No-Sew Patriotic Pillow Covers Made from Thrifted Shirts

I’m back with another easy no-sew pillow cover tutorial that uses fabric from thrifted clothes. Remember this one I made last Fall with the Aztec patterned skirt? It was so well received – even being featured on the national Goodwill blog – that I thought I’d give it another go with some summer-themed fabrics for our front porch.

I wanted the fabric to have a 4th of July vibe with stars and stripes, but not with the traditional red white and blue color combo. Our front door is painted a turquoise color, and I’m all about pink right now, so I went hunting at Goodwill Northfield with those two colors in mind. Here’s what I found:

No luck finding anything striped in my color scheme, but I was excited to find the two star patterned shirts!

To make the pillow covers, follow these steps:
1: Measure your pillows
2: Cut two pieces of fabric approx. 1 to 2 inches larger than the size of your pillow. One piece for the front, one piece for the back.

3. Place your fabric together (good sides facing each other).

4. Place a strip of stitch witchery in between the two pieces of fabric along the border.

5. Lay a damp rag on top of all three layers (fabric, stitch witchery, fabric) then place your hot iron on the rag and let stand for 45 seconds. I had my iron set to 5 on steam.

6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 on three sides of the pillow. Leave the 4th side open

7. With all three sides fused together, flip the cover inside out (now your good sides should be on the outside), and stuff your pillow inside.

8. The last step is to close your 4th side. This took a little bit of finagling, but you’ll want to fold those edges in a bit, and then repeat steps 4 and 5 while your pillow remains inside. I did this part in small sections using just 2” of stitch witchery at a time.

9. Toss the pillows on your furniture! All done.

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


  1. Great idea! Never heard of stitch witchery - but I'm going to find me some!

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  4. I had to revisit this post because I'm still in awe of this project and need to reread it step by step to attempt to recreate it. I didn't realize you were doing the bulk of the attaching with the pillow outside of the cover. I kept thinking, how is she ironing all four sides with the pillow in there? That would be a huge pain!

    1. That would have resulted in me burning every single one of my fingers! LOL! Yes, three of the sides are done with NO pillow. Just the 4th side includes the pillow... and that's the side where burns may occur (eek!).

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  6. This is such a fun idea! I feel like mine would never turn out that neatly, haha. Love the colors you chose! -♥- Rachel (For the Birds)

    1. LOL - Why do you think I didn't do any close-up shots ;)

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