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How to Make a Simple No Sew Pillow

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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 Lynch says:

    sorry, reposting with my email address

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

  2. Beth Lynch says:

    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

  3. Kristi Blackstone says:

    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

  4. Carolyn OConnor says:

    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!

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

  6. Chatty Chics says:

    Love these! They are so pretty! Great job!

  7. joyinthemoments.com says:

    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.

  8. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims says:

    Such a great project! I featured this on my facebook page. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! Stop by the party tonight and grab a featured button!

  9. Good Time Charlie says:

    So cute!! I can't believe how easy they are to make. Thank you for sharing, visiting from 504 Main. Pinning this next!

  10. This pillow is gorgeous! I loved the fabric choice and your tutorial is wonderful!

  11. Holly Lefevre says:

    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!)

  12. Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com says:

    Thanks for linking up!

    XO, Aimee

  13. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    Who would have thought that those came from a table runner – AND that they are no sew! They look so cute!