How Do I Plump Polyester Filling?

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Things You'll Need

  • Dryer

  • 3 tennis balls

  • Bag of polyester filling (optional)

  • Thread ripper (optional)

  • Needle and thread (optional)

The polyester filling in throw pillows can be plumped when they become flat.

Pillows or comforters stuffed with polyester filling can become flattened with use. If you have polyester-filled bed pillows, couch pillows, blankets or bedspreads, you don't have to throw them away when they become worn. Instead, you can give them new life. In the case of pillows, you can add more polyester filling to plump them. Since polyester filling is a synthetic fiber, it is inexpensive and readily available at many craft and fabric stores.


Step 1

Pick up polyester filling-stuffed pillows and hit them with one hand while holding them with the other. Hold the corners of the pillow and beat it against a firm surface several times, then rotate the pillow and hold the corners of the other end. Continue to plump the pillow by turning it over and around and beating it against the surface.


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Step 2

Remove the pillow from the cover, if it has one.

Step 3

Place the pillow in a dryer with three tennis balls. Dry the pillow on a no-heat cycle for 15 minutes. The tennis balls hitting the pillow as it tumbles can help plump the filling.


Step 4

Hold both sides of the pillow, grabbing some of the filling along with the outer fabric. Pull the sides of the pillow in opposite directions. Grab the pillow in several spots and continue pulling to plump the polyester filling.

Step 5

Add more filling if the above techniques don't work. Use a thread ripper to open one of the seams, stuff more polyester filling inside until the pillow is as plump as you want it, then hand-sew the seam closed again.


Step 6

Plump polyester-filled comforters by holding them at both corners of one end and shaking the comforter across the bed several times. Grab the other end of the comforter and do the same, then turn the comforter over and repeat the process.


Place clean comforters in the dryer and fluff on a no-heat setting to prevent the polyester filling from bunching inside them.


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