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Easy No Sew Towel Pillow Tutorial

Want to make an easy DIY pillow from a towel? Here’s how to do that without sewing with this No-Sew Towel Pillow Tutorial! 

In case you haven’t heard, I don’t like to sew. Unfortunately, I really like throw pillows. It was always a bad combination until I found no-sew iron adhesive tape! Hallelujah!

So, when I saw this dish towel on the sale rack at Marshalls, my heart lept with joy. It’s an awesome, vibrant chevron that is an ombre of blue on one side and a gray/yellow combo on the other.

Well, actually, I first saw the same pattern in little square towels for $2 each! I toyed with the idea of using two to make tiny pillows, but once I saw this larger hand towel for $4, I was truly sold.

Then all I needed was a pillow form. Unfortunately, Marshalls didn’t have any pillows on sale. They had tons for full price, but I’m really not down to spend $15+ on a pillow I’m just going to cover.

Fortunately, there is a TJ Maxx right next to Marshalls (aka Heaven Avenue in my book).

We moseyed up and down the aisles and I kind of forgot about the pillow. We ended at the home sale aisle and there he was:

Isn’t he ugly? He’s scratchy and tacky and weird. But he’s $3 and the exact size of my towel. HALLELUJAH!

In case you can’t “see it”, here was my vision:

So, I used the same technique that I used on my window curtain to iron the seams closed.

how to make a no sew towel pillow cover

How to turn a towel into a no-sew pillow cover

Here’s how easy it is to use a towel to cover a pillow!

Supplies needed:

How to turn a towel into a pillow cover:

I first folded the entire towel in half (wrong-side out) and ironed in a seam so that there would not be one side randomly without a seam.

Nobody can resist a good craft!

I then folded in the two short sides and ironed their seams closed as well. It looks much crisper if you iron over the hem to create a fresh, clean edge before ironing it closed.

Easy No Sew Towel Pillow Tutorial

Finally, I shoved the pillow in and ironed the final side closed. This was the hardest since the pillow was in there and the way I folded the towel made it extra thick.

Just use plenty of seam tape and keep your towel nice and wet and it will glue together, no problem.

Easy No Sew Towel Pillow Tutorial

Ta-da! I am SO HAPPY! Can you beleive this project only cost $7 and took less than an hour?

I’m excited to be able to use it in my blue-green living room, navy blue guest room, AND grey and yellow bedroom!

Easy No Sew Towel Pillow Tutorial
how to make a no sew towel pillow cover
Yield: 1 pillow

How to make a DIY no sew towel pillow cover

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10-50

Here's how easy it is to make a no sew dish towel pillow!


  • Towel
  • Pillow
  • No Sew Iron Hem Tape


  • Iron
  • Rag or cloth


    1. Fold the entire towel in half (wrong-side out) and iron in a seam where it will lay on the top seam of the pillow.
    2. Add hem tape to the seam, place a damp cloth on top, and iron until sealed.
    3. Fold in the two short sides and ironed their seams closed as well, adding hem tape and working about 6" at a time until it is fully closed up.
    4. Push the pillow inside the 3/4 case.
    5. Iron the final side closed with hem tape.
    6. Let dry completely before pulling on it or roughhandling it.

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Friday 17th of August 2012

LOVE it! and the no sew part....that's even better! I have used a sewing machine enough to know I never want to do it this is a perfect item for me to make :) Thanks for posting!!


Friday 17th of August 2012

Thanks! I have a battle with my sewing machine every time I use it so this is a great alternative! I’d love to see yours after you try it!

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