Great cushion

March 19, 2011

Remember those Fitballs (aka Swiss balls) that were all the rage a few years ago? Everyone said how good they were for strengthening your back and even suggested you take them into your office and use them there. The problem was, they were large and unwieldy (ever tried to fit a fully inflated one into your car?), and they rolled into other people’s spaces after you got off them. And they deflated over time.

Well, yesterday I discovered a cushion version! I’m at a 3-day quilting workshop, and one of the items available in the ‘market place’ is this little inflatable cushion that’s like a mini Fitball. I saw one of the other ladies had one so I went and bought one of my own as the chair I was on was too low to reach the sewing machine work area comfortably.

It’s great. It raises you a good 1″ (2.5 cm) and has two sides — a spiky one and a flatter one. Here’s a hint from experience: Don’t sit on the spiky side in your underwear! It’s comfortable, but hurts like hell when you try to stand up!! ;-)

You can get one for less than US$30 from The Gypsy Quilter: http://thegypsyquilter.com/thegypsyquilter.htm. Or try your local quilt/fabric store.

I can see these being used by anyone who needs to raise themselves a little higher, who has to sit in a hard chair all day (think sporting events, airlines, conferences), who needs to move their back a little while seated, or who just wants a comfy seat. There’s a whole market out there…

I get nothing for endorsing this product — after 3+ hours on it, I’m a happy user!


  1. I have two! One on my desk chair at work and one on the chair at my sewing machine. But I think mine is a little bigger – about 2″ in height.

    Wonderful for someone like me who needs to fidget during the day.

  2. Actually, it is about 2″ in height. It compresses to about 1″ when you sit on it — I guess how much it compresses depends on your weight. I use mine at my sewing machine as the sewing machine is not embedded flat into the table, which means I have to raise my shoulders, elbows etc. to sew — not good ergonomically.

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