[Something about sewing comes really naturally to me - probably because I was really into punk rock for several years and during that time I sewed patches on clothes and bags (using dental floss - extra strong, always available, pleasant mint smell). Or maybe it was my Phish-loving college years - when I made lots of insert pants and hippie bags. Or maybe it's just because my mom was always super supportive of my interest in sewing (she bought me the sewing machine I have used for over 10 years, it's the best). I digress. I'm in Bainbridge with Nico and his mom and I'm drinking all the white wine ocean side (under the Olympic Mountains' majestic gaze) while I write this. It makes me chatty.]
Anyway. I wanted to try the no-sew pillow DIY again. This time I had much, much better results (having an excess of fabric is a must for this project) although I will say I think I would have been better off using a thinner, cotton/polyester, fabric (instead of velvety corduroy). The knot at the back was a bit clumsy and large, and frayed, but that's on the back. No one looks at the back of throw pillows, right?
Bottom line? It worked, it was easy, I'd do it again. Click "Read More" below to...ya know...read more!
All you need is fabric, a throw pillow (the uglier the better since you're about to cover it up), your best scissors (invest in a great pair - they're awesome for everything from cutting hair to cutting a tidy point on thread), a tape measure, and a pen.
Measure your fabric. It should be about 3x as wide and 2x as tall as the pillow. Measure it with your tape measure, mark it with your pen, and cut it with your quality shears. Then place your pillow in the center of the fabric.
For your first fold take one of the long sides and fold it up to the halfway point on the pillow.
Fold up and over the two sides - each should make a point, similar to what you'd do to wrap a present.
I also hollowed out each of the sides (cutting away all non-essential fabric) because otherwise the two points were too chunky to tie a nice knot. (This is why I suspect cotton and/or polyester is better for this project than 1970s velvety cordoroy --- I could have changed up the fabric, but once I cut I commit). The pic on the left shows what the hollowed tails looked like post-trim.
Once you hollow and fold up each side, fold 'em over the middle of the pillow. Again, it's very present-wrapping-y.
First you go over and under with the fabric.
Then you go under and over --- like a square knot.
But really just aim for something that looks decent. It took me a few goes to get this knot, but I like how it turned out (especially since it's on the rarely seen back of the pillow).
Our living room is full of maroons and greens so this guy fits in just swell. Plus it's so soft! And only a little 1970s-curly-mustache-ish. I hope.