Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?


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Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby gingkoseto » Jan 20th, '10, 18:53

I started collecting tea leaves for a few times in the past and gave up every time. Then I finally got the patience and space in room to dry tea leaves daily. This is the first time in my life that I've got enough spent tea leaves for a pillow, actually already more than enough. But I've realized another problem is, I can't sew! A pillow is already an impossible project for me :cry:

Any suggestions? Ideally I want to find a few cheap pillow cases with zipper. But so far all I've seen with zipper are satin type and very thin. I have a commercially made tea pillow in hand, and know the pillow case fabric should be thick and tough. If no other choices maybe I will have to use canvas fabric? But do I have to sew? :evil: :x
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Re: Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby Victoria » Jan 20th, '10, 19:22

A zippered pillow cover is your best choice. You should be able to find a cotton one.

No drooling with a tea pillow. :lol:
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Re: Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby Cinnamon Kitty » Jan 20th, '10, 20:58

An odd suggestion for you is to try out the allergy covers for pillows. The slightly better quality ones are not crinkly and tend to be made with thicker materials than a standard pillow case. They also have zippers.
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Re: Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby gingkoseto » Jan 21st, '10, 00:21

Victoria wrote:A zippered pillow cover is your best choice. You should be able to find a cotton one.

No drooling with a tea pillow. :lol:


Yeah zipper is the best! If I sew, I am sure things will fall out of the seam :P

Cinnamon... wrote:An odd suggestion for you is to try out the allergy covers for pillows. The slightly better quality ones are not crinkly and tend to be made with thicker materials than a standard pillow case. They also have zippers.


Hey I think this is exactly what I need! The commercial tea pillow I got does have its cover fabric very similar to that of an allergy proof down comforter. Thanks!
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Re: Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby wyardley » Jan 21st, '10, 02:39

I'm probably just going to either sew it by hand (which I can do pretty well), or get someone else to do it by machine (which I never got around to learning). Maybe you can get someone to help you out - cutting the fabric is the hardest part... if you have a friend or family member with a machine, it shouldn't take them too much time or effort to actually sew it for you.
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Re: Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby gingkoseto » Jan 21st, '10, 13:03

wyardley wrote:I'm probably just going to either sew it by hand (which I can do pretty well), or get someone else to do it by machine (which I never got around to learning). Maybe you can get someone to help you out - cutting the fabric is the hardest part... if you have a friend or family member with a machine, it shouldn't take them too much time or effort to actually sew it for you.

Obviously I have no clue about sewing. I didn't even think about cutting fabric yet :oops:
What kind of fabric are you going to use? Do you plan to use double layer? The tea pillow I bought, even with the allergy proof kind of fabric, still has small amount of tea powder coming through the fabric.
I just remember I do have a hand hold electronic sewing tool, never used it, don't remember where it is now and will try to dig it out!
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Re: Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby Victoria » Jan 21st, '10, 13:22

If it were me, I'd probably go for two zippered covers. A plain cotton one and an allergy, tighter weave one.

I know we have had a thread on tea pillows before, but tell me again - why? For recycling? Or is there a therapeutic value?
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Re: Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby gingkoseto » Jan 21st, '10, 16:30

Victoria wrote:If it were me, I'd probably go for two zippered covers. A plain cotton one and an allergy, tighter weave one.

I know we have had a thread on tea pillows before, but tell me again - why? For recycling? Or is there a therapeutic value?


It's said to have therapeutic effect, such as improve sleep quality. But I have no experience using it. I bought a new one (with mainly oolong tea leaf stems) for my husband. He sometimes has difficulty falling into sleep. He hasn't started using it yet. Once he starts, I will observe the effect :D

The one home-made will be for me. I don't know how it will be. Ideally it should be made with green tea leaves. But it will take forever to collect green tea leaves, so I've got mostly oolong. I like the texture of buckwheat shell pillow and hope tea leaves have similar texture. But I don't know if my head will eventually crush all leaves into powder :P
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Re: Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby wyardley » Jan 21st, '10, 17:03

gingko wrote:But I don't know if my head will eventually crush all leaves into powder :P

My understanding is that you're supposed to crush the leaves before you stuff the pillow. Either way, you'll want to make sure that the pillow is well sealed and pretty durable.

I think it's supposed to be very nice to sleep on in the summer. I've probably got enough leaves saved by now to make mine... should get on that.
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Re: Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby Maitre_Tea » Jan 21st, '10, 17:13

I used to have a pillow stuffed with "new" Taiwanese oolong. It was nice to sleep on and it smelled refreshing; however, they absorb odors and moisture easily so after a while they begin to smell funky.
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Re: Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby IPT » Jan 21st, '10, 21:27

They are quite the rage here, but they do start to smell funky after a while. My wife keeps buying them. She says they help her sleep better, but she's always slept like a log, so I don't think it's affected her sleep one way or the other.
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Re: Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby gingkoseto » Jan 21st, '10, 21:55

I also heard that tea leaf pillow doesn't last long and you are suppose to change it almost annually. I wonder if adding layers of pillow cases will help a bit. The seller of my tea stem pillow claims that tea stems will not easily collect moisture or odor. We have yet to see if it's really so.
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Re: Who has made (or have plan to make) tea pillow?

Postby horsencl » Jan 22nd, '10, 18:52

I have a sample pillow on it's way to me for review purposes. I'll be sure to let you all know what I think.
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