How to Repair Pillows


Pillows receive a lot of wear and tear. To plump a pillow, you hold it by one corner and give it a few whacks. It is not surprising they often need repair. Frequently the seams on the edge of a pillow split open. When a seam is repaired correctly, the mend will be invisible. Repair seams when the opening is still small to prevent the stuffing from escaping.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Thread your needle with 24 inches of thread. Pull the thread so the ends are even and knot both ends together.

  • Reach inside the opening and bring your needle out through the seam, 1/2 inch beyond the opening in the seam. This will hide the knot. Stick your needle back into the seam 1/4 inch closer to the opening and bring it out through the fold on the edge of the fabric on one side of the opening. The needle should come out just beyond the beginning of the opening in the seam. Pull the thread tight.

  • Stick your needle into the folded edge on the other side of the open seam. Bring your thread straight across the opening to the other side. If your pillow has piping inserted into the edge, go through the piping to get to the other side. Bring your needle out 1/4 inch farther along the seam on the same side. Pull the thread taut.

  • Repeat this stitch going from one side to the other across the open seam. Keep the thread perpendicular to the seam when you bring the thread across. If piping is in the seam, keep it at the same height as the piping on the rest of the pillow. This stitch is called the "slip-stitch."

  • Stitch until you are 1/2 inch beyond the opening in the seam. Knot your thread and cut off the excess thread, using scissors.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your pillow has a zipper you can remove the cover, turn it wrong side out and sew up the open seam on a sewing machine.
  • Press any loose stuffing back in place before you begin.

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