Mar 15, 2013

No Sew Pillow Cover Made From Napkins

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you how to whip up your very own removable pillow covers without the aid of a sewing machine! These are great to hide any old/ugly pillows or just update your color scheme in a zip!


I actually have a sewing machine (a good friend gave me hers about a month ago, thanks Naomi!) but I haven't had the time to sit down and figure it out yet. I learned how to use a sewing machine in Home Economics during High School, but come on, that 14 years ago and I can't remember anything but having to hold down the foot thing... petal... whatever that thing is called (please don't judge me.)

I've read several tutorials on the "no sew pillow covers", so when I cam across these go-geous clearance priced napkins at Target, I decided to just skip the machine and let hem tape do its thang. I figured I could always go over it with the sewing machine when I figure the thing out...right?


It's hard to see, but this set of 4 napkins was on sale for $2.98!!! So I bought two packages!!
Each napkin is 20" X 20" which is perfect for 14" to 16" pillows.

Are you ready to see how to go:

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First, you will need an iron, ironing board, hem tape, 2 napkins (makes 1 pillow), a pair of scissors and a moistened towel (this is going to help the hem tape bind the pieces of fabric together).


After you iron your fabric (which I did, but I must have taken the following 2 pictures in the pre-iron stage since you can still see the creases--I'm still getting used to the sequence of picture taking) Cut one of your napkins in 1/2



Lay these two pieces right side up, with on of your pieces overlapping the other by 2 inches (this is going to be the fold where you insert your pillow)
Note: use the sides of the napkins that are already sowed to make this fold (that way you don't have to hem the sides you cut. Saves work and time!
At this time you can choose to hem these pieces together with your tape on the sides to keep them in place during the process, I didn't. (But only hem the 2" of each side, not the whole thing or you won't have an opening!



Next, lay your other napkin right side down on top of your two cut pieces, like so:
(I moved to the floor for this step)
You can see that you have 2" extra on the bottom due to the 2" you overlapped to create the fold. Cut that extra fabric.



Then, starting with one side, lay your hem tape in between your napkins, making sure that it lays straight.



Now, place your moistened towel on top of your napkin that's is holding the hem tape and iron away. 
I let my iron sit for a while and then ironed back and forth. It takes a good 30-45 seconds for the tape to adhere both napkins together. 


Do the same to all four sides and you will have one awesome pillow cover! Then, simply insert your pillow and admire your fabulous work like I did!
 Here's what mine looked like:


And its backside:


You can see I barely made it on this one. If your pillow happens to make the fold open and show the backside of your old pillow (like my other 2 did) simply take a safety pin to it, not a big deal.

Let's take a look the before and after one more time!


My old pillow wasn't so bad, it's just that I'm in the process of changing the pillow colors to grey and yellow so the colors were no longer working for me. That's the cool thing about these removable pillow covers...you can always change your mind in the future! And trust me, I do that quite a lot!

*I just started playing around with PicMonkey (thanks Jenna from Rain On A Tin Roof for mentioning it on a post!) That explains the inconsistency with the picture labeling! Not to worry, I'll get the hang of it!

Will be partying it up here:




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36 comments:

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

This is a great idea! I have a sewing machine but it's a pain to get out and thread. I like this idea because it's quick and easy. I just found your blog and I'm a new follower. I'd love for you to visit me whenever you have time. I look forward to hanging out here :)

MommyonDemand said...

Just happen to come across your blog today! Love the pillows. Newest follower!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Sherry! Welcome! I will be checking out your blog soon!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks so much! Welcome! Going to check out your blog :)

Michelle said...

This is soo my style, since I'm not a sewer, but always dream to be! I'm your newest fan! :) Michelle

Christine @ Let's Get Crafty! said...

Great tutorial! I've been meaning to try this for months! I'm pinning it!

Christine @ Letsgetcrafty.org

MommaLuv said...

Omg! I love this idea. How creative!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Michelle! Glad you like them! And thanks for following :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks so much Christine! It really is easy!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

So happy you like it! Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment!

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Hi Selene, I'm visiting over from Blooming Homestead. Your pillow covers turned out great! I sew quite a bit, but I'm always interested in seeing what fabrics other people are using, and where they find them. Lucky you to have scored those awesome napkins for next to nothing! Wish I had seen them! Great job on the tutorial.

Debbie

dusty katt said...

I love these. Thank you.
I just stopped by from the "Inspiration Spotlight LinkUp" to spread some love. I'm glad I did. Following everywhere. :)
http://dustykatt.blogspot.ca/

Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com said...

LOVE this! Thanks for sharing! Pinned ;)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Debbie! Yes! I was quite happy about scoring the napkins for next to nothing! Thank you for visiting:)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Dusty! Very much appreciated! Visiting your blog!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Brenda!

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Love a good no-sew project and this is a great one! Napkins...who knew! Brilliant!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Danni! And thanks for visiting my blog :)

Marie bloominghomestead said...

Easy and fabulous! I love that. Thanks so much for sharing at Crafty Tuesday.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Marie! And it's always fun to link up to Crafty Tuesday!!

JQ @ Its Always Ruetten said...

Hi! You were the link before me at the new Give me the Goods Monday link party! I wanted to stop by to say hi and let you know that you did a great job with this no-sew pillow makeover! Keep it up and thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Julia
It's Always Ruetten

Gretchen said...

Those look great! I'm a big fan of not sewing, so I'll have to give these a try :). Also, that pattern looked really familiar...and then I realized I think it's because I have a shirt from Target with that same print on it, only on navy fabric. I guess Target likes to recycle ;)

Jenna LaFevor said...

LOVE it, Selene! Easy and gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up!

Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Well thank you! That's very nice of you!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Gretchen! That is too funny about the print being on a shirt as well!! I've never seen it but I wouldn't put it past them! Lol!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Jenna! It was so much fun linking up to the party! I will be a regular every week!

ngnrdgrl said...

Great pillows! I am a huge fan of the no sew part. What a deal on the napkins! I'll keep my eye open for clearance napkins now.

Theresa said...

My pillows are ready for an update. I sew but, this might be just as quick. I'll have to keep my eye out for some pretty fabric napkins. Love yours. Thanks for sharing @ DearCreatives.com

Jean Poylini said...

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Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks for reading and for the sweet comment!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Theresa!! They really are so easy!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Jean! No, I've never heard of elcoplanet.com, sorry!

Kathy Moody said...

Selene, your pillows look gorgeous! Great tutorial, too! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! Always thrilled to see your awesome work. Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter!
hugs
Kathy

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you Kathy!

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