Crazy Easy Folded Pillows

I’ve posted a few insanely easy projects over the years, but the one I have for you today takes the cake. I like to call it the “one minute pillow” because you can literally make it in under a minute (unless you have to take pictures of it for a blog post, then it takes significantly longer). There’s no sewing, no gluing, no buying pillow forms, and no commitment.

These look SO easy...just fold and pin!

Now this isn’t some brilliant original idea, but I did tweak it a bit. It started because I am finally finishing my birch forest hallway, and for the very last thing I needed was a little yellow pillow. I happened to have some leftover fabric, so reluctantly started to break out my sewing machine to make an envelope closure pillow. As I was carrying the machine to the kitchen table I remembered that I once saw a pin on pinterest that showed you how to just tie a pillowcase, no sewing involved. That sounded great to me, so I hopped on the computer and found a tutorial by Our Life Down Unda.

tied pillow cover - no sewing!

I wasn’t able to replicate her pillow exactly…I only have scrap home decor fabric (which is way thicker than normal fabric) and trying a knot that didn’t look ridiculous is way beyond my expertise.

Here’s the (crazy easy) tutorial…

First step, grab a pillow from somewhere in your house and a piece of fabric. Ideally your fabric should be a little over twice as tall and three times as wide as your pillow (or larger – some of mine were HUGE, because I didn’t want to cut the fabric).

how to make a folded pillow cover

Fold the top and bottom over the pillow.

Easiest pillow cover

Then fold the corners in like you are wrapping a present.

No sew pillow cover

If you have thinner fabric then you can just pull the two sides together and tie. Instead, I kept folding…

How to make a no sew pillow cover

And then I secured everything with a safety pin.

(You could also use a brooch, that would look even better and still be no-sew!)

Easiest pillow cover EVER


easy no-sew pillow tutorial

After I made that first one I got the itch to make another…so I did.

Easy folded pillow cover

I have a ton of buttons left over from my giant button monogram, so I sewed one on the front to hold it all together.

Crazy easy pillow cover

easy folded pillow cover tutorial

Then I had a light bulb moment…holiday pillows! This is PERFECT for that kind of stuff. Christmas is coming, and although it would be fun to line your furniture with Christmas-y goodness, buying pillows is expensive, making them is time consuming, and no one wants to store that stuff 49 weeks out of the year.

I didn’t have any Christmas fabric on hand, but I did have some red and a graphic green.

Easy Christmas Pillows

BAM, insta-cheer. Holiday goodness in two minutes flat.

DIY holiday pillow covers

Don’t over think this…there are no rules. Fold it and secure it however you want…I even saw a folded pillow on pinterest that was secured with a belt! The hardest part of this tutorial is giving yourself permission to display pillows that barely cost you any time or money.

As for my birch forest hallway, I’ll be showing you the finished product on Wednesday!

If you want to read how to sew an envelope closure pillow GO HERE, and for a crazy easy placemat pillow (and painted dropcloth pillows) GO HERE.



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  1. Love these Ashley! SO no SeW easy! Pinned it!
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  2. jamie lynn says:

    so cute! who doesn’t love quick and easy “BAM” projects?? i’m curious, if you know – the fabric on your second pillow (the one you put the cute green button on) do you happen to know what it’s called or where it’s from? i love it! i saw something similar on another blog but it was suuuper expensive. i have no idea what i’d use it for (uh… duh. a pillow!! or many pillows!!!) but it matches pretty much my entire home decor and i’d find many, many uses for it!!

    as always awesome tutorial! happy holidays to you and your beautiful family!

    • Oh man, that’s a good question! I bought it a few years ago at JoAnn’s…I seem to remember that Better Homes and Gardens makes it. Let me poke a round a bit and I’ll see if I can get you a name or a link.
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      • jamie lynn says:

        i. do. not. BELIEVE IT! first, i cannot believe that you actually took the time to look for it, that is so sweet of you, THANK YOU!!! second, that is THE SAME EXACT fabric i’d seen (on Restoration Redoux) and spent about 3 hours searching through fabric on until i finally figured out which one it was. now that i look, i swore that i bookmarked it but either i didn’t or i put it somewhere where i can’t find it now! anyway, when i did finally find it it wasn’t on sale and $35 a yard is wayyy too much for me *and* it was out of stock anyway (that was on and i just looked for it again and i can’t even find it at all anymore!). however it looks like it’s on sale at joann’s- even though it’s not in stock. i am gonna request an email when it is back in stock, there is clearly something about that fabric that draws me in and i just have to have it. good use for the 40% off coupon at joann’s! THANKS again Ashley!! :)

        • Of course, you’re so welcome! I know how frustrating it can be to see something you love and not be able to find it anywhere. Do you ever see something awesome in the background of a TV show and then spend forever googleing like crazy to see if you can find it? So frustrating. I say every TV show and movie should have a website where they list the stuff they used, like decor and clothes and stuff. And then they should post a link to a cheaper knock off version!
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          • jamie lynn says:

            all. the. time!! furniture, fabrics, gadgets, clothes, decor, etc. connnstantly see stuff on tv that i wish i could find IRL. they should definitely have somewhere they list stuff like that!! can you imagine!! that would be freaking amazing. my house sure would look different! :) thank you again Ashley!!

          • Yes! On the show Modern Family there is a painting hanging just inside Jay and Gloris’s front door of a pair of crossed legs (men’s, I think) wearing flip flops and leaning against a car(?perhaps?) and I NEED it! And I have googled the heck out of it and can’t find it! :(

          • jamie lynn says:

            @kismet – Modern Family is my new favorite tv show obsession, i want pretty much everything in all of their houses! i would kill for phil & claire’s kitchen, as well as their kitchen table set, and their couch and throw pillows (i bet *those* are sewed – lol!). i never noticed the painting but i just googled “modern family home decor” and guess what – i found your painting! scroll almost all the way down to the bottom of the page here it’s not something that’s readily available to buy (unless you can afford to commission the artist), but it’s a great pic of the original – if you’re a good artist, you could recreate this on your own!

            (ashley – i hope you don’t mind me posting an external link here – if so, you can delete this comment and i can try to contact Kismet directly!)

          • Oh gosh no, link away…that’s what the comments section is for! I’m so impressed that you found the source of that painting! I wonder how much a print would cost? That is a great blog post, Phil and Claire’s house has always been my favorite. I always notice that small blue, orange, and red gallery wall between their gallery wall and kitchen.

  3. Instead of a safety pin you could use a brooch, which would make it look fancier, and still have no sewing involved.

  4. Did you post this special for me because I can’t sew? Bless you. Pinning.
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  5. Ellie a.k.a :) says:

    Easy is right! Thanks for a quickie ;) lol!


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