Recycled Clothing Pillow Repurpose outdated clothing into fun throw pillows. Cut two 16-inch circles, a 2-1/2 inch band to fit around the edge, and a narrow strip to cover the piping cord. With right sides together, sew the circles, piping, and band together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Leave an opening. Turn and insert a pillow form. Hand-stitch the opening closed.