Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY No Sew Shape Pillows

I am going to my home country for vacation and I was thinking what handmade to make and take for my young cousins and aunt's sons.I thought they will love some colorful fun shaped pillows.As I have no sewing machine ,I made these pillows with fabric glue.Made a sample pillow to test the strength of the glue and yes!It works!!.Just a few simple steps to make a colourful huggable pillow for your kids.Lets see how to make it.
Materials required :
1/2 yard of solid cotton fabric
Poly-fill for stuffing
Fabric glue(I used Aleene's OK to wash it)
Fabric scissors.
Tailor's chalk/marker.

Step 1: Iron your fabric and fold it in such a way you have two layers of fabric and right sides facing each other.
Step 2: Draw your pattern on to pattern paper/newspaper and cut it.(I just did it free hand.)Trace the pattern on to the wrong side of the fabric .Leave 1/2 to 1 inch seam allowance ,if you have not cut the pattern with seam allowance.

Step 3:Cut the fabric pieces and apply the glue all over the edge of the pattern leaving a gap such that your one hand can go through for filling the stuffing. (This should be done by keeping both the pieces right sides facing each other.

Step 4: Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours (Refer the instructions on the glue bottle) and turn the pieces inside out using that gap.If you feel you did not get a crisp edges ,turn it to the wrong side again and make small slits in the seam allowance (As shown) all over and reverse it.Be patient and careful while doing this because if you make a large slit it will spoil the pillow.

Step 5: Fill it with the stuffing and close the gap with the glue .To keep it closed , use binder clip or cloth pin after applying glue.Leave it ,for 24 hours to dry . Tada!!your shape pillow is now ready!!

I took the shapes from the fabric prints I used for the pillows.Like lady bug body shape ,owl outline and the silly monkey face.

I also made some car pillows for my aunt's son in the same procedure above and one car pillow with a little additional steps. My aunt has got a new car so I thought it would be fun to make a pillow in the same color and shape of the new car to present it to my aunt's 4 year old son.Can't wait to see his reaction for this pillows :):)
I used Heat and bond interfacing and solid white cotton fabric to add white windows and wheels.I used black fabric markers to add details.

Some work in progress pictures of the blue car pillow.
Trace your windows & wheels on to the white solid cotton fabric.Don't forget to trace one set of windows by flipping the pattern.

Iron the Heat and bond to the wrong side with the plain white side up(Refer the instruction on the pack).

Cut the windows ,peel the backing and Iron to the pillow.

Use the fabric marker and add the details !!

You can also use white fabric paint to add windows, if you don't want to use heat and bond sheets.

If you want to sew these pillows replace the glue with stitches and to do the final step ,sew the gap with a row of stitches or hand sew.

If you make a pillow,what shape will you make ? Feel free to share your comments below or write to for any clarifications.

Have fun Crafting !!

Note : I have linked the materials I used and some sewing terminologies if you are new to sewing,for your convenience .I got all the materials at Jo-Ann so I have linked to their website.This post is not sponsored by Jo-Ann :)


  1. Oh, I like these! Very creative, to make them the shape of the designs on the material!

  2. You've done it again.. NO surprises there! Another fun craft even the challenged crafter can handle.. yup, that's me.. the craftasprophy queen! I won't get to these right away, but have some scrap fabric in mind and a project in mind too. I work in a cancer center and would love to make some of these in sweet shapes for my patients, especially the ones having chemotherapy. Comfort is so very important to them and even a small pillow to have in the car, one easily put in a day bag when they're having treatments. One they can call their own, not just the facility provided pillow. I love love this and I can't sew a stitch, so it makes it even more fabulous that I can do this without asking someone to make them for me!! love love that you keep providing me with fabulous, easy to do crafts! YOU feed my soul!

    1. Your comments always brighten up my day !!Thanks a lot Kim !! I think the pillow I made in lady bug shape would be perfect for them because it can be used as neck pillow while travelling :)

  3. These are fun! I bet your cousins will love them!

  4. These look so much fun! #HomeMattersParty

  5. So cute! Love that you did these no-sew style. Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters Link Party:) #HomeMattersParty

  6. The car ones are my favorite. Your family will love them. #HomeMattersParty

  7. How fun are these? I love the cars! #HomeMattersParty

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  8. Those are so cute and I love that they are no sew! Not all of us have that talent! Thanks for sharing on #HomeMattersParty

  9. Fun! I love the car ones. #HomeMattersPArty

  10. What a fun idea to make pillows for the kids without a sewing machine. I have been happy with how good Alene's fabric glue is on projects, it's good to know it's even great for holding pillow seams together. #HomeMattersParty

  11. Haha fantastic funny ideas. The car one is the most funny one. I loved it, They are really nice custom sleep pillows made by yourself. #HomeMattersParty

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  13. I like it very much, it's very creative.