How-To: Make a Pillow Without Polyfill

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Fold It

My valence was 42″ long by 12″ wide, but you can really use almost any dimensions you like. My finished pillow was 21″ by 12″ (half as wide as the fabric I started with and the same height).

To get started, press your valence (or dish towel, or hemmed fabric), then fold it in half longways, right sides facing out (like in the photo), press again, and pin. Grab some thread and head to the machine, because you’re ready to start sewing!

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Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .


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  1. We made some of these years ago when my scraps were getting out of control! We called them brick pillows because the scraps make the pillows so much heavier than the polyfill.

  2. I’ve recently been making a quilt style blanket out of tshirts and after cutting those tshirts i wondered what i could do with all the scraps. This is the perfect DIY to use those scraps!

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