Turn an Old Pillow into Two Throw Pillows

Last month, I turned this old pillow:
savvyhousekeeping recycling old pillow into throw pillows
Into two decorative throw pillows for my couch:
savvyhousekeeping recycling old pillow into throw pillows
Here they are up close:
savvyhousekeeping recycling old pillow into throw pillows
savvyhousekeeping recycling old pillow into throw pillows
What happened was, I had this old pillow lying around. I was going to throw it out, but then someone gave me two embroidered fabric samples. I loved the design on them, so I decided to turn them into throw pillows, using the batting from the old pillow as filler.
I’m happy with the results, especially considering the frugal nature of this project. Because I re-used the old pillow, I didn’t have to buy a new pillow form from the craft store. The fabric was free and I had thread already, so the only thing I had to buy for this project was the brown backing, which cost $3. Therefore, this project cost me a total of $3, or $1.50 a pillow.

How To Turn an Old Pillow into Two Throw Pillows:

1. Wash the old pillow in the washing machine. You want to kill any bacteria or other gross stuff in it. Dry the pillow in the dryer.
2. Remove the batting from the pillow. I sliced open the casing:
savvyhousekeeping recycling old pillow into throw pillows
And pulled the batting out.
3. Measure your pillows. To do this, I measured the decorative fabric.
savvyhousekeeping recycling old pillow into throw pillows
They were 17 inches long and 10 inches wide, which seemed like a good size for a pillow. I needed to allow for a half-inch seam around the whole thing, which subtracts a half inch on all four sides of the pillow. That means that the end pillows would be 16 inches long and 9 inches wide.
4. Cut the batting to the finished size of the pillow. I measured the batting into two 16X9 inch pieces, one for each pillow. Then I marked it with a sharpie and cut the batting, like so:
savvyhousekeeping recycling old pillow into throw pillows
I ended up with two separate piece of batting. This is the filler for the pillows.
savvyhousekeeping recycling old pillow into throw pillows
5. Next, cut the backing of the pillow. I laid out the brown fabric that would become the back of the pillow, and then I laid my decorative fabric upside down on top of it, or right sides together, as they say. I pinned and cut a square out of the fabric.
savvyhousekeeping recycling old pillow into throw pillows
Like the front of the fabric, it was 17X10 inches, allowing for the extra half inch seam. I repeated for the second pillow.
6. Now it is time to sew the pillow. With a sewing machine, I sewed a half inch seam down both of the long sides and one end of the pillow. I left other the end open. Then I pressed the seams with an iron, like so:
savvyhousekeeping recycling old pillow into throw pillows
I turned the pillow inside out, and repeated with the second pillow.
7. Stuff the batting into the pillow. Since this is recycling something old into something new, it was a little lumpy and irregular at first. I had to spend some time pushing and adjusting and trimming the batting to make sure the pillows looked square.
8. When I was satisfied, I sewed the open end of the pillow up. To do this, I got a needle and thread. I turned the seam under and using a slip stitch, I closed the other end of the pillow. I repeated with the second pillow. Voila! Transformation is complete.
savvyhousekeeping recycling old pillow into throw pillows
Hurrah!

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