I like to meditate. In theory at least. In truth, I only get around to it like twice a month, and even then I get bored after a few minutes, lose track of how many deep breaths I’ve taken and think, “Well that was probably good enough for today.”
The important thing, though, is to have a nice meditation pillow. Because if you don’t have one then you will never meditate, and if you do have one, then you’re behind will be nice and comfy for your semi-annual tune ins.
Meditation pillows, I learned thanks to Pinterest, are called zafus and you can buy them all over the internet but they’re not cheap (the boring ones are at least $40) and they’re actually quite easy to make if you know how to sew. I made TWO for around $30 and it took me just a few hours.
All you need is:
- A yard of fabric (or more if you’re prone to messing up and/or want to get creative by using different colors)
- Stuffing (I used buckwheat hulls that I ordered online from a collective run by homeschoolers that focuses on providing special needs kids with job training; it was reasonably priced, arrived quickly and worked perfectly for my project. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the company and despite repeated searches through my gmail account, I can’t find my receipt so you’ll have to forgive me. I’ll be a better blogger next time.)
- The usual measuring stuff, cutting stuff, pinning stuff and sewing stuff…
Here’s what you do:
- Cut two circles, one for the top and one for the bottom of the zafu.
- Cut a long rectangular piece of fabric about 6-8” tall and roughly twice the length of the circumference of your circles. You can piece two sections together if you need too.
- Pleat the rectangular fabric so that it fits around the edge of your circles leaving an extra inch on each end. (If you’re really anal you can measure it to make sure all of your pleats are exactly the same size but if you’re impatient like me, you can just eyeball it and tell yourself you’re being Zen and letting go…)
- Pin everything together (you can pin and sew the pleats in place first before attaching the rectangle to the circles if you’re less confident in your sewing skills).
- Sew the circles to the rectangle. Leave the raw edges of the rectangle alone for now.
- Using a funnel, fill the cushion with buckwheat hulls. (Or don’t use a funnel and get buckwheat hulls all over the floor of your bedroom… you’re choice really.)
- Turn the extra inches on the edge of the rectangle in on themselves to hide the raw edges. I overlapped mine a bit and finished with a quick whipstitch by hand. Some sites recommend adding a handle instead but the way I see it, if you need a handle to carry your zafu, meditation isn’t going to be enough to solve your problems.
- Go meditate.