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DIY: Make a Foam Inflating Camping Pillow [PICS]

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This DIY camping pillow is easy and useful.

This is a tutorial for a self-inflating camping pillow. Now you’ll never have to bunch up your stinky clothes to give your head something to lay upon. Let’s jump right into this project.

Step 1: Materials

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  • Soft Shell Fleece
  • Leather Scrap
  • Polyurethane foam (Some use an old mattress pad)
  • Ziplock gallon bag


  • Tape
  • Fabric Sheers
  • Iron
  • Aluminum Foil

Step 2: Cut out the Foam

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  • Cut out the polyurethane foam
  • Suggested: 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

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  • 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

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  • 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
  • Create a foil sleeve where you plan to iron the seam. ( So you don’t ruin your iron)

Step 5: Sew the Pillow Case

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  • Cut out the pattern
  • Sew around the pieces with them facing each other
  • Revers the pillowcase (right side out)
  • Stuff the foam bag into the case
  • Finish with an outside seam to close the pillow

Step 6: Leather Strap

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  • Tandry leather is a good source to get a scrap piece. It’s difficult to sew this piece without an awl
  • Using the Juki without any thread, slowly walk the leather through (by hand) to make the perforations
  • Remember to use long bastle stitch since leather can tear easily with a closer stitch.
  • Use a leather needle and thread to finish the seams by hand.

Happy camping and be sure to bring your pillow the next time you sleep under the stars!

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DIY: Make a Foam Inflating Camping Pillow [PICS]