Want to meditate and do more yoga in the new year? Learn how easy (and inexpensive) it is to make your own zafu meditation pillows. Get started!! Follow the easy, illustrated instructions at FineCraftGuild.com and make your own zafus! OM!!!!
What’s a Zafu?
A zafu meditation pillow is a firm, high cushion that is specially designed for seated meditation and certain types of yoga. Call it meditation pillow, meditation seat or meditation cushion …, the official term is ‘zafu’. Or zafus for plural.
How to Make Your Own Zafu Meditation pillow
Free Sewing Tutorial with Instructions to make zafus *!
Materials Needed to make your own Zafu Meditation Pillow
It’s best to use organic cotton fabric. How much fabric you’ll need is:
The Best Filling for Zafu Meditation Pillows
You’ll need Kapok fiber for your pillow filling (or buckwheat hulls for a firmer seat. Click this orange image to order your kapok now:
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Free Step-by-step Tutorial to make your own Zafu Meditation Pillow
- STEP 1. Pleat the length of cloth. I suggest you make 3/4″-pleats, 3 inches apart.
To clarify: this is how that will work out over the width of your fabric:
PLEAT 1: 6.5 + 3 x .75 = 8.75″ of fabric
PLEAT 2-10: 9 x (3 + (3 x .75))= 9 x 5.25″ = 47.25″
PLEAT 11: the closing overlap = about 3″
Total: 59″ (i.e. the width of your fabric).
How To Pleat
a) Beginning 6-1 /2 inches from the left edge of the length, make three marks, 3/4 inch apart, thus marking out the first pleat:
Three inches after the first set of pleat markings, make the second set, as indicated above. Continue doing this till you have used up the width of your fabric. When you finish, the last pleat marking should be about 3 inches from the right edge. (If you wish to have narrower pleats, of course, simply increase the number of pleats.)
b) Next, iron the pleats and pin them. They should all be folded and ironed in toward the left-hand side. For each set of pleat markings, fold the third in toward the first as shown, and then pin as shown at below:
- STEP 2. Now, having completed the first step, take the right edge of the pleated strip cloth and pin it to the left end of the strip, 3-1/4 inches from the left edge:
- STEP 3. Mark each circle of cloth at four equi-distant points. Turn pleated length of cloth inside out. Pin each circle to the pleated strip, one circle to the top edge and one to the bottom edge, at each of the four points: