Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sew-No Sew Pillow Tutorial

I have had several ask me to repeat the instructions I gave for a no-sew pillow.    I posted this last Jan, but it is definitely worth a repeat especially with everyone fluffing their house and porch for summer.

 I love jelly-roll pillows,  I think they are so classic and so very french also.  If you look at many of the old world rooms you will find this pillow has been around for years.    The forms come in several sizes, so choose what fits you furniture and then you can create many for next to nothing and have constant changes.

I want to use the smaller size for this chair, and I have a new fabric to go with my beige and white color scheme that I am currently using.  This is the cover I previously had on this form.  Cut your fabric twice the length of your form.  ( I will show you why later. )  Then cut the fabric so it will go around the pillow and will fit snugly when you finish it.

 Ok, my fabric is cut.  This is a reversible fabric, but since I am using it on a white chair, I am going to use the beige side as the outside of the pillow.

 Turn the right sides together and stitch closed.  If you don't sew, then just use the fusable seam tape and close the side all the way down.  (Super easy, you don't have to sew to make this pillow.)

 Turn it inside out so you have the right side of the fabric showing.

 Insert the pillow form making sure you have it in the middle with the same amount of excess on both ends.

 Fold half of the excess on the end inside the opening.  Make sure it is evenly folded in.

 Now, using 2 heavy rubber bands, gather the fabric close to the pillow form and wrap the rubber bands tightly around the end of the form.

See how pretty your little pouf is!!!

 Do the other side the same way and then play with your poufs until you are happy with them.

 Fits perfectly on the chair.  I have a couple of tassels, so I want to add them to the ends.

 Just loop them around the ends where the rubber bands are and arrange them so they fan out on the chair.

Perfect and doesn't it look elegant?

All of the fabulous grain sacks and coffee sacks that I see out there are perfect candidates for this type of pillow.  Can't you picture the grain sack stripe running around the middle of this pillow, it would be fabulous.  So if you don't sew, but you want a new pillow, give this one a try.  It is super easy.

I am linking to the following parties:

The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday


  1. I love them both. Pretty fabric and so easy.

  2. Thanks, Marty- wow those are gorgeous!

    And that chair is TO DIE FOR!!!

    As for the lumbar support all these years.....we humans DO love our back comfort, do we not? : - )

    Thanks for the reminder that it can be easy to have lovely things if we set our minds to the task and not be too daunted.

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

  3. That is great Marty! Thanx for sharing!

  4. That is a project I could do. Just lovely how it turned out!


  5. This is such a clever idea! I think I can make this pillow! Thank you for sharing this idea! I'm not a seamstress, so I appreciate nay no sew project! Your pillow looks great!

  6. OH goodness, this is totally great! I think I can even make this pillow and my daughter would love it for her new couches!! Thank you so much and see you at TTT! HAVE A GREAT NEW WEEK.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this. I'll choose easy any day :)

  8. This looks like something I could do! It's very pretty in your chair.

  9. Very, very pretty! Thank you for sharing this! Your pillow looks so elegant on your chair!

  10. Hi Marty! I'm so glad you reposted this as I missed it the first time. Love how fancy your pillow ends up looking and it's so easy! Who would know! Hope you're having a great Sunday.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. Those are such great looking pillows and so easy too! They are very classy and elegant.

  12. Wonderful tutorial, and it looks so professional, thank you for showing how to do it, I am not much of a sew person so this works perfect for me.

  13. Love this, such an easy idea!

  14. Hi Marty, This pillow definitely gives an elegant look to your chair. Love how simple it is to make.
    Thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comments,
    Mary Alice

  15. Marty,
    So pretty! And super easy too.

  16. Hi Marty,
    what a great and easy way to make a pillow, and it looks fantastic! Love your chair with that lettered fabric, so pretty, as is the pillow too!
    Thanks for sharing that, I think I am gonna have to put on my thinking cap
    and see if I can think of a place to put one
    Hope you have a great week ahead hon,
    blessings, Nellie

  17. Marty, this is a great idea! I think I can do this!!

  18. I remember this post....a good one, and a
    great talent from a sweetheart lady...
    Hope your week holds much joy..

  19. So cute and so easy! I can't wait to start working on my new living room. I'll definitely make one or two or three of these pillows!

  20. Hi Marty...thanks for sharing this because I missed it the last time. I have been doing this the hard way! Love your tassels.

  21. Thanks for sharing! This non-sewer appreciates it. ;D

  22. Great project Marty, think I could do it!

  23. Marty,Great job.

    - The Tablescaper

  24. I love this pillow, so pretty!
    What a beautiful job Marty, I love that chair too!

  25. Very simple and cute. I love it. Love the tutorial as well. Stopping by from The Dedicated House blog hop! :) Have a great day!


  26. Your pillow are gorgeous, and I would have never guessed they were no sew. Wow!!

  27. Not only do I really appreciate this pillow tip but I LOVE your chair!

  28. It's perfect, pretty and easy! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  29. Clever, beautiful, and I LOVE it on that amazing chair, Marty.