It’s fun to make your own pillow covers.These no-sew pillow covers are easy to make, and they don’t require a sewing machine.If you have fabric on hand, you can make a custom cover.If you want to change the look of your pillows frequently, try wrapping the pillow in fabric and securing it with a simple knot.To create a no-sew pillow cover with a braided edge, link strips of fabric together.
Step 1: Cut a piece of fabric larger than the pillow.
The fabric you want to use as your cover should be placed in the center of your pillow.Use a ruler to measure 1.5 in away from the edge of the pillow all the way around.Measure with a fabric marker or fabric chalk, then cut the fabric into a square or rectangular shape.Some fabrics might not bond well to the glue, but you can use any type of fabric you want.You can use cotton for a more casual look or use thick materials like velvet or brocade to make your pillow look more elegant.Since you’ll be adhering the fabric to create a hem, you don’t have to worry about the material cracking.The total width and length will be 3 in longer than the pillow since you’ll be adding 1.5 in to each edge.To make a very thick pillow, you need to measure the fabric outside the edge.Make sure the fabric reaches the center seam of the pillow with an extra 1 in for a seam allowance.
Step 2: Cut another piece of fabric to the same size.
Once you’ve cut the first side of your pillow cover, lay that piece of fabric on a second piece and trace around it with your fabric marker.Cut that piece of fabric as well.The front and back of the fabric cover should be the same pattern.If you want a different pattern for the second piece, you can use a coordinating color.
Step 3: Place your fabric pieces on the right side.
Stack your fabric pieces on top of each other.The bottom piece of fabric should be lying with the printed side up, and the top piece should face down.To make your finished design look neater, you may want to press the pieces with an iron first.
Step 4: Place fabric between the pieces of material.
If you’re using fabric glue, brush it onto the bottom piece of fabric along 1 side, going from the outside to about 2.5 cm inside the edge.If you’re using double-sided fabric tape, peel the backing off one side and press it onto the bottom piece of material along the edge, then peel off the top piece.Press firmly on the top piece of material to secure it.If you’re using an iron-on adhesive, press it into place, then slowly run your iron along the wrong side of the top piece of material to bond it to the fabric.
Step 5: Leave one side open for 2 more sides.
Continue applying your glue until you have 3 sides completely attached.Continue working 1 in from the edge of the material so you have an even seam all the way around.If you leave the last side free, you can put your pillow in before you close the cover.Wait at least the recommended time if the label advises that the glue needs time to cure.It’s okay to attach the 3 sides at once, rather than allowing the glue to cure between applications.
Step 6: Put your pillow in when the fabric is turned right-side-out.
Turn the pillow cover so it’s right-side out after you’ve attached 3 sides.Use your fingers to push the corners out so they look neat, then slip the pillow in through the other side.You can use a pencil to push the corners out.
Step 7: The last side of the cover needs to be closed.
To create a neat edge, fold the edges of the open side in.Press the folded edges together after applying fabric glue between the last 2 layers.Allow the glue to dry completely, then enjoy your new pillow cover.The final edge should be folded to hide any raw edges.Hot glue can be used if it’s difficult to apply the fabric glue to the final side.
Step 8: The fabric is 3 times larger than the pillow.
Take the fabric you want to use to cover your pillow and cut a piece that’s 3 times larger than the pillow you’re covering.You don’t have to be exact, but you do need to have plenty of excess fabric in order to knot it.Fleece, cotton, or another thinner material is best for this no-sew pillow cover.The fabrics may not hold a knot as well.Pick a fabric that won’t break since the edges will be exposed.
Step 9: The fabric should be placed in a diamond shape with the pillow.
Once you’ve cut the fabric, lay it so one corner is directly in front of you and one is at the top of your work station, with the other 2 corners extending out to the sides.Place your pillow in the middle of the diamond shape.The fabric needs to be right-side-down for this step.
Step 10: The fabric should be folded over the pillow.
Pull it all the way up and over your pillow when you take the bottom corner.The pillow has a top edge.Pull the fabric so it’s snug.
Step 11: The end of the corner should be tucked under the pillow.
Pull the top of the fabric down until the point is halfway under the pillow.To crease it, use your hands to press down the fold at the top of the fabric.There are two layers of fabric underneath the top edge of the pillow.The previous fold went over the top of the pillow.The material should be tucked under the pillow.
Step 12: The center of the pillow is where the top edge should be.
The flat edge is on the top side of the pillow cover.Wrap the edge around the pillow so it hits in the center.You may need to adjust the fold you made in the previous step if the material doesn’t reach the center of the pillow.
Step 13: You can fold in the left and right corners.
If you were wrapping a present, fold the fabric over the top edge of the pillow cover and tuck it in the corners.The fold should go from the pillow to the end of the point.On the opposite side of the cover, repeat this on the bottom of that side.When you’re done, you should still see a triangle shape, but it will be sharper and the corners will look better.
Step 14: In the center of the pillow, knot the left and right sides together.
Put the left and right sides together over the pillow.Tie them together with a square knot and you have a no-sew pillow cover.If you like the way they look, you can tuck them under the knot.
Step 15: Cut two pieces of fabric larger than the pillow.
Add 4 in (10 cm) to the length and width of your pillow if you don’t already have it.Measure and cut your fabric.If you want to make a 10 in 16 in pillow, you would have to cut your fabric to fit it.Fleece is a great material for this because it will hold the knots well.It’s a good idea to avoid stiff materials.
Step 16: Right sides out, stack the 2 pieces of material together.
If you look at your fabric, you’ll likely see that one side is printed and the other is not, or that the design isn’t as vibrant.The printed side of each piece of fabric should be facing out.The printed side of the bottom piece of fabric should be facing downward, while the top piece should face up.
Step 17: Take a 2 in square from each corner of the fabric.
Measure and cut along either side of each corner with the fabric pieces still stacked together.You should cut a square into each corner when you’re done.It is easier to cut the pieces together.
Step 18: Cut 1 in 2 in strips along the 4 edges.
To make a long cut, measure in 1 in from one of the corners.2 in cuts are made every 1 in along the material, all the way around.You should cut through both layers of material as you do this.
Step 19: Cut a 2 in (1.3 cm) slit in the center of each set of strips.
Take the first strip and fold it in half.Then, cut 4 in (0.64 cm) along that fold.Continue until you reach the pillow cover.You should have a cut in the center of the strips when you unfold them.
Step 20: Push the first set of strips through the hole.
Take 2 sets of strips at the beginning of the corner.To open the hole on the set of strips closest to the corner, use your finger.Pull the second set of strips through the hole.You should put the top and bottom layers of each strip.When you’re done, look for a hole in the second strip.
Step 21: Continue attaching the strips around the sides.
Push the third strip through the hole in the second strip and pull it tight.Be sure to work in the same direction as you go, and keep going all the way around the next 2 sides.If you start working from left to right, you would continue doing that all the way around.The ends should be braided after a few strips.You don’t have to do anything different when you get to a corner because you just slip the first strip from the new side through the old side.Tuck the ends inside the pillow cover for a neater look.
Step 22: The pillow should be put through the open side.
You should slide your pillow through the opening before braiding the last side of the pillow cover.It will be more difficult to adjust the pillow after the cover is closed if you push the corners down.
Step 23: Tie the last two pieces in a knot.
All the way along the fourth side of the pillow cover, push each strip through the hole in the previous piece.When you get to the last two pieces, slide the strip through the hole and tie the ends in a double knot.Push the ends back through the opening between the knots if they come free over time.