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Monday, September 19, 2011

No Sew Custom Pillow {DIY}

I just added a new wicker rocker to my front porch.  You can check out that transformation here.  I was lucky to have the custom made cushion that came with this antique piece.    My problem was the fabric was a no-go with the turquoise and I have ZERO sewing skills.  I mean, I'm not even sure I'd even know how to turn on a sewing machine!

So... when I stumbled across this post by Beth at Home Stories A2Z I knew there was hope!  She used drop cloth canvas, hemming tape, and fabric glue to create this and other adorable pillows.

She gives a great tutorial on using Scrapblog to create the adorable graphics as well!  

I actually had the supplies I needed stashed away in various places in the house.  I pulled out the drop cloth canvas I got for FREE (yes!) at a garage sale, my Heat n Bond, and my iron.  Instead of using fabric glue, which I didn't have, I improvised and used my glue gun.  Here's what I came up with~

I figured there had to be way to use this technique on a custom shaped pillow.  This particular pillow had all sorts of curves.  Here's a tutorial for those of you that are curious how I did it~
Start with your supplies~

Drop Cloth Canvas
Heat-n-Bond (hemming tape, stitch witchery, or the like)
Glue Gun (not shown)
Acrylic Paints
Sponge Brush
Painters Tape
Pillow that you would like to cover

Trace your pillow onto your drop cloth.  Be sure to trace it onto the side that will be flipped to the inside when you are done (not like I did!).  I'm sure you can use some sort of sewing marker that dissapears... but I didn't have anything like that.  Do this to two pieces of canvas.  

Add two inches to your custom shape.

Cut out your shapes.

Cut your Heat n Bond 

I cut mine in fairly thick strips because I was concerned about it holding up on a thick fabric like the dropcloth.  I followed the curved lines of the cushion.  Leave one side open so that you can slide in your pillow.

Follow the directions on your Heat n Bond package to adhere the two pieces together.  Flip your pillow inside out creating a pocket for your cushion.
  Slide your cushion in.

Sorry, I don't have any pictures of this next step.  What you will do is turn the edges in towards the inside of your pillow leaving a clean seam on the outside.  Run a line of hot glue just a couple of inches long and press this seam together.  Hold for a minute or so until the glue sets.  Be sure to just work with a small section at a time.  Work your way across the open seam until you have secured the pillow inside.  That's it!

The blank canvas wasn't doing much for me so I added some stripping to it using some acrylic paints I had on hand.  

Just measure... (my center line was 1" wide, and each blue stripe was 1/8" wide)


and paint.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I'm sure it could've been better if done with a sewing machine, but for those of us who can't sew~ this works out just fine!
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  1. Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-5.html

  2. Great job! I love the painted details. Great color and style! shannonsews.blogspot.com

  3. That is so cute. I love drop cloth projects, and have done a few myself. Thanks for sharing with my NEWBIE party and thanks for adding me to your linky list.

  4. Great job! Love the stripes. Very nice touch!

  5. Love the way this turned out . Thanks for the nice comment on mine!

  6. this is so cute! i love the tutorial, because i don't know how to sew! :)

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!


    thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Thank you! There are many of us out there: Crafty but not exactly a sewing queen!
    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

  8. GORGEOUS pillow cover...looks like one of those grain sacks...LOVE it!!

    Deborah ♥ (visiting happily from http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com/... hope you can stop by some time...)

  9. You are so craft making your chair cushion to look like a vintage grain sack. Great color!

    Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you, sweet friend!

  10. Very clever, I am not a sewer either. This I could handle, and I do need to give it a try. Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Fall

  11. Cute. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing. I also don't know how to use a sewing machine and I love finding great projects like this one.
    I hope to see you again this week,

  12. Looks great! Love how you used paint on the cushion! Thank you for sharing at Simply Creations Link Party!


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