How-To: Make a Pillow Without Polyfill

pillow stuffing

Stuffing Your Pillow

You’re now ready to stuff! Grab your container of scraps and thready bits and go at it. You want to pack the stuffing in as tightly as possible, and you’ll find that it takes a lot more stuffing than it looks like it will.

In fact, you might run out of scraps before you get your whole pillow stuffed, like I did. No matter! Set your pillow aside, and you can finish the project up when you’ve amassed enough tiny scraps and bits of thread to finish things off. Maybe you have some crafty friends who’d be into saving their sewing scraps for you, too?

Whether you’re able to finish this pillow today or have to save up more scraps to complete the project, give yourself a pat on the back for keeping so much waste out of the landfill.

Next >> Finishing Your Pillow

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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