Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Christmas in July ~ Day 3 ~ NO SEW Accent Pillow!

Yes, I know it's hard to believe when you look at it, but you will NOT sew anything to make this pillow.  So if you are a NON sewer (hmmm, how about NON seamstress), then you will like this quick, fun project!

I made this in under an hour, using stuff I had laying around.  Think outside the box!  Old cotton blouses, old towels, napkins or tablecloths.  If you MUST buy something, go to the thrift store, you can buy a shirt for less than $2.00, most likely cheaper than buying 1/2 a yard of new fabric.

You will need:

*Some sort of fabric for front and back of pillow, whatever texture and color suits your taste.

*Trims (thrift store's usually have bags of old trims for cheap), or pull stuff off the bottom of an skirt.

*Bell, bobble, button or some sort of cute somethin'

*Wonder Under (or any two-sided fusible web)...I use Wonder Under and a yard goes a LONG way.

*Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive for fabric

*Scissors and an Iron (hot, no steam)

*Pillow Stuffing

I've had this cute cotton shirt hanging in my closet for over a year.  Every time I decide to wear it, I am reminded that it "sits weird" on the body, and is not comfortable.  So it went into the Goodwill pile...then I decided to use it for this project instead!

Cut 2 pieces of fabric to the size and shape you desire.  I just cut off the bottom half of the shirt.

Trim the edges to straighten a bit (nothing too fancy)

Draw a pattern on a piece of paper, I wanted a Christmas Tree.  You could trace a cup mouth for an ornament ball, or do a star, or a whatever you desire, something simple is best.

Cut it out and pin onto your accent fabric (you only need a small scrap)

Cut out your fabric and use the pattern to cut out a piece of Wonder Under (WU) as well.

Trim to make it slightly smaller than the fabric

Lay the rough or webby feeling side of the Wonder Under onto the WRONG side of your fabric piece.  Using a hot iron with NO steam, press WU onto fabric for a few seconds.  Cool a few seconds.

Peel off paper backing (you see it leaves a web to fuse to another piece of fabric)

Lay the piece where you want it, and press to adhere.

Using Fabri-Tac, adhere a trim (if desired) to the raw edge of your decal.  Fabri-Tac dries pretty quickly, which is nice, you don't have to wait long to move on. 

However, you may want to do just a few inches at a time so it doesn't dry ahead of you.

Press and hold corners and tight curves until dry (just a few seconds)

You can EITHER use Wonder Under or Fabri-Tac to adhere the two pieces together (RIGHT sides TOGETHER)...but you MUST leave a small space, enough to turn it right side out.  I used WU for a neater edge.

Cut 4, 1/2 inch strips of WU.

Lay them onto the RIGHT side edges of one of the fabric pieces.

Leave a space for turning...

Iron on...

Peel away paper backing.

Lay other piece on top RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER...

Iron in place, and turn pillow right side out.

Iron to neaten edges.

Add cute trim if desired.  BE SURE to insert a piece of carboard or hard plastic under where you are using Fabri-Tac, or else you will glue the pillow together!!!

I added a bow to the corner...

And a Bell for a Tree Topper.

Stuff your pillow...

Seal closed with Fabri-Tac.

I decided to add a little lace to the edges, and used Fabri-Tac to glue it really dries fast, so this was quick and easy!

There you have it... a NO SEW accent pillow for Christmas.  You could also make this "Non" Christmas styled and give it as a gift!

Um...IF you use fabric that says NOEL on it, line it up correctly so it actually SAYS "NOEL"...not "OEL"'s just a thought... :)

See you back tomorrow where I'll show you how you can make this

in LESS than 20 minutes (and that was WITH me taking photos!)

Be sure to hop over to Homesteaders Heart and see what Kim's got going on for Christmas in July week!


  1. Very nice my friend. I've felt bad for the people who couldn't sew this week as a lot of my projects involved sewing. LOL!
    Very pretty!
    I'll talk to you later!
    Love you!

  2. What a sweet pillow.
    thanks for sharing.

    In HIS care,

  3. You and Kim are both so adorable I could squeeze you!!

  4. Wow!! That is so cool!! I love how you are so crafty. And you make it look so simple!

  5. I would like to invite you to visit my blog. I would love to hear your thoughts on my recent posts.

    God Bless!

  6. That is "sew" awesome. You are way too creative for me...but I am so glad that you are sharing it online. How fun...I might even be able to make one of those.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing a craft without sewing ;) You guys really did awesome sharing all of these things with us! Thank you so much! So glad the Lord is showing HIMSELF Strong for you and your honey! Love you Kathy! Praying continually

  8. How cute is that?! Love that it is "no sew"! :D