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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. 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 🙂

  2. what a great idea! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


  3. The texture is awesome! What a fun, shiny addition to your sofa. 🙂

  4. Are you dancing right now? If not, you certainly should be after coming up with such a fabulous idea! LOVE your sassy throw pillows, please come share them at the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at http://www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen

  5. 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!!


  6. 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 🙂 Thanks so much for posting the "how to"!

  7. 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)

  8. @ Blogger Brodcast:
    The hot glue is very strong, just make sure you use pleny, then once the hot glue seeps in between the fibers, there is no getting it apart with out ripping the fabric…

  9. I love it, it's so pretty on your sofa. Is the glue strong enough to keep the filling from falling out?

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

  11. 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

  12. 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