How To Make a Pillow Cover Without Sewing

The No Sew Approach

Colorful pillows

If you are like me, you either:

  • Do not like to sew.
  • Do not know anything but the very basics.
  • Do not own a sewing machine.

Unfortunately, I fall into all 3 of these categories. But I have a simple easy solution on how to make some very attractive pillow covers without sewing and without spending a lot of money to do it.


Tacky glue or a low temp glue gun
Fabric table place mats (your choice of color)
Any embellishments that you may want

Step 1

Make sure you know how wide your pillow is that you are making the new cover for. For this example, we'll take a small 4x4 pillow.

Step 2

For your fabric you are using, find a couple of fabric table placemats. Make sure they are fabric with no plastic backing. The reason I suggest using place mats is because they are relatively cheap. And if you are decorating for a special occasion or holiday, you can find some really nice-looking ones (usually at a better price because of their limited availability). The one I made was out of a pastel gingham material for Easter/Spring.

Step 3

Once you've chosen your material, what you want to do is wash them get the stiffness out of the fabric. Just let them air dry or tumble dry them on low in the dryer.

Step 4

Put your material face down so the back is facing you. I use tacky glue but a low temperature glue gun works well, too. If you choose to use the tacky glue, get a small sponge brush to help spread the glue evenly along the top and bottom. Do the same with the second placemat but make sure to leave a side on both mats unglued so you can put this over the pillow.

Step 5

After about 30 minutes, make sure that the glue has dried by giving it a slight tug and then place your pillow inside. You may have to work it in at first, but don't worry because you want a secure cover for the pillow.

Step 6

Once the pillow is in its new cover, adjust as needed to make sure it's not bulging in any particular place.

Step 7

Now this is up to you, but I do close mine. You will have the opening and it is your decision on whether you close it or not. I've closed several of mine and used tacky glue once again. When I do this though, I only glue one side and press firmly for it to adhere to the other side. I give it about another 20 minutes or so and hold it down with something heavy--a book, iron, a bowl--just something to hold it in place.

Step 8

After this has dried, you can now choose if you want to embellish your new creation. You can tacky glue buttons, rub on stencils, add tassels or ribbon or patches. This is your creation and this is why it's so much fun as you are the one making the decisions, not having someone make the decisions for what they think you might like.

Step 9

Once you're done with your project, display it proudly, for everyone to see. I promise you will get comments because it will be a one of a kind project that no one else has and they will want to know where you got it. You can proudly say it's an original and you're the only one that owns this kind of pillow cover.

Step 10

There you have it--a no sew pillow cover that you have done yourself, something that is truly unique and one of a kind. If you are just beginning, the whole process can take about 1 1/2 hours, but the more often you do this, the less time it will take. There are other options that you can do (such as snaps) if you don't want to mess with the glue. You will just need to make sure you have the appropriate tools to put the snaps on with. The great thing about this project is that if you have children, they can help you because it's a hand sewn project. And it can be a rewarding time for both of you because you can proudly say we made this.

Here is a simple no sew project that is quick, fun, and rewarding. And you can also give your children the opportunity to help you. You are making your own creation because no one will have one that is exactly yours. So dare to be different, have fun with this project and remember the only thing that is stopping you is you.


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