If you’re anything like me, pillows are one of those things you’re always drawn to and excited about (unless you’re my husband). When you walk into TJ Maxx or Home Goods the first thing you go to are the aisles of pillows that are organized by color.
You walk through the aisles and think $40 for a pillow?! That seems a bit outrageous, especially since you already have pillows at home and don’t have a place to store 100 pillows when they “aren’t in season.”
But I still always want more pillows. They change the look of a room and are an easy thing to swap in and out when you’re wanting something new. Once you’re finished, send me photos of your new pillows via email or on Instagram! Like I said before, I can’t get enough of pillows 😉
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Alright, let’s start DIYing!
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- Measuring Tape
What You’ll Need
- A roll of 5/8″ wide fusible bonding web
- Fabric (see below for how much you will need)
How to make a no-sew pillow case
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Step 1: determine your pillow size
Step 2: Determine how much fabric you need
Measure and cut your fabric. Skip the math and get the measurements for the most common pillow sizes by downloading the file below.
For uncommon pillow sizes, add one inch to the short side measurement of your pillow to get your short side fabric measurement. To get your long side fabric measurement, add one inch to your long side measurement, multiply by 2, and add 4.
- Short side fabric measurement = short side measurement + 1
- Long side fabric measurement = 2 (long side measurement + 1) + 4.
STEP 3: fold and iron the long sides
Start with the long side. Fold the fabric over approximately 1/2 inch and iron. This will give the edges a crisp look, allowing you to hide any fraying or sloppy cutting. Ironing will keep the fold in place.
Step 4: add bonding web
Fold the edges of the short sides and iron with bonding web. First, add a small piece of bonding web underneath the corner to keep the corner crisp and in place. Place a piece of parchment paper under the iron to prevent the iron from sticking to the bonding web and iron until the bonding web has sealed the corner. Then, cut two pieces of bonding web the length of the short edges, place one between the edge folds on each side and iron.
You want to bond the edges of the short sides because these will be visible as your flaps. The long edges will not be visible, so simply ironing will be enough.
Note: If you don’t use parchment paper it will take a lot less time to iron, but you’ll likely have to clean your iron. To clean your iron, combine 2 parts baking soda and 1 part water, place it on your iron, and scrub it off.
Test the bonding web by trying to peel up the fabric you just sealed together. If the fabric comes apart, keep ironing!
step 5: bond the sides together
Place the pillow in the middle of the fabric and fold the fabric over the pillow. You should have 2-4 inches of overlap. Pin the fabric and remove the pillow. If you don’t have pins, you can eyeball it. That’s what I did.
Bond the sides together using the bonding web. Bond the overlapping 2-4 inches along the edge as well.
Step 6: insert a pillow
Insert your pillow into your new pillowcase!
Now you know how to make no-sew pillowcases! No more spending $30 on a pillow (unless it has really pretty details ;)). Don’t forget to send us your pictures!
And don’t forget to download our size guide in step 2. Skip the math and don’t worry about how much fabric you need: we’ve determined it all for you already!