How To Make a No Sew Pillow Cover

Feb 4, 2013 by

One of the ways I like to change the look of my rooms is by switching pillow covers.  It is amazing to me how a room can look dramatically different just by changing  them.  ”But I don’t sew” or “But I don’t own a sewing machine” are the answers I get from friends when I suggest this solution in their quest for a low budget make over in a room.  Because of this, I decided to do a tutorial for a no sew pillow cover.   I promise it is so easy.

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Here is the list of things you will need:

1. Pillow (I prefer to use down filled pillows as they don’t clump .  You simply fluff them out and you have a full pillow again.)

2. Fabric of your choice (prewash it so you don’t have to worry about shrinkage later on)

3. Iron with a steamer

4. Dritz Stitch Witchery Fusible Bonding Web

5. Scissors

6. Measuring tape

 

Directions:

1.  The first thing I do is measure my pillow from end to end.  As you can tell from my pillow, it’s a square one.  I also fluff it out so that I cut the right amount of fabric.  My pillow measures 20 inches across.  This means that I will add 1 inch for hemming all around.

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2.  Next,  cut the fabric measuring 21 inches wide  by 42 inches long.

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3.  Now let me introduce you to Dritz Stitch Witchery (Fusible Bonding Web).  This is what I used when I didn’t own a sewing machine and wanted to do simple sewing jobs like hemming a curtain or make this no sew pillow cover.  It measures about 1/2 inch wide and look like this out of the package.

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4.  Fold the fabric as shown below about the same width as the stitch witchery.  Place the fusible web on top and fold one more time.  The stitch witchery is in between fabric layers.

 

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5.  Iron with steam on.  If you do not have a steam iron, you may cover it with a damp cloth and iron over it.  Direction on back of the package is very easy to follow.  You will do this on all 4 sides of the fabric.

 

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and you will end up with this

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6.  With right side of the fabric facing you, you will fold the fabric, overlapping each other until you get a measurement of about 20 inches by 20 inches.

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7.  Place the stitchery web in between the overlapping areas, as pictured.

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8.  Iron with steam on and you will end up with this

 

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9.  You now have two open ends together.  We are almost there.  Hang with me!

 

 

 

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Next step is to fuse together both open ends.  I like to work in small areas for better ironing control so I cut approximately 4 inches of stichery web and placed it in between the opening.  Again, steam iron the area.

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This is what you will end up with after fusing both ends.

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10.  Turn your finished pillow cover inside out and YOU ARE DONE!

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Time to stuff in the pillow.

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Here are pictures of other pillows I made using this method

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Enjoy your No Sew Pillow Cover!

 

 

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26 Comments

  1. Kim

    I am so happy you posted this! I do not sew, nor do I have a sewing machine, but I do have four pillows that I wanted to re-cover. yay! I shall try!

  2. Love the gray fabric. :)

  3. Wonderful creations. Thanks for sharing.Hoping I can create a wonderful stuff like yours:)
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  5. Thanks for the tutorial! I just made my first pillow and it turned out great! The only thing I struggled with were the measurements. it seems that adding an extra inch for hemming wasnt enough for me. My stitch witchery is just under 3/4 of an inch, so maybe that was my issue, or perhaps the fact that ive never used it before and folded the fabric over a little too far! Anyway- I’m about to make my next pillow and plan on giving myself a bit more fabric on this one. Thanks again!

    • You are so welcome Kelly. I am so glad that you found the tutorial helpful. It sounds like you figured out the right allowance for you. Wish I could see your finished product!

  6. Love it! My husband and I just purchased a sofa and the standard throw pillows that came with it are ugly, BUT I did not want to throw them away. This is a great way to still make good use of these pillows while continuing to personalize this room.

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  7. Candace Wakefield

    Thank you for this! I am all thumbs when it comes to sewing. Your instructions are great. I am thankful for people like you who pass such wonderful knowledge along just because your nice and want to share. Thanks again. I have leftover material that was given to me and today I am going to make these covers!!!

  8. Steph

    Mary Anne,
    I have been searching everywhere for no sew pillow cover ideas and your instructions are by far the clearest and most helpful! I’ve got my fabric and stitch witchery and I’ll be trying this tonight! Thank you for sharing this great idea! I’ve got you bookmarked and I will be watching for new DIYs!!

  9. Danielle

    Thank you for this extremely helpful tutorial! I do not own a sewing machine but I am going to give this a try tonight :) One question: have you done this with two separate pieces of fabric? Do you fuse the two together on one end and proceed with the steps you have outlined? So glad I found your blog!

    • Hi Danielle,
      I have used 2 separate pieces of fabric (left overs that I didn’t want to waste) and did what you said which was to fuse them together. Please let me know how it turned out.

  10. This is awesome! We are moving and I need new pillows but they are EXPENSIVE for the ones I like. I will be going to buy some fabric and try this out. Thanks!

  11. Becky

    I really like the outdoor canvas material at Joann’s. Will the “Dritz Stitch Witchery Fusible Bonding Web” work on that material too? Or what materials are best? (only cotton or what?) Sorry- I am such a newbie at this!

    • Hi Becky,
      I’ve used stitch witchery on heavy duty materials and they work just fine. Good luck to you.

  12. Rai

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. Due to a stroke a few years ago when I was 24 I’ve lost the use of my left hand, making sewing by hand a frustrating reality and using a sewing machine a distant memory! This is much much better!

  13. Natasha

    Thanks for posting this! I am almost done with my pillows and love how they are turning out. This project is so easy!

  14. Shameeka

    Does the stitch witchery work on all types of fabric

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