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DIY Feather Pillow Inserts

Last Updated on October 8, 2017 by Kristi Linauer

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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    Zoe Feast
    June 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    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!

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    June 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I am absolutely in LOVE with that chair!! It's gorgeous.

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    June 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Oh, and of course, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love your blog.

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    June 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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

    Enjoy your special day!!!!

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    Amy @ Increasinglydomestic
    June 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Happy Birthday!

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    June 22, 2011 at 4:02 am

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

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    June 22, 2011 at 4:06 am

    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!

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    Jessica @ Home and Faith
    June 22, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    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! 

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    June 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    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.

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    m andm
    June 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    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.

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    Kim Perdew
    June 29, 2011 at 1:04 am

    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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    Feather Pillow
    July 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    That's a fantastic feather pillow; just perfect for that beautiful chair.

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    August 2, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I think your idea is very simplistic. I look forward to making them
    I do have a question about”preparing” the feathers. I live in Delaware and when I was investing sources for making pillows with ticks g, etc, I learned that there are certain health standards for “preparing” feathers for use.
    Any ideas? Though your technique seems simple enough, it may not meet health standards.

    I want to sell my pillows with down that a friend wants to give me. They are over 40 years old. Several green trash bags full.

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      August 2, 2016 at 10:02 am

      I have no idea. But I can tell you for sure that there’s a huge difference between feather pillows and down pillows. Down costs a whole lot more.

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    December 16, 2022 at 8:21 am

    I purchased a bunch of feather and down pillows at thrift stores, and replaced the covers.