Home décor can never be the same throughout the year. It changes with seasons and trends. But constantly upgrading your home furnishings to spice up your home space can be a daunting task. It involves the investment of a great deal of time, money and effort.
For those who are stressed with home décor upgradation, we bring you innovative DIY ways to add colours to your home in no time and that too at a low budget.
DIY Pillows are small, easy and affordable. You can use old pillows as a form to make a new fresh gorgeous pillow. You only need to invest in dazzling upholstery fabric for the pillow cover. This DIY No-sew pillow tutorial is especially for newbies who have sewing hassles.
Explore below for 3 new exciting DIY pillow designs:
Type 1 Pillow Cover Design: FRINGE FLEECE DESIGN
- 2 layers of fleece fabric each of ¾th yard dimension (two different solid colours; or one solid one printed pattern)
- Pillow Form/Old pillow
- Custom trim the fabric: Lay the 2 fabric sheets on top of each other. Seat the pillow in the centre, on top of the fabric. Cut the extra fabric according to the pillow size leaving at least a 3” clearance on each side of the pillow.
- Prepare fringe cuts: Trim the corners of the cut fabric. Cut fringes on the remaining fabric on each side. Each fringe should be about 3-4” long and ½ “wide.
- Knot the fringes: Pick 1 fringe from each fabric and tie firmly with the fringe on the opposite fabric. Continue tying the fringe knots till 3 sides of the pillowcase have been knotted.
- Stuff the pillow form: Insert the pillow form, from the untied fringe side. After insertion, tie the fringes and securely knot fringes on the fourth side.
- Fringe Finish: The pillow cover is now ready to use with the pillow within. Precisely trim the fringe edges to give finishing look and uniformity to the pillow.
Voila! Behold the birth of your fringe fleece DIY pillow.
Type 2 Pillow Cover Design: KNOTTED EMBELLISHED GIFT WRAP DESIGN
- Upholstery fabric (size should be that of a door curtain; 3 times as wide as the pillow and 2 times the height, keep few extra inches for clearance)
- Safety pins
- Rubber bands
- Decorative flowers for embellishment (optional)
- Hot glue gun/ Fabric adhesive
- Pillow Form/Old pillow
- Centre pillow on fabric: Lay the fabric on a flat surface with the wrong side facing you. Place the pillow at the centre.
Fabric width: 3 times pillow width
Fabric Height: 2 times pillow height
Trim the fabric accordingly to get the required measurements.
- Fold top & bottom edges: Fold the fabric on the top half and bottom half of pillow height such that they overlap each other at the centre. Apply adhesive to tape the edges together.
- Gift wrap the side edges: Diagonally fold the side edges neatly as if you are gift wrapping the pillow. Do this on both sides. Bring the left side on top of the pillow and then the right side. Securely knot the ends together. Double knot it like a square knot and tuck the remaining ends into the sides of the fabric.
Another method is to diagonally fold the corner edges of the side and pinch the remaining fabric to create folds. Clamp the folds together at the end with a rubber band. Repeat the same on the other side. Join/Tie the clamped ends together.
- Embellishing the knotted centre: You can keep the centre knot as it is. In case you make use of rubber bands, use decorative flowers to pin at the centre with safety pins to conceal the rubber bands.
Ta-da, your fancy pillow has just been invented.
Thin fabric- Easy to use in a DIY project. But cannot sustain heavy use.
Type 3 Pillow Cover Design: HEMMED design
- 2 Sheets of Upholstery fabric/Curtain fabric (2 same solid colours or 2 different colours; 1 solid colour & 1 printed pattern)
- Hot glue gun/ Fabric adhesive or tape/ Heat n Bond tape
- Iron (optional)
- Pillow Form/Old pillow
- Custom trim the fabric: Lay the 2 fabric sheets on top of each other. Seat the pillow in the centre, on top of the fabric. Cut the fabric as per the pillow size, leaving enough fabric clearance at the edges to create a hemmed edge. About 1-2” clearance is sufficient.
- Glue edges to create a seamed look: Place the “right side” of the 2 fabrics facing each other. Place 1-2 strips of “Heat n bond tape” along the side edge about an inch away from the sides. Press the fabric pieces together and iron them over.
Let the fabric get hot enough to melt the tape. Let the melted tape dry for a few minutes. You can use fabric adhesive or hem fuse tape or hot glue gun alternatively for this step.
Glue the edges on 3 sides of the pillowcase leaving the 4th side open for pillow form insertion. Turn the pillowcase inside out before insertion.
- Insert Pillow form: Stuff the pillow into the pillowcase from the open end.
- Seal the fourth-end last: After insertion, fold the edges of the fourth side inside about an inch. Use the heat and bond tape to fuse the fourth edge completely.
Your pillow is now entirely sealed and ready to use!