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.
No-sew pillow supplies
- 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.
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.
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.
Step 3: fill the pillow
Stuff the pillow with Poly-fil and seal the small hole with fabric bond.
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.