How to Re-Stuff Leather Cushions

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Seam ripper
  • Paper clamps
  • Curved leather upholstery needle
  • Waxed thread
  • Polyester fiberfil or pillow form

Leather cushions can be a beautiful addition to your home and couch. They can add elegance and sophistication to a room. With a lot of use, leather cushions can grow worn and lose their firmness. You can restuff leather cushions to make them look like new and extend their life.

Measure the length and width of your cushion, and purchase a pillow form in that size. If you prefer, you can use polyester fiber to stuff your cushions. It will be somewhat messier to use, and you will need a package or two, depending on the size of your pillow and your desired firmness.

Use the seam ripper to carefully open one side of your cushion, making sure not to cut through the leather. If your pillow has a zipper, skip this step.

Pull out the old stuffing from inside your cushion.

Place the pillow form or polyester fiber inside the leather cushion case, and adjust the stuffing or form to your liking.

Use the paper clamps to hold the open side shut, keeping the cushion's old seam allowance tucked inside. Do not use pins instead of paper clamps. They will leave small holes in the leather. If your cushion has an invisible zipper or other type of closing, skip this step and just close the zipper.

Thread your curved upholstery needle.

Use an invisible stitch to close your cushion's open side. See Resources for more information on different kinds of invisible stitches.

Tie off your thread and use your cushion.


  • Instead of using a pillow form, you can also use an old pillow to fill your cushions.