Posted on | February 21, 2009 | 2 Comments
As with most of my craft projects, this recycled pillow was inspired by need. My favorite pillow needed to be washed because spilled soda soaked through the case. But, when I took the pillow out of the dryer, I found that the case was torn and the insides had matted. Ugh!
Instead of throwing the pillow out and spending at least 10-20 dollars on a new one, I decided to recycle the old one.
First, I located an old pillow case. The one I found was a present from when I first got married 25 years ago. It was still intact, but horribly faded.
Then, I pulled apart the stuffing from the damaged pillow. This took about 20 minutes, because I didn’t want even small clumps in the new one. Some of the stuffing had to be thrown out because I just couldn’t get it to plump up, but most was salvaged.
Finally, I placed the stuffing in the new pillowcase and sewed the edges together.
The new pillow is slightly flatter than the old one was, but still highly usable. I’ve been sleeping with it for two nights now, and I’m extremely satisfied.