3 Alternatives to Buying Pillow Stuffing

3 Alternatives to Buying Pillow Stuffing

Pillows and cushions can be some of the easiest sewing projects. You make a square, you stuff it, you sew it shut, and voila! You're a friggin' Martha Stewart. 

I've made many a pillow in my day, including cushions for our dining room table chairs and throw pillows for the beds. I've always been one to go out and buy the big plastic bag of polyester filling. It's what I grew up with and it's convenient. 

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But is it really necessary to buy something? Aren't we all just surrounded by pillow stuffing day in and day out? Socks with holes in them, collected dust bunnies, globs of pet hair.... 

No, really though, there are a few things that I think could be considered as alternatives to going out and buying stuffing. I like these options because not only do they make your DIY project that much cheaper, but they also promote recycling. 

1. Other Pillows

Yep, stuff an old pillow into your new pillow case. Throw pillows are outrageously expensive to buy (which is probably why you're making your own), so when the fabric gets worn out or you decide to change up your decor, don't ditch your old ones, simply make new covers for them! Or even rip them open and steal their stuffing. 

2. Mattress Pads 

I started buying $14 egg crate mattress toppers from Target and using them to make dog crate beds. I always end up with a small part leftover ... you know what that means? MORE PILLOWS! Specifically, more, smaller dog beds. If I were to buy enough stuffing to make a crate bed for my 60-pound dog, we'd be talking like $40 worth of stuffing, and at that point, I wouldn't be saving money by making my own. This is a great alternative.

3. That Weird Insulation that Comes in Meal Subscription Boxes

OK, bear with me on this one. Last year, I tried out all of the meal subscriptions that offered free first month trials, then cancelled them after the first month (cause I'm sneaky ... but mostly super cheap). My favorite one was HelloFresh, but like the rest of them, they come with an absolutely unbearable amount of packaging. One packing piece is this padding made of recycled denim. At least it's recycled already, but I still just have a hard time throwing something away that could be used for something else. So guess what I did with it ... That's right, I made pillows! Specifically, I made yet another dog bed and a couple of dining room chair cushions. 

 

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