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By Cyinda 12/30/2008
There's lots of ways to make a neck roll pillow, but I'll give you an easy "No-Sew" version:
Take a piece of fabric about the size & shape of a standard pillowcase & lay this flat on a table with the narrow side facing you. Next add your stuffing of choice be it batting or grain in the area near the middle of the fabric, but a bit more towards you. Now starting where you are, fold the fabric nearly in half & just start rolling it up like a jelly roll away from you, but keep the stuffing away from the sides by about 5 inches. When you get to the end you'll want to tie matching ribbons, a nice yarn or fibers at each side of the "roll" to make everything stay in place. If this sounds a bit dangerous to you, & you're not going to microwave it, then put your grain in a plastic zip-bag first. You can fabric-glue the end-flap with Fabri-Tac fabric glue or practically any glue.
* You can also use a nice pillowcase to make one: Put the grain or stuffing actually INSIDE of a pillow case (where the pillow goes) then grab the bottom or top & start rolling till it looks like a neck-roll then tie the sides. (be sure to keep the grain or stuffing away from the sides so you can tie your bow with ribbon there) The pillow case will contain the grain or stuffing.
To sew a neck roll: You can do the same thing as above but whip stitch the end flap or you can cut 2 circles about the size of a cottage cheese container top (just trace around it) One circle goes on each side. Next, sew each of these circles to a piece of rectangle fabric making sure you have enough to cover the circles. You'll have to do a second reinforcing row of stitches just inside the first row so you can clip the seams. Even better use a serger. But the top 2 (non-sew) patterns I gave you are easiest & they actually look really good too! I know a gal who made a bunch of little non-sew, roll-up neck-roll pillows this way for her bedroom & it sure did look fabulous! (of course she used velvet & you can't go wrong with velvet!)
By Marjorie C. Woodworth 12/29/2008
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