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Title: Filling a zafu
Post by: ChangYuan on July 20, 2010, 01:16:24 pm
So, I have a friend sewing me some zafu's, I just need to fill them. Does anyone know roughly how much buckwheat hulls it takes to fill the average zafu? Or, is there another thing I could use to fill that is cheaper? Maybe dried beans and such?
Title: Re: Filling a zafu
Post by: Monkey Mind on July 20, 2010, 02:28:58 pm
This message comes from GoGet via email:

Tell him it takes about 5 pounds of buckwheat hulls to fill the average zafu
 
He can get hulls cheap at Vitamin cottage
 
Thanx
Title: Re: Filling a zafu
Post by: ChangYuan on July 22, 2010, 01:54:31 pm
Thanks alot, although I cannot find hulls on the website for that company.
Title: Re: Filling a zafu
Post by: TashiNyima on July 24, 2010, 05:43:11 am
Dear Friend

om svasti

Try these:
http://www.zafu.net/buckwheat.html

http://manymoonsalternatives.com/detail.php?pro_id=13

The first also carries kapok, which works well (although it will flatten with use).

Depending on how firm you like the zafu, about 3.5 pounds of buckwheat hulls could be enough.

mangalam
Title: Re: Filling a zafu
Post by: Shi Hong Yang on July 29, 2010, 04:16:20 pm
soybeans, corn, oatmeal... feed supply or farm supply stores or even maybe a garden supply store can special order from the other 2 if your in a place with neither.  personally fiberfill is way to much work and too squishy of a seat.   so go for firm stuffing like seeds, if you have to gravel, or clean sand.

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Title: Re: Filling a zafu
Post by: humanitas on July 30, 2010, 11:51:50 am
have you tried http://www.buckwheathull.com/ ?

They got lots of hulls.
:headbow:
Ogyen.
Title: Re: Filling a zafu
Post by: Shi Hong Yang on August 02, 2010, 10:21:00 am
I wonder if millet which you can buy in very large bags in the bird feed section of almost every box store like walmart or earl may garden centers.  Anything you think your butt would feel ok on might work... just make sure it's clean , no stones, twigs, leaf or sharp items...  round pebbles would do but it would need a heavyweight fabric like duck or vinyl and plus that cushion would be heavy!

 :headbow:
Title: Re: Filling a zafu
Post by: Yeshe Zopa on August 02, 2010, 10:40:40 am
I would stick with inorganic substances if there is any chance of dampness.  Mouldy zafus may cause a pong, and strange looks to be exchanged! LOL :)

My cheapest solution was to simply buy a really cheap cushion larger than the zafu and stuff it in.

My weirdest solution in a very cold place was shreds of blanket and a hot water bottle with the neck poking though a hole.  Not very tasteful.  LOL :)

This filling is cheap and effective and is washable:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/450g-Stuffing-Polyester-Fibre-Toy-filling-Cushion-Craft-/290452668044?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Crafts_Other_Crafts_EH&hash=item43a053fe8c

450g of Polyester Fibre Stuffing
This product is machine washable and fire retardant. Ideal for filling and stuffing toys, cushions, pillows and any other craft projects that have a need for wadding
Cleanliness B.S. 1425
Fire safety B.S. 5852
"Phoenix" polyester is non-allergenic
 A suitable component of articles requiring B.S. 5665 and the european standard EN71, also that required to carry the CE logo
Title: Re: Filling a zafu
Post by: ChangYuan on August 02, 2010, 03:10:12 pm
Well, I have gotten the first 2 of the 4 cushions from her. Absolutely amazing! She also made a liner to go inside to be filled so that the covers can be taken off to be washed if need be. And, they are a large size for my large self.

(http://www.imgftw.net/img/751897787.jpg)
Title: Re: Filling a zafu
Post by: humanitas on August 04, 2010, 09:01:15 pm
These are LOVELY!  Who made them?

:headbow:
Title: Re: Filling a zafu
Post by: ChangYuan on August 05, 2010, 09:35:05 am
These are LOVELY!  Who made them?

:headbow:

A friend of mine that had a sewing machine took the basic plans that I had and ran with them. They came out absolutely amazing. She is doing 2 more for me as well, should get those next month.
Title: Re: Filling a zafu
Post by: Caz on August 08, 2010, 10:57:18 am
Welldone friend these look excellent !  :D
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