How to Make a Neck Pillow for $4

Today I’m going to give you a lesson on being open to taking things in a different direction when you have to.  ‘Cause I’m all about giving life lessons and making the world a happier place with rainbows and kittens and skin tags that magically disappear with the wink of an eye.

I went to The Dollar Store in search of rag rugs the other day.  I wanted to make a specific craft out of some  rag rugs.  But alas … the rag rugs were no more.  No more rag rugs at The Dollar Store.  So I continued to wander the aisles looking for baskets I could use for handing out eggs to people.  No trip to The Dollar Store should ever be wasted.  And no one should ever be wasted while at The Dollar Store.  See?  Yet another life lesson for you.  No extra charge.

As I meandered up and down the aisles of the happiest place on earth, I stopped dead in my tracks.  My jaw went slack, drool dripped down my chin and I started to hear Gregorian Chants.  Once I realized I was the one singing the Gregorian Chants I wasn’t so freaked out and I snapped back to reality.

There in front of me were a cheap crafter’s dream item.  I swear to you beams of sunshine were flowing out of them.

So … I changed direction.  No more tears over the lost rag rug craft.  I had fluffy orange pillows on my mind.

And here … is how I made them.
Pillow 11


Car Wash Mitts!!!!!  $2 each.

Pillow 1


Remove from packaging.

Pillow 2


Fold cuff back.

Pillow 3


Cut cuff off by removing stitches with stitch ripper or scissors.

Pillow 4


Lay 2 car wash mitts out.

Pillow 5


Fill with whatever kind of stuffing you have on hand.  Feathers, batting, dust bunnies etc.

Pillow 6


Then … you either hand sew the two mitts together (which is what I would do) orrrrrr  if you can’t’ sew, just attach them together with stick on velcro tape! You could also hot glue gun the 2 sides together.

Pillow 7


Stick one section of the tape to the outside of one mitt, and to the inside of the other. Then carefully line them up and stick em together.

Pillow 8

If you chose to use the velcro option keep in mind you’ll see a bit of the seams in the centre of the pillow.  Plus … your pillow will be more decorative than functional ’cause it’ll be crunchy in the centre. 

Pillow 9


And there you have the Ta Da.

Pillow 10


Yes.  I’ve made pillows for my house out of car wash mitts.  I’ve reached a new low.  And  with $4, some batting, a bit of thread and the willingness to change direction … you can too.


  1. Cassie says:

    I don’t know what the meshy side feels like, but I might want to buy 4 and connect them all. Seems possible after what you did. VERY cool retro neck pillow!

    • Karen says:

      Cassie – LOL. They only had 2 left at the store! Also, … I was trying to make this as easy as possible. Something you could literally do in 2 minutes flat. Many of my followers aren’t much for sewing. 🙂 So the least amount of cutting, stitching, etc. possible … the better. I *just* finished ripping the velcro off my pillow and hand sewing it up actually. It’s shoved under my neck as we speak! ~ karen OH! And the underside feels fine. Looks kindda gross, but it feels fine when you touch it. You never see the underside anyway.

  2. gloria says:

    The dollar store where I shop has them in an eye-popping lime green too. Every time I pass them I get that same beams of sunshine radiating out of them business that you did. And I say to myself, now what could I make out of those beauties? I’m thinking something along the lines of a sea monster puppet, house slippers, or a funky purse. But a pillow in lime green works for me too.

  3. Marti says:

    My mother gave me a “household duster” (I think it’s supposed to clean miniblinds?)which I use to powder my lady parts and all over. I’m guessing I’d need to get some new fluffy mitts to make pillows.

    Particularly funny today, btw. Well done!

    • Karen says:

      Really? Thank you. I’ll have to go re-read what I wrote. Did you vote? I hope you voted. I had 30,000 views of my site yesterday yet only 200 or so people voted. What’s a girl gotta do to get votes?? I may look into doing a DIY tutorial on how to print your own money. That oughtta get a few votes outta people, LOL. ~ k

      • Marti says:

        I was “Vote #31,” as I recall. Can I vote again? How often can I vote? Can I vote daily? Please-please?

        If I had 30,000 views of my site yesterday, I might be less concerned about a coupla votes, btw… !!

  4. Laura says:

    What!!?! $2 mitts at the Dollar Store? What’s happening?

  5. sofia says:

    Voted. For you. Cuz you’re feisty and adorable and smart.

  6. Emily P says:

    genious! well done

  7. Gigi says:

    Another use for the car mitts? Make Hedgehogs of course. So stinking cute.

  8. Emily P says:

    i did a similar thing this weekend. I had an existing neck pillow and made another casing for it, using sew-on velcro. Now I have 2 pillows for the price of 1 !!!

  9. Gayla T says:

    Have you ever noticed that if you put a $2 pillow on a $3000 sofa in front of a $2000 mirror it looks at least like a $5 pillow. LOL It really is cute and you really are cleaver to come up with it. However, I like the bronze satin one better. Now, I’m going to go vote for the chicken lady.

    • Gayla T says:

      Sorry, you are not a cleaver or any other kind of cutting tool. I have a headache, what can I say?
      What you really are is clever and I’m going to vote for the clever chicken lady.

    • Karen says:

      Gayla – The bronze satin pillow is actually a bronze leather pillow! And for your information … the mirror cost the same as the pillow! Got it at a garage sale! 🙂 ~ karen

  10. marebare says:

    Number 276 – BAM!

  11. Angela says:

    Vited! I used my nickname of Cowlady in case you are wondering!

  12. Karen, in the final picture, what is half way down your curtain? Is it some kind of decorative cling-on spider? If I saw this on any other blog, I’d think it was a trick of the light. But since it’s you, I really think it could be a decorative spider.

  13. Laura Bee says:

    Voter 44 here. Love it! I think I cleared out enough stuck dust bunnies from my vacuum last night to fill one of those. Now it sucks instead of sucks!

  14. Eshtadiva says:

    My vote was 288…lol thanks for all your tips…

  15. Mrs.W says:

    I voted!!!

  16. Maddy says:

    Sorry, what did you say? I couldn’t hear you over all that “how freaking awesome is your mirror!” going on in my head.

  17. Barbara says:

    I was on the voting site yesterday (one of the hits I suppose) but could not figure out How To Vote!
    Your instruction to register is helpful. Then you have to go to Homepage, scroll down through several homes/apartments and THEN you find the voting page—I was number 299! Good luck!

  18. You are hilare ! Love it. Off to see if I can vote *again*. Is double voting against the voting laws? If so, off to break some laws. Come bail me out of jail, and bring margarita’s.

  19. OMG how clever! And I LOVE orange. I’m a new reader to your blog and enjoy it a lot.

  20. pve says:

    I can’t wait to see what you create when you win the award.
    I will say, I knew her when she was making pillows from car wash mitts.

  21. Thera says:

    I was vote # 310, you’re in second by 3 votes as of Tuesday morn at 8:10 EST 🙂

  22. Kristin says:

    Voted for you, you are only 1 behind. I’ll send out an email to all my peeps to vote!

  23. DonnaBoo says:

    Love this idea!

    BTW: I voted! You are 1 vote behind, so remind everyone to VOTE!

  24. Brian says:

    I was vote 320! 🙂

  25. Barbie says:

    Your at the top of the list but closely followed by Bower Power……
    Hey, if you got 30k views yesterday…I think that says it all! You already won!

  26. Mia says:

    You are in the lead!! Of course I voted for you…cuz you are brillant! And you make me smile, everyday! Thanks for that and all the great ideas!! Mia. :).

  27. Love this! I clicked on your site(at the top with the most votes) but can’t tell if mine was counted. All we need to do is click on your name, right?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debbie – No, you need to click on the word “vote”. If you haven’t registered you need to do that first. (all you’re doing is giving them your email … they’ll never start sending you emails and picking out a username). There should be a button, probably on the upper right of the screen where it says Login, or register. It’s hard for me to tell since I’m already registered. 🙂 Thanks! ~ karen

  28. Susie says:

    Yay I’m so excited – my vote put you only one behind the guy in front of you!! Good luck!

  29. Marcia says:

    What a way to add an accent of Tangerine Tango, the color of the year, to your home.

  30. Elizabeth says:


  31. Roxanne Lucchesi says:

    I voted for you. Alas, it seems you can only vote one time. Otherwise, I would have stayed up all night voting for you over and over again.

    BTW: Love this Car Wash Mitt Neck Pillow idea. You have such great (re)vision. I’m thinking I could make something for my cats with them, too. Running out to the Dollar Store now …

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Roxanne! Only one vote from one IP address allowed. 🙂 ~ karen

      • Shauna says:

        You see, that’s the trick isn’t it – one IP address allowed. So, use multiple computers and multiple registration names…but that would be cheating and you’re awesome enough to win without cheating. I voted today (once);)

        p.s., just to share because you are a fellow chicken lady – my chicken Elsie died last night. She has been ill for 2 weeks and we’ve been trying to nurse her back to health. She went peacefully last night after spending the day in Grandma’s garden:(

        • Karen says:

          Oh noooo. That’s awful. Poor little Elsie. 🙁 Better death than suffering though. Poor little girl. ~ karen

  32. Patti says:

    I voted!!!!!!!!!!

    And that is very, very cool. I’m a little mad at the dollarstore right now, though. Teasing me with blackboard adhesive that is no longer… guess I need to be willing to change direction!

  33. Inga says:

    Love love love! Not even kidding you, I was looking for an orange pillow yesterday on my lunch break and no success. Not only does the colour of this pillow work perfectly, but it kinda looks sea-like, which is what I need for our beach inspired master!!

  34. Deb says:

    Checked out the BP site yesterday…it can’t hold a carwash mitt to AofDS. Come on people…VOTE…lets blow BP out of the water!!! No play on words intended…but while we are here lets just stuff it (the mitt)…how about dryer lint? It’s all about recycle, recycle, recycle.

  35. Tina says:

    I did my due diligence and checked out the other sites. I voted for the funniest, most irreverent, most creative site. I voted for theartofdoingstuff. Karen you are the best!
    Perhaps if you bribed with more postings=more votes.
    (I also voted from my work computer)sshhhh.

  36. Geez Karen, you just leave my mouth hanging open. I think I’ll get wasted and go to the dollar store now. Oh you said NOT to do that. Phooey.

  37. Tess says:

    Voted for you yesterday cuz I think you’re awesome. Good luck!

  38. Clare says:

    Now Karen, THIS right here is why I read your blog. Brilliant and crazy. Love it! Off to vote now.

    BTW I just bought some cheap-as-chips brightly coloured rag rugs for my kids rooms from Amazon. This is a small hint, as I am dying to know what you were going to do with them.

  39. brie says:

    367! 30,000 views- people come on and support your daily source of funny!!!!!!

  40. Kim says:

    Love the pillows! Your blog is the first one I check out each day, Karen and your creativity is just the kick in the pants that my brain needs!
    I voted yesterday. With all the useful ideas you throw our way it doesn’t seem fair that we can give back with only one vote. Oh well, one vote registered and a hundred more from the heart.

  41. Vote # 390!
    Finally figured it out!

  42. Nancy says:

    I am so glad that you have these little bursts of creativity when you see things Karen..This would feel so good on my bulging disc neck pain..I will get my fella and my son to vote also cause I have shared many of your posts with them..I think their favorite is “How To Open A Package Of Spaghetti”..Please..everyone checking in give her your vote..Think of all the great recipes, crafts and DIYs she has shared with us..Just think what it would look like to have 30,000 votes showing..Go Karen!!

  43. marion says:

    I voted! Have been following your blog now for quite a while and never wrote a comment – so now is the time to let you know: I really fancy you, I think you have the most funny and entertaining blog I know and I spend quite some time reading a lot of them. Sometimes I feel we could be sisters – in the summer I am always out doing some serious remodelling in the garden, have been thinking to get chickens for years(but havent had the courage to go ahead)and just many other things i totally agree you write about!
    (just not the brussel sprouts – I love them!)
    so keep up your spirits and I hope you win!
    Greetings from a small village in the mountains of Austria!

    • Karen says:

      Marion! Thank you. 🙂 A small village in the mountains of Austria! That sounds great. A good friend of mine comes from family in Stinatz. (I’m sure I’ve spelled that totally wrong). ~ karen

  44. Ramona says:

    I was voter #405. You need 28 more votes to get back into 1st place again!

  45. sera says:

    Karen, I voted for you because you’re awesome and I read your blog nearly everyday, but I do want to point out that some of your content is less diy and more every day. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you aren’t currently and daily building a canoe out of toothpicks or re-tiling your kitchen floor (or even demanding that we re-tile your kitchen floor). I don’t know what all these other blogs do, and I’ve never even heard of that Bower Power before, but my vote makes 412.
    love you!

    • Karen says:

      Really? I’d say my site is very DIY. Not building canoes, no. But my entire site is based around encouraging people to do stuff and do it themselves. Be it make a pillow, make their own cheese, trim their cat’s claws, grow monarch butterflies, toilet train their animals or build a chicken coop. Maybe you’re just getting distracted by how scintillating my writing is. 🙂 Thanks for #412! ~ karen

  46. Rebecca says:

    413 here! People, go vote for Karen. She’s in second place and very close to the leader. Think of everything she’s given us. You owe it to her.

  47. Jessica in WI says:

    I am a registered voter for your blog and am currently wearing a sandwich sign to promote you because I enjoy your blog so much. No, no I am not but in my mind it is what I would do if I had the time. Too busy planning a car mit pillow…

  48. Shannon says:

    Ahhh, that is so awesome!! I’m going to make bed for my cat out of some car wash mitts (if my dollar store has them, that is.) I only recently found your blog but I’m so glad I did. So much cleverness in one place!

  49. Angela, London. says:

    Hiya Karen,
    Just voted for you (424)but this was on the proviso that you share your planned rag rug project. I also have been eyeing up a rag rug, my project being to use it as a – rug. So you better share or I’ll, damn! already voted. Anyway were you going to cover a chair????

  50. Judy says:

    Perfect and it’s the pantone colour of year-Tangerine Orange.

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