I’ve never been one to hop on bandwagons because everyone else is hitchin’ a ride.
I just love its ruggedness, its texture.
Especially when it’s mixed with something a bit softer and more pretty. It’s like a “beauty and the beast” combination that just works, you know?
So I threw together these “no sew” pillows using what has become my favorite combo: burlap and coral!
I scored this awesome Ethan Allen sofa at an estate sale for $100. I’m not too wild about the print, but the condition??– Excellent!
Here it is my reading room:
And with that sofa came two pillows like the one you see on the left. Looks innocuous enough from afar….
But look closer.
YIKES! Hideous shag!
But why toss out an old pillow that can be used as a pillow form?
I had a hodge podge of second-hand and old pillows lying around the house, and thought I would use the burlap and coral samples of fabric I scored last year at the Haven conference to make some easy “no sew” pillows.
(Mind you– I have a very nice computerized Bernina sewing machine but sometimes a chick just wants to keep things simple, you know?).
Plus, I thought this would be a great tutorial and video (WATCH VIDEO NOW) for any newbies who haven’t made pillows.
No sewing machine required! 🙂
BEFORE (sadly mismatched)
AFTER! (a pop of matching color!)
Quick! Go Grab These Materials
Thankfully, there aren’t many things you’ll need for this project. And it’s only going to take about 20 minutes to make, maybe less if you’re good 😉
- Burlap (about 1.5 yards)
- Coral fabric (or fabric of your choice, 60″ wide)
- Heat’n Bond (iron on adhesive)
- An iron
- OPTIONAL: If you’re worried burlap unraveling, use Fray Check on the seams, which will harden and seal the seams.
How to Make No Sew Pillows
STEP 1: Ditch the Pattern
Lay down your coral fabric and place the old pillow on top. Just use the pillow as your template, cutting around it. Leave enough fabric so the coral fabric will be able to join with the burlap. Most importantly, leave about an extra 1″ inch for the seams. Now you may use the coral piece as a pattern on top of the burlap. Cut the burlap. (See? No need to make an elaborate pattern!).
STEP 2: Grab the Heat n’ Bond
This stuff is golden. If you have never sewn a seam in your life, well, rest assure–you don’t have to.
Here are some important instructions when using Heat N’; Bond, according to their website:
*Pre-wash all clothing and fabrics before using Heat N’ Bond Iron-On Adhesive. Do not use fabric softeners.
*Don’t overheat Heat N’ Bond; this will cause an insufficient bonding.
*Don’t iron over the plastic instruction sheet.
*Don’t sew- due to the unique thickness of Heat N’ Bond’s adhesive machine stitching is not recommended.
*It is machine washable. For best results use the delicate cycle and warm water.
*Heat N’ Bond is not recommended for projects or items that require dry cleaning.
STEP 3: Grab Your Iron!
Make sure the “right” side of your fabrics are facing together (the pretty side of the fabric). Place one or two pieces of Heat n’ Bond along the edge of the fabrics, about 1″ from the sides, and then press the pieces of fabric together with an iron.
I used 2 pieces for extra reinforcement. And be sure to use no steam when pressing. Let the fabric get really hot so the tape melts and gets nice and sticky. Allow it to dry about 5 minutes before pulling on the seams.
Iron over the fabric, joining them. Never iron directly on to the Heat n’ Bond.
Once joined, you’ll have a beautiful seam like this. No sewing machine required! 🙂
STEP 4: Leave an Opening
You’ll need to squeeze your old pillow into the opening of the 4th side, so leave about 5″ or so open. Heat n’ Bond the other sides.
You’ll be left with your opening. Squeeze your old pillow into the new pillow cover.
STEP 5: Seal It Up
Now it’s time to put a little Heat n’ Bond on the part where you stuffed the pillow, to seal it all up.
Here’s another look at the BEFORE:
Pillows – NO COST (old pillows I already owned)
Fabric – NO COST (already had on hand)
Heat n’ Bond – $4.00 (1 roll)
TOTAL COST: ~$4.00
* Use existing pillows in your house or score some cheapies from the thrift store. Be sure to wash and dry them really good first when buying from the thrift store!
*If you don’t have a full yard of fabric to make a pillow piece, it’s totally OK to join 2 smaller pieces with Heat n’ Bond to get a full side piece. That’s what I did with these pillows when I ran out of burlap. I just joined 2 pieces to make a whole back. I actually like the seam in the back. Looks intentional ;). Maximize your scraps!
So there you go!
Easy no-sew pillows that even the most NON crafty person can do on a Friday night 🙂
Before You Go!
Here are some other “even-a-novice-can-do-this!” projects you can do to make your house look great:
So have you ever made no-sew pillows before? If not, think you’ll want to give it a go now? 😉 Leave a comment below and share!