How to Restuff Drooping Accent Pillows

If your accent pillows are looking tired, a bit flat and droopy its time to re-stuff them. This is a very easy project, even if you're not a good at sewing. You can purchase the supplies you need at any craft, fabric or upholstery store.

You Will Need

  • Scissors
  • Pillow stuffing
  • Pillow form
  • Needles
  • Thread
  • Seam ripper
  • Home drycleaning kit

Step 1: Renew the Stuffing

If you want to see if the stuffing in the pillows can be renewed, put them in a dryer with a damp towel and put on high heat. Some people like to add a couple of tennis balls to the dryer also. Let the towel dry and remove everything from the dryer. If they are nice and puffy, you won't have to re-stuff, or you may only need to add a bit of new stuffing.

Step 2: Determine Type of Stuffing

You don't have to use the same type of stuffing to renew your accent pillows that is currently in the pillow. Of course if you are just adding to the stuffing to renew it a bit, you will want to use the same kind. Pillows are stuffed with various types of polyester fiber fill as a rule. This is lightweight, holds its shape and is inexpensive.

Some pillows are stuffed with down which is a great deal more expensive than fiber fill. If you have down, you can add to it or have a dry cleaner do it. As a rule, down stuffed pillows last many years and only need cleaning occasionally.

You may have a pillow that has a zipper and a stuffed pillow form inside. This type is very easy to re-stuff. All you need to do is measure the pillow or take it to the store with you, and buy the appropriate size pillow form that is ready made.

Step 3: Re-stuffing the Pillow

Use the scissors or seam ripper to open one end of the pillow along the seam line. Be careful to not cut the fabric. Remove all of the old stuffing and throw it away. If the fabric of your pillow is washable, now would be an excellent time to launder it. It would also be a good time to have it dry cleaned or use a home dry cleaning kit to clean it.

Open your bag of stuffing and get a good size clump. Shove it into the back of the pillow, making sure that corners are filled if the pillow is square. Do not pack it too tightly. Be sure to use very large clumps of poly fill and not tiny bits as that will create lumps. Push as much poly fill into the pillow form as you possibly can. Many people will fill pillows then let them sit overnight or a couple of days to let the poly fill settle a bit. If you do this, you will find that more stuffing can be added when you return to the project.

When you have the pillow filled to capacity, sew the opening shut. Use very small invisible stitches and a strong thread such as quilters thread or buttonhole thread. Fluff in your hands when finished.