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Recycled Vintage Pillow

A wonderful way to use scraps of beautiful linens, handed down or found while treasure hunting!

Approximate Time: 30 minutes



  • decorative linens
  • pillow stuffing
  • trims
  • scissors
  • sewing machine


I love, love, love vintage handiwork. I find some beauties at thrift shops and can't possibly display them all! Many have tears or stains but have other portions that are still in great shape. For my sofa pillow:

  1. Lay out an embroidered runner, then center a salvaged printed linen piece and pin.

  2. Sew the center square with matching thread on my machine.

  3. Take a vintage pillowcase and cut to fit for the back and set it aside.

  4. Sew trim around the center square.

  5. Pin trim to the border of the piece on the right side of fabric, then laid back piece (pillow case) over front and pinned.

  6. Sew (right sides together being careful not to catch trim in your machine).

  7. Leave about 6 inches open for turning, stuff and hand stitch closed.


This is now one of my most treasured pieces.

By Carol from Landisville, PA

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