How-To: Make a Pillow Without Polyfill

pillow ready to stuff

Sewing Your Pillow

You want to leave a space for stuffing, so stitch the pillow starting about 1/3 of the way from the end on the short, open side and sew around the edge, following the seams as much as you can, and finish about 1/3 of the way from the other corner of the unfinished short edge.. The idea is to have a finished pillow with a “flange” around the border that’s the same width as the original seams on your valence/dish towel/hemmed fabric. My pillow has about a 1″ flange, but yours can be smaller or bigger, depending on how you want your finished product to look.

The photo above shows my pillow all stitched around with a nice-sized opening that’s ready for stuffing.

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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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