Until recently, I have always felt great satisfaction after a sewing project is complete and I get to scrunch all the loose threads and cuttings into a tight ball and throw them away. I would throw away the garbage and be left only with my creation.
That is until I read an article online about using even the tiniest of scraps of fabric and thread cuttings to stuff a pillow. So from that point onwards I started saving every inch of discarded fabric and every tiny snip of thread. When I teach sewing I encourage all my students to save every piece of fiber too. Not only does this save my floor (and vacuum cleaner) from all the fluff that typically accumulates after each lesson, but it also helps speed the process of collecting enough stuffing for a pillow. It takes Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to the next level!
It’s important to note that none of the fabric collected was dirty or smelly in any way. They were merely too small to sew into much else.
After a good few months of collecting, I finally had enough fabric to stuff a pillow. So I made a pillow form first. Then I made the pillow cover. It’s important to remember that the ‘stuffing’ will consist of different colored fabric, so make a pillow form to ensure that no dark colored fabrics show through.
First make a pillow form. I always make the pillow form an inch or two larger than your desired finished pillow form. Cut two square pieces of plain fabric. Mine were 22 inches square each. Sew them together round all four edges, leaving a small opening. Snip the corners diagonally. Zig-zag round all the edges.
My kids did the pinning for me!
Turn the pillow form right side out and STUFF IT!
Once it is stuffed to your satisfaction, slip stitch the opening closed. This will be a heavy pillow, so make the stitches strong.
When the pillow form is complete. Start working on your pillow cover. Choose strong fabric as this pillow will be nice and heavy. It’s good for people who like a firm pillow. Could also be used as a floor pillow, so fabric needs to be able to withstand lots of abuse.
For instructions for sewing a pillow, click here.
Congrats, your finished pillow was free, green and is 100% unique!!!