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Wooly Bolus: Feel-Good Stuffing for Pillows

Wooly Bolus Filled Throw PillowsMy favorite natural fill for throw pillows, and bed pillows, is wooly bolus. This loose, organic pillow stuffing is made from felted wool clusters, which are soft and springy.

A pillow stuffed with wooly bolus looks similar to a down/feather pillow. It’s a bit firmer and less squishy but it can be easily fluffed and shaped.  I especially like the many feel-good qualities of this wool fill:

  • Resists dust mites and mildew
  • No toxic fire retardants
  • Breathable, good thermal comfort
  • Renewable resource processed without harmful chemicals

I buy organic wooly bolus fill by the pound from Organic Cotton Plus. For a 18″ throw pillow I use about 1.5  pounds of fill and for a standard size bed pillow I use 2 to 3 pounds.

For best results, first make a zippered case the size of your decorative pillow cover. I use pre-shrunk cotton sheeting. Then, stuff it with wooly bolus to your desired fullness. This will be your pillow insert. You can remove or add fill any time to adjust the plumpness and refresh compressed fiber.

Can a wooly bolus pillow insert be washed?  Yes and no. Check out the results from my wash and dry test. I also include how-to instructions in this article I wrote for Satara Home’s blog.

Cozy Wool Slipcovers

Wool Slipcover InspirationThere are so many fabric options for making a cozy wool slipcover that looks chic and doesn’t itch.

  • Felt a 100% wool or wool-rich fabric for a soft, cozy blanket look.
  • Choose a washed wool or wool-blend menswear fabric in a herringbone, windowpane or tweed. Wool blended with polyester or acrylic often feels softer than some 100% wool fabrics.
  • Re-purpose a wool camping or army blanket for smaller pieces like cushions and ottomans. Felt it to soften.
  • Look for women’s wool-blend apparel fabric in a fun oversized houndstooth or a colorful plaid.

Photo credits: top left and right, Country Home & Interiors Magazine November 2013 issue. Bottom left, Pinterest. Bottom right, my fabric stash.