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Updated: 2019-09-17

Is there anything worse than a lumpy pillow? Well... yes, there are probably lots of things worse, but ya gotta admit, a lumpy pillow is a real bummer.?You may be under the assumption all fiber filling is created equal, and that you just punch it in to the pillow cover like you're stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey. Well, take a step back S4H Stuffing Students, today we'll discuss types of filling, quality cues to look for on the label, stuffing tool recommendations, and how to properly stuff your next pillow (or other stuffed project) so it looks super smooth and professional.?

One thing we always stress in our tutorials is the need to be precise! Accuracy in your cutting and your seam allowances is important no matter what type of project you’re makingmonogram pillow cases, but when sewing a pillow, accuracy in the pillow cover directly relates to how good it looks when stuffed. If precision is overlooked, a specific area can look distorted or the item can look misshapen overall. Start with a great outside and you'll be happier with the end result.?

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Our review and samples today are based on the Fairfield product line. The depth of their inventory is really the most complete available, and they are easy to find just about everywhere. For more about the company and their products, take a look at our article: Pillow Personality with Fairfield Processing: The Story of The Soft Stuff.

Fairfield products are easy to find! They're available at the big box stores, national fabric stores, as well as your favorite local quilt shop.?

Regardless of brand, each type of filling offered has a distinctive feel and finish, as well as a specific process to how it's made. The most common type is 100% polyester, like Fairfield's signature Poly-Fill? brand. However, you will find different kinds of polyester fills on the market. As we mentioned, the polyester fibers are processed differently and/or blended with other fibers to provide unique textures and finishes for specific types of projects, like stuffing dolls or animals versus stuffing pillows.?

With the development of more eco-friendly products in general, there are now fillings manufactured with sustainability in mind. The Nature-Fil? brand from Fairfield offers a bamboo blend as well as a corn sugar filberfill. Of course, there is also the 100% natural, old-school filler: feathers (or down), but you'll need to take that up direct with your local ducks.

No matter which type of filling you choose, go with quality brand, such as Fairfield. Whenever the word “quality” is mentioned, people usually figure that translates to, "costs a bit more." It may cost a bit more, however, higher quality filling lasts longer, which actually costs you less in the long run because you won't have to replace it. Our recommendation is to buy the best quality filling your budget will allow. Fairfield is sensitive to budget, offering a range of quality products at various price points.?

There are key words you can look for on the packaging that we call “quality cues”. These consist of one (or more) of the following:

A key to successful stuffing is what you use to get into those hard to reach corners, curves and crevices. We have a list of recommended tools below. Some are official stuffing tools, while others are "off label" as they say. In general, you need a tool that won’t pierce the fabric as you gently push the filling into place.

Farifield actually provides a “stuffing stick” in their bags of Poly-fil?.

The Clover Stuffing Toolis available at most retailers.

There are a number of official doll stuffing tool sets made of metal, wood or plastic. We found a set at Dollmakers Journey.

We also discovered a stuffing tool that looks like a mini barbecue fork. We found it Heather Bailey’s online store, called a Stuffing Fork. It’s also available in a Mini version

We always like to remind you we use plain fabrics and bold colored thread in our tutorials so you can clearly see the technique we're describing. Of course, you should use the fabric of your choice with a coordinating thread.

First step: be prepared. Before you dive in to your project, stop and consider how you want the item to look when it’s completed, as well as how firm you want it to be. Answering these questions will help you decide which type of filling to buy, and how much you will ultimately use. ?

In the steps below, we are using a simple square knife-edge pillow to illustrate the basic stuffing technique. Since not all projects are square, you want to make sure you’ve properly sewn and trimmed any curves or corners on your project. To learn more, read our tutorials on how to sew corners and curves. For unusually shaped objects, spend extra time in smaller areas first to ensure the shape is taking form, then work your way out towards the opening.?

Our friend, Donna Babylon shared her secret technique for smooth, professionally stuffed pillows in the tutorial Summer Fun: Babylon Flip Flop Pillows.

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