Hey Everyone! I have finally figured out a way to make pillows without a sewing machine. I want to put it out there that I have nothing against sewing. My grandmother was a seamstress and she would sew and knit me the most adorable outfits when I was little. I loved playing on her sewing machine and I was pretty good at it at one point. The thing is, I don’t have a sewing machine and I really don’t want to have to store one, especially when I don’t really need one!
My mother-in-law convinced me to go to JoAnn’s Fabrics with her last year when she was visiting for Thanksgiving. A store in my area had just opened and she is an avid crafter, so I went with her. My house was in much worse shape at the time – no rugs, no wall art, no kitchen table…(see here for our kitchen progress) – we started looking at fabric and I decided that I wanted to reupholster my dining rooms chairs and add accent lumbar pillows. We picked out all of this great fabric, but it sat around because I couldn’t do anything with it.
When my sister-in-law visited in May (she is also a great crafter), she showed me how to reupholster the chairs without using a sewing machine. We unscrewed the cushions from the chair frames, cut off the piping trim and re-covered the cushions, securing the new fabric to the existing cushion with a staple gun. I’m not going to say it was easy, but it was certainly easier than sewing a cushion slip cover.
I came across many blogs that had tutorials on how to make throw pillows without needing a sewing machine. I decided that I needed to try this before the next family Thanksgiving gathering. There were a lot of different options, some requiring an iron to activate adhesive strips to washable adhesive glue. I’ll admit it now, the glue seemed like the easiest route and I jumped at it! I went back to JoAnn’s (now I go there all on my own!) to gather my supplies:
– 3 Down Pillows (18″x18″)
*Any size will work, but your pillows should be roughly 2″ smaller than the piece of fabric that you cut to leave enough room for the glue seam. This will ensure that your pillow is not busting out too much.
– 1 tube of Unique Stitch Fabric Glue
– Fabric of your choice
(here are some similar options Diamond Azure, Enlightened Jade, Palazzo Leone, Field Spa, Damask Opal)
*I bought 2.5 yards of 1 fabric to make the first 2 pillows and 1.5 yard of another fabric to make the third pillow (I definitely had some fabric left over)
I found a great pattern to make an “envelope pillow”. First, you cut your front panel of fabric (I did 20″ x 20″). Next, cut the two back panels (for a 20″ x 20″ pillow, I cut two 20″ x 15″ panels).
Next, I placed my front panel, pattern-up and then matched up the corners of my back two panels, pattern-down. I then placed glue all along the outer edges of the front panel (illustrated by the red lines in the pattern example). I then matched up the corresponding corners (marked by the letters in the pattern example) and pressed down with my fingers. Remember that the edges marked in green should not be glued down, as that is the opening of the envelope pillow where you will stuff in your pillow insert.
Once I glued all of the edges, I let the pillow dry over night.
Finally, I stuffed the pillow insert into my new cover and VOILA!!! DIY Throw Pillows without so much as a thimble. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Feel free to leave me questions in the comment box below or via email!