Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow Stuffed with Poly-Fil®

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I love crafting everyday items into keepsakes for family and friends. Those projects made with love are extra special gifts. This Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow Stuffed with Poly-Fil® started out as a Birthday present bought in the wrong size that couldn't be returned. My nephew was totally bummed when he tried to try it on and it was too small. I immediately thought I could turn it into a pillow!

Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow Stiffed with Poly-Fil by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upccyledcrafts #recycledcrafts #pillow #madewithFFW #sweatshirtpillow #hoodiepillow

How to Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow with Poly-Fil

Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow Stiffed with Poly-Fil by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upccyledcrafts #recycledcrafts #pillow #madewithFFW #sweatshirtpillow #hoodiepillow

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Here's what you need to make a Pillow from a Hoodie:

Here's how to Upcycle a Sweatshirt into a Pillow with Poly-Fil:


To begin the Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow, gather all supplies. Decide how much of the sweatshirt you want to be a pillow. Jonathan wanted to keep the pocket part of the hoodie but didn't want the hood or sleeves. Turn the sweatshirt inside out and on a flat surface, measure out a rectangle, and mark with a chalk pencil.


Cut out the sweatshirt rectangles along the marked lines with fabric scissors. These Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears are perfect for heavy and bulky fabrics. Secure the three cut sides with straight pins, leaving the bottom cuffed edge open. I love these extra long straight pins with colored heads.


Sew the cut edges on a sewing machine with matching colored thread, remembering to backstitch at the beginning and end. I also like to backstitch the corners. Trim threads, remove straight pins and turn the sweatshirt pillow right side out. Stuff with Poly-Fil® from Fairfield World™. I recently discovered pre-threaded bobbins and I have to say my life is changed forever!


Stuff pillow firmly with Poly-Fil® from Fairfield World™ making sure to get into the corners. Push Poly-Fil® from Fairfield World™ stuffing down into the pillow and secure bottom cuff edge with straight pins. Sew the bottom edge of the pillow closed with a sewing machine, remembering to backstitch at the beginning and end. Remove straight pins and fluff stuffing back into all areas of the sweatshirt pillow.

Quick and Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow

I hope you have enjoyed my Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow and that you will use my tutorial as a jumping-off point to showcase YOUR Fairfield World creativity!  With a wide variety of stuffing, pellets, weighted blankets, pillow forms, quilt batting and more the makers of Poly-Fil have you covered for all of your crafting needs!  For a TON of inspiration, check out the Fairfield Instagram account and Facebook page.

Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow Stiffed with Poly-Fil by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upccyledcrafts #recycledcrafts #pillow #madewithFFW #sweatshirtpillow #hoodiepillow

This Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow is a perfect beginner sewing project to complete with tweens and teens. Poly-Fil® from Fairfield World™ is the perfect stuffing for all your upcycled and recycled projects! Features 100% premium polyester fiber, superior resiliency, and smooth consistency. It is made from 100% recycled polyester fiber, washable, and non-allergenic. Plus Poly-Fil® is proudly made in the USA, and unconditionally guaranteed. Spend some time with the kiddos and create a keepsake from a sweatshirt or hoodie. 

Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow Stiffed with Poly-Fil by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #upccyledcrafts #recycledcrafts #pillow #madewithFFW #sweatshirtpillow #hoodiepillow

I have fun projects created with Fairfield World all over my blog, here are a few you might like. Colorful Tooth Fairy Monster Pillow for Boys and Girls with FREE Patterns stuffed with Poly-Fil. I recently created an Easy Recycled Sensory Bottle with a FREE Printable Word Search and Coloring Page filled with Poly-Pellets. How to Refill a Bean Bag Chair with Fairfield World is a great way to upcycle with Poly-Fil Bean Bag Filler.

Too busy to make this right now? Pin it for later!  I'd love for you to pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and then it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

Thanks for stopping by!

3 thoughts on “Easy Upcycled Sweatshirt Pillow Stuffed with Poly-Fil®

  • April 29, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Cute idea for a recycled hoodie! I have a few old hoodies in a bin somewhere.

    • May 4, 2021 at 8:43 am

      Quick and easy, too, Marie!!


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