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Cheap and Easy DIY No Sew Pillow Covers

I am so excited about my DIY no sew pillow covers! They were so easy to make and didn’t take me very long at all!

This is 4 photos that show the steps of how to make no sew pillow covers.

My Mom is a seamstress and a really good one. She made all my prom dresses when I was in high school. She also made my clothes when I was little. Unfortunately, these skills did not get passed down to me.

I have made curtains and hemmed a couple of pairs of pants but that is the extent of my sewing skills. I think for me it’s just tedious and I get frustrated very quickly. Give me a piece of furniture to build and I will be much happier.

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DIY No Sew Pillow Covers

My lack of sewing skills brought me to this point. I wanted some fourth of July pillow covers but I couldn’t find any that I liked, and the last thing I need is more pillows to try to store. Covers are the best, they take up much less space.

I went to JoAnn’s and got half a yard of these two July 4th fabrics and some hem tape. The fabric was on sale so all in this project cost me about $15. It’s hard to find pillow covers for that cheap!

The only other thing you need is an iron and ironing board. And the first thing to do is to give your fabric a good ironing, smoothing out any folds.

Cut your fabric

Measure the pillow that you are using from seam to seam. Mine is 18 inches. My hemming tape is 3/8 of an inch wide so I cut the front of my pillow 19 inches square, allowing for the extra needed to fold over for the hem tape.

Cut the back panel at 24 inches by 19 inches. Then make another cut at 16 inches. So for the back you will have an 8 inch piece in length and a 16 inch piece. This will make up the fold over section in the back to get the pillow in and out.

Here is where I cut the back of the pillow for the folded section to put the pillow in and out.

Hem the folded section

Think of this as a pillow sham. This opening where you put the pillow in and out needs to be hemmed. Cut your hem tape the width of the fabric. Fold over the edge on the wrong side of the fabric with the hem tape inside and iron it for a few seconds.

Place the hem tape near the top leaving room to fold the fabric over onto the tape.
Here I am ironing the hem tape in between the fabric.

Do this for both sections of the fabric that will be your opening.

Final Step

Now place your front piece (the 19 inch piece) right side up. Place your two other pieces of the back right side down on top of the front piece. The back pieces should overlap where you hemmed the edges.

Place hem tape all around the edges in between the two pieces of fabric and iron it sealing them together.

Place the fabric facing each other and iron the hem tape to secure them together.
The pieces all together inside out.

You will need to place hem tape in between the two sections that will overlap and secure them together.

This shows where you have to secure the pieces where the overlap is on the back of the pillow.

No Sew Pillow Covers

Once it’s all connected you can turn your pillow cover right side out and insert your pillow! Viola!

The completed no sew pillow cover turned right side out.
The pillow on my outdoor couch with my dog sitting right next to it.
Both no sew pillows on my outdoor couch with my dog sitting next to them.

I think Lilly approves of my new no sew pillow covers!

Other July 4th projects:

DIY no sew pillow covers pin for Pinterest.

As a licensed Real Estate Agent and an avid home decorator, I strive to give my clients the very best I can when it comes to staging, selling, and decorating their homes. I have lots of experience with paint color choices and love to DIY my home so I can have everything just the way I want it. I share my ideas and projects with the world in the hopes that I can help others have their homes just the way they want as well.

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