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How to Make Pretty “No Sew” Pillow Covers

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If you don’t know how to sew, you can still make pretty pillows for your sofa! This tutorial will show you how to make no-sew pillow covers.

I had bought an old sofa from an estate sale and decided to make new covers for the old pillows.

I think I am in love with burlap. And it’s not because it’s so popular right now.

Trust me.

I’ve never been one to hop on bandwagons because everyone else is hitchin’ a ride.

I just love its ruggedness, its texture.

Here is how I made this pretty no-sew pillow covers!

Watch the Tutorial: How to Make No-Sew Pillow Covers

Burlap is great 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!


How to Make No- Sew Pillow Covers - No sewing machine? No problem! Here's how to make no-sew pillows! - Thrift Diving


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!


How to Make No-Sew Pillow Covers - Reading room - Thrift Diving

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!

How to Make No- Sew Pillow Covers - No sewing machine? No problem! Use old pillows for pillow inserts. - Thrift Diving

But why toss out an old pillow that can be used as a pillow form?

I had a hodgepodge of second-hand and old pillows lying around the house, and thought I would use the burlap and coral samples of fabric I scored at a blogging conference to make some easy “no sew” pillow covers.

Some people think using old pillows is “gross” but it’s not like we’re wearing underwear from the thrift store!

It’s a pillow. It can be washed. So you can get over that.


How to Make No- Sew Pillow Covers - No sewing machine? No problem! Burlap and coral. - Thrift Diving

(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 video tutorial on my YouTube channel for any newbies who haven’t ever made pillow covers.

No sewing machine required! ๐Ÿ™‚

BEFORE (sadly mismatched)

How to Make No- Sew Pillow Covers - No sewing machine? No problem! Use old pillows for no-sew pillows. - Thrift Diving


AFTER! (a pop of matching color!)

How to Make No- Sew Pillow Covers - No sewing machine? No problem! Pretty coral and burlap pillow covers. - Thrift Diving


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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Burlap (about 1.5 yards)
  • Coral fabric (or fabric of your choice, 60″ wide)
  • Heat’n Bond  (or any other iron on tape)
  • Scissors
  • 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 Pillow Covers


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!).

How to Make No-Sew Pillow Covers - Create a pattern by laying the pillow on the fabric. - Thrift Diving


STEP 2: Grab the Heat n’ Bond

This stuff is golden. If you have never sewed a seam in your life, well, rest assured–you don’t have to.


How to Make No-Sew Pillow Covers - Use Heat n Bond to secure fabric. - Thrift Diving

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.

You can also watch this video on my YouTube video to see the Heat N’ Bond in action!


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.

How to Make No-Sew Pillow Covers - Use Heat n Bond to secure fabric together. - Thrift Diving

Iron over the fabric, joining them. Never iron directly on to the Heat n’ Bond.

How to Make No-Sew Pillows - Use heat to add Heat n' Bond - Thrift Diving

 Once joined, you’ll have a beautiful seam like this. No sewing machine required! ๐Ÿ™‚

How to Make No-Sew Pillows - Create easy seams with Heat n' Bond - Thrift Diving

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.

How to Make No-Sew Pillows - Leave a gap open to insert the pillow. - Thrift Diving

You’ll be left with your opening. Squeeze your old pillow into the new pillow cover.

How to Make No-Sew Pillows - Insert the old pillow into the pillow cover. - Thrift Diving


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.

How to Make No-Sew Pillows - Use Heat n Bond to close the gap in the pillow. - Thrift Diving


Here’s another look at the BEFORE:


How to Make No-Sew Pillows - Use old pillows as pillow forms and make no-sew pillow covers. - Thrift Diving


How to Make No-Sew Pillows - Pretty coral no-sew pillow covers. - Thrift Diving


Bottom Line

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!

How to Make No-Sew Pillows - Add a seam to to create larger pillow covers. - Thrift Diving


So there you go!

Easy no-sew pillow covers that even the most NON-crafty person can do on a Friday night ๐Ÿ™‚


Learn how to make no-sew pillows using iron-on tape (Heat n' Bond) with coral and burlap. - Thrift Diving


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So have you ever made no-sew pillow covers before? If not, give it a go! It’s a lot easier than you think!  And if you enjoyed this project, be sure to save it on Pinterest!



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  1. Followed your instructions and it took me about 15 minutes to make a hello kitty throw pillow for my little oneโ€™s bed. So cute, and so easy!! Thanks! love the burlap and coral together on yours and I canโ€™t wait to redo my sofa pillows next!

  2. Wow… Great work! These cushions seems easy to make by following your steps. I will definitely make these cushions. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Most pillows out there are either one type of style or another, which is why I am in love with this mix of burlap and ‘pretty’ fabric. And, that they are no-sew as well? Well, let’s just say that I’m in love with this DIY!

  4. Your pillows look terrific. I love the combination of the burlap and the coral fabric. When I was a young mom, I sewed up a storm but know that my kids are grown, I just don’t feel like dragging my machine out anymore, so it’s perfect for me. Thanks for sharing the tutorial on Share Your Style.

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