I have been so excited about finally getting to decorate our living room! Before we moved to Rhode Island I felt limited in what I could do because I knew that the home we were living in was only temporary. I didn’t want to buy a lot of furniture because I knew we’d just have to move it all and I didn’t want to buy pillows and other decor because I wanted it to fit the style of our new home. So instead, I lived vicariously through my Pinterest board (anyone else?!) waiting for the day when I could make some of these easy no-sew envelope pillows!
When we moved, I decided to stop buying pillows for every season. When you have to move across country, you have to pack and store all those darn pillows! You also have to find a place to store them when you’re not using them! I realized that, for me, pillow covers over pillow inserts are much better. Not only can you change the look of your pillows for the season by just switching the cover, but you don’t have to store bulky pillows in the meantime!
Virginia, over at Live, Love, DIY had a post many, many years ago about easy envelope pillows using glue and ever since then I have been wanting to try it. She used a product called Unique Stitch which I looked for but couldn’t find. Then, over Spring Break I was in Jo-Ann searching for Upholstery Fabric (a project that will be coming in a few months!!) and there it was! My no-sew envelope pillows could become a reality (wonderful since I don’t have access to a sewing machine post-move)! Being on Spring Break and in full blown “project mode” (you know, that feeling you get when you have freedom to do anything other than plan, teach, grade and sleep?) I immediately launched into research mode to figure out what fabric I wanted to inspire the rest of our living room look.
I will spare you the details of my insane research process to find fabric, but I will say that I decided on this gorgeous outdoor floral print after noticing that many of the pins on my Living Room Inspiration Pinterest board included floral print pillows. I really do recommend looking on Pinterest for inspiration when you want to redo a room. It’s really helpful to be able to collect your ideas in one place because you can see the patterns in your pins.
I will say that most of what I did here is really based on the tutorial Virginia gives in her post on “How to Make a Pillow with Glue” so I encourage you to go check it out. She used only 1 yard of fabric so that’s what I bought. In the end, I got two 20″ x 20″ pillows out of that 1 yard but as I’m trying to make you a diagram for you of how I got that out of the 54″ fabric, I’m not sure exactly how that was done. I’m guessing that they gave me a little over 1 yard.
Materials for No-Sew Envelope Pillow:
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- At least 1 yard of fabric. I chose this Waverly outdoor fabric which I thought would be more durable in my living room.
- Yardstick or Tape Measure
- Unique Stitch
- Small Paintbrush
Wash/Iron your fabric to ensure that your measurements are accurate and to account for fabric shrinkage if your fabric is machine washable. (Yet another perk of pillow covers!)
Make a diagram of how you will cut your fabric to ensure that you have enough fabric for all the pieces of the Envelope Pillow. This post shows you a diagram of the pieces you will need for an envelope pillow. I used these pillow inserts so I made my squares 20″ x 20″ (in retrospect, I would recommend only 18″ x 18″ for these inserts).
Measure out and mark the dimensions on the back side of the fabric using a yard stick and a pencil.
If your fabric is unraveling, it’s hard to get an accurate measure, and if you’re trying to squeeze out 2 pillows you’ll need to be very accurate. I pulled off a few of the extra strings on the edge so that it was the same length all the way down and I measured from there. (see picture that follows) Cut out the pieces.
Grab your paint brush and Unique Stitch and glue down the ironed edges of the back piece of the pillow. Squeeze a line of glue along the edge and use the small paintbrush to spread the glue (see picture below). Then, press down/hold the fabric together for a few seconds. *Be aware that the glue may seep through the fabric on the backside, especially if you neglect to spread the glue before pressing the two sides of the fabric together.* Do this process on a clean surface that you don’t mind wiping off afterwards. Let it dry for 30 minutes or more. You will end up with the pieces you need to construct the back sides of your no-sew envelope pillow.
Now you will glue the front and back sides of the pillow cover together. Start by making sure to face the front sides of the fabric (what you will see when it sits on your couch) together so that you can turn it inside out and have the right colors facing out. Then, take one 20″ x 15″ back piece and glue it to the front 20″ x 20″ square using the same technique as above. Squeeze out a line of glue all the way around the outside edge of the back piece. Spread the glue with the small paintbrush, and press it to the larger square. Let it dry before gluing down the second back piece. They should overlap slightly.
When all the pieces are dry (I let them dry 24 hours though I’m not sure they really needed it), then flip the no-sew pillow cover inside out and stick in your favorite pillow insert! And there you have it, an easy envelope pillow with no sewing involved!
There you go! Easy, no-sew envelope pillows to make it easy to spruce up your space. Plus, they give you a fun little project to do on those breaks from work or school! Find more of my decor boards and DIY Project ideas here and make sure to pin one of these photos to your own DIY Pinterest board! You won’t regret it!
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