Three DIY No-Sew Pillows
I’m excited to share three DIY no-sew pillow ideas with you today! All 3 take about ten minutes and $10 dollars a pillow to make. I love when you can do a project that’s quick and easy and it looks beautiful-that’s a win, win, win!
I have a love of pillows and I think a pillow can be just the accessory to change up the look of a room, or give your space a special seasonal touch. And with this DIY it’s guaranteed to give your home a unique one of a kind look.
Here are three different pillows I made recently. It all started when I couldn’t find the perfect striped pillow, so I decided to make one. My sewing machine has been acting up and I needed a quick fix. I love how they turned out and thought you may want to make your own.
Below you’ll find all the step by step directions. I just can’t pick a favorite…
plain linen pillow cover-the one I used is $7.00 and you can find it here.
fabric adhesive, ruler, pencil, scissors, ribbon
I love the ribbon I found at Hobby Lobby, it’s a navy 1/4″ velvet.
STEP 1- Start at the top edge of the pillow cover and make marks where you will be adhering the ribbon. I spaced my ribbon stripes three inches apart. So I made my first marks three inches down from the top, and then every three inches all the way down the pillow. Measure and pencil mark every few inches horizontally across the pillow cover.
I didn’t use a level just eyeballed it and my ribbon stripes look straight.
NOTE-At the bottom there was more then three inches between the last ribbon stripe and the bottom edge of the cover but it looks fine because that’s where the pillow sits on the couch so you can’t see a discrepancy.
STEP 2-Measure and cut your ribbon to the length you need. Run glue along the back side of the ribbon and center it over the pencil marks, and lay it down.
NOTE-I worked in 4″ inch sections, I would place the glue on about 4″ of the ribbon, adhere, and then do the next 4″, all the way across. That way you can make sure you’re following the pencil marks and looks straight.
Next up pillows made from napkins…
Napkins-Two 20″ square napkins of your choices.
These are the ones I used.
Heat n’ Bond, scissors, iron, optional-a hair flat iron.
*heat n’ bond is a fabric tape that when heated with an iron bonds two pieces of fabric together.
STEP 1-Lay out one of the napkins with the wrong side facing up. Measure the Heat N’ Bond, and cut into four strips that are the length of each napkin edge.
STEP 2-Position your heat n’ bond along the top edge of the napkin, along the wrong side that’s facing up. Place the second napkin, over the first napkin. The second napkin will have the right side facing you. Iron the top edge to adhere the two napkin edges together.
Repeat for the two sides, do not do the bottom edge.
STEP 3-Stuff your pillow insert as far down into the napkins as you can, because now you will close up your fourth edge. You do this the same way as the other edges, place your heat n’ bond, along the edge and iron it closed, completing your pillow.
This is the pillow insert I used.
NOTE-Doing this by myself, with the pillow stuffed in, it was a little challenging to close up that fourth edge. So I grabbed my hair flat iron, and that way I was able to use one hand to hold the pillow back from the edge and clamp the heated flat iron along that final edge to adhere the heat n’ bond. If you have someone to hold the pillow back away from that final edge you can just iron it with a regular iron.
This last no sew pillow is the easiest and fastest..I’ve made quick lumbar sized pillows like this for years. I’ve never had anyone ask, “is this a place mat.”
A fabric place mat, seam ripper, hot glue gun.
I used this place mat.
STEP 1-Take one of the shorter sides of the place mat and rip out the side seam stitching.
STEP 2-stuff in your pillow insert
STEP 3-Hot glue the open edge of place mat closed.
There you have it, three super easy, quick and inexpensive ways to create your own unique pillows. Have fun!
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