How to Make a No Sew Outdoor Pillow

In this no sew project I’m making an outdoor pillow using fabric glue. This is an envelope pillow, so the cover is easy to swap out. The envelope style back is great for many types of pillows whether no sew or sewn, indoor or outdoor. It’s easy to make, and also easy to change out for a fresh look.

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No Sew Outdoor Pillow DIY Tutorial - Materials



Step 1: Measure & cut the fabric

There are 2 basic no sew methods. One is to use an iron-on bonding tape, and the other is to use fabric glue.  For many outdoor fabrics, ironing with high heat is not recommended, so fabric glue is
the way to go.

For the front of the pillow, mark and cut out a piece of fabric that’s the same size as the pillow form, which is 16″ by 16″. The finished dimensions will end up being 15″ by 15″.  To create a full looking pillow, the cover should be about an inch smaller than the pillow form.

Next I’m going to mark and cut two more pieces of fabric which will overlap to form the back of the pillow.

To determine the size of these pieces, take the width of the front (16″), add 6″ and then divide by 2, which is 11. So the height of the two back pieces is 11″, and the width is the same as the front piece (16″).

Step 2: Glue the pillow cover

For the back pieces, on one of the longer sides, fold over the fabric a 1/2″ and iron on a low to medium setting. Fold over another 1/2″ and iron again.

Glue the folded edge down.

Lay the front piece of fabric face up. Place the back pieces face down so that they’re overlapping with the raw edges on the outside. Mark where the folded edges end. Then take that piece off and mark the edges of the other piece.

Now I’m going to glue around the edges from mark to mark. Place a bead of glue 1/2″ from the edge. Using a ruler will keep it straight.

Place the back piece of fabric down so that the edges line up with the front piece.  Press down on the glued sides.

Repeat this for the other back piece, again gluing the edges from mark to mark.  Clip the corners, but not past the glued part. Let the glue dry for at least a couple of hours.

Step 3: Insert the pillow form

Now that the glue’s dry, turn the pillow cover right side out. Then push out the corners.  Finally, insert the pillow form.

Since this is an outdoor pillow, I’m using a pillow form designed to be used outside.  And that’s it, no sewing machine required.

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Other than for practice sewing, why would anyone purchase a yard, make it themselves when your pillows offered are just a few dollars over the per yard price? I can see why if you did not have what a customer wants, but for these outside pillows and it being outside weather now for some and soon for others, I just don't see the point in not paying a few dollars more and have it made by you. I'm very serious about this. If I were a seller of pillows I made, with the price of your pillows, it would do me no good to buy your fabric, since your pillow prices are there for all to see. Would love to have your response to this.
A shopper on May 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Some people simply enjoy making things themselves and get satisfaction every time they look at what they made! This doesn't always make the most economical sense but can you put a price on the joy of making it yourself (if you're that sort of person)?

Also, we don't have finished pillows in a lot of our fabric, especially in outdoor fabric which is water and fade resistant. If someone finds the perfect fabric and it doesn't exist as a pre-made pillow, that's a good reason to make it yourself!
Is a full yard needed for this pillow or is that enough for two pillows?
A shopper on May 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It depends on the size of the pillow and the width of the fabric. We don't sell most of our fabric in lengths less than a yard.
Is it possible to wash the no sew pillowcase? Or does the glue disintegrate?
A shopper on Mar 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can wash it. The glue used is washable.