How to Repurpose Old Pillows

Things You'll Need

  • Pillows
  • Fabric
  • Pre-made pillow cases
  • Stuffed animals
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Unpadded footstool or bench
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
  • Dining chairs
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Cushions

Recycling is no longer considered a fad or a trend. People all over the United States have embraced recycling. Better still, recycling is no longer relegated just to certain types of items like paper, plastic or glass. Instead, people are looking for ways to recycle other things that once would have simply ended up in a landfill. That even includes household items like old pillows.

How to Repurpose Old Pillows

Clean the pillows that are to be repurposed, following the instructions provided on the tags of each type.

Recover the pillows with new fabric for use elsewhere within the home like a playroom or a screened-in porch.

Stitch two Standard size bed pillows together by hand to create a floor pillow. Cover with a pre-made or handmade floor pillow case.

Take the pillow apart and use its stuffing to fill pre-made or handmade pillow covers in various shapes and sizes. You can also use the stuffing to make specialized pillows for the neck, back, knees or other parts of the body that require extra padding.

Cut Queen size bed pillows in half. Remove about half of the stuffing from each part. Sew the open ends of the pillows closed. Place the newly created pads on the seats of unpadded dining chairs. Take the removed stuffing and secure it to the backs of the chairs with tape or create more formal pillow backings with old fabric. Cover the newly padded chairs with pre-purchased or handmade chair covers.

Create cushions for outdoor furniture that doesn't have any or to fluff up the old cushions that exist, using as many old pillows as are needed. It may be necessary to cut down or stitch multiple pillows together to accomplish this, depending on the size of cushions needed for the furniture. Cover with water resilient fabric.

Use the pillow’s stuffing to re-fluff favorite stuffed animals that are losing their “poof” or to make new stuffed toys for children.

Pull the stuffing out of old pillows to create a fluffy snow scene for a Christmas setting.

Purchase an unpadded footstool or bench or use an old one that has insufficient padding. Cut one or more pillows (as needed for the bench) to fit the top of the piece. Stitch any open ends closed and/or sew pillows together. Place the new pad on top of the piece and cover with tapestry, suede, leather or brocade. Secure the fabric underneath the stool or bench with staples and a staple gun. Accessorize with trim like braid, rope, tassels or beading if desired.

Take the stuffing out of old pillows to fluff out window valances.


  • Place a clean sneaker or two or three tennis balls in with pillows as they dry.


  • Use only stuffing that is allergen free to make something for individuals that suffer from allergies. Don't repurpose stuffing that is already broken down to the point that it can't be fluffed out.