Make Throw Pillows With Plastic Bag Stuffing


Tired of paying an arm and a leg for pillow stuffing or pillow forms?! Here's an alternative - use plastic bag filling with just a little bit of cotton filling around the edges (I used an old sleeping pillow for this).
Choose your fabric.
Choose your fabric.
Cut out your pillows (leave an inch for a hem).
Cut out your pillows (leave an inch for a hem).
Sew the pillow.
Sew the pillow.
Cut the edges and extra fabric.
Cut the edges and extra fabric.
Here is what I used to fill the pillows - plastic bags and an old sleeping pillow.
Here is what I used to fill the pillows - plastic bags and an old sleeping pillow.
Stuff the pillow. Use cotton in the edges and on the outside. Use plastic bags for everything else.
Stuff the pillow. Use cotton in the edges and on the outside. Use plastic bags for everything else.
make throw pillows with plastic bag stuffing, crafts, home decor
make throw pillows with plastic bag stuffing, crafts, home decor
make throw pillows with plastic bag stuffing, crafts, home decor
make throw pillows with plastic bag stuffing, crafts, home decor
make throw pillows with plastic bag stuffing, crafts, home decor
Megan Aubrey

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  • Kathy Meador Wells
    on Mar 30, 2016

    Are the pillows noisy when you sit or use them?

  • Pauline
    on Mar 30, 2016

    About how many bags are needed to keep the shape? Plastic bags do flatten rather easily. Not that there's ever a short supply of plastic bags but wondering how they hold up.

    • Pauline
      on Mar 31, 2016

      OK, and thank you. Guess I need to start saving those bags again. I can use the pillows, that's for sure.

  • Carolyn Noyer
    on Mar 31, 2016

    Wouldn't you have to take the whole thing apart to wash it?

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  • i've been doing this for years but used old,(clean) ladies nylon hose. Whenever I got a bad run in them I put them in a bag and stored them. I washed the pillows with the hose inside. Then just squeezed them out and during the summer, put them on a chair outside for the sun to finish drying.

  • Katie Wallace
    on Sep 15, 2018

    Great idea. I always wonder how to use all my plastic bags.

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