DIY Feather Pillow Inserts

Good morning to you!  Guess what.  Today’s my birthday!  So I’m gonna give myself a bit of a break with a really easy post today.  (Hey, I can’t be spectacular every day!)  Open-mouthed smile

But I did want to pass along a little money-savings tip to you.

First, you need to know that I’m a pillow snob.  It’s true.  There’s only one other thing (that I can think of) that I’m a complete snob about, and that’s window treatments.  But anyway, yes, I’m a pillow snob.  I absolutely cannot stand polyester pillow inserts.  I like feather.  Only.  No polyester.  Feather.

But I hate spending lots of money on feather pillow inserts.  Have you noticed how much those things are?  They’re expensive!  I’ve seen them cost as much as $40 for a 20” x 20” pillow insert.  That’s crazy!  There are places like Crate & Barrel that sell them for a pretty reasonable price, but we don’t have one of those locally, and by the time I pay for shipping, the price is right back up there!

So I’ve started making my own.  I’ve found these standard/queen size feather bed pillows at Target and other stores for about $10.


I make the pillow insert out of leftover blackout drapery lining.  The rubbery coating on the back of blackout lining keeps the feathers from poking through easily.

I’ve found that I can get about three 18” x 12” pillow inserts out of one standard/queen feather pillow.

It’s a bit messy…


…but considering that I end up paying about $3.33 per pillow insert, I think it’s totally worth it!  And because they don’t need to look pretty, they’re so simple and quick to make.  I think it takes me about 10 minutes start to finish to make one insert.


I think it’s definitely worth the savings!  And when they’re inside a pretty little pillow cover, nobody will ever know that I made it myself and paid less than $3.50 for it.  Not too shabby!

chair with pillow

Have a great day!

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  1. Zoe Feast says

    Happy Birthday! I am a pillow snob too… feather is the only way to go. I love the fact your DIY approach means you can have any shaped pillow you like.

    Enjoy your day and eat lots of cake!

  2. Erin says

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Thanks for giving US a little present today…this is such a brilliant idea!! 

    Enjoy your special day!!!!

  3. cozycondoliving says

    Happy Birthday!!!!  I'm having trouble commenting to your post again, but I thought I'd give it one more try.

  4. cozycondoliving says

    OK.  Since it worked I wanted to tell you that I hope you had a fun B-Day.  Thank you for the feather pillow project.  I hadn't thought about using blackout fabric to keep those pesky feathers from poking out (my Ikea pillows poke me all the time and come out and make a mess).  I don't want to risk commenting on your other post so I wanted to tell you that I love your mom's sunburst clock.  She's sounds like she is just as creative as you are.  Your brother is a cutie!

  5. Jessica @ Home and Faith says

    Happy Birthday!!!  (I know a day late!  But you deserve a whole birthday week, right?  :)  )  The feather bed pillow is a GREAT tip!  Best one I've seen in a while!  Thanks for sharing! 

  6. Christine says

    Hi, I found you on Thrifty Decor Chic. I had no idea that Target sells these, I don't normally go looking through the bedding aisle of Target…..seems that these are even cheaper than Ikea (which is also a 150 mile round trip from my house). Thanks for the tip!!!!!
    Happy birthday by the way, mine was on the 20th.

  7. m andm says

    Wow you really got my attention!  I'm a pillow snob as well.  Thanks for the tip.  You know where I'm going for my next pillow makings.

  8. Kim Perdew says

    I am trying to catch up on all your posts as I have been out of commission in blog land for a couple weeks. LOVE this idea….. And a LATE Happy Birthday… here is hoping it was happy…..

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