These days, I’m feeling increasingly less and less motivated to DIY around our home. I think the desire to put that much work into your home comes and goes, at least for me. It’s especially hard to focus on it when I have a) hardly any budget left for it between saving for school and our wedding and b) wedding DIY’s to tackle!
But for those of you looking for a quick and easy project, check out my simple (read: lazy) way of recovering our pillow… No sewing needed! Honestly, if you can wrap a gift, you can make this pillow.
How, you might ask? The amazing discovery that is no-sew tape.
As a little word of advice, I highly highly recommend buying good quality tape. I use the above product for both my jewelry box recover and my no-sew placemats and loved it. I have since used my placemats on a very frequent basis, washing machine included, and it’s still holding strong!
The same cannot be said from my cheapo purchase from Superstore. I could feel that it wasn’t nearly as strong, and a little while later my pillow started coming undone.
Moral of the story: forget the grocery store, just go to Michael’s!
Moving on. I started out with this pillow.
It was fine, but I’ve had it for years, it was a hand-me-down from my mum, it was starting to yellow, and overall, it was a lot of white on white on beige going on. I had some extra fabric leftover from my bedroom chair recover, so I thought I’d give it a try.
1. Remove the previous cover (obviously).
This pillow is looking a little worse for wear, but it’ll do!
2. Prep your fabric.
I trimmed off any frayed edges so I wouldn’t have too much loose thread later on, and gave it a quick press (directly onto the carpet, because I’m lazy like that.)
2. Once your fabric is pressed, hem two sides of your fabric.
These will be the sides that “meet” when your envelope is done. I only hemmed one side in the past, but every once and a while an unfinished edge peeks through, which bothers me every time!
Just unroll your tape, and roll it onto the edges of your fabric. No sew tape acts like fabric glue, except with a double sided tape format.
Tip: It’s much easier to hem something with patterned fabric like I chose here. You just need to follow the pattern to keep a straight line!
From there, I simply peeled off the white backing and folded it onto itself. Here are my newly “hemmed” edges.
Even though this tape doesn’t need heat to adhere properly, I iron them out to make the edges look crisp. Completely optional.
3. Decide where you want to attach your fabric to make the pillow.
To do so, (and this is the best part about no sew: you hardly need to think “inside out” to pull it off!) with your fabric inside out, wrap your hemmed sides towards the center, one over the other.
Keep hold of where the fabric touches the pillow, remove the pillow and flip your fabric inside out.
Now you can see how it’s starting to look like a pillow cover! This will be where you tape your fabric together.
4. Tape or “sew” the first side together.
Before I attached them, I pressed them just like I did my hemline. And just like your hem, tack the tape onto your fabric to hold the two pieces together.
Since you don’t need to worry about stitches showing through on the other side, I was pretty liberal with my tape use. I added some to the extra bit of fabric to keep it extra secure.
5. Finish the other side.
From here, you’ll probably have quite a bit of extra fabric. Trim off any access.
From here, I put my pillow insert inside to gauge where I would need to tape on the other side. I held on to that same spot and took out my pillow. Then, I folded the fabric in onto itself to where my hand had held on, careful to match the other side. Once my fabric was folded in, I taped it together. Easy!
6. Admire your work (ie: your wrapping job.)
Is it a wildly fancy work of art? No. Does it do the trick? Absolutely! If you want a quick and easy update for only the cost of your fabric and some tape (I think mine was about 5 bucks), this is your project!
Granted, the before and after doesn’t boast any huge changes, since both pillows were blac and white, but I for one am very happy with the results. I love the modern look of the pattern beside my mid-century modern credenza.
Have you ever tried no-sew tape? What projects did you use yours for? If not, I highly recommend it! So much easier than fussing with a sewing machine :)