I'll admit-- my least favorite part of pillow making is buying pillow forms. Even with coupons and sales it's painful. I'm cheap (but you knew that) and it physically hurts me in my bones to spend $12.99 on an 18"x 18" pillow. I can't do it. In fact, that's the only reason that I've put off making new pillows for so long (instead of just serially recovering the same ones over and over).
Then I came across the most amazing find. IKEA pillow forms.
Things to know about the IKEA pillow forms:
1) To search for the pillows on IKEA's website, you need to search for 'inner cushions'. Both down and polyester pillows will come up.
2) The least expensive couch pillow option is this 20x20 poly version for $2.99. I bought 6 of these and love each and every one.
3) In my opinion, the best value for your money is this duck down pillow form. To be honest, I never even considered down as an option because it's normally so expensive. But at 5.99 per pillow, these still come in less than half the cost of a poly pillow form from the fabric store. These are also far more fluffy and plush than the poly versions. The pillow form fabric is also much nicer than the poly versions.
4. Finally-- one thing to know is that when you buy your pillow form from ikea, they will come in these little tubes with all the air sucked out. And you will think I'm a crazy person for reccomending them and making you deal with those awful shopping carts, because those little white burritos can't possible make good pillows.
I honestly was a little alarmed when I first opened the package. It took a bit of handfluffing and an hour or two for the pillow to transform from a pancake to a cushy, soft, fluffy pillow. I'm convinced that the compressed packaging (and reduced shipping cost) is what makes these pillow forms so much cheaper than their more expensive counterparts. So it's worth the wait!
Sadly, these pillow forms are not available for online purchase from IKEA. Don't live near IKEA? Short of moving, here are a few options:
- Buy online from amazon. Although not as cheap as IKEA, I've still found what look like to be good deals when compared to the fabric store.
- Cut up a body pillow to make 3 pillows like Amy from Positively Splendid did.
- Cannibalize a cheap bed pillow to make a throw pillow. From Little Yellow Barn.
- Adopt an ugly pillow like Jackie from Teal and Lime does. Shop the clearance at home decor stores for ugly, discounted pillows and toss the covers when you get home!