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!

  2. 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.

  3. Cassie says:

    Let’s face it.. an $8 neck pillow isn’t nearly as impressive anyway.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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… !!

  8. Laura says:

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

  9. Karen says:

    I know. Communism for sure. ~ karen

  10. sofia says:

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

  11. Karen says:

    Thank you. And right back atcha. 🙂 ~ karen

  12. Emily P says:

    genious! well done

  13. Gigi says:

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

  14. 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 !!!

  15. 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.

  16. marebare says:

    Number 276 – BAM!

  17. 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.

  18. Angela says:

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. Eshtadiva says:

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

  22. Mrs.W says:

    I voted!!!

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

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

  27. 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.

  28. Thera says:

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

  29. Kristin says:

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

  30. DonnaBoo says:

    Love this idea!

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

  31. Brian says:

    I was vote 320! 🙂

  32. 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!

  33. 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. :).

  34. 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?

  35. Susie says:

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

  36. Marcia says:

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

  37. Elizabeth says:


  38. 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 …

  39. 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!

  40. 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

  41. Karen says:

    Hi my honest answer. – LOL. Yup! It’s a magnetic, decorative, rhinestone spider. 🙂 My sister got it for me for my birthday. Yep. ~ karen!

  42. Karen says:

    Eshtadiva – LOL. Thank you. I think it’s funny people are putting “vote #” now. ~ karen

  43. Karen says:

    Maddy – $4, garage sale! Seriously. I know! 🙂 ~ karen (couldda been $5. Not sure)

  44. Karen says:

    Thanks Deborah! Glad you found my blog. Now all you need is to find a car wash mitt. 🙂 ~ karen

  45. Karen says:

    Thank you Mia! ~ karen

  46. 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!!

  47. 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

  48. Karen says:

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

  49. 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.

  50. Karen says:

    Thanks Deb! ~ karen

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