hollofill? :nc:

Any suggestions or if you have tried one of these would be helpful.

$60 for a little pillow that I can whip up in an hour! No Way!

Here is their advertisement in case anyone wants to take a look:

The Sleeping Pillow® by Align Right is the only true sleeping pillow in the market "Designed for the head... not for the bed"©. A sized product, it is the only true sleeping pillow that can be sized and custom fitted to individual requirements. This is a product that can be universally adapted to fit the needs of virtually everyone. Their website is
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From: MaryW
Date: 03-02-2005, 10:13 AM (2 of 5)
This is an outdoor interlining, is it not? Why not try or some of those other outdoor shops.
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From: Sancin
Date: 03-03-2005, 05:30 PM (3 of 5)
[QUOTE=Melanie T]
Any suggestions or if you have tried one of these would be helpful.

$60 for a little pillow that I can whip up in an hour! No Way!

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I checked this out Melanie. It shouldn't be too hard to make just using a high loft poly batting. I had a duvet made of holofil once and it flattened out after a number of years but when taking it apart seemed to just be loose batting. I have a friend who owned the shop that I purchased the duvet from and she said everyone she sold eventually lost it's loft.

I have many pillows my mother used for her neck and one like the one in the ad. Hers was shaped like a dog bone and was filled with foam of that shape. I took it apart as the foam was crumbling and filled it with some poly filler. Make separate pillow case if you plan to wash it.

I will try to describe it. The pillow has 4 pattern pieces, each shaped like a dog bone (neck goes into the indent) and then all sewn together like you would sew anything that is hollow. You need to make some triangular 'flaps' at end of bone to put into that shape. Play around with some scrap fabric - then stuff. I wish I had a program I could draw it for you.

I have arthritis in my neck and I actually found that pillow a little uncomfortable. I also found those shaped 'slumber pillows' unbearable. I have a short neck and I think the pillows were made for swans making my neck actually elevated! :shock: I since made 2 small oblong pillow and filled with filler (not hard pack) and keep one on my bed and keep one in my travel case. I use it in the small of my back, where I also have arthritis. :wink: I also take one when I have to yet another Xray as I find those tables awfully hard.

Another thought would be to go to a foam shop (one just opened here) and have them cut you one in the shape you want - they have those 'hold it's shape' types and are really quite reasonable. I just bought some to make a new top for my ottoman and it was $12.

Good luck - you couldn't do any worse than the ones in the ad you described - they look pretty homemade for something of that price!
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From: beachgirl
Date: 03-05-2005, 12:08 AM (4 of 5)
I was browseing this evening & found a free pattern for a neck pillow & thought of you. If you go to http// and look on page 6 you will see it. Hope this helps & you can use it.
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From: mamagoose
Date: 03-05-2005, 08:29 AM (5 of 5)
At the airport there were these real squishy neck pillows being sold. It was like they were gel-filled. Might be nice for your DH. Not a kind of filling you could get at the fabric store I don't think. I don't remember the price, but I I'm sure is wasn't $60, maybe in the $20's. They are heavy. Surely they are sold elsewhere, but the first time I had seen one. I just had to squeeze them a few times.
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