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.
Cut out your pillows (leave an inch for a hem).
Sew the pillow.
Cut the edges and extra fabric.
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.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 6 questions
  • 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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  • Charlotte, a smart old lady
    on Dec 31, 2016

    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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