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DIY No Sew Envelope Pillowcase & Custom Pillow Inserts

June 19, 2015

3 Decorative Pillows under $10? Yes, please!

As promised in my DIY infinity scarf pillow tutorial, I have another super easy way to make inexpensive throw pillows in under 10 minutes and under $10. I love envelope pillowcases because they're easy to clean, remove and cost way less than store bought throw pillows. I found my faux leather fabric at my local craft store in the remnants section for under $7. I always check there and the clearance section first because it's the same fabric that's on the bolt, just for a much better price because they're trying to get rid of it.

The amount of fabric you need will vary based on the size and how many throw pillows you want make. For instance, I made three 16"x16" pillows out of 54" by a little under 1 yard of my remnant fabric. Also, instead of buying craft stuffing at $12 a bag or premade pillow inserts at $6 each, I save my old sleeping pillows and reuse the stuffing from those. If you don't have an old pillow, you can get new standard size pillows for around $3.

DIY No Sew Envelope Pillowcase

  • Fabric
  • Pillow Inserts
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Standard Stapler and Staples
  • Ruler
  • Measuring Tape
  • Chalk
1. Length: Lay the fabric out with the wrong side up and mark every 17" .
2. Width: Mark your measurements with chalk at 11", 27", and 33"

3. Cut the length of your pillow
4. Use your hot glue gun to secure any excess fabric

5. Staple the sides closed

6. Flip the case right side out and poke out the corners
7. Stuff the insert into the case

DIY Custom Pillow Inserts

  • Old Pillows
  • Sewing Machine
  • Measuring Tape
  • Chalk
  • Pillow case (optional)
1. Cut one of the seams off of an old pillow and remove the stuffing
2. Mark the width and length of your pillow size with chalk (ie - 16"x16")
3. Cut out the insert case and sew the side, leaving a gap on one of the sides open to stuff the pillow

4. Stuff the pillow then sew the open portion closed
5. Adjust the stuffing, then place the insert into the pillow

That was easy, right? Show you work with #DIYwithShaina on Instagram & Twitter and tag me @LifeIsMyRunway!

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