No Sew Pillow Tutorial

Happy Monday and welcome to our second Dose of DIY blog hop. Last month we tackled summer front doors and porches and this month’s theme is pillows. I have to tell you, I was more than a little nervous when the group chose this theme. I’m not someone who is able to or even likes to sew…I mean, I can sew a button, but only if I have to, and I’ve certainly never made a pillow before. I’ve never even used a sewing machine so I knew that whatever I made was going to have to be simple and no sew.

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There’s no shortage of tutorials online for no sew pillows, so that’s where I started (this is a good one and one this one was very helpful). I decided to try fusible tape to “sew” my pillow and after walking around the fabric store trying to get ideas for the style of pillow that I wanted to make, I came across some tie dye and knew I found the direction for my first no sew pillow.

No Sew Pillow | chatfieldcourt.comThe materials I used for my pillow are:

  • cotton fabric
  • fusible tape
  • no sew glue
  • rope cording
  • tie dye kit
  • iron

The first thing I did was to wash my fabric in the washing machine and dried it until it was still damp (make sure you don’t use fabric softener or dryer sheets). Next I cut my fabric to size. I was making a 20×20 inch pillow so I used a pre-made cover in that size as my template and added 1 inch to 3 sides and 2 inches the 4th side. I only wanted to tie dye one side of the pillow, so that was my next step.

After my fabric was dyed and done (I will be posting a tutorial on how I did it), it was time to make my pillow. Instead of just doing a regular pillow, I thought I’d add some rope cording to it. Because I added this extra step, the way I joined my fabric together was a little more involved.

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To start, I ironed both pieces of fabric to get all the wrinkles out. Next I folded my fabric up an inch on each side and ironed it flat on all 8 sides (cutting a diagonal on each corner of the folds).

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Then I used the fusible tape to glue down the one side, that we added the extra inch to, on both pieces of fabric (make sure you follow the directions on the fusible tape package). The other 3 sides on both pieces of fabric do not get glued down yet.

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Once that’s done, it’s time to add the cording with the fabric glue. I started about an inch from the corner and put a bead of glue and the flat part of the cording on the glue. Make sure that the cording sticks out over the edge of the fabric.

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When you get to a corner, simply cut a few slits in the flat part of the cording and work your way around the corner.

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When you have gone all the way around, use a little extra glue and overlap the cording just a bit. Let your glue dry as per the instructions.

Once the glue is dry, it’s time to add the velcro to the side that we used the fusible tape on earlier. Make sure your pieces of velcro line up with each other and glue them onto your fabric. Use something heavy to weigh down the velcro until it dries.

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When that’s dry, we’re ready to join both pieces with the fusible tape. I placed the tie dyed piece on top of the back piece with the cording, laid the fusible tape in between and ironed the edges.

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I was really nervous adding my pillow form. All I could see in my mind was my pillow cover exploding falling apart completely, but it held strong. This was an easy and inexpensive project to do and I ended up spending less than $20 on all of my supplies. There was a bit of a learning curve for me because I’ve never used these materials before but if I ever make another no sew pillow, I’ll have a better idea of what I need to do and not do.

No Sew Pillow | chatfieldcourt.comNo Sew Pillow | chatfieldcourt.comOk, after checking out everyone’s awesome summer front door/porch projects last month, I know that we’re in for some killer pillow projects today. Make sure you visit these 5 talented ladies and see their take on our pillow theme for this month’s Dose of DIY…Kim from Exquisitely Unremarkable, Jill from Sew a Fine Seam, Michele from Shelstring, Tammy from One More Time and Sarah from Creative Ramblings.

No Sew Pillow and Dose of DIY Blog Hop | chatfieldcourt.comI hope you have a great week. I’ll be back later in the week to share how I tie dyed my pillow cover.

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  1. Monday,July 20, 2015 / 6:21 am

    Well, I think you did an amazing job and the fabric is awesome! I used to tie dye with my students, but nothing as elegant looking as your pillow! Fabulous!

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 20, 2015 / 6:50 am

      Thanks so much Kim, that’s so nice of you to say. I loved doing the tie dye. I haven’t done it since I was a kid and I forgot how fun it was to figure out different patterns to make.

  2. onemoretimeevents
    Monday,July 20, 2015 / 7:26 am

    Kristi, Your pillow came out so cute. What a great way to add tie dye to a pillow cover! love the color and the pattern of it!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 21, 2015 / 1:54 am

      Thanks Tammy! Doing the tie dye was the most fun. I want to do it to everything now. 😉

  3. Monday,July 20, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Wow no sewing. Great job on the tie dye. I will have to give the no sew pillow a shot.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 21, 2015 / 1:53 am

      You should try this Debbie. If I can do it, anyone can. You could even skip the tie dye and just do some pretty fabric and save yourself a step. Thanks much for stopping in today!

  4. Monday,July 20, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Your pillow looks so high-end, store-bought even! Can’t wait to see your tutorial on dyeing!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 21, 2015 / 1:51 am

      Wow Vel, that’s a great a great compliment. Thanks so much! The tie dye tutorial is my next post.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 21, 2015 / 1:41 am

      Thanks so much Deb. From a pro seamstress such as yourself, that means a lot. 🙂

  5. Monday,July 20, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    I would never be able to tell just by looking at it that you fun pillow was not sewn!! I love how you put it together. It looks so classy! 😉

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 21, 2015 / 1:48 am

      Awww, thanks Michele. That’s so sweet of you to say. I’d like to try to make another so I can fix some of the mistakes I made doing this one, but it was fun learning something new.

  6. Monday,July 20, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    Kristi this is so great! It’s great to have tutorials that allow people to make their own home decor even when they don’t want to run a sewing machine! Great job!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 21, 2015 / 1:43 am

      Thanks Jill. I hope it will inspire people like me, who can’t sew, that they can make a pillow too. There’s so many cool tools out there now that allows you to do that.

  7. Monday,July 20, 2015 / 11:18 pm

    This is so inspiring, I do NOT sew and always love finding new ways to create fabric pieces. Love the blue on here too, great job!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 21, 2015 / 1:45 am

      Thanks so much Sarah. I actually enjoyed doing this and may try another one…no sew of course. 😉

  8. Tuesday,July 21, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    That pillow turned out really cute! I can sew, but I’m lazy LOL


    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 22, 2015 / 1:54 am

      I keep talking about getting a sewing machine and learning, but I know I won’t drag it out to sew very often (I’m lazy that way LOL).

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 27, 2015 / 12:57 am

      Thanks so much, I really appreciate it!

  9. Monday,July 27, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Love this pillow tutorial….will be trying this fabulous method soon!….gorgeous pillow!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 28, 2015 / 1:15 am

      Thanks Shirley! It was so easy and fun to make.

  10. Tuesday,July 28, 2015 / 11:19 pm

    Nicely done. I followed from a blog hop. Looks like you’re all having fun.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 29, 2015 / 2:41 am

      It’s been great fun doing the hop. Thanks for stopping over to check out my pillow.

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