How-To: Make a Pillow Without Polyfill


Finishing Your Pillow

OK, so you’ve stuffed and stuffed, and your little pillow is practically bursting with scraps. You’re ready to finish this sucker off! Use a couple of pins to close off the opening, and stitch it closed either by hand or on your machine. If you opt to machine stitch, make sure you back-stitch on either end so the opening is extra secure.

The completed pillow might be slightly lumpier than one stuffed with polyfill, but it wasn’t nearly as lumpy as I’d feared it would be. Plus, every time you lean on it, you get to feel good about reducing waste and making a cute pillow all at the same time!

Do any of you guys use scraps for stuffing? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments!

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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