How To Save A Ton When Making Your Own Pillows

I love making my own pillows.  It is so much easier to find fabric to customize my own than to find the perfect pillow at a store.  And not only that but how about the price of store bought pillows?  Sheesh.

So I am going to let you in on one of my favorite secrets.  No one in St. George where I live is allowed to do this though, got it?

The best kind of pillow inserts are obviously Down.  They are so much fuller and you can chop them.  (Are you a chopper?)

Cheap Pillow Inserts


Down inserts from a fabric store will run you around $20.00 a piece, which is a sucky price when you want to save money.

So here is the secret.

Head to your local Homegoods, TJ Maxx or Ross and look for the pillows that are on clearance.  Yes, they are probably ugly. (You should have seen this girl giving me looks like I was crazy when I was buying these.)

Cheap Pillow Insert


As long as the cover is removable you just worked the system a little.   Congrats my friend!

I got 3 down pillows for $21.00.

Discounted Pillow Inserts


Love Your Guts


  • Stephanie {Luxe Boulevard} 07.12.2011 at 15:33

    I do that at the thrift store. LOL!
    I used your pillow cover tutorial and made a great his/her pillow set for a friends engagement party.

  • Twice Nice 07.12.2011 at 15:41

    I do that too…but in Nebraska!:-)
    Love your blog and super tutorials!

  • Junky Vagabond 07.12.2011 at 15:42

    Love the clearance aisle :)

  • Jen 07.12.2011 at 16:03

    This is probably a dumb question, but I’m new at this kind of stuff. How do you know that they are down?? Does it tell you on the tag or do you just know how it feels when they are down??

  • Mandi @ Vintage Revivals 07.12.2011 at 16:18

    Jen that is not a dumb question! Down means that it is made out of feathers as opposed to a fiber fill (polyester stuffing). They are SO much better!

  • Erin 07.12.2011 at 16:19

    Great tip! I’ve been buying the down inserts from IKEA, but it’s 2 hours away from me and I think theirs run about $8.99 a piece (still not a bad price all things considered!)

  • Tiffany 07.12.2011 at 16:28

    I do this too!
    I have also bought 2 of the long body pillows when they were on clearance for $6 and cut them into thirds and resewed them up. Then used my own fabric to make covers. 6 pillows for $12!!!

  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life) 07.12.2011 at 16:39

    Great idea. I also find a ton of them at Goodwill for around $3. Hugs, Marty

  • Sabrina 07.12.2011 at 16:45

    I do the same thing!! My husband looks at the pillows and says, those are SO UGLY!
    And then I magically transform them into pillow awesomeness!

  • Jessica @ Decor Adventures 07.12.2011 at 16:53

    You are sneaky! But brilliant. And I’m sure there’s a use for those ugly covers someplace, maybe? Crickets… :-)

  • Designed to the Nines 07.12.2011 at 16:55

    Mandi always has great ideas! I totally agree that making your own pillows are the best way to go… Here are some other ways to save money on pillows!

  • Tanya 07.12.2011 at 17:39

    OOOHHH, good idea! I don’t live anywhere near you, so I’m doing this!! hahaha. Now, I just need to learn how to work a sewing machine.

  • Amy @MaisonDecor 07.12.2011 at 18:36

    great idea! why didn’t i think of that???

  • Jessica 07.12.2011 at 20:48

    Good idea! :) You are right, they are so expensive!

  • Marnie 07.12.2011 at 21:18

    Your so smart!

  • Crafty Cousins 07.12.2011 at 21:27

    Absolutely genius! Too bad my nearest Ross is 100+ miles away. :(

  • Raquel English 08.12.2011 at 02:31

    Mandi, I have done that same thing for years. Another thing I do is buy down feather pillows at Walmart and cut them up. A king size pillow at 10 bucks gives me three pillows.

  • Mindy 08.12.2011 at 03:24

    and then i said, “you are amazing!!”
    i thought i was awesome for using a coupon..

  • mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity 08.12.2011 at 07:20

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  • mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity 08.12.2011 at 07:23

    Ross is a-freakin-mazing. I love it!! Love how you make it fashionable. Forget the Max-inista. We’ve got a Mand-inista on our hands.



  • alba 08.12.2011 at 09:03

    Me too Me too In fact I don’t sew but I happened across 4 King size down Pillows at our Home-sense (Canada) Had my MIL sew down the Middle I ended up with 4 cushions 2 new pillows for the bed.


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