No-Sew Pillow Cover | Goodwill Project #23


I wanted to decorate for Fall without really decorating for Fall. Ya know, no pumpkins, no acorns, no leaves. Something Fall inspired, but not quite so in-your-face Fall.

I came across this no-sew envelope pillow cover tutorial by LiveLoveDIY and it had me at no-sew!

The colors in our family room are neutral with pops of bright colors like yellow and turquoise so I went to Goodwill of Twinsburg on the hunt to find colorful fabric that had a Fall feel.

Well hello vintage Chicos aztec skirt and matching Mossimo sweater.!!


I actually thought about keeping both pieces for my wardrobe, but 1) I never wear skirts 2) even though I tried to convince myself of places I could wear a skirt, it didn’t fit, and 3) the sweater was too tight across my mid-section which recently housed an 8 pound baby. 

So here’s how ya do it:

1: Trim off the waistband of the skirt then cut along the seam in the back to create one big piece of fabric.

2. Drape the fabric over the pillow and measure how much you’ll need. I probably would have cut an 18” x 18” piece but vertically I only had 15.5” of fabric so I did 15.5” x 15.5” and hoped that the stretchiness of the fabric would allow me to shove the pillow in. #wingit


3. The coral back side would be the “envelope” side of the pillow cover so I needed two pieces. Since these pieces will overlap in the back they need to be a rectangle rather than a square so I cut them at 15.5” wide x 12” tall. I kept the waistband on both pieces so that the envelope closure would have a finished look. #smart #thinking


4. The “no-sew” part of this project is the use of fusible webbing, also known as Stitch Witchery. My dad worked in the apparel industry for years so he gave me a bulk size roll of this stuff a few years ago. This is the first time it’s seen the light of day. Here’s your chance Fusible Webbing, impress us.


5. Think of the fusible webbing as glue, but in fabric form. Place your fabric so the fronts are facing each other. Place the fusible webbing along the edge between the pieces of fabric. Lay a damp rag on top of all three layers (Fabric, webbing, fabric), then set your iron on top of the rag and let it sit for 10-20 seconds. I had my iron set to steam on a level of 4. The steam and heat basically melt the webbing and fuse the two pieces of fabric together.


6. Here’s a potentially confusing diagram on how to layer the fabric and webbing. The gray square represents my Aztec fabric, the white lines represent the webbing, and the pink and yellow rectangles represent my coral fabric.


7. You can see in diagram image 4 (above) that the back two pieces overlap, but are NOT fused together with webbing in the middle. This is where you will be able to flip your fabric out so that all the seams are hidden inside and the right side of your fabric is facing out. Here’s what the back looks like:



8. Squeeze your pillow into the cover and squish, shake and pull it so everything settles into the cover nicely. Then, one nice swift karate chop on top and you’ve got a fluffed, no-sew, envelope-style pillow cover! 




**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Akron. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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14 comments:

  1. Looks GREAT! I love fusible webbing. I added stripes to my curtains using it. It's brilliant. I'm shocked to find out you don't wear skirts ever. Regardless, this skirt turned pillow is fabulous.

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    1. Well I shouldn't say I NEVER wear skirts, but it's rare, and I'm trying to only keep pieces in my closet that will get worn regularly. It's a struggle!!

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  2. The pillow looks amazing! However I have to say I am kind of mourning the skirt, I love it! I would totally wear that to work! But it looks amazing as a pillow too :-)

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    1. It was a great skirt, but the sacrafice had to be made! LOL!

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  3. Chico's for the win! I love it!

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  4. I'm wondering about the heat of the iron on the sweater material. I know you used a damp cloth over it but my concern would be streatching out of shape. Very impressive pillow. I'll just have to give it a try and see for myself. Hope mine turns out as beautiful as yours.

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    1. Hi Linda - It definitely stretched a little, but that was ok with me because my fabric pieces were smaller than my pillow and I was really hoping they'd stretch! Keep me posted, would love to see how yours turns out!

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  5. Hi Katie! Love this post, thank you for sharing! I am planning on redoing our couch pillows and I was wondering, when buying fabric for different sized pillows do you buy fabric cut to the exact size or do you buy more than the exact size? Thank you.

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    1. Hi Taylor! To be honest, this was my first time attempting this project. Luckily my fabric was stretch so I was able to squeeze the pillow in with no problem. If you are buying fabric from a retail store I would definitely suggest cutting more than you need. In addition to the size of the pillow you'll need about 1 to 2 extra inches to give room for the stitch witch. Hope that helps!

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  8. AnonymousJune 29, 2016

    hi, i'm indah, its awesome.. hope that i'll found the fusible webbing here.. by the way, is it okay to wash the pillow cover?

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