DIY No-Sew Printed Pillow

DIY No-Sew Printed Pillow

I don't know about you guys but I have a thing for pillows. Throw pillows in particular. My husband thinks I'm crazy every time I come home with new pillows weather they be for the couch, our bed, or a chair. I just love how they can change the look of a room, and add so much warmth and coziness! Sometimes I want a pillow style or color that I can't seem to find, so I set out to find a cheap and easy way to make my own! I know how to sew, but sometimes I just don't feel like getting my machine out and fidgeting with all the parts and pieces. Lazy, I know. Instead of using a needle and thread, I used a hot glue gun. It really doesn't get much easier than that! There are only a few materials needed for this project, and a lot of it you may already have at home! Let's get started! 


  • Pillow Form
  • Fabric (I used duck cloth)
  • Fabric Scissors 
  • Measuring Tape
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks 
  • Fabric Paint
  • Stencils
  • Foam Paint Brush


  1. Look at the size of your pillow form. In this tutorial mine was a 12"x16" pillow. You will want to add 1 inch to to your over all size to account for the 1/2 "hem". After doing so, just think of that dimension as the new overall size for your pillow. You are going to need to cut 3 pieces of fabric. Piece 1 is going to be the front. Piece 2 and 3 are going to be the back of your pillow. 
  2. For Piece 1: Add 1 inch to the over all size of your pillow and cut the fabric to that size. (My dimensions ended up being 13"x17" after I added 1")
  3. For Piece 2: Your width will be the same as piece 1. For the height; you will add 3 inches. (My measurement was 13"x20")
  4. For Piece 3: Same as Piece 2
  5. Iron down all 4 edges of all 3 pieces 1/2 inch. This edge will give you a guideline on where to put your glue.
  6. Lay piece 1 down and then lay piece 2 down on top of it and line up your corners. If it isn't perfect don't worry about it. Once it's all glued down it will come together! 
  7. Starting in the corner, use your edge that you ironed down as your guide and glue around the three outside edges. DO NOT glue the edge that is on the inside. This is your opening to put your pillow in! 
  8. After you glue the outside edges, take the 1/2" fold you made on the inner edge and glue it on to itself. That way when you turn it inside out you will have a clean edge and not a raw edge of fabric.  
  9. Repeat step 8 with piece 3! This should leave you with an envelope opening on the backside of your pillow case.
  10. Turn the pillow case inside out and push all the corners through so you have a nice clean edge, and then lightly iron down your pillow case. 

CONGRATS! You just made a DIY envelope pillow case! Once you have done this you can call it good OR you can paint on it like I did to mine! Below are the steps I used to paint my pillow case.

  1. Important: Insert cardboard or card stock into your pillow case before you paint so the paint doesn't bleed through!
  2. Lay down the stencil you choose and measure to make sure it is centered. I used regular scotch tape to tape down around the edges to make sure the stencil didn't move. You don't have to do this but I would recommend it!
  3. Pour out some fabric paint and roll your foam brush into it to saturate it with paint. Be careful not to use too much paint other wise it could bleed underneath the stencil.
  4.  Roll away! Start slowly and carefully roll the brush onto the stencil to apply the paint. Don't push too hard when doing this. I got a little carried away and had a small bleed spot, so be cautious. 
  5. Remove the stencil and let the paint dry completely.
  6. Insert the pillow form into your new pillow case and display it PROUDLY! 

The possibilities for this DIY are endless! I already bought different fabric for the next pillows I want to make! This project is very quick and easy and could make a cute gift for someone as well! I hope you all learned something from this DIY and please ask any questions you might have in the comments below! Happy crafting! 

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