Buckwheat is sometimes credited with magical properties as a filler for pillows. There are people who are really more comfortable sleeping on such a pillow, which, moreover, does not cause allergies. Buckwheat, which is usually sold in stores, is not suitable for such purposes.
Where to get husk
In large chain stores, unshelled buckwheat is sometimes found. You can buy it both in a beekeeping farm and from a farmer who grows this crop. Sometimes such cereals are sold in large markets. It is very important to determine the amount of such cereals. As a rule, there is about the same amount of husk in unshelled cereal as in kernel.
You will need a thick cloth bag to separate the husks. Fold the rump into it and tie. It is best to make a loop at the end of the tie, so that it is more convenient to bang this bag against the wall. If there is a lot of buckwheat, you can put the bag on the floor and pound it with a wooden stick. Ten minutes of vigorous beating will be sufficient. Cover the room with sheets or pieces of wallpaper. Place a large sheet of paper on top. Pour the contents of the bag onto it and place in a warm place, protected from direct sunlight and wind. The buckwheat, together with the husk, should dry well, after which the husk will easily separate. It is best to separate with a hairdryer or fan. The core will remain in place, and the husk will scatter, and this is what sheets or pieces of wallpaper are needed for. Collect the husk in a separate bag. You do not need to dry it additionally.
They sew a buckwheat pillow in the same way as a feather one. True, the fabric for the bedclothes may not be so thick, because buckwheat husks do not have the ability to crawl out through the gaps between the threads. Take a piece of thick enough cotton fabric. Cut out a large rectangle. Fold it in half with the right side inward. Sew the side seams and part of the top, leaving a small hole. Stuff the pillow with buckwheat husk and seal the hole. Sew a pillowcase onto the pillow.
Despite the fact that unground buckwheat is not the best stuff for stuffing, sometimes such pillows are made. Such bedding, however, turns out to be quite rigid. In addition, buckwheat, unlike husk, can rot. Such a pillow usually lasts a very short time, only a few months. The groats must be thoroughly calcined. To do this, cover the baking sheet with tracing paper. Put the buckwheat on the paper in an even layer. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C, put a baking sheet in it and heat the cereals for half an hour. It is better to make a napernik for such a pillow from a soft fabric. Modern hypoallergenic materials are suitable, as well as natural fabrics such as thick cloth. Stuff the pillow very tightly. You can take the most ordinary pillowcase, suitable in size.