Make Two Throw Pillow Inserts - From One Bed Pillow!

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1 Hour
The right pillow form can make all the difference with your decor. But sometimes - we don't need to look any further than our linen closets and bedrooms for fresh pillow inserts. I made these two gorgeous, fluffy pillow inserts out of one bed pillow that was on it's way to be donated. I just love finding new ways to use stuff around the house!
This project couldn't be easier! I took one king sized cover and wanted to even pillow inserts. My king pillow was exactly 20x 36 inches. I just cut this in half - to make two 20 x 18 inch pillow forms. Yes - it's not standard, but when you make you own pillow covers anyways, you can just make them to fit. :) You can certainly measure a standard size pillow form if you want.
I made a small dot at 18 inches and then used a ruler to draw a line all the way down the pillow.
Then I cut it! Yes, you will be in a feather snowstorm. It's worth it. :)

***Alternatively, BEFORE you cut the pillow, you can hand sew the pillows shut, THEN cut. This helps avoid a big mess of feathers. (Thanks hometalkers!) Then run the pillows through your sewing machine to tighten up the seams.
I didn't find it too difficult to just cut, pin and sew. Plus - I love to vacuum!
After it's completely cut, Try and tuck as many feathers or filling as you can back into each pillow.
Then pin it up!
Then sew it really, really well. You don't ever want that filling to come out again. :) And - it will be covered with a pillow cover so who cares if it's not super pretty.
Voila! Now you have two beautiful throw pillow inserts for the price of one bed pillow. Get creative with those old bed pillows in storage and put them to good use with your decor! For more of my tips on pillows, fabric and what makes the best pillow inserts - go to my website -
Cover up those new inserts with a pretty pillow cover. Have fun!

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  • Linda Linda on Dec 14, 2020

    How do you fit that under the sewing machine foot??? What am I missing?!

  • Gaye Gaye on Dec 15, 2020

    I reused pillow feathers for a new pillow, but felt like they might be old and dirty. Do they have dust or must?

  • Linda Thompson Linda Thompson on Jun 15, 2021

    How do you get the indention in the top center of the pillow?


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  • Morgan Morgan on Dec 15, 2020

    Love it. I am going to use my comforter. Great job and idea.

  • Mavis Mavis on Aug 10, 2021

    I have done this and made throw pillows, but used pillows filled with the soft non-allergenic polyester stuffings, and just squished the filling away from the centers, then sewed a line of stiching on my machine, then cut down the centre. Didn't have to deal with feathers flying, and prefer the polyester fillings, as I don't get stuck with the sharp ends of any feathers poking through.