DIY No-Sew Envelope Pillow Tutorial


~No Sewing Required~


I promise that it doesn’t get any easier than this…

No Sew Envelope Pillow Tutorial

Currently, I’m at my beach house, which means I don’t have access to my craft and sewing supplies. That means…no sewing machine, no needle, no thread…

Which doesn’t bode well for someone who wants to DIY some throw pillows for their master bed.

So when you are sewing machine-less, you go a different route…

No sew envelope pillow tutorial

Fusible web tape is an amazing solution to the problem. I’ve used it on several other projects, like adding ribbon to curtains or other crafts, but this is the first time I’ve used it for a sewing project.

For this project, you need: fabric, scissors, fusible web tape and an iron.

My pillow measured 26 x 26. Personally, I like my pillows to be more fitted than loose, so I always cut my fabric to the exact size of my pillow form. Therefore, I cut the front piece of my pillow 26 x 26. Because the pillow was going to have an envelope closure, I needed the back to have two pieces that overlapped. One piece was cut 26 x 20 and another piece was 26 x 12.

The first step was to create the hem for the envelope closure pieces that overlap. I added a strip of the tape onto the edge of the fabric, on the wrong side. You simply use the iron to add heat to the tape for 5-8 seconds. After it has cooled, you remove the paper backing, fold the fabric over to create the hem. Use the iron to set the adhesive, allowing the iron to set on the fabric 10-15 seconds.

Create a hem for both pieces of the fabric that will be on the back of the pillow. You will only need to hem the edge that will be seen, where they overlap. Don’t worry about hemming the other three edges of each piece, because they will be attached to the front piece of fabric and will be part of the interior seam.

no sew envelope pillow tutorial

no sew envelope pillow tutorial

Next, you want to adhere the front and the back of the pillow together. Start by adding the tape to all four sides of the front piece of fabric. Keep in mind, you will add the tape to the “right side” of the fabric. You place the fabric “right sides together,” so that when you turn the pillow cover inside/out, the seam will be on the inside of the cover.

No Sew Pillow

When you get ready to add the back, remember that your two back pieces will overlap. It’s best to place one piece and then add the other.

no sew envelope pillow tutorial

no sew envelope pillow cover

After you have ironed the front and back together, turn the pillow cover inside out. Press your cover to create a crisp seam.

no sew envelope pillow tutorial

The envelope style cover is perfect in so many ways…

It makes it so easy to insert your pillow and since it is no-sew, you don’t have to worry about sewing the cover closed.

no sew envelope pillow cover

Definitely one of the easiest pillows I’ve EVER made!

no sew envelope pillow tutorial

no sew envelope pillow tutorial

How about you? Have you ever made a no-sew pillow? What’s your preferred pillow making method?

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  1. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Such a perfect tutorial…… I love it. I would never sew a zipper in a toss pillow ever again…. too much work for me. And how handy to use the tape (especially since I can barely get to my sewing machine and then where to use it without kitty kats all over it and my stuff……. But then they are so cute and ever so loving and sweet……… forget the 3 pups……. they are just angels…… lol (NOT).

  2. says

    Hi Leslie! This is very clever and I love your fabric choices. Your detailed tutorial with the photographs also made it so easy to follow!

    • says

      Thank you Thea! I always love detailed instructions with pictures…makes it so much easier. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

  3. says

    I have never tried any of the no sew things on the market. I always haul out my machine. You have inspired me I will have to give it a go:)

  4. says

    I don’t mind sewing a pillow but I think it’s great that you’ve shown people who aren’t able to sew that they can make a pillow without a machine.