Tiny House Couch

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Designed by the artist who created the first tiny house pictures on our website, another tiny house creation has come to life. Using 6″ of firm natural latex, two batts of 4 lb. wool, inner twill cases, and her customer’s fabric of choice, this design represents a traditional looking couch. The curved armrests were shipped to us for layering the latex and wool inside as well as shaping that piping on perfectly.

Like the couch in the first tiny house, this one can also be collapsed to be a guest bed.

For more images of Pocket Mansions’ work or to hire her services, view her website here.

Win all around!

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Wool Comforter

I love my wool comforter! I used to get such crazy dreams when I slept under my standard polyester comforter, but now, I sleep much more peacefully.  I still dream, but none of the twisted ones that make you wonder what is in your head.

For myself, I bought a regular weight and a lightweight comforter; in retrospect, I would buy two lightweight ones to tie together for the winter inside the same duvet cover so I don’t have to pack one up for a season, like the DIY tab in the comforter suggests.

I run cold and find the lightweight one to be perfect for 70 degree air conditioning in the summer and the regular weight one works for me for most of the winter months. I do keep the comforter inside a duvet cover to make keeping them clean easy. I find that my linen duvet cover adds a bit of warmth to the comforter, probably similar to another lightweight blanket or a few sheets.

The organic sateen fabric really adds a classy, finished touch too. I tried to get by on the cheap and use some leftover non organic cotton fabric for my first comforter and while it works, the sateen DIY offers that is on my second comforter is smooth and has a slight shine to it, a nice presentation.

I made my kids flannel duvet covers for their wool comforters and they love the cozy, soft feel. They can’t keep layers of blankets on them in the winter and these comforters are perfect to keep them warm.

I’m very happy with these five wool comforters! Thanks DIY Natural Bedding for a great product that ensures my warmth and sweet sleep as well as supports consciously raised sheep, organic farming and small businesses. Win all around.

34,000 pillows

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kapok bales
kapok bales  kapok bales

Cara Megan Lewis and Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera have an unusual use for 750 lbs. of kapok fiber. They are using it to create an art project out of a the seed fluff. Symbolically the seed compares the transience of an air bourne fluff compared to immigrants and ease of access to the USA as restricted by “the bed quota.”

Excerpted from a talk given at University of Chicago: “To demonstrate its priority to enforce immigration law, the US Congress mandated that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) maintain a quota of 34,000 detained immigrants per day in its 250 facilities around the country. This mandate also known as “the bed quota” inspired the collaborative Díaz Lewis’ performance based installation. In the installation, pillows are created daily from clothing donated by undocumented immigrants, prior detainees, and their allies.

With cooperation from the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants, Díaz Lewis will make tangible the human impact of the bed mandate. Each pillow is available for purchase, priced at $159 each to reflect the amount of taxpayer money spent each day to detain one person. 100% of the proceeds for this project support the efforts of national and local immigration organizations whose efforts are dedicated to revealing the injustices of the detention centers and to restoring human dignity to those formerly detained. An ever-growing pile of pillows, the installation translates human experience in a bold and compelling way that statistics alone cannot.”

Website

Exhibition in San Francisco

kapok pillow

How to Tuft a Wool Mattress or Topper

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Tufting is a simple and useful addition to your wool mattress or topper or comforter.  The tufts help keep the wool from shifting inside the ticking and help you control the firmness of your mattress.  The technique is no more than down and up and a double knot.  The above slide show should help clarify.

CLARIFICATION

This technique is not necessary when wrapping a sheet or two of wool batting around natural latex. The latex will grip the wool all on its own. It is great for loose fibers that would want to shift inside their cases, such as wool flake, kapok fiber, shredded latex, and wool batting.

TO CONSIDER
  1. Allow 12″ of twine per tuft as having enough of a tail is essential to easy needling. Do not snip twine to 12″ lengths before tufting, leave the string long.
  2. Distance your tufts 12″ apart for a wool comforter or topper and 6″ apart for a wool mattress.  The thick depth of mattress can create drastic valleys when tufted.  To avoid the valleys, keeps your tufts relatively close together and follow Consideration #3.
  3. Keep in mind that the tighter you pull the knots, the deeper a valley and the firmer a mattress you are making.  With a wool mattress, deep valleys mean that you will need to smooth it over with a wool topper. Alternatively, if you tufts are only 50% tight, the hills and valleys will be moderate and generally tolerable.
  4. If tufting a large mattress, such as a King or Queen, consider putting it on top of 1 x 4’s supported by saw horses so that you can crawl underneath to grab your needle and send it back up. Otherwise you will be constantly lifting 50 lbs+ of mattress every tuft you make.
  5. It is important to make sure all your wool is evenly spaced out. If you find that it is not evenly flat after tufting, unzip the ticking and either using your hand or a grabber like those trash picker uppers, grab wool flake from spots where it shouldn’t be and move it to a new spot.
TO PURCHASE

Our toppers and comforters have been machine tufted with circular stitches, so this technique will not be evident on them.

The BEST bed ever!!

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My husband and I were in desperate need of a new bed. I heard of DIY Natural Bedding from my sister who lives in Indiana. We do not however live in Indiana and could not go try out the mattresses our selves. We felt worried about buying online without actually trying the product out! Deborah gave us all the information we needed to go to a local store and try out similar mattresses. She was very knowledgable and gave us peace of mind during that process. We told her which 3 layers we preferred and ordered them right away! They were delivered promptly as stated in our ordering process. It was super easy to put them together and zip up the cover. We didn’t want to get out of bed that night or the next morning! We highly recommend going through DIY Natural Bedding!

DIY Articles

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Here you will find information and resources to help you with your next sewing or upholstery project, be it chair or bench cushions, couches, bassinets, floor cushions, play mats, dog and cat beds, and even the nonupholstery projects, such as ornaments, yarn baskets, stuffed animals or dolls, doll’s bedding or whatever you can imagine.

You will find this collection of posts, products and calculators around the website.

GENERAL INFORMATION

TOOLS and SUPPLIES

CALCULATORS

Organic Color Grown Curtains

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organic curtains

Using fabric that was not dyed but was woven with different colors of cotton to create its pattern, I was happy to see this fabric four years after I purchased the same from NearSea Naturals (who sold to Organic Cotton Plus). Then, we used this versatile fabric for a futon ticking, now, using even organic thread, this customer had us turn the fabric into curtains.

Two Bench Cushions

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What rooms in your house would these fit?

This 96″ long cushion is a custom piece with 3″ of hard latex, 3lb. wool batting inside an organic twill case, inside this striped, velvet striped outer fabric. The second cushion is more of the same inside the customer’s decorative fabric.

We can help you make your cushions too.

Zipper Pull Pocket

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Zipper Pull Pocket

Now on all of our pillow cases, we are hiding the zipper pull or the slider inside its own pocket. There is now no remote chance of the zipper coming open on its own. The jingle of the pull will not waken you in the middle of the night as you roll over and rustle your pillow. Sleep in silence and peace, knowing the zipper pull is secure.

Wool Flake Price Decrease

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Wool Flake

Wool Flake

 

I have been getting quite a number of wool mattress inquiries lately. It always excites me to talk to people interested in physically participating in their mattress choice.  However, my wool flake prices, while very fair, have been too high to enable some of your plans. Thus, to share in your creativity, I will lower my wool flake prices. We are here to empower your choices, which we already do in carefully sourcing our wool.  Now let us provide even better conditions for your inspirations. Mattress making ahead!

Wool Flake product is available both in its product as well as in the Pillow Fill Calculator, where you can plug in your preferred depth to know how much wool to purchase.

Here are some useful wool flake links:

DIY wool mattress

Pillow of my dreams and mattress of my child’s dream!

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I have been looking for my perfect pillow for at least 14 years. Seriously! I am not adverse to spending a pretty penny on a good pillow either. In the end, I’m never happy with ones I buy and they aren’t worth it. Enter DIY Natural Bedding. I bought a Kapok King size pillow over a year ago and I love it! I feel so old (38) to have just found my perfect pillow, but at least I finally found it, and at least I have many, many more years to enjoy it.

Also, I took my son for a showing at DIY Natural Bedding’s show room and allowed him to pick out his own mattress. He was 9 years old and went through the whole process, tried all the various choices (and there are a lot). He took his decision very seriously. He ended up choosing a 6 inch medium piece of latex and that’s all. He has been so happy with it. As a mother it feels amazing to be able to give my children a comfortable and safe nights sleep. Knowing he isn’t inhaling toxins all night long, makes this mama rest better too. I will definitely purchase more items in the very near future!

Perfect buying experience

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We have two beds now — a queen for us and a twin for our daughter’s loft bed.

I have bought from other sellers and I am so happy to have found DIY bedding. Deborah is a pleasure to work with and extremely professional. We had to exchange multiple layers of latex (I admit we were a little high maintenance). And she expedited every return, no questions asked, with UPS front door pick up.

The quality is top notch — the same as savvy rest, habitat, etc – but much more affordable. Plus I like supporting a small company and one that supports locally sustainable wool products. We bought a wool topper and it’s incredible. This wool is not something you can get at any store. It’s small batch and locally sourced.

One last thing, we use the felt top covers and love them. They are nice and cool and are the same wool as the puddle pad. So you’re basically killing 2 birds with 1 stone We had them do the stitching and zipper, which is very strong and durable. I have not seen this anywhere else and it saved us at least $150 from having to buy a separate puddle pad.

I’m so happy to know there are so many other options beyond what you see in stores. I think our next bed will be wool. Or maybe millet!

Neighborhood Store

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Natural Latex Couch Cushion

Natural Latex Couch Cushion

I ordered 3 medium firm latex cushions (5″ thickness as seat back) and 3 firm ones (6″ thickness as seats) for our new sofa frame.   Deborah recommended the firmness, based upon our body weights.  They turned out to be very comfortable.  Their cut is also exact to my specifications, so that they fit perfectly on the frame.  Thank you, Deborah!  Attached is a photo of the cushions under some old sheets.  I am still waiting for the cushion cases to be made by Deborah’s seamstress.  Will upload another photo when all is done.

Natural Latex Couch Cushion

Our sofa cushion cases arrived and I am so thrilled.  They look wonderful!  I had been a little worried about the gussets, but they turn out to be just fine.  Deborah and team really went extra miles to make sure that we are completely satisfied with their products.  As I said in an earlier review, these cases are for the latex cushions that I ordered from Deborah.  The seat backs are 3 medium firm, 5″ thick cushions.  The seats are  3 firm ones in 6″ thickness.  Deborah recommended the firmness, based upon our body weights.  They are very comfortable and were cut precisely to my specifications.  Deborah and team, I appreciate your dedication to your work.  You have won my respect!  Considering the fact that all these shopping experiences are on-line, it is amazing how much trust you have earned from me.  It is as if you were just a neighborhood store that we can always turn to and rely upon.  Thank you so much again!

Wool Batting Wrap – Why?

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wool batting wrap, around latex cushion

Wool batting is a sheet of wool fibers, aligned and layered in sheer sheets on top of each other, over and over until the batt’s desired weight is achieved. A wool batting wrap around latex both is used both when making couch cushions and when making a mattress. Here’s why.

SOFTENING

Latex is bouncy.  It has a nice rebound to it that keeps body impressions from lasting like they do in memory foam.  Wool does not have a bounce.  Much of our wool has a crimp to it, which gives it strength and body. A layer or two of wool softens the bounce of the latex and moderates the sponginess feel of the foam.  It also smooths out the edges of the foam for a slightly rounded look.

In a way, the wool is considered a pillowtop to the latex, especially if 2 or 3 layers are used. I usually compare our wool toppers to a medium piece of latex, which would be soft for a couch cushions.

PLUMPING

Wool batting is used to add some puff to your cushion. Sometimes this is an even layer around, sometimes the batting is folded in a pyramid of layers on the top and bottom of the cushions to add a little extra height there and give a rounded look to the cushion.

As I say in the post How to choose Firmness for Couch Cushions #4, all fabric has stretch to it, even a woven fabric like a twill has a slight stretch to it. Think of the way a pair of jeans fits snugly fresh out of the dryer, yet loosely when they go into the washing machine. Another trick besides cutting the latex a 1/2″ larger, is to wrap the latex in the wool batting.  If the case and the latex are made the same size, adding in a 1/2″ a wool batting wrap will provide that the case will still look full after it has stretched its 3%.

METHOD

If you ask us to wrap a latex cushion in batting, we neither staple it, sew it or glue it. We merely wrap it around the latex and let time do the work of adhering the batting to the latex.  The wool fibers will twist in to the latex in about 3 months, leaving it gripping the latex. Wool batting is not sticky like Dacron batting would be, so even without an inner case, the latex wrapped in wool will slip into the outer case easily.   The batting still may be removed if desired, but it will leave behind small fibers in the latex.

SHAPE

How you wrap the organic latex cushion is up to you. Some choose to wrap the entire piece of foam, top and bottom, front and back, sides. Some choose to wrap just the noticeable areas, the front, the top and bottom. This minimal wrap focuses the batting where it will be most useful.  It is called a bookwrap.

If plumping the cushion is specifically your goal, consider layering multiple pieces of the top of the cushion. If the cushion is flippable, do the bottom as well. Layer the batting in a pyramid style with 3-4 wool pieces gradually getting smaller so that you can target the area of plumpness.

While you will probably the wool in pieces, consider “tearing the wool” by pilling apart the fibers. Then tease the edges so that appearance of the wool is gradual instead of a sharp distinction. Tease the edges by pulling the fibers apart so that some are longer and the entire edge tapers.

DIY WRAPPING

We let you participate in your project by cutting the batting and wrapping it around the latex yourself. We will provide you with cutting maps so that you need to do no number work, no figuring, all you need is scissors and a space to work in.  After the cushion is wrapped in the wool, stuff it in your case and zip it shut. Simple.

Meet Daddy

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wool sock monkey

Meet Daddy, our new sock monkey named after Daddy Long Legs. We were reading in our history text book about Nebuchadnezzar II building the Hanging Gardens in the desert for his wife, who came from a tropical climate with monkeys and lush vegetation. Thus, my nine year had to make a monkey, of course, stuffed with wool batting. Do I need to explain the initial confusion when she talks of putting Daddy to bed or taking Daddy on walks? 🙂

Fit for a King!

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DIY mattress      DIY mattress

Our bed is fit for a king, thanks to Deborah and her team!

We ordered a medium firm latex slab with wool and cover from Deborah.  The mattress has made our bed very comfortable again.  For those who are interested to know, the latex sits between a 3″ thick cotton mattress and a 5-6″ wool topper, which after 3 years of compression had become hard (see the first photo).

Before I ordered, I was most concerned how to get the firmness right.  I called Deborah, told her our body weights and heights and the problem of our bed, she correctly suggested the medium firmness.  But when the slab arrived, because I was too used to our hard bed, I panicked and reordered a firm slab, using Deborah’s “buy and try” program.  It took some time for the replacement to arrive, by then I had already got used to the medium slab and realized my mistake.  The firm slab proved to be too firm indeed.  When I zipped up the mattress cover at last,  I had one more amazement to tell: the cover looks very simple, but I would not try to make it myself because Deborah’s seamstress has made it fit to perfection.  The cover is not one bit smaller or bigger than the latex, so that it feels completely smooth (See the second photo).

During the whole process, I have learned not only to trust Deborah’s professional experience and judgment but also to highly respect the quality of her work and the reliability of her service.  When I became really hesitant and frustrated, she was consistently patient and nice.  I know on-line shopping for a mattress sounds hard, but my experience has taught me that it really depends upon whom you are dealing with.  Now I know our body takes time to tell which firmness is right, I begin to doubt going to the store in person to try mattresses is an easier way.  Overall I am quite happy with this shopping experience at Deborah’s site.

Wool, Neck Roll Pillow

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DIY, wool, neck roll pillow

DIY, neckroll, wool pillow. Using rolled up wool batting stitched with long threads to one long side seam of the pillow, we created a neck roll. As the wool compresses, I expect it to be more and more supportive. Right now it is nice and springy.

We used the softest of fluff, the woolly bolas, which if they compress only need to be pounded back into shape, to fill the rest of the pillow. It is soft and moldable and very comfortable.

Quite comfortable

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The millet hull pillow is quite comfortable. I haven’t adjusted the fill yet, because I wanted to see how it breaks in over a couple weeks. I might take a little out so I can create more of a “valley,” but for now it’s working and I’m quite happy with it.

Off the Charts

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On my journey to do a DIY all natural bed I came across DIY Natural Bedding. I called up to ask some questions, and I was delighted that I found someone on the other end of the phone who cared about and could understand what I needed. The kindness and intelligence of the customer service is outstanding (as others have said: it’s true they do research your needs and questions if they don’t have immediate answers!).

The quality of what I ordered is off the charts. The prices are cheaper than just about anyone’s anywhere else. The shipping was done in a timely manner; everything was properly packed to protect against the elements and bugs, which is more than I can say for a lot of other all natural bedding companies.

Thanks to DIY I have a fantastic 1/2 queen day bed made up of two 100% natural 1/2 queen dunlop latex toppers — one 3″ soft and one 3″ extra soft — with an organic 100% cotton encasement and luxurious 1/2 queen organic wool puddle pad (yes, it’s luxurious). They also made the ticking and wool puddle pad for my night bed.

I also want to make dust mites covers because someone in the house has a terrible allergy. Thanks to DIY’s help and perhaps above all patience as well as a good bit of inspiration, I am on my way to making them myself using the ticking pattern they sell and their zippers (I found the cloth elsewhere. But they even helped me in the search to find the proper cloth). I am making it myself for less half the price of any dust mite cover on the internet of the same quality (it’s very hard to find and quite expensive to buy a dust mite mattress encasement that opens like a book).

I am very happy with my purchase as well as experience working with them.

A.B.

Great product, great company!

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Customized DIY bedding…great idea! I purchased a pillow kit from DIY last month and knew immediately it was not the right choice for me (too firm). I was aware of the refund policy in advance of purchasing so I wrote this off as a losing gamble. Just for the heck of it, I wrote an email to the company to provide feedback on my experience. To my surprise, I heard back from Deborah with an offer to see if she could help. She suggested that one of their other filling materials might be a better fit for me. What was great about this was there was no discussion about company policy or cost calculations, she just said, “I’m going to send you something else, I want you to try” Love the old school approach – great customer service! Deborah was right. The new filling is much better for me and I am very happy with this company and this product.

Build a Mattress with Twill Ticking

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DIY your wool mattress with Twill Ticking

PROS
  • Thickness
    At an 8 oz weight, this twill is durable reliable. Compare its thickness to a thick khaki pant fabric, though it is much softer than a brushed twill pant.
  • Strength
    This functional fabric is still quite smooth.  Because it is strong, it can withstand a tufting needle’s piercings or a mattress fill in pieces beneath it (though our Wool Mattress Pattern does instruct you how to smoothly add the wool flake).
  • Price
    Without the three layers of threads that make up a double knit, the twill ticking can beat its price making this ticking the most economical. DIYing your mattress will with our loose fills will save you store costs everywhere.
CONS
  • Thinness
    If using it for latex, it does not offer the flexibility of the knit ticking.
  • Stiffness
    If using it for latex, the thickness of the quilted ticking will rival this fabric.

If you need a calculator to help you know how much fill to create a mattress to your desired height, visit our Custom Pillow Fill Calculator.  Make sure to select the boxed rectangle tab for a mattress shape. Our wool flake product explains more about tufting and our kapok product will make your Japanese style shikibuton.