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Mandala Bolster

Mandala Bolster

I think most of us own one of these, micro bean bag type neck pillows.
While they are so soft, squishy and useful, they tend to be made with synthetic fabrics and in the hot weather and not particularly comfortable against the skin…. or when us ladies of a certain age have those “hot moments”.

So I decided to make a cover for mine with cotton so it would be cool and comfortable in the warm weather but still cosy and cushy in the cooler weather.

I started the design last week, while I was away.

The ends are based on a traditional Mandala pattern of a circle with a flower in the centre and stitches radiating outwards.
For the main, centre part I used shells and flowers[clusters] to remind me of the beautiful countryside and the beach.

This is a FREE pattern available in US terms only.

I used Stylecraft Classique Cotton Double Knit and 4mm hook.
Approx 500 yards.
Colours: Lavender, Silver, Greek Blue, Sky Blue, and Heather.

Finished size: Ends 6 1/2 inches across. Centre: 11 inches wide.

 

Make two mandalas, one for each end of the bolster.

Centre

The main part of the bolster cover is made in rows. You have the choice of using a magic knot to join new colours and have no ends to weave in or work in your own preferred way of changing colour.

Video tutorial how to make a magic knot.

Joining

With wrong sides together whip stitch join, through back loop [inner loop] only, skipping 18 stitches at even intervals on end part but use every st of centre part.
Repeat with 2nd end.
Place pillow inside and whip stitch join along centre giving a smooth, flat, invisible seam.

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