Thursday, November 24, 2011

No-sew bolster pillow tutorial

I recently revealed my guest room updates, with most of the changes coming from new accessories sewn by me.

One of my favorite features of the room is one of the smallest: the new bolster pillows made from the bold checked accent fabric. I love these babies!

There's a secret behind these bolsters: they're completely NO-sew creations. Here's how I made them.

First I cut the fabric to go around my bolster pillow form. Actually, I had an old pillow to recover. I cut a rectangle of fabric 25 inches wide x 29 inches long to go around my form, which measured 15 inches long and 7 inches in diameter. No precise measurements here--just be sure to have a big enough piece of fabric to completely cover the form. Turn under one of the long sides of the fabric and press well. This will end up being your "seam" line on the bottom of the roll, so you want it to be nice and neat.

Then I wrapped the fabric around the pillow form so that the wrong side of the fabric was facing out. As you can see, I used backed silk for this pillow, which worked well. I think you could use any medium- to heavy-weight fabric. With the fabric wrapped around the pillow form, secure the two ends as if you were wrapping a piece of candy. I used rubber bands for this. You could use string just as well. Here's what you'll have; I think it looks kind of like a giant Tootsie Roll.

Take the pillow form out of the wrapper. Here's what the ends will look like:

Now, turn the cover right-side out. The bunched up ends will disappear inside the cover.

Once the cover is right side out, stuff the pillow form back in. Pull the fabric good and taut around the pillow, then use the method of your choice to close the seam. I used my glue gun. You could also use fabric glue or Stitch Witchery. Or if you're good at hand sewing, you could sew the opening closed. My glue gun worked fine. As you can see, I pinned as I went along so that the fabric would stay in place while the glue dried. Tip: Be sure the remove the pins before the glue dries completely--you don't want a straight pin stuck in your pillow!

You can leave the pillow like this or add a finishing touch of some kind to the ends. I wanted covered buttons for the ends of mine. You can find covered button kits at any fabric store. The directions are super-easy to follow. You can then sew the buttons onto the ends of the pillow or do what I did and hot-glue them into place.

Voila! A beautiful bolster pillow for just a few minutes' effort!

That's it! Super-easy, and so pretty in front of the large square pillow!

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Patti said...

AAHHHHH, very clever. It looks professionally sewn to me!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

That is adorable! I love that is no sew and so easy to make!


Your guest toom is lovely and no - sew . . . perfect.


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Great tip!! I love that you used the button covers. :)

Rhonda @ Abide at Home said...

That is stinking AWESOME!! I would have never in a million years thought to do the pinch the ends and then flip it inside out. Brilliant! Thanks for the tip!

jojo said...

just where did you learn all these wonderful little tricks?!!! Amazing. You give me inspiration to try one of these myself.

New Every Morning said...

Great idea! I love it!!!

feltsocute said...

Absolutely FABULOUS! I will definitely be doing this trick! Thanks for the hint.

Nadir@StitchSense said...

Ummm, that's total genious! I have a borrowed icky love seat in my office right now that has bolster like pillows that I was wondering what to do with if I used a slipcover on the love seat & this trick might work! I'll let you know if I give it a try :-)

Scooper said...

This? I can do. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

Richella...this is awesome. I loved your no-sew pillows! You always have such clever ideas girl.

Your guest room is lovely. I like that it has twin beds.

You inspire me.

Love ya,

Kim B. said...

GENIUS!! You seize to amaze me!! Been praying for your son & hope he is doing better!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very clever, Richella! I love bolster pillows and I love how you recovered yours. The addition of the buttons is a nice touch.

Heathahlee said...

That IS pretty! I love covering buttons, too. :)

Chatty Chics said...

Love, love, love it! Thanks for sharing!

خياطة وتفصيل said...

Thank you for your effort

Linda said...

I love the idea of using an old towel rolled up to make the pillow. The cover looks so simple too! I think I will try this one!

Love, Linda

Marty Walden said...

Totally loving this, Richella! I am a no sew gal and I love the use of rubber bands! Since I've never sewn (only mended) I've never used fabric much in my decor (or at least what I picked out) but this is a great idea! My husband threatens to leave if I bring home any more pillows from yard sales! I'll miss him. (Just kidding.)

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