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Easy DIY No Sew Pillow Cover from a Tablecloth

I used to hear the term “no sew” and think it still required a lot of work. Just because you weren’t using a sewing machine didn’t mean the project would be easy, right?  NOT. Let me share one of my favorite crafting items right now; fabric tape! No joke, this little project only requires fabric tape, fabric and scissors. We got this y’all.  Let me share how I created my owns easy DIY no sew pillow cover from a tablecloth and how you can too.

DIY no sew pillow covers

I’ve been on a fabric tape kick lately. I just finished a post about how to secure a duvet cover using fabric tape. During that project I had a grand idea for creating my own pillow covers…you can probably guess how.

I even created my own no sew pillows from tea towels from Target. Then I got the grand idea to share them all in a post with a beginner’s guide to no sew projects.

Back to the post at hand…

I know there are a gazillion tutorials on how to create your own no sew pillow cover, but selfishly I think mine is the easiest. 🙂

Why, you ask? Because most of the tutorials require two cuts where this tutorial only requires one big piece of material.

Let’s recap what I did in the video.

Supplies:

  • fabric tape
  • fabric of your choice (I used an old table cloth for this project)
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

How to create a no sew pillow cover in easy to follow steps

  1. Measure your pillow.
  2. Multiply the width of pillow times 2 and then add 7 inches.
  3. Add 2 inches to the sides.
  4. This will be the dimensions of the fabric for the pillow cover.  So if you have a 16 by 16 pillow, you will need to cut 40″ by 18″.
  5. Cut your fabric to the above dimensions
  6. Lay the fabric face down (the inside of the pillow cover should be face up) and add a strip of fabric tape all around the fabric.
  7. Fold the fabric over the fabric tape so you now have a “nice edge” or seam around the entire pillow cover
  8. Lay your pillow on the outer edge of the fabric
  9. Cover the pillow with the fabric until the pillow is completely covered with the new fabric
  10. Tape the edges of the new fabric (you might need to take the pillow out for this) with your fabric tape
  11. Now you should have what resembles a cloth bag
  12. Stick your pillow inside the new fabric pillow cover
  13. This is where you can do one of two things; 1) you can lay the flap over the top of the pillow and call it done! or 2) you can tuck the extra flap inside the opening of the fabric and create an “envelope pillow case.”
  14. Enjoy your DIY no sew pillow cover

Below is the pillow cover with the extra piece of fabric laying over the top of the pillow.

DIY no sew pillow cover

Pictured below is the “envelope pillow cover.”

DIY no sew pillow cover

In case reading a step by step tutorial isn’t your thing, check out how to make a simple DIY no sew pillow below.

DIY No Sew Pillow

To create a no sew pillow cover, start by measuring your pillow. Multiply the width of the pillow by 2 and then add 7 inches. Add 2 inches to the sides. This will be the dimensions of the fabric for the pillow cover. For instance, if you have a 16 by 16 pillow, you will need to cut 40″ by 18″ fabric. Cut your fabric to the above dimensions.

Lay the fabric face down, and add a strip of fabric tape all around the fabric. Fold the fabric over the fabric tape so that you have a “nice edge” or seam around the entire pillow cover. Lay your pillow on the outer edge of the fabric. Cover the pillow with the fabric until the pillow is completely covered with the new fabric.

Tape the edges of the new fabric with your fabric tape. You might need to take the pillow out for this. Now you should have what resembles a cloth bag. Stick your pillow inside the new fabric pillow cover. This is where you can do one of two things: 1) You can lay the flap over the top of the pillow and call it done! or 2) You can tuck the extra flap inside the opening of the fabric and create an “envelope pillow case.”

Enjoy your DIY no sew pillow cover. The repurposed table cloth turned pillow cover is a great way to add a pop of color to any room. With this easy tutorial, anyone can create a beautiful new pillow cover without the need for a sewing machine.

What do y’all think of my repurposed table cloth turned pillow cover?

You know my motto: if I can do this you can too!

DIY no sew pillow cover

I hope this post has been an inspiration for you to repurpose an old piece of fabric into a beautiful new NO sew pillow cover!

Lindsey**

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  1. Thanks Anne and good luck!

  2. love this idea.can’t wait to try.thanks for inspiration

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  5. Carol says:

    Brilliant and what an easy but impactful way to change up decor. Featuring when my party opens up tonight!

  6. I love this! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy!! Pinned!

  7. I don’t sew so any project that can help me update old pillows is a win. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  8. Ellen says:

    You had me at “no sew”! Pillows add much fun to a room. Great idea!

  9. Nige says:

    Such a fab idea Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  10. Ooh, now I really want to go buy some fabric tape! I love that you reused a tablecloth too, the lace edging is so pretty.
    Thank you for joining the #FamilyFunLinky x

  11. Michele says:

    I don’t sew but I have a pillow obsession. I never thought of using fabric tape in this way. I’ve pinned for future use.

  12. Priya says:

    This is so pretty! As someone who’s sewing challenged, I can see how good these look. Followed you through the Bloggers Pit Stop.

  13. candy says:

    No sew is always a great way to go. They turned out great. Found you on Blogger’s Pit Stop

  14. Lesile says:

    I love using fabric tape for no-sew projects. It’s especially useful for putting embellishments on the front of pillow cases. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  15. Kim says:

    How simply brilliant! Fabulous pillows!

  16. Jann Olson says:

    What a quick and easy idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  17. I’ve definitely got some pillows that could use a fresh face. Thanks for sharing this easy idea.

  18. Sandra Black says:

    Thanks, Pinned to go back and try later.

  19. Elizabeth Seal says:

    This sounds ideal for me, I am so bad at sewing haha, but I wish so badly that I possessed those skills! I love this idea and your pillow cover looks beautiful, definitely pinning!

    Would you like to follow each other on Bloglovin’ by any chance? My page is here 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

  20. I just love this idea! It’s so quick and easy and your pillow covers look beautiful, Lindsey. Pinning and sharing. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

  21. Teresa says:

    While I love sewing, sometimes I just don’t have enough time for it, so no-sew projects are the best!
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned.