Want an easy way to cover a tired, old throw pillow? Then, stay tuned! This DIY project doesn’t even require you to whip out a needle & thread. Or the dreaded sewing machine! All you need to re-cover a pillow around your house is some new fabric and some liquid fabric adhesive.
This post served as inspiration for this idea. I’m always looking for ways to spruce up our play room. We have a sofa bed / futon in that room because the space also serves as a guest room (when my parents are visiting). Anyway, when it’s folded up like a sofa, I wanted some throw pillows to bring some color and personality to the space. And these DIY no-sew envelope pillow covers were the perfect prescription to making a custom pillow statement in that room.
I love going to Hobby Lobby to look for decorative fabric. Their fabric section always makes me smile inside, because I get all wide-eyed and excited when I see all the pretty colors and decorative fabrics there. My mind starts to race when I think of all the possibilities of decorating. Anyway, when I found this simple red and white stripe pattern at Hobby Lobby, I knew I had found the right fabric for this purpose. It was simple (with a subtle nautical vibe), while it pulled together the color of the dark red wall.
Make a no-sew envelope pillow cover with glue
- Liquid Stitch
Tutorial Steps: (to make a 20″ x 20″ pillow)
- Lay out your fabric to cut three shapes (one square and two rectangles out of your fabric). You will cut out one 21″ x 21″ square (assuming a 0.5″ seam allowance on each side). You will also cut out two 21″ x 13″ rectangles (these will overlap on the back, forming the envelope).
- Lay out your three shapes, right sides facing together, according to the diagram below. Add the liquid fabric adhesive to the edges according to the diagram.
- Let it dry for several hours.
- Flip inside out and stuff with your pillow cushion / insert.
I made three of these babies in different sizes and shapes. You can use this basic procedure to make any size of pillow. You’ll want to just make sure you have a few inches of overlap between the two back sections of the pillow.
It’s such an easy project with such a strong impact. I think I’ll make another few of these for the living room next. Happy pillow making!