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.
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.
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).
Fold the top and bottom over the pillow.
Then fold the corners in like you are wrapping a present.
If you have thinner fabric then you can just pull the two sides together and tie. Instead, I kept folding…
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!)
After I made that first one I got the itch to make another…so I did.
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.
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.
BAM, insta-cheer. Holiday goodness in two minutes flat.
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!