How to refill or stuff a large sofa cushion pillow

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How to refill or stuff a large sofa cushion pillow
A sofa is the hard-working heart of your home. (Zinco79/iStock/Getty Images)

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.

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Things you 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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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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