Recycled Pillow Tutorial

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refurbished-pillow-tutorialAs 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.

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Comments: 2

  1. Wow! This JUST happened to me too this week! I am so glad I found your post through the Carnival of the Green. I was just resigned to sleeping on a matted, uncomfortable pillow because I, like you, couldn’t bring myself to throw it out. Now I know what to do to fix it. Bravo. I’ll probably link to this post on Fake Plastic Fish.

    Beth

  2. This is just the kind of thing we need right now. I like that you repurposed your pillow….into another pillow! If more of us were as resourceful, we would stop a lot of waste from going into the landfils.

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