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 turn a towel into a no-sew pillow cover
Here’s how easy it is to use a towel to cover a pillow!
- Pillow form
- No-sew hem tape
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.
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.
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.
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!
Here's how easy it is to make a no sew dish towel pillow!
- No Sew Iron Hem Tape
- Rag or cloth
- 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.
- Add hem tape to the seam, place a damp cloth on top, and iron until sealed.
- 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.
- Push the pillow inside the 3/4 case.
- Iron the final side closed with hem tape.
- Let dry completely before pulling on it or roughhandling it.
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