No-Sew, No-glue, No-fuss pillow covers!

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Are you joining in the Bloggy Olypmics?
We are on Event 1…decorating.
Yesterday the tutorials were shared.
Go HERE to find out more!

I am still getting my living room ready for the reveal on Thursday.
I wanted a quick, inexpensive way to vamp up my pillows.
Here’s what I did…



Safety pins. I used 12 on each pillow.
Beads. The holes need to be large enough for the needle to go through.
Fabric. I started out to do this project with cloth napkins.
Alas, the stores near me are limited. Pretty cloth napkins are hard to find.
So, I settled for these Fat Quarter singles. And they worked just fine.



Line up your fabric square on your pillow.


Pin each side, pulling tight as you go. Then go back and add additional pins to secure it nicely.
If you are handy dandy, you can add the beads at this step. I am not handy.



This is what it looks like all pinned up. Take your scissors and trip up the edges,
cut off extra fabric, straighten things out. Whatever.


Add beads to the safety pins on one side.


On the other side take fabric from trimming, or ribbon and knot it to the pins.


The knotted side.


The beaded side.



There you go…an easy, inexpensive way to make pillow covers.
Yes, it is probably still quicker to sew these up.
But, not if your sewing machine doesn’t work!
And, I should iron before I start. But, ach…who likes to iron?

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Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Linda @ it all started with paint

    June 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    You just crack me up with your no sew pin and knot it pillow!

    So very very happy you shared at pillowpalooza!



  2. Meeha

    June 11, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Hahaha! You did it, Janel! My favorite is the the knotted side :)

  3. Bliss

    June 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I found out this weekend a young gal I know sews! I uttered the words, would you want to make me some pillows?


  4. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    June 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    You had me at no sew and that vintage feel fabric is awesome!

  5. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    June 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Super Cute Fabric! Love the bright colors! Makes me smile- and you are a genius! No Fuss is right- love these girl!!

  6. Gwen

    June 10, 2012 at 8:27 am

    That fabric is AWESOME!!!! OMGSH!!! Where did you get it????

    I never iron. It’s sad… Oh, wells.

  7. Holly

    June 10, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Janel….now that is my kind of pillow make over – safety pins. I just saw a pin pillow in Country Sampler yesterday that I thought I would try one day….I like yours even better!!!

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