How to refill or stuff a large sofa cushion pillow

Updated February 21, 2017

Sofas are perhaps the hardest working pieces of furniture in the house. They come in various styles made of different materials -- leather, vinyl and cloth over frames of wood or metal or a combination of the two. After wear, cloth sofas sometimes need to be re-stuffed to maintain cushion loft. You can refill a sofa cushion pillow at home without the expense of a costly upholstery expert or interior designer.

Place the sofa cushion pillow on a flat surface and examine it. If the sofa cushion pillow has a Velcro or zipper opening, open the cushion. If not, use a seam ripper to remove the stitches from a 10 cm (4 inch) section of a side seam.

Press the cushion as flat as possible using your hands. Make a mental note of where the cushion feels like it needs new stuffing.

Take a handful of stuffing and push it into the places within the sofa cushion pillow that need to be refilled. If the entire cushion needs to be re-stuffed, fill the pillow with a handful of polyester fibre at a time. If the sofa cushion pillow's stuffing is old or otherwise breaking down, remove all of the old stuffing and refill the cushion pillow with new filling.

Continue refilling the sofa cushion pillow until it returns to its natural shape. Force stuffing into the corners with the stuffing stick if necessary.

Turn the edges of the 10 cm (4 inch) opening under, touching the wrong sides of the inside fabric, and pin.

Hand sew the opening in the side seam shut or close the cushion with the Velcro or zipper.


Buy more stuffing than what you estimate you need.

You can also use shredded sponge to fill your cushions, but it is messier to use.

You can buy shredded sponge in fabric or sewing shops. If you prefer to use natural materials, cotton stuffing is available from sewing and craft suppliers.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 kg (5 lb) polyester fibre stuffing
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Stuffing stick (dowel rod or pencil end)
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Louise Harding holds a B.A. in English language arts and is a licensed teacher. Harding is a professional fiction writer. She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Harding's frugal domestic skills help readers save money around the home.