neck cushions!

Oh glory you know how it goes – there’s urgent stuff that needs doing (like cleaning and packing up your house!) with a deadline built-in (gak vomit shudder) but you’re too excited by a new idea to focus on the horrible task – or is that just a euphemism for work avoidance? Well, when it comes to procrastination, I am a world expert.

second sample

This idea has been fermenting in the back of my mind for a while and, now that the approval days for the Christmas markets are imminent, I had to pull finger act fast.

The neck cushions have involved much experimenting re size, sewing, fabric, colour, design, filling, dried herbs, seeds, lavender, dried fynbos, barley, labels, velcro vs zips, etc., but I am delighted with the result. Megan, Anne’s daughter, managed to translate my terrible scribbles and rough layout into the beautiful leaf fabric and logo design, and it’s all been very exciting. Megan’s other work can be seen here.

So, I print the fabric for the cushion cover myself, and all sewing is done by moi as well. What makes my neck cushions different (and special) is the two separate inners – one with grains and herbs/flower extracts, and the other with unicurl filling. It makes the cushions really versatile and extra comfortable. Here’s my lovely screen and some fuchsia printed on dark cream,

and all the info on the back of the wrap-around label:

beleaf copy

The cushions are on facebook (I’d love you to like my page!) and there’s a website under construction.

For Cape Town readers, I’ll be at the Kirstenbosch Craft Market on Sunday. Before I start selling the neck cushions, I’m going to give away three to nice people who will be asked to send me an honest review afterwards. One has already been booked by one of my lovely customers, Simone, so there are two up for grabs. Find me at the market and, if still available, you will get your pressie!

19 thoughts on “neck cushions!

  1. katechiconi

    Lovely! If they take off you could launch a range of aromas and botanical combos (one for getting babies to sleep, one for colds, one to match particular memories (holidays, baby powder, Christmas, that stuff…). You are a clever thing!

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  2. tgonzales

    Oh Jill, I love this idea. I can just imagine how good your neck pillow would smell and feel. Happy thoughts sent your way on your move and your exciting new invention. Love and Hugs, Tamara

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  3. insearchofitall

    I am so excited for you. What a wonderful idea and so useful. I hope it all goes very well at the market. You have done a wonderful job of coming up with the ideas. Looking forward to seeing how it goes. I would be avoiding the packing as well. ;)

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