No-sew Patriotic Pillow Cover Made from T-shirts



I’m back with another easy no-sew pillow cover tutorial that uses fabric from thrifted clothes. Remember this one , I made in the fall with the Aztec patterned skirt from Chico’s? It was so well received – even being featured on the national Goodwill blog  – that I thought I’d give it another go with some summer-themed fabrics for our front porch.

I wanted the fabric to have a 4th of July feel with stars and stripes, but not with the traditional red, white and blue color combo. Our front door is a turquoise color, and I’m all about pink right now, so I went hunting at Goodwill Northfield with those two colors in mind. Here’s what I found:




No luck finding anything striped that fit my colors, but it was exciting to find the two star patterned shirts!
To make the pillow covers, follow these steps:

1: Measure your pillows.

2: Cut two pieces of fabric approx. 1 to 2 inches larger than the size of your pillow.




3: Place your fabric together (good sides facing each other), and place a strip of stitch witchery in between them along the border.




4: Lay a damp rag on top, then place your hot iron on the rag and let stand for 45 seconds. I had my iron set to 5 on steam.




5: Repeat steps 3 & 4 on three sides of the pillow. Leave the 4th side open.

6: With all three sides fused together, flip the cover inside out (now your good sides should be on the outside), and stuff your pillow inside.




7: The last step is to close your 4th side. This took a little bit of finagling, but you’ll want to fold those edges in a bit, and then repeat steps 3 and 4 while your pillow remains inside. I did this part in small sections using just 2” of stitch witchery at a time.




8: All done. Toss the pillows on your furniture!






Happy summer and happy thrifting!


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