Did you know you can DIY a totally awesome appliqued throw pillow without sewing a stitch? It’s true!
As part of my January goal to “finish abandoned tasks” I’d like to share with you how I made my no-sew Modern Christmas Tree Pillow cover shown in my Holiday Home Tour 2012.
But before you rag on me for posting a Christmas decor tutorial after the holiday, let me promise you that this DIY is applicable to any season. Better yet, this one’s gonna be a quickie, because it’s so easy.
- Solid Color Pillow Cover (I used an Ikea one)
- Thermoweb Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive
- Patterned Fabric
- Scissors or a Rotary Cutter
(Cost: about $20 for the webbing and pillow cover, but I have a lot of fusible webbing left for other projects. If you use fabric scraps it helps save!)
This project was totally inspired by the solid green velvet Ikea pillow cover that I found in my Christmas decor stash. I looked at it and thought “hmm, what could I do with this to make it more exciting?”
Enter the fusible webbing (Thermoweb Heat’n Bond) and the patterned fabrics. Once I determined that I wanted to applique some simple triangular “trees” for a modern Christmas tree look, the steps were simple:
- Place the patterned fabric, pattern side down, onto the ironing board.
- Set the Fusible Webbing on top of the fabric, with the paper side facing up.
- Iron on top of the paper, leaving the iron in place for 6 seconds on each spot.
- The fabric is now adhered to the fusible webbing. Cut out your fabric shapes.
- Peel off the paper.
- Place the fabric shapes, patterned side up, onto the pillow cover.
- Iron to adhere.
Voila! Those may look like a lot of instructions, but they’re really simple. I promise. My pillow cover took me about 10 minutes to make.
I wasn’t sure how well the Fusible Webbing would work, but now I can tell you – this stuff is supremely awesome! I used the light Heat’n Bond, because I’m going to machine-stitch the edges of the “trees” for a more decorative look (just need to find the time!) but if you don’t sew, go ahead and use the Heat’n Bond Ultra, the strongest strength. This will give you a great hold that will last for years to come.
I hope you liked this mini-tutorial. I love that the fusible webbing makes it easy for anyone to make a customized decorative pillow cover. Monograms? Animals? Geometric shapes? The possibilities are endless!!