DIY No Sew Pillow

diy no sew pillow

A few weeks ago, I was inspired by Emma’s T-shirt Cushion blog post on Puddleside Musings. She turned a t-shirt with a cute sloth into a pillow and I really enjoyed the spunk.

I found an old shirt and set out to make my own. Unfortunately, I’m not into to measuring if I don’t have to and I don’t have a sewing machine so it would take me quite a while longer to make something like that. My solution? Press-on fabric bond. It’s kind of like Stitch Witchery, except you don’t have to heat it. You just press down and the fabric sticks together.

My dog seemed particularly fond of of it. For weeks now, I’ve been convinced that my dog needs something plushy that doesn’t squeak (sqeakers drive me nuts), so I gave him the pillow and he seems pretty happy with it.

Want to make your own? Follow the tutorial below.

 

diy no sew pillow supplies

No-sew pillow supplies

  • scissors
  • t-shirt
  • Poly-fil fiber fill
  • No heat fabric bond

The Poly-fil isn’t pictured, but you can find it at a craft store, JoAnn’s, and probably Walmart. I also used it last week to give my old couch some life, if you want to see what it looks like.

 

pillow fabric pattern

Step 1: cut out your pillow design

Cut the sides of the t-shirt to outline the design in the middle. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but give yourself an inch or so on each side.

 

press bond fabric adhesive

Step 2: flip the pillow inside out and bond the edges

Flip the pieces inside out so the design is on the inside.

Line the fabric bond along one edge at a time and adhere the edges. I find it helpful to match up the corners and pull them to stretch the rest into a straight line.

Important: be sure to leave a small opening on one side. We’ll use this space to fill the pillow.

 

stuffing pillow

Step 3: fill the pillow

Stuff the pillow with Poly-fil and seal the small hole with fabric bond.

 

diy no sew pillow

Now give it to your dog and test it out! Or put it on the couch, bed, or office chair… whatever you want.

Hope you enjoyed. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

How to Fix Saggy Couch Cushions

I’ve had this couch for nearly a decade and the cushions are super saggy, as you can see in the photo on the left. The structure of the couch is pretty good though, so I wanted to try to find a way to salvage it. There’s no use in spending a few hundred dollars on a new couch when this one just needs some love, right?

It was easy to fix it. All you need is some stuffing, cushion wraps and 20 minutes. I should warn you though, if you have sensitive skin like me, you might want to wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt. I get rashes after touching anything scratchy, cushion wraps were no exception.

 

poly-fil and cushion wraps

Supplies to Fix Your Cushions

  • 10-20lb bag of Poly-fil
  • Cushion wraps

If you have a sectional, you’ll probably need 20lbs of Poly-fil. My couch probably used less than half of the 10lb box. but now I have left overs, so When my couch gets saggy again, I can fix it quickly.

You can get the materials from JoAnn Fabrics. I advise waiting for a coupon. I got 20% and was able to fix my couch cushions for $70. Much more appealing than buying a new couch.

 

couch stuffing

Step 1: fill the back cushions first

Starting with the cushions against the back of the couch, pull off the cover and begin filling it with Poly-fil. Stuff it until it’s full, but don’t overdo it. You still have to get the cover back on.

 

Step 2: fill the seat cushions

The seat cushions are much harder to stuff. My advice? Don’t take the whole cover off. Cut the cushion wrap to the size you need and push the edges to the front of the cushion. Try to smooth it out as much as you can.

 

When you’re finished, you’ll have a couch that looks like it’s brand new. Look at the difference! It’s crazy!

re-stuffed couch finished

Add some pillows and you’re good to go.

Happy… crafting? Is that considered crafting? Happy home improvement? We’ll go with that.