US 3162868 A
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Dec. 29, 1964 H. A. CRAMER BED PILLOW PROTECTOR Filed 001.. IC), 1962 ATTORNEYS.
United States Patent 3,162,868 BED PHJLOW PROTECTQR Helen A. Cramer, 215 Puritan Road, Tenawanda, N3. Filed Oct. 10, 1962, Ser. No. 22.95% 1 Claim. (Cl. -339) This invention relates to protectors of absorbent material for use between a pillow and the pillowcase or cover to prevent staining of the pillow by perspiration, hair oils or other damage.
The object of the invention is to provide a protector of this type which is made mainly of absorbent material and is in the form of a bag into which a pillow can be readily inserted so as to completely cover the pillow, and which with the pillow enclosed therein can be readily enclosed in and removed from the usual pillowcase.
In the accompanying drawings:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a pillow protector embodying this invention.
FIG. 2 is a transverse, sectional elevation thereof on an enlarged scale on line 22, FIG. 1.
FIGS. 3, 4 and 5 are fragmentary end views of my improved pillow protector showing diiferent types of closures for the open ends of the protector.
The protector embodying my invention comprises two composite panels 7 and 8 of protecting absorptive material of any desired shape to fit a pillow, for example, of rectangular shape, and these panels are sewn together along the edges thereof to form a bag adapted to receive a pillow which is to be protected. The edges of the panels may be secured together by stitching 9 or other necessary means, such for example as plastic cements. One portion of the edge of the protector is left open so that pillows may be inserted into the protector and removed therefrom, and preferably this portion of the protector may be closed by suitable closures which may be opened to permit the pillow to be passed through the open portion of the protector.
The two panels of the protector are preferably of similar construction and each includes an inner absorptive layer 10 which may be of any suitable fibrous material which will readily absorb perspiration, oils or the like, and which can readily be washed or cleaned to remove any substances absorbed thereby. Cotton batting has been found very suitable for this purpose since the loose fibers are very absorptive but other absorptive fibrous substances may be employed.
The absorptive layer 10 of each panel is confined between inner and outer layers 11 and 12 of a suitable woven fabric, such as cotton, rayon, nylon or the like. The outer layer 12 may be made of somewhat stronger material than the inner layer 11 since it is more subjected to wear.
It is of course desirable to have the absorbent layer secured between two layers 11 and 12 without shifting, and consequently I provide additional stitching or other securing means 14 which extend inwardly from the edges of the panels and which may extend in difierent directions and cross each other, as clearly shown. This stitching 14 may of course be replaced by heat seaming if the materials employed are of a type which make pos- 3,162,868 Fatented Dec. 29, 1964 ice sible this manner of securing the opposite layers 11 and 12 to each other.
The edges of the panels where secured together by the stitching 9 may be covered by tape 15 in the usual manner. secured together to form closed edges may be of sufiicient width to cover the adjacent edges of both panels. However, at the portion of the protector which forms an opening to receive a pillow, a tape may be sewn around the edge of each panel.
It is possible of course to leave the open edge of the protector without any type of fastening since the positioning of the same with a pillow therein in a pillowcase in many instances is sulficient to hold the protector in the desired position. However, in many instances it may be desirable to close the open edges of the protectors, and any suitable closing means may be provided for this purpose. For example, in FIG. 1, I have shown a zipper 17 for closing the open edge of the protector, and in FIG. 3 I have illustrated buttons 19 on one of the panels which cooperate with buttonholes in the other panel. In FIG. 4 I have shown snaps 20 of well known type, and in FIG. 5 I have shown bands or ribbons 22 secured to the two panels and which may be tied together to close the open edge of the protector.
The protectors described have the advantage that they are made of sufiicient thickness so that any perspiration, hair oils or other substances passing through the pillowcases can be quite fully absorbed by the protectors and prevented from passing through to the pillows. Furthermore, they can be readily detached from the pillows and washed or cleaned in any manner desired. They also have a firming action and make the pillows more solid, and in some cases the protectors have an antiallergic effect.
It will be understood that various changes in the details, materials and arrangements of parts which have been herein described and illustrated in order to explain the nature of the invention may be made by those skilled in the art within the principle and scope of the invention as expressed in the appended claim.
A bed pillow protector for insertion between a pillow and a pillowcase, said protector comprising two composite panels sewn together along the greater portion of their peripheries and unsecured at a peripheral part of sufiicient size to form an opening to permit a pillow to be protected to pass into and out of the space between said panels, each panel comprising a layer of padding of unwoven fibers of absorptive material, woven layers of sheet material on opposite faces of saidpadding, said woven layers being stitched together at their edges and having cross stitching between said edges to hold said padding against shifting between said woven layers, and closure means for closing said opening.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,284,459 Ross Nov. 12, 1918 2,500,250 Hill Mar. 14, 1950 2,949,157 Barbuto Aug. 16, 1960 The tape at the portions of the panels which are