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DIY Sew No Zipper X~mas Pillow


DIY sew no zipper xmas pillow

What do you think about my DIY Sew No Zipper X~mas Pillow ? I’ve had this fabric for about 15 years now, can you believe it! I think it’s still beautiful….I bought it when we were still living in Germany and took it with me where ever we moved. In Germany we had a small dining table in the kitchen and I used it to cover the table. It looked really cute and festive! I took it with me, because I remember those Holidays in Germany and because I wanted to keep using it during the Holiday seasons. 

Well, I think I might have used it one or two times more after that. Then, we had a bigger table and it just didn’t look nice on it. After, with the girls, I just used place mats, you know, easier to clean up spills and such and it even served as a tree skirt one year, wrapped around our X~mas tree. It looked beautiful as well! But…for the past years it has just been folded up in my closet. 

The other day I was looking through the closet and I found my fabric again!  I didn’t need a table cover or a tree skirt though. I actually wanted some X~mas pillows. So there I started sewing pillow cases out of my fabric and I think they look so festive on my white sofa and armchair! I’m happy to be using the fabric again and will remember those days in Germany…

Here it goes:

Pillows fabric before

I folded the fabric in half, then cut it in half to have two pieces measuring 50cm x 75cm each. 

Pillow measurements new

I folded it inside out.

Pillow fabric cut in half

Now I folded the open ends 25 cm over. You want to make sure you have a 50 x 50 cm square with 25 cm on each side folded over. The pic shows only one side folded in to explain, but you want to fold both sides in. 

Pillow new

Now you have a 50 x 50 cm square , using a zic zac stitch, seal off the fabric where necessary and then you start sewing on the left and right side from top to bottom an easy, normal stitch. You don’t have to sew the back, because it’s folded and the front stays open to later slip the pillow inside. You will have little pouches on both sides, to later put the pillow in. 

Pillow fabric folded in half

Pillow sewed

And that’s it! Turn the pillow inside out and put your pillow inside. 

Pillow done inside

Push the pillow inside one of the little pouches. You only need one pouch for the pillow to go in, but I fold and sew both sides the same, so at the end you have it nicely folded over and you don’t see the inside of the pillow. 

Pillow done

Pillow sofa

What do you think about my DIY Sew No Zipper X~mas Pillow ???







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  • indah nuria savitri
    02/12/2015 at 21:42

    looks like a great pillow indeed..and so easy to create. Thanks for the great idea 🙂

  • Laurie
    01/12/2015 at 02:35

    The pillows are lovely! Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoole Sunday!

    • Katrin
      01/12/2015 at 16:35

      Thanks Laurie!!!

  • Holly McCall {McCall Manor}
    01/12/2015 at 01:48

    It goes to show you, good fabric stands up to years of use! Love that you upcycled it into pillow slips. 🙂 Thanks for stopping at Your Inspired Design!

    • Katrin
      01/12/2015 at 16:32

      Yes, absolutely Holly! Love that too… Thanks for visiting!

  • Denise/DIY Crush
    01/12/2015 at 00:24

    Oh those are so pretty and I love simple and easy DIY’s!! Thank you so much for sharing at my craft party on Thursday! Hope to see your newest posts this week, which starts at 7pm EST.

    • Katrin
      01/12/2015 at 16:30

      Thanks Denise, I really appreciate your visit each time! Yes, this project is super simple…I’m not a big sewer..;)

  • Theresa @DearCreatives
    30/11/2015 at 08:25

    Lovely DIY.Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party. Pinned & shared. Happy Holidays!

    • Katrin
      30/11/2015 at 12:17

      Happy Holidays Theresa! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Tracy
    30/11/2015 at 05:39

    Very pretty fabric! I can see why you saved it for so long. Thanks again for linking up!

    • Katrin
      30/11/2015 at 12:18

      Thank you Tracy!!!

  • Diana
    30/11/2015 at 05:09

    Lovely pillows, Katrin, filled with special memories of holidays past. Thanks so much for linking them up at Vintage Charm 🙂

    • Katrin
      30/11/2015 at 12:21

      Yes, lots of memories! Thanks for stopping by each time Diana!!! I appreciate it!

  • Life Loving
    29/11/2015 at 23:52

    What pretty fabric. No wonder you kept it. I think it’s lovely that it’s been re-purposed so that it can remind you of previous times and make new memories for you too.

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • Katrin
      30/11/2015 at 12:33

      Isn’t it pretty…? Thanks Sally, I appreciate you visiting!!!

  • Chris
    29/11/2015 at 21:20

    Wow!!! These are wonderful!!! And so nice to have things with meaning in your house
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

    • Katrin
      29/11/2015 at 22:34

      Thanks Chris! I’m happy you like them!

  • ilka@ilkasblog
    29/11/2015 at 13:46

    These pillows look so great and I love how easy it is to put them together. Such a neat idea, Katrin!

    • Katrin
      29/11/2015 at 22:32

      Thanks so much Ilka, they are super easy to make!

  • Stephanie
    28/11/2015 at 17:06

    Adorable!! I love the fabric you chose too!

    Thanks for linking up at Learning From Each Other!!

    • Katrin
      28/11/2015 at 20:36

      Thank you Stephanie! 🙂

  • Anna
    28/11/2015 at 07:32

    Zips in cushions can be a bit of a nightmare but as your lovely cushion shows, completely not necessary! I’ve got fabric that I’ve had for years too and I would no sooner throw it out than I would throw out my books 🙂

    • Katrin
      28/11/2015 at 09:16

      Thank you Anna! Yes, I’m a zipper~avoider….I like the easy sew projects 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    27/11/2015 at 22:06

    How simple but it makes a huge impact! I love that you have carried that piece of fabric with you for 15 years, there are a lot of memories attached to that scrap of fabric!!! I love the way that you have fashioned an envelope for the pillow, it can be easily taken off to launder, or changed out for something else. And it looks perfect on your couch. LOL You are so brave to have a white furniture set with children! I also like that the pillow is decor for the holiday, but it’s not a traditional Santa etc. I love decor that is holidayish but that fits into your decor too! Pinning!

    • Katrin
      28/11/2015 at 09:08

      Thanks Nikki, yes too me it felt like a great solution to use my fabric again! 🙂

  • Sonja @ SustainMyCraftHabit
    27/11/2015 at 03:56

    I love those prints! The star print is adorable and I can’t seem to get enough plaid this time of year!

    • Katrin
      27/11/2015 at 07:26

      Thank you so much Sonja! 🙂

  • Marissa Roberts
    26/11/2015 at 05:16

    Ooh this is so easy even I could have a go! It looks beautiful 🙂
    Found you via Domesblissity xx

    • Katrin
      26/11/2015 at 10:08

      Thank you for stopping by Marissa! 🙂

  • Amberjane
    25/11/2015 at 18:19

    Clever cushions , must make some. Thank you for sharing with Pin worthy Wednesday.

    • Katrin
      25/11/2015 at 22:22


  • Teresa
    25/11/2015 at 15:44

    I love the pillow and I love the fabric. I’m all for not having to sew a zipper unless it’s absolutely necessary!
    If you have time, I would love for you to share this post over at the Holidays Celebration link party that is live right now! It’s such a neat idea, I’m sure our readers would love it too! (http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/11/holidays-celebration-link-party-2-is.html)

    • Katrin
      25/11/2015 at 22:17

      Thank you so much Teresa!!! 🙂

  • Pili
    25/11/2015 at 10:43

    Great tutorial, Katrin! When I try to make no zipper pillows I always get confused and end up having to unsew which I hate by the way… Pinning for future reference
    Thanks for sharing with us at Two Uses Tuesday!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Katrin
      25/11/2015 at 12:35

      Thanks Pili! I hate zippers too, they never turn out great. So this is a great solution!

  • Charlotte
    25/11/2015 at 10:22

    ooo love these! I’ve been looking for a zipless pillow tutorial because the zips keep getting in the way of pillow fights (with the husband, not the kids) he’s a wimp and apparently the zips are hazards so this is PERFECT !

    • Katrin
      25/11/2015 at 12:32

      Hahaha…yes these are super simple! Ready for a pillow fight! Thanks Charlotte!

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    24/11/2015 at 17:28

    I think your pillow is perfect for the Christmas season. Stars are the best! And I’m glad you got to reuse your favorite fabric. I’m like that too, I have favorite fabrics. Are we weird, other people have favorite books and movies, and we have favorite fabrics. That’s ok, as long as we understand each other.

    • Katrin
      24/11/2015 at 21:54

      Lol Mary, yes fabrics are the best! I just couldn’t leave it behind. Thanks for stopping by!!!

  • Katie
    24/11/2015 at 01:45

    These are lovely Katrin, well done. And I love that the fabric holds memories for you!

    • Katrin
      24/11/2015 at 09:38

      Hi Katie! Thank you so much for visiting, I’m happy you like them!

  • Keri
    23/11/2015 at 14:26

    Wow!! This is a fantastic tutorial on making a pillow!! The fabric is very pretty; I’m glad you kept it all these years!! It looks great as a Christmas pillow!! Nice work Katrin!!! 🙂

    • Katrin
      23/11/2015 at 22:39

      Thank you Keri, I’m glad too!