The Stayfree Comfort Factor: DIY Inspirational Quote Pillow Gives Me Comfort During That Time of the Month

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Ladies: who’s with me when I say I need a little extra comfort during that time of the month? We all know how it is during our periods: the cramping, aching, irritability, exhaustion, bloating, and general annoyance. stayfree_teatime_chicstealsI tend to fall into a routine during this time: wearing loose, comfortable, non-restrictive clothing, indulging by curling up with an escapist book and a mug of my favorite Aveda Thé tea (with hints of peppermint and licorice root, yum!), and spending more time than usual just sitting on my bed to ease my aching back. I found also that doing a fun DIY project takes my mind of the general icky feeling that time of the month brings…and if it’s something that can also bring a little relief to my symptoms, so much the better!

stayfree_teatime2_chicstealsMy kitty mug: a gift my grandmother Baba – the only grandparent I ever knew – gave me for my 11th birthday (now more than 25 years ago!). I treasure it and only save it for when I’m feeling really down.

stayfree_pillowdone3_chicstealsI’ve had this long lumbar pillow for a while (originally found at IKEA), and since I’ve been redoing my bedroom to add feminine pops of pink here and there, I felt like creating a brand-new pillowcase for it. Something beautiful. Something inspirational, that would motivate me beyond the blahs and get me to a better place mentally. Or just help prop me up when I feel like indulging in my tea + book combination. So why not a handwritten quote that I can look at and find motivation when I’m blue? It’s pretty easy to make your own, too. Here’s how: You Need:stayfree_diyquotepillow_materials

piece of pink cotton fabric / white cotton fabric / pillow insert / invisible white zipper / sewing machine / matching thread / pins / fabric scissors / measuring tape / marking chalk / black Sharpie laundry marker

How To: stayfree_diyquotepillow_step11. Measure your pillow and cut two pieces of fabric that are the measurements + 0.5″ all around for a seam allowance. I chose to use a patterned fabric for the back so my pillow would be reversible.
2. Cut a slightly smaller piece of the pink fabric.
3. Sketch the words on it with marking chalk. (It helps to place the fabric on something hard, like a cutting board, and use a piece of cut fabric as a guide to keep your words straight.) I just freehanded the words, using this picture as inspiration.)
4. Use a Sharpie to write the words and make it permanent. (I should have used a laundry marker, I realized, rather than a regular Sharpie.) stayfree_diyquotepillow_step25. Pin the pink fabric to one piece of white fabric, centering it and folding under the raw edge.
6. Sew around the edge of the pink fabric to secure.
7. Make the two larger fabric pieces into a pillowcase by sewing the zipper to each piece with a 0.5″ seam allowance.
8. Open the zipper a small amount. stayfree_diyquotepillow_step3Flatten the piece right sides together with the zipper at the top, and sew all the way around the remaining 3 sides of the fabric. stayfree_diyquotepillow_step49. Turn right-side-out and stuff with your pillow insert. stayfree_pillowdone3_chicstealsAnd that’s it! I could seriously stare at this quote all day: it helps snap me out of that “period funk” and gets me DOING things! stayfree_pillowdone4_chicstealsstayfree_pillowdone1_chicstealsWhen someone says “Comfort” this is what comes to mind: my bedroom, filled with soothing tones of lush green with gorgeous pink accents, a downy comforter on my memory foam mattress, and my beautiful Quote Pillow, that reminds me that we women can do anything we set our minds to. And can never be stopped by our periods. 

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73 Comments on The Stayfree Comfort Factor: DIY Inspirational Quote Pillow Gives Me Comfort During That Time of the Month

  1. latanya
    8.11.2014 at 12:48 pm (1 year ago)

    I take a bubble bath and read a good book

  2. heather
    8.11.2014 at 1:17 pm (1 year ago)

    I pamper myself by taking a long hot bubble bath.

  3. Elena
    8.11.2014 at 4:30 pm (1 year ago)

    I pamper myself by taking hot bath

  4. nicole d
    8.11.2014 at 4:35 pm (1 year ago)

    I like to pamper myself by relaxing in our hot tub with a few candles and soft music playing.

  5. Mami2jcn
    8.11.2014 at 5:58 pm (1 year ago)

    I take a bath and have a Mindy Project binge watching session on Hulu.

  6. Mami2jcn
    8.11.2014 at 6:01 pm (1 year ago)


  7. Kelly D
    8.11.2014 at 6:11 pm (1 year ago)

    I use nice lotions and soaps to pamper myself, and drink coffee!

  8. MKat
    8.11.2014 at 6:11 pm (1 year ago)

    I like to use my massage chair cushion and heating pad when I need pampering.

  9. CR Williams
    8.11.2014 at 6:37 pm (1 year ago)

    I pamper myself by going to the spa

  10. Natalie
    8.11.2014 at 7:34 pm (1 year ago)

    I pamper myself by going on long bike rides.

  11. Madeline
    8.12.2014 at 6:52 pm (1 year ago)

    I pamper myself by getting up early to exercise, and then rewarding myself with 15 minutes of reading a great book and drinking a yummy cup of coffee.

  12. Cynthia C
    8.13.2014 at 1:36 pm (1 year ago)

    I like to pamper myself with a few minutes to myself with a great cup of coffee.

  13. D Schmidt
    8.14.2014 at 1:28 pm (1 year ago)

    I pamper myself by taking 15 minutes to myself to drink a cup of tea, paint my nails and catch up online.

  14. anna pry
    8.16.2014 at 6:14 pm (1 year ago)

    i pamper myself by giving myself a pedicure and bubble bath

  15. Erika
    8.16.2014 at 7:25 pm (1 year ago)

    I don’t get a chance to pamper myself often, but going *anywhere* solo, grabbing a drink from Starbucks, or getting a back rub would all be wonderful. :)

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  16. Amy S
    8.17.2014 at 12:52 pm (1 year ago)

    I give myself DIY facials once/week. :-)

  17. Jessie C.
    8.17.2014 at 8:16 pm (1 year ago)

    I eat my favorite dessert as breakfast. And it really feels great.

  18. Jessie C.
    8.17.2014 at 8:16 pm (1 year ago)


  19. Ashley H
    8.21.2014 at 11:25 am (1 year ago)

    I give myself a pedicure.

  20. Kimmy Ripley
    8.21.2014 at 11:39 am (1 year ago)

    I enjoy having a glass of wine and having my husband give me a back massage.

  21. Kristen
    8.22.2014 at 1:54 am (1 year ago)

    I put on my PJs and curl up on the sofa to watch TV.

  22. Rebecca
    8.22.2014 at 6:51 pm (1 year ago)

    I take a nice, hot bath a couple of times a week!

  23. Tina M
    8.24.2014 at 12:45 pm (1 year ago)

    i go to the spa and get a Starbucks coffee!

  24. rachel
    8.25.2014 at 6:50 pm (1 year ago)

    Cuddling with my hubby :)

  25. Elle
    8.28.2014 at 3:02 pm (1 year ago)

    I love to take a nice, warm bath and relax with a good music and good book.

  26. steven weber
    8.28.2014 at 3:07 pm (1 year ago)

    I like to get a nice massage.

  27. Robin Wilson
    8.30.2014 at 10:15 pm (1 year ago)

    I like to pamper myself by going to get a manicure and/or pedicure with long massages.

  28. sandra
    8.31.2014 at 2:09 pm (1 year ago)

    I try to escape for some me time at the gym

  29. Gina M
    9.04.2014 at 7:58 pm (12 months ago)

    I pamper myself by taking a bubble bath and lighting candles.

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  30. Gina M
    9.04.2014 at 8:00 pm (12 months ago)


  31. Susan Smith
    9.05.2014 at 9:57 am (12 months ago)

    I pamper myself by taking a bubble bath, while listening to music and reading a good book

  32. maria cantu
    9.07.2014 at 5:36 pm (12 months ago)

    With a hot bath.

  33. Erica Best
    9.08.2014 at 9:45 am (12 months ago)

    i love hot shower with body scrubs

  34. Kerry
    9.08.2014 at 6:04 pm (12 months ago)

    I pamper myself at the hair salon every 6 weeks:)

  35. Lisa Brown
    9.09.2014 at 2:04 pm (12 months ago)

    I like to pamper myself by taking a ling hot bath at least once a week.

    9.09.2014 at 7:15 pm (12 months ago)

    I pamper myself by getting a pedicure once a month.

  37. Betty C
    9.10.2014 at 12:54 am (12 months ago)

    I like to pamper myself with a nice long hot bath and a good book. A glass of wine doesn’t hurt either.

  38. Tabathia B
    9.10.2014 at 6:31 pm (12 months ago)

    I pamper myself with a long bubble bath and a good book to read

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  39. Amanda Sakovitz
    9.11.2014 at 5:01 am (12 months ago)

    I get manicures

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  40. Thomas Murphy
    9.11.2014 at 12:45 pm (12 months ago)

    I pamper myself by going out to a nice dinner.

  41. Sarah L
    9.11.2014 at 12:53 pm (12 months ago)

    I pamper myself by getting a massage every other week.
    Thanks for the contest.

  42. Wanda McHenry
    9.11.2014 at 6:14 pm (12 months ago)

    I pamper myself with relaxing music, a bubble bath and a glass of wine.

  43. Tracy Robertson
    9.11.2014 at 6:19 pm (12 months ago)

    I pamper myself with some good chocolates and extra relaxation!

  44. Debbie B
    9.11.2014 at 7:34 pm (12 months ago)

    i pamper myself by relaxing with a good book or listening to music


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