I like to stuff my bolsters with blankets for a couple of reasons – one is that blankets are much easier to come by than the cotton “felt” batting used commercially and the other is that they can be taken out and washed, if necessary. I also have a fair amount of fabric stashed inside of bolsters:-)
Most blankets are between 80 and 90″ long, which makes them a good size for our bolsters. They do not have to be exactly 90″. There is some wiggle room. I folded this one in 3, so it is a nice 30″ width. It is a rather awful, cheap acrylic, which turns out to be ideal for a bolster because it rolls well and is lighter than a wool blanket. I pick them up at thrift stores for $5 or so and run them through the wash a couple of times, but have found them in stores like Walmart for not much more.
The next blanket in worked better folded length-wise:
Pretty pink! Time to start rolling:
In truth, I did add one more small blanket to this to make it fat enough. It will all depend on the size of the blankets. Two king-sized blankets may be enough. Sometimes a blanket must be cut in half to make it fit. Another good reason to use the acrylics. They won’t ravel.
Slide the blanket roll into the liner:
Tie the knot:
Slide the open end into the cover. Mr. Bolster has a lovely hat!
Tie it up. Now the circle that was sewed into the liner shows through the opening:
Fully functional bolster:
Stuffing – Part Two (B)
I don’t have any of the studio’s covers and liners here, so I can’t show you that until our group stuffing day. Here is the bale of cotton we work with:
You can see that it is nearly as tall as the patio table. The massive plastic bag the bales come in is my pattern tracing medium. Since we use three bales per batch of bolsters, more or less, I get a lot of tracing plastic! The heavy brown kraft paper is also great stuff, but I haven’t found a perfect use for it yet.
A partly used bale. It is unbleached cotton, still with lots of impurities and grit in it. This stuff is often used in upholstery, under the cover and over a foam block to give the cushy factor.
It is simply rolled and inserted into the liners exactly like the blankets. Photos will be posted when we have our stuffing party!