6 Easy Ways To Make Your Own Pillow Covers (DIY No Sew Pillow Covers)
You guys should know by now that I have a huge addiction to pillows and you should also know by now that I use fabric glue on anything and everything I can. It only seems natural that fabric and fabric glue should always come together to become a pillow cover. I love designer (expensive) pillows. I think they are beautiful. I have three kids and a dog though. Purchasing expensive pillows that will eventually become a punching bag is just not worth it right now. The few nice pillows I have I guard with my body when the kids are around.
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Making my own pillow covers just makes so much sense right now. Years ago I did make pillows the “old fashioned” way…with fabric and a sewing machine. I still laugh at my old self trying to thread that machine. I’ve gotten a little
wiser lazier over the years. Pillow covers do not have to be expensive or difficult to make yourself. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways I like to make my own pillow covers…all you need is some kind of fabric and the best invention ever…fabric glue.
The “easiest pillow you’ll ever make” pillow
Ok, so technically you really aren’t making a pillow for this one. You are just adding to an already made pillow. This will be the easiest tutorial I will ever show you…and one of the first posts I ever did for this website so excuse the grainy pictures. Going old school with this one…it’s an oldie but a goodie.
The “placemat pillow“
If you ever get on Pinterest, I am sure you have seen this pillow floating around. It’s actually genius though. You won’t get a large pillow this way but more of a small lumbar pillow. It’s a perfect DIY project if you need some quick accent pillows. And it’s so budget friendly. Most placemats cost less than $5.
Not only is this technique sewing machine-less, it’s so easy. You literally get a yard of fabric, fold it, add some fabric glue and voila a pillow cover is born.
The “napkin pillow“
This is placemat pillow’s older brother. I love this pillow. I have made so many pillows this way. This is a perfect project for the holidays…
And you can change them out seasonally. The blue striped pillow cover I made this past spring out of napkins.
The “tablerunner pillow“
I guess this can be called the placemat pillow’s cousin. If you need a larger lumbar pillow this is your project. My daughter actually stole this pillow to put on her bed.
When I was updating our sunroom, I was really hoping to find an outdoor fabric tablecloth to make pillows with. It would have been so easy to make outdoor pillows this way. Of course, I couldn’t find an outdoor tablecloth that I loved. So I used a regular tablecloth and chopped it up into different lengths needed to make the pillows I wanted. I then sprayed some outdoor fabric spray onto my pillows to protect them.
Of course, you need pillow inserts to shove into these pillow covers. I found a great deal on pillow inserts a few months ago from Rejuventation when they were on clearance. Hobby Lobby has a great selection of pillow inserts. I also ALWAYS look at the clearance section of TJ Maxx/Home Goods whenever I am in there. Regardless of what the pillow looks like, I know there is a good pillow insert hiding inside that ugly pillow on clearance. My friend Amazon also has some good pillow inserts. I do collect pillow inserts whenever I see a good deal. Because I know sooner or later I will pull out my fabric glue and make another pillow cover.
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