No-Sew Nautical Envelope Pillows
It’s heating up, school is out and, regardless of where you actually live, that means it’s beach season. Decorate with a little bit of the laid-back, coastal lifestyle in your home with these easy to make, no-sew nautical themed pillows.
Follow these simple steps for great looking pillows or revive old pillows by making new covers. Make several covers out of different materials and patterns and switch them out with the changing seasons and trends.
- Nautical striped fabric (44” l x 22” w)
- Pillow insert 18” x 18”
- Fusible Bonding Web (Stitch Witchery)
Because it’s summer, I chose a nautical striped material in navy and white, but these pillows can be made in any color or pattern of your choice.
Before you start, make sure you have enough length to wrap around your pillow. I found an 18” x 18” pillow insert at the same craft store where I purchased the material. A helpful tip: take your pillow to the store with you to make sure you get enough fabric.
Because this is an entirely no-sew project, I used a fusible bonding web that can be purchased at most craft stores. It comes in sheets that can be cut to size, or in roles of tape. When heat is applied from an iron, the fabric bonds together. Stich Witchery is a popular brand.
To start, lay your material out flat on your workspace. Cut the material 2-4” wider than pillow insert, depending on how loose you want your pillow cover to be. For this pillow, I allowed 4” (2” on either side of the pillow). This left the cover a little bit loose on the 18 x 18” pillow. For a more fitted look, leave less material on each side.
Lay material with the print side or topside facing down on your workspace. Almost everything will be done inside out; the cover will be flipped right side out when it’s completed.
Fold the top and bottom ends over 1” or enough to cover the width of your fusion tape.
Place fusion tape in between the layers of material.
Iron the two sides together, making sure you cover all the taped areas, so there are no edges peeling up. If you are working with patterned fabric, line up your pattern before ironing.
Lay the material out on your workspace. This time with the print side facing up. Set the pillow insert on top of the material and fold the material over the pillow, covering about two-thirds of the pillow.
Set your overlap where you want. For this pillow the top flap overlaps a little more than half the pillow.
Pin your flap down to keep the material from moving. Again, make sure your pattern lines up correctly. Remove the pillow insert.
Now measure the width of your adhesive tape from the long, outside edge. For this project, my tape was 1”. I found pinning this mark the entire length of the material helped keep the tape from sliding too far under the material and left cleaner seam lines.
After you have pinned your line, lift the top layer and flap layer of material. Place the fusion tape along the bottom layer. You will be laying the tape on the print or topside of the material. That is ok, once you flip it inside out, it will look right. Push the tape as far into the corners as possible, so there are no gaps in the seams once it is ironed.
Now lift the just top layer of material and place the tape along the flap.
Iron all the layers together. I went over the edge once with the pins in to get the layers to stick. Then, I removed the pins and went over it again, making sure to iron over all the taped areas. Spend a little extra time on the thicker area where the flap is to make sure the tape gets hot enough to adhere through all the layers. Repeat on the other side.
Lay the cover flat and let it cool for a couple minutes.
Turn the cover right side out. If there are any gaps or loose seams that did not adhere completely, turn the cover inside out and iron again.
Insert the pillow, and your nautical themed pillow is complete!
This is a quick and inexpensive project that anyone can do, with very few supplies. I made two of these pillows in one night after work, and still had time to go to the gym, walk the dog, and get a couple episodes of Saved by the Bell in. (Malibu Sands Beach Club episodes to tie in with the coastal theme – not planned).
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