How to Upcycle an Old Pillow Into a Cushion

How to Upcycle an Old Pillow Into a Cushion

Some time ago we replaced all the tired old synthetic pillows with nice new feather ones.

I love a feather pillow, but I was left with a load of saggy old pillows that I didn’t know what to do with! The obvious answer of course was to throw them out. I wasn’t keen in this idea as I felt they could probably still be used for something, and I would always rather use something until it falls apart!

Unfortunately this was a while ago and the pillows have been cluttering up my bedroom floor for several months. I had nowhere to put them so they were on the floor.

I’ve been reading the Flylady’s book (affiliate link) and she has told me to stop using my bedroom as a graveyard for stuff that doesn’t have a home.

So I’ve decided that the pillows have to be used or they have to go.

I’ve managed to use one of them! Last week I made a cute little cushion with a pocket on the front for a book. I didn’t have a cushion pad for it, so I made one out of one of the pillows!

If you’ve got some old pillows and you need new cushion pads, this is a great way to upcycle a pillow into a cushion pad. You end up with a new cushion pad and less stuff goes to landfill 🙂

Here’s some instructions showing how to upcycle an old pillow into a cushion pad.how to upcycle an old pillow into a cushion pad

Instructions For Turning an Old Pillow Into a Cushion

1. Wash the pillow and dry it. As it was a wet day when I washed mine, I popped it in the tumble dryer. When it came out, it was already much fluffier. It still wouldn’t be nice to use as a pillow though!how to upcycle an old pillow into a cushion pad

You don’t have to use a tumble dryer, you could just dry it on the line.

2. Cut the end off the pillow cover and pull the contents out. Inside will be a load of stuff that looks like polyester filling.how to upcycle an old pillow into a cushionhow to upcycle an old pillow into a cushion

3. Grab a chunk of the filling and start pulling it apart. Keep doing this until it’s all fluffy. Some of it will be fluffy already. Other bits of it will take more doing.how to upcycle an old pillow into a cushion

4. You can upcycle the pillow cover as well! Measure the cushion you are making the pad for, then mark those measurements onto the pillow cover. Remember to add a seam allowance! how to upcycle an old pillow into a cushion

5. Cut the pillow cover down to the right size, then sew it together on 3 of the sides. You’ll probably be able to use a couple of the existing seams.how to upcycle an old pillow into a cushion

6. Return the now fluffy contents to the cover. You’ll want it to be full but not too firm. Decide how firm is comfy for you! Fold the raw edges of the open end inwards, then sew.how to upcycle an old pillow into a cushion

Now you have a new cushion pad!how to upcycle an old pillow into a cushionhow to upcycle an old pillow into a cushion

If you’re making something smaller, you probably won’t need all the filling. You can store this and make something else with it. A pincushion would be a nice project and there’s a tutorial for one you can wear on your wrist here!

If you like my cushion with the pocket on the front, the tutorial for it is here. 

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About AnnaWilson

I'm Anna and I live in Norfolk with my four beautiful boys, my husband and a three legged cat. I don't have an actual craft room due to the fact that we are six messy people living in a not very big house. I do however have a pile of unfinished projects. Thankfully there is plenty of room in cyberspace, so make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and make yourself at home! And please leave me comments! And maybe like me on Facebook :)

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