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Project

Buckwheat Neck Roll

Introduction

This small, hourglass-shaped pillow, filled with buckwheat hulls, offers just the right amount of support for your neck while reading in bed. Stylist Cindy Treen advises when buying buckwheat, perform a simple test to determine if the hulls are clean: Slide your hand into the container; if it's clean when you remove it the hulls are suitable for use.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download and print neck roll template. Using the template, cut out four "pillow" pattern pieces. Machine-sew the first two pieces together along the length of one side, from the top point to the bottom, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Repeat for the second set of pieces.

  2. Step 2

    Pin the right sides of the pieces together, matching the center seam, and sew around the perimeter of the pillow, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Leave an opening at one end of the pillow between the center point and a side seam.

  3. Step 3

    Turn the pillow right side out, fill it with hulls, and whipstitch it shut.

  4. Step 4

    To make a sleeve for the pillow, use the "sleeve" template patterns to cut out two pieces of pattern A and three pieces of pattern B. With the straight sides at either end, pin the pieces, right sides together, in the order ABBBA. Sew the pieces together.

  5. Step 5

    Cut two pieces of 3/4-inch bias tape to the length of the sides. Sew the bias and the sleeve side right sides together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn the bias to the back side of the sleeve, turn the bias under 1/4 inch, and topstitch it down.

  6. Step 6

    To finish the ends, cut one piece each of the hook and eye sides of Velcro the length of the ends. The circumference of the sleeve may vary, depending on how much you've stuffed your pillow. Adjust its length as necessary, leaving enough fabric to allow for the overlapping Velcro plus 1/4-inch seam allowance.

  7. Step 7

    Fold down one end 1/4 inch toward the wrong side of the sleeve, and press. Lay one side of the Velcro on top of this 1/4-inch fold, and topstitch the Velcro down around all four sides. For the other end, fold down 1/4 inch toward the right side of the sleeve, and press. Lay the remaining piece of Velcro over the folded edge, and topstitch it down around all four sides.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (28)

  • CindyL74 27 Mar, 2010

    When clicking on the template it comes up at 69%.....seems small so I have looked at it at 100% and then at 200% where each piece covers the page. Which is the intended dimension?? Thanks for any input!
    Cindy

  • steacypowell 15 Mar, 2010

    I have made smaller bags (for my eyes) and have filled them with flax seed. The oil in the flax shell stays warm for quite a while and the shells are very smooth so the bags don't feel rough.

  • dogwild 14 Mar, 2010

    I have used plain (non-cooked, of course) rice, for microwaveable heating pads. As with anything else, you don't want to overheat it-start w/ 1-2 mins.

  • rprimeau95 14 Mar, 2010

    OMG Carabau infested with bugs how creepy how did you know did they crawl out the fabric? how did you store yours?

  • carabau 13 Mar, 2010

    Careful where you store these, mine became infested with bugs after a few years.

  • pamies 13 Mar, 2010

    they sound good but how would you clean them?

  • khites 13 Mar, 2010

    are these the pillows you can then warm in the microwave?

  • khites 13 Mar, 2010

    are these the pillows you can then warm in the microwave?

  • MASAbond 13 Mar, 2010

    @sharolyne: both links work just fine for me, are you sure your browser/firewall isn't blocking them? Calico Corners has been around forever. Magnetic seam guides can be found at any sewing supply shop, not just the one Martha references.
    @pporce: you can buy bulk buckwheat hulls here: http://www.zafustore.com/buckwheathull.html, or simply Google "bulk buckwheat" to find another store. I imagine you could also buy buckwheat at your local Whole Foods or other natural food store.

  • kolibrik 13 Mar, 2010

    you can also get buckwheat in Russian groceries - it is not expensive there. Buckwheat is a very popular cooking grain in Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union.

  • kolibrik 13 Mar, 2010

    buckwheat is my favorite grain as a side dish, and using it as a pillow filling is interesting and new!

  • sharolyne 13 Mar, 2010

    Please...MSL staff....make sure that when you post these crafts, recipes etc that the linked/suggested vendors still exist. I Love the ideas, and dvr every epidsode of tv show. But I am frequently frustrated with lack of detail/follow-through in crafts and sometimes recipes in the newsletter and website. For this particular craft - I went to link for fabric (link does work), but could not find anything called strie taffeta. Nor could I find it using a google search for Martha Stewart Line of

  • pporce 13 Mar, 2010

    And where do you find buckwheat?????

  • realtyagent 13 Mar, 2010

    I have a couple of commercially purchased buckwheat neck 'throws' and mittens too filled with buckwheat and I heat them in my microwave for 2.5 to 3 minutes - 3 minutes is really hot, so be careful.... enjoy!!

  • kaycookies 13 Mar, 2010

    Can Buck wheat be placed in the micro-wave and heated? I have a pillow like this filled with flax seeds which can be placed in the micro wave and used for muscle pain relief around the neck and shoulder.

  • kaycookies 13 Mar, 2010

    Can Buck wheat be placed in the micro-wave and heated? I have a pillow like this filled with flax seeds which can be placed in the micro wave and used for muscle pain relief around the neck and shoulder.

  • ecokaren 13 Mar, 2010

    The instruction should have said to fold the fabric in half and line the edge of the pattern where it says, "Cut to Fold" to the fold of the fabric to get the full piece of one side of the pillow (and the case) The pattern pieces are half of one panel. And once you cut out four full panels of the pillow, just sew all the edges except for the [filtered word] where you will fill the buckwheat hulls. Does that make sense?

  • mommasoxeddie 5 Jun, 2009

    Should I use roasted buckwheat hulls or not?

  • sharoncaswell 23 Sep, 2008

    These are quick, easy and fun to make in quantity. Great gifts! I find that depending on fabric and firmness, it takes about 17 CUPS of buckwheat hulls to fill one. My local healthfood store orders me a 20# bag, which lasts a long time. Sometimes I add real lavendar and folks love it! I also made a great boo-boo discovery when I accidently sewed 5 sides together instead of 4 and ended up with an awesome knee roll! Don't forget to make the cover bigger as well. Have fun!

  • Nana2244 7 Aug, 2008

    I found a site called Many Moons Alternatives that does sell the buckwheat hulls. Has anyone determined how much buckwheat (in pounds) it takes to fill a neck roll? Many Moons suggests 4 pounds per pillow, but they are talking about a full-sized regular bed pillow. I'd really like to make a bunch of these.

  • stlphotogal 12 Jun, 2008

    Does anyone know about how much buckwheat (in weight) it takes to fill this neck roll? Thanks, in advance, for your help.

  • TALK2EDG 11 Jun, 2008

    ANYONE KNOW WHERE THE SEWING MACHINE MAGNET THAT MARTHA USED IN THIS EPISODE CAN BE PURCHASED?

  • TALK2EDG 11 Jun, 2008

    ANYONE KNOW WHERE THE SEWING MAGNET THAT MARTHA USED IN THIS EPISODE?

  • mrwc 30 May, 2008

    Decided I would order hulls and make the neck roll. After reading the directions and the comments I am not sure I want to attempt this. Iit appears that the pattern and directions are easy to follow. Another frustrating experience is not what i need. thought this would be a relaxing sewing experience with a worthwhile soothing result, but reading through this I think NOT.

  • Anita1958 22 Feb, 2008

    Dear Martha, This is a beautiful project. But your instructions neglected to mention that the "pillow" pattern should be cut on the fold. Many thanks, Anita Healey

  • mmsrjs 10 Feb, 2008

    THANKS FOR THE INSTRUCTIONS MARTHA! I MADE ONE AND LOVE IT, USE IT EVERYWHERE. SOMETIMES EVEN USE IT IN PLACE OF MY PILLOW. NEXT I WILL MAKE A PILLOW. EASY TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS, THANKS. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DIDN'T UNDERSTAND, JUST GO SLOW AND READ DIRECTIONS 3 OR 4 TIMES BEFORE STARTING. ROMA

  • cand6 30 Jan, 2008

    I, too found myself, a longtime sewer, mystified at how to put the pillow together or even how to cut it out. It is obvious that the pillow piece goes on a fold, but it doesn't say to do it on the pattern piece. There are no notches or numbers to correspond the pieces. cand6

  • lildixiedarling 19 Jan, 2008

    I need more instructions on how the pillow fits together. And do you cut the pieces on the fold? I cannot make heads or tails of how the pillow fits together.