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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. Sew Country Chick says:

    Thanks for posting! I love that the hard part was already done.

  2. 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)

  3. La Petite Vie says:

    Wow, what a fabulous idea, LOVE these pillows! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  4. Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer says:

    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!

  5. Donna@My Sweet Things says:

    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!

  6. Cheryl @ Sew Can Do says:

    Very clever and cute. Would love for you to link this to my Craftastic party:)

  7. So impressive and super cute!

  8. Tanya@takesix says:

    Those are beautiful pillows!! They look great on the burgundy sofa. GREAT job!

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

  10. Ooh Baby! says:

    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 🙂

  11. The Belly Dancer says:

    Very awesome! I love them! New follower.

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


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