Jan 1, 2020

Make a No Sew Pillow Cover

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Making your own pillow covers is a fun way to change up your decor. Even better, these no-sew pillow covers don't require a sewing machine, and they're easy enough for anyone! If you have fabric adhesive on hand, you can create a custom cover for any pillow. If you want to change the look of your pillows often, try wrapping the pillow in fabric and securing it with a simple knot. For a more decorative option, link together strips of fabric to create a no-sew pillow cover with a braided edge.
===Making a Cover Using Fabric Adhesive===
#Cut a piece of fabric about larger than the pillow. Place your pillow in the center of the fabric you want to use as your cover. Then, use a ruler to measure about away from the edge of the pillow all the way around. Mark this measurement with a fabric marker or fabric chalk, then cut the fabric into a square or rectangle.<ref>https://youtu.be/0WeR5ZtzSQ8?t=77</ref>
#*For very thick pillows, you may need to measure the fabric outside the edge of the pillow. Just make sure that the fabric will reach the center seam of the pillow with an extra for a seam allowance.
#Cut a second piece of fabric to the exact same size. Once you've cut the first side of your pillow cover, lay that piece of fabric on a second piece and trace around it with your fabric marker. Then, cut that piece of fabric, as well.<ref>https://ift.tt/2FeyNEJ>
#*When you're designing your fabric cover, you may want to have the front and back be the same pattern. However, if you'd like a reversible pillow cover, you can use a different, coordinating color or pattern for the second piece. , you'd cut 2 more pieces that measure . Glue these pieces to the back side of your larger square on 3 sides, leaving the overlapping sides free so you can slip the pillow into place when you're finished.}}
#Place your 2 fabric pieces with the right sides together. Take your fabric pieces and stack them one on top of the other. Make sure the right sides, or printed sides, are facing each other—the bottom piece of fabric should be laying with the printed side up, and the top piece should have the printed side facing down.<ref>https://ift.tt/2FeyNEJ>
#*To make your finished design look neater, you may want to press the pieces with an iron first.
#Place fabric adhesive between the pieces of material along one side. If you're using fabric glue, brush it onto the bottom piece of fabric along one side, going from the outside to about inside the edge. If you're using adhesive that comes on a roll, like double-sided fabric tape, peel the backing off one side and press it onto the bottom piece of material along the edge, then peel off the top piece of backing.<ref>hhttps://youtu.be/0WeR5ZtzSQ8?t=57</ref>
#*When you're finished, press the top piece of material firmly onto the adhesive to secure it.
#*If you're using an iron-on adhesive, press it into place, then slowly run your iron along the wrong side of the top piece of material to bond the adhesive to the fabric.
#Repeat for 2 more sides, leaving 1 side open. Once you've adhered the first side of the fabric, keep applying your adhesive until you have 3 sides completely attached. As you do so, continue working about from the edge of the material so you'll have an even seam all the way around.<ref>https://ift.tt/2FeyNEJ>
#*Leave the last side free for now so you can insert your pillow before you finish closing the cover.
#*If the label advises that the adhesive needs time to cure, wait at least the recommended time before you continue.
#Turn the fabric right-side-out and insert your pillow. After you've attached 3 sides of your pillow cover, turn it so it's right-side out. Use your fingers to push the corners out so they look neat, then slip the pillow in through the one unattached side.<ref>https://ift.tt/2FeyNEJ>
#*If you need to, you can use a pencil to push the corners out.
#Close the last side of the cover with your fabric adhesive. Pull the open side of the cover shut, then apply your fabric adhesive between the final 2 layers. Allow the glue to dry fully, then enjoy your new pillow cover!<ref>https://youtu.be/0WeR5ZtzSQ8?t=350</ref>
#*If it's difficult to apply the fabric adhesive to the final side, you can use hot glue, instead.<reF>https://ift.tt/2FeyNEJ>
===Wrapping the Pillow in Fabric===
#Cut a square of fabric about 3x larger than your pillow. Take the fabric you want to use to cover your pillow and cut a piece that's about 3 times longer and 3 times wider than the pillow you're covering. Your measurements don't have to be exact, but you do need to have plenty of excess fabric in order to knot it. <ref>https://youtu.be/FEIkRXxEYjY?t=10</ref>
#*For this no-sew pillow cover, fleece, cotton, or another thinner material will work best. Thick or stiff fabrics like canvas, velvet, or burlap may not hold a knot as well.
#Place the fabric in a diamond shape with the pillow in the center. Once you've cut the fabric, lay it so one corner is directly in front of you and one is at the top of your work station, with the other two corners extending out to the sides. Then, place your pillow right in the middle of the diamond shape.<ref>https://youtu.be/p6hdcFrfa_g?t=29</ref>
#*Make sure the fabric is right-side-down for this step.
#Fold the bottom corner of fabric up over pillow. Take the bottom corner, or the one that's closest to you, and pull it all the way up and over your pillow. Tuck any excess under the top edge of the pillow.<ref>https://youtu.be/FEIkRXxEYjY?t=56</ref>
#*Be sure to pull the fabric so it's snug.
#Fold the top corner down flat and tuck the end under the pillow. Bring the top point of the fabric down all the way to the pillow, and slide the point of that corner under the top of the pillow as well.<ref>https://youtu.be/FEIkRXxEYjY?t=64</ref>
#*The two corner points should be at roughly the same point under the pillow, although you may need to adjust this in a later step.
#Bring the top edge down to the center of the pillow. You should now have a flat edge along the top side of your pillow cover. Take this edge and wrap it down over the pillow so it hits right in the center.
#*If the material doesn't reach all the way to the center of the pillow, you may need to adjust the fold you made in the previous step.<ref>https://youtu.be/FEIkRXxEYjY?t=67</ref>
#Fold in the left and right corners neatly. First, fold over the top edge of the fabric on one side of the pillow cover, tucking in the corners like you would if you were [[Wrap a Present|wrapping a present]]. The fold should go all the way from the pillow to the end of the point. Repeat this on the bottom of that side, then do the same for the top and bottom of the opposite side of the cover.<ref>https://youtu.be/p6hdcFrfa_g?t=71</ref>
#*When you're finished, you should still see a triangle shape, but it will be sharper than it was before, and the corners should look tidier. <ref>https://youtu.be/FEIkRXxEYjY?t=87</ref>
#Knot the left and right sides together in the center of the pillow. Bring the left and right sides tightly together over the top of the pillow. Then, tie them together with a square knot to secure your no-sew pillow cover!<ref>https://youtu.be/p6hdcFrfa_g?t=103</ref>
#*You can leave free ends out if you like the way they look, or you can tuck them under the knot.

===Making a Braided No-Sew Pillow Cover===
#Cut 2 pieces of fabric larger than the pillow. Measure the dimensions of your pillow and add to the length and the width of those dimensions. Then, measure and cut your fabric to size.<reF>https://youtu.be/A6HjUAQeMqk?t=46</ref>
#*For instance, if you want to make a pillow, you'd cut your fabric to be .
#Stack the 2 pieces of material together, right sides out. When you look at your fabric, you'll likely see that one side is printed and the other side isn't, or that the design isn't as vibrant. The printed side, also known as the right side, of each piece of fabric should be facing outward.<ref>https://youtu.be/lmgK6_HuMFw?t=34</ref>
#*This means that the printed side of the bottom piece of fabric should be facing downward, and the printed side of the top piece should be facing up.
#Trim a out of each corner of the fabric. With the fabric pieces still stacked together, measure and cut along either side of each corner. When you're finished, you should have 4 squares cut into each corner.<ref>https://youtu.be/xnq3wuajSYU?t=39</ref>
#*It's easier to cut the pieces together to ensure they match up.
#Cut strips along all 4 edges. Measure in from one of the corners, then make a long cut. Continue making cuts spaced every along the material, all the way around.<ref>https://youtu.be/A6HjUAQeMqk?t=59</ref>
#*Be sure to cut through both layers of material as you do this.
#Fold each set of strips in half and cut a 1/2" slit in the center. Take the first strip you cut and fold both layers in half. Then, carefully snip about along that fold. Continue doing this all the way around the pillow cover.<ref>https://youtu.be/xnq3wuajSYU?t=112</ref>
#*When you unfold the strips, you should have a cut that's , right in the center of the pair of strips.
#Push one set of strips through the hole in an adjacent set. Starting at one corner, take two sets of strips in your hand. Use your finger to hold open the hole on the set of strips closest to the corner. Then, push the second set of strips through that hole and pull it tight.<ref>https://youtu.be/xnq3wuajSYU?t=155</ref>
#*Make sure you insert both the top and bottom layers of each strip. When you're finished, check that you can see hole in the second strip.
#Continue attaching the strips like this around 3 sides. Take the third strip in the row and push it through the hole in the second strip, pulling it tight. Then, keep going all the way around the next 2 sides, being sure to work in the same direction as you go.<ref>https://youtu.be/A6HjUAQeMqk?t=90</ref>
#*For instance, if you start working from left to right, you'd continue doing that all the way around.
#*The ends should start to take on a braided look after just a few strips.<ref>https://youtu.be/xnq3wuajSYU?t=203</ref>
#*When you get to a corner, you don't have to do anything different—just slip the first strip from the new side through the last strip of the old side.
#*For a neater look, tuck the ends inside the pillow cover as you go.
#Insert the pillow through the open side. Before you finish braiding the last side of the pillow cover, slide your pillow in through the opening. Push the corners of the pillow down into the corners of the cover and adjust it as needed, since it will be more difficult to adjust the pillow after the cover is closed.<ref>https://youtu.be/A6HjUAQeMqk?t=93</ref>
#Finish braiding the last side, then tie the final 2 pieces in a knot. Continue pushing each strip through the hole in the previous piece all the way along the fourth side of the pillow cover. When you get to the last 2 pieces, slide the last strip through the hole, then tie the ends in a double knot and tuck in the ends.<ref>https://youtu.be/xnq3wuajSYU?t=291</ref>
#*If any of the ends come free over time, just push them back through an opening between the knots.
==Things You'll Need==
===Using Fabric Adhesive===
*Fabric marker or chalk
*Tape measure
*Fabric adhesive
*Iron (optional)
===Wrapping the Pillow===
*Tape measure (optional)
*Iron (optional)
===Making a Braided Pillow===
*Tape measure


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