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How to Make a Simple No Sew Pillow

I was browsing the Christmas clearance at T.J. Max the other day and came across this gorgeous table runner.  I just love the bunched fabric details, so pretty!


In reality, this table runner is just way to fancy for my table and I started to put it back on the shelf.  But as I looked a little closer at the table runner, I discovered the base fabric was double layered!  Jackpot!  I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it…

Pillows! I wanted to make pillows.  And I was going to make the pillows without any sewing!

Here is how I made the easiest no-sew pillows from a table runner.

To do this all you need is:
-a double layer fabric table runner or a double layer placemat (here is my Pillow Placemat tutorial.)
-Pillow stuffing
-Fabric marker
-Hot glue (if you are afraid of using hot glue, you could also use an iron on adhesive/hem tape.


1.  Table runners come in all lengths, so the first thing to do is determine how many and what size pillows you want, based on your table runner’s size.  My table runner was 15 X 36 inches, so that was just perfect for two rectangle pillows, all I had to do was cut it in half.   I could have made my pillows 15 X 15 if I wanted square pillows, I would only have had to do a little more measuring and an additional cut.

2.  Based on your desired pillow width, mark where you need to cut with a fabric marker and then cut the fabric.  (I marked mine on the front so I wouldn’t cut through any of the ruffles.)

3.  Fold the cut edge about 3/8 inch to the inside.  Use your iron and press the fold to get a good crease.

4.  Go ahead and fill the pillow with the stuffing about 3/4 of the way full.  I use this polyester fiberfill from hobby lobby.  It is $2.99 and you can use your 40% coupon on it.



5.  Next we will seal part of the seam with hot glue or iron on adhesive.  I used hot glue, it has held up very well on a couple of my projects, especially on loosely woven fabrics.  (If you use the iron on adhesive, just follow the packages directions.)   Starting at one edge, apply a generous line of glue on the folded edge.  Then squeeze the two hems together.  (Be careful, the glue is called “hot” glue for a reason.)  It is much easier if you do it one inch at a time.  Leave about a 3 inch opening in the center of the hem, so you can finish stuffing the pillow.


6.  Once you have finished stuffing the pillow, finish gluing the seam closed.

Ta da!  You have two new pillows!  Of course, you don’t have to use hot glue, these can be sewn just as easily, like I did in this place mat to pillow project.  It probably would be quicker to sew than using the hot glue, but this method gives non-sewers a chance to make themselves pretty pillows too.


Looking for other No-Sew projects?  Be sure to check these out:
No-Sew Ruffled Tote
No-Sew Pillow Case Dress
No-Sew Patio Curtains
No-Sew Table Runner
No-Sew Fabric Flowers

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    1. Beth, they ere just some random brand of holiday table runner from TJ Max

  1. Love the pillows! I want those as table runners. lol. Do you remember who they are made by? I am hoping to hunt some up on the internet.

    Thank you

  2. OMG, this is absolutely beautiful! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the fabric, I wish I could find this tablerunner somewhere but yeah not to likely, haha. Great work, I love it! New fan of your blog and I'm stealing your button to post on mine, please check me out and hope your follow me too, I'm just restarting it up and have lots of idea posts coming soon. Seriously though, this is great work!

    Kristi Blackstone
    To see your button, my blog is mommyhoodmakeupandmusthaves.blogspot.com

  3. What a great idea! It is so pretty and fun looking and no sewing! Great idea for those who can't sew and those of us who are too lazy to get the machine out! Thanks!

  4. I love No-Sew ideas! You've done a great job with transforming the table runner!

  5. I love things I don't have to sew (because I might actually do them). This is so cute. Thanks for sharing. I found you on junkintheirtrunk's linky party.

  6. This is so pretty and so many people will benefit from this tutorial! I am featuring it on Tickled Pink this weekend and I pinned it (and I am following you here and on Pinterest!)

  7. I saw some of those at Homesenese (Canada) and loved them…I didn't think to make them into pillows!!! Great job!

  8. Amazing pillows…so cute! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We would love to have you back next Saturday to share more of your great ideas. -The Sisters

  9. Absolutely LOVE these! I have nearly identical ones in blue from Target that I'm sure were not as inexpensive as yours!! Awesome!

  10. This is brilliant! And what a great find!

    I'm happy to be your newest follower, and I'm hoping you'll stop by my BRAND NEW blog and follow me back!!

    Thanks a million ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Love how these turned out!

    Looking to re-do my bedroom decor and will eventually want new pillows. I love the texture of these and love that they were made from a table runner. Now I'll be on the lookout for fun table runners that maybe I could make into pillows too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for posting this over on Blue Cricket!

  12. So (sew) cute! Just spotted this at ItsOverFlowing linky party and THEN again, over on Aimee's FB page!

    Very darling! You have a good eye!
    Smiles, Suzanne in NW IL

  13. I shared this on It's Overflowing's FB Page and am also your newest follower! Told you I love this idea! On my way out the door to look for a table runner!!! Thanks for linking up to my party!

    Excited to be your newest follower!!!
    XO, Aimee

  14. Those pillows look great. Such a creative use for the runner. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  15. Ha Ha! I love it! Great way to make those pillows – and with such fabulous fabric too! Great find!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  16. I just love the way these turned out! I would have never guessed that you didn't go out and buy them – nor that they're no sewing involved. I'm always scared to try things like this BC of the sewing!

  17. Love this!!!! Found this on Take a Look Tuesday Linky party and am going to have to try it

  18. Wow, those look terrific – love the ruffles!! (Sorry about the deleted comment – LOL – I hit "publish" too soon!)

  19. Umm…WELL DONE! These turned out fantastic!

    No-sew! Heck yeah!

    Thanks SO much for linking up your awesome posts @ Feature Friday Free-for-All!

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

  20. Pretty cool, I agree, too fancy for a table runner, but perfect for pillows. Another to love, is so quick and easy, what could be better than that. The fabric really goes well with your burgundy sofa. I might have to head out and see if I can find this! Thanks for sharing your creativeness over at Sunday's Best!

  21. Awesome! Quick and easy for someone like me who likes to change things up a bit! What a fabulous find and you really worked it well! I hopped on over from TCB!

  22. Wow…your pillows look incredible and without sewing. My kind of project. Love your blog…am now a follower!

  23. I've done this with placemats as well. Over half the pillows in my home are cool looking funky converted placemats! Big Lots and Pier One overstock stores are great places to find these for a $1 and then make them into $20 accent pieces for your home ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Wow, so happy to find you through Simple Home Life. What an awesome tutorial! I am your newest follower. Can't wait to check out some other projects. Thanks!!


  25. Oh my gosh!! I saw that same runner at my Maxx! This idea is fantastic so now I have to go get that runner and give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for posting the "how to"!

  26. The pillows are adorable! Love them – how clever!

    I'm now a follower – can't wait to sew what you post next…

    Mary (sweetlittlebluebird.com)

  27. Fabulous!! that is a beautiful work of art!! i am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can. The pictures are so helpful!

  28. wow! Those look great! I love that you made it from a table runner. So cool! I am a new follower and I am so happy I found your blog! I would love it if you would link up to Friday Frolic on my blog!
    Karen@Pocket Full of Pink

  29. What a great repurpose idea! If you should have an oops, you can always put that side as the back of the pillow. Thanks for sharing!
    Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker

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