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Project

Terry Cloth Cases

Inflatable pillows make lounging at the beach even more relaxing, and they're easy to tuck into a tote. Add a terry cloth slipcover, and the plastic pillows will feel soft and dry, not hot and sticky.

Steps

  1. Step 1

    To cover a 14-inch square pillow, you'll need a 15-inch square case. Cut a 32 1/2-by-16-inch rectangle from a towel, using a finished edge for one of the short sides. 

  2. Step 2

    Finish other short side with a 1/2-inch hem.

  3. Step 3

    Place fabric wrong side down, with hemmed edge on right. Fold over left edge 7 1/2 inches toward center. Fold over right edge 9 1/2 inches toward center (it should overlap left edge by 2 inches).

  4. Step 4

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    Pin, and stitch along open sides. Turn the cover right side out, and insert the inflated pillow.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2006

Reviews (8)

  • NatureGeek24 11 Jun, 2009

    For inflatable pillows use bath pillows available lots of places.

  • debrajh 11 Jun, 2009

    If you can't find inflatable pillows, try using 2 gallon zip-loc bags.

  • LadyByTheSea 11 Aug, 2008

    The loop idea is great! You could add it so the pillow can go over your chair while lounging plus for carrying. Thanks for the idea!

  • RubyEdge 11 Aug, 2008

    Blue - I managed to find some inflatable pillows at rei.com. Just search for inflatable pillow in the search area on their main page.

    I think this could be really nice. Might consider making this if I start going to the lake more.

  • starrjewell 11 Aug, 2008

    Any travel shop would have travel pillow..not sure about rectangular ones. I got regular small child size pillows.....they are perfect for a hand towel and no trimming is needed. I made them for a gifts and include a bath towell to match and some buble bath. I made mine water proof by using two gallon size baggies...one placed on each end. They are snug and they overlap just enough to keep them dry.

  • JerseyCook 11 Aug, 2008

    This is a great idea. Now the dilemma is where to find the inflatable pillows. Any ideas??

  • Blue 11 Aug, 2008

    Any ideas on where I can find "inflatable pillows"? In California or online....Thanks

  • Anna_Marie 11 Aug, 2008

    I would add on a loop of ribbon at the corner, or a loosely draped piece of ribbon across the back, to slip over your arm...to make carrying all of your beach "stuff" to the car easier. Great idea for beach, pool or tub!