{DIY} Outdoor Pillows, No-Sew Of Course!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hello! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! We are soaking up the heat and sunshine June has to offer, before August forces us inside! The interiors have taken a backseat while we spruce up the outside. So far, the Front Porch got some much needed TLC, and the backyard has a new fence, and a sweet new music system. When I spotted this great outdoor fabric, I decided to whip up some pillows to make the backyard even more comfy.

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Two things I learned when 'whipping up' these six pillows:
  1. This 'No-Sew' business is for the birds, I have got to learn to sew! Sure hem tape is great if you aren't a sewer, but I'm convinced this method is more a pain in the ass time consuming.
  2. You can take frugality too far! More on that in a minute.

I used the same method to make the outdoor pillows as I did these, but left out the piping. The pillow inserts are poly-filled with polypropylene covers, so mostly suitable for outdoors. I picked them up on sale for about $4 each. Outdoor fabric and Steam-A-Seam round out the supplies. You can use whichever hem tape you like, I prefer this brand because one side is sticky. TWSS


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Place the hem tape around the perimeter of your fabric, cut to your pillow's size, leaving one side open to insert the form later. Notice the placement of the corner pieces, this helps them to be more rounded when you turn it right side out. Place the second piece of fabric on top and iron according to the package directions. I let mine cool overnight, just to be sure the bond is set.

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Then you turn your covers right side out, and insert the form in the open side. This is where my cheapness frugality goes to far. For some reason, I'm the worst with paint and fabric....I buy the smallest possible amount??? Which only ends up costing me more in the long run. Note to self: spend an extra few bucks and round your amount up dummy!

To close the fourth side, you typically turn both ends under, insert the hem tape and iron in place. In my case, I had cut the fabric pieces so small (to get the maximum number of pillows out of the minimum amount of fabric) that I only had about a 1/4-inch of fabric to work with! And I was looking at SIX pillow covers cut like that! I did what any good DIYer does, screamed threw things cursed rigged it up and made it work.

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I folded one side under, pinned it place on top of the other side, and fabric-glued the life out of it! I let them set overnight too, but mostly because I was sick to death of looking at them!

In the end, they turned out really cute. I used a different fabric on each side so I could switch them up for multiple looks.

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Just like throw pillows for indoors, they are a fun addition to the outside decor.

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I love to mix-and-match the two prints, and they make all the chairs more comfy and colorful.

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They've been splashed, hosed and rained on, and so far have held up beautifully! I love how they tie in all the yellow accents in the backyard.


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I'm just about ready sit back and enjoy the backyard, like our little fishies!

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No we aren't Sanford & Sons, my daughter likes to play with empty bottles. Hence the fabric softener in the backyard.

Look at that technique! I've got one more really great outdoor addition to show you, then it's time for the FINAL project in Babygirl's Room!

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36 witty retorts:

  1. Hi Cassie,
    I am a friend of Jill's and saw your posting there, so now I am subscribing to your blog. I love the pillows (and the fact that you glued them!) Awesome. and love your pencil teacher gift. But the thing I love the most about your blog is the cool graphics of your logo at top. The "Hi Sugarplum" font isamazing. Did you do that? I'm a graphic designer so these things turn me on.

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  2. Love the fabric you choose and I always do the same thing and never buy enough fabric. Last chair I recovered I went back twice to get fabric and ended up spending way more than if I had been smart and measured the darn chair first!

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  3. oh I love love no sew anything! that fabric is gorgeous!!!! love the yellow birdcage too! Great ob.
    Taña

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  4. LOVE these! the pattern is so pretty!! and i love that it's no sew. xo jillian:: enter to win a $100 shopping spree!

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  5. Those pillows look fantastic! (And I totally do the same thing with buying just barely enough of what I need, so I feel your pain.)

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  6. The pillows are great but you could sew them no problem. You seem to be able to do everything else, I so know you could sew!

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  7. Those are sniper cute and far more work then sewing my dear! Time to come over to the dark side. The empty bottles are cracking me up. That is Riley with cardboard boxes. They are everywhere over here.

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  8. I love the pillows and interplay of patterns. And i am agree that maybe another quarter of a yard will do you good next time.....

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  9. Love the fabrics you choose Cassie! You are the queen of no sew!!!

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  10. Cute colorful backyard! and the pillows are so nicely done!

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  11. Great DIY! I have some block print napkinss bought from World Market a while ago which I am planning to use to make cushion covers.
    Thank you for sharing!

    http://www.lminteriorsllc.blogspot.com

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  12. Sewing is really easy, you should get a machine & try! I got mine for Christmas 2 years ago and watched a few videos on You Tube, stalked sewing blogs, and got to work. You could totally do it!

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  13. AWESOME!!!! I'm definitely a fan of the no-sew variety. Although, I have been learning how to sew lately and it's semi-easy-ish so far.

    OH YEAH - and because of your fabulous inspiration, I purchased my very own fancy pants highboy dresser on Craig's List and I am in the process of making her fabulous! Can't wait!!!! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

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  14. These are so cute! Love the fabric! And you are right, you really need to learn to sew. You could have whipped these up in about 30 minutes if you sewed. I took a class at my local vo-tech and it was money well spent! Just go for it! Think of all the possibilities that will open up!

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  15. good idea with the different/coordinating patterns!

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  16. Well, that was quick. Good idea and fun! Best wishes, Linda

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  17. I love that they are no stitch. They are also a great color for summer. Love the patterns.

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  18. TWSS- HA - you crack me up! Everyone knows that empty bottles make the best pool toys! Your backyard looks dreamy - Oh and I love that yellow fabric!

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  19. Oh they are gorgeous - i love how you have used different fabrics on each side - brilliant!
    Rachie xo
    PS: So jealous of the weather and your pool!! xx

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  20. So cute! I'm a total fan of yellow, so that makes them even better.

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  21. So cute! Love the yellow. Makes the yard so cheery!

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  22. You are too funny. Thanks for the great tutorial! I am also not a sewer, so this is great!

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  23. I love your new outdoor pillows! I just bought new ones for my patio and it cost me a small fortune. I think it's about time I learn to sew or do a little DIY!

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  24. Those pillows are perfect! Love the pattern! Glad to see the TWSS make an appearance again -- but you missed one . . . "leaving one side open to insert the form later."

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  25. I agree -no sew pillows are a pain- sewing is much easier and faster! But I like your idea about taping the rounded corners! And I thought the TWSS had went MIA! We might actually be Sanford & Sons here with all of James' empty bottles of you-name-it!

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  26. Your pillows look great! I'm like you - always trying to maximize what I can from as little as possible - and sometimes frustrating myself in the process. I love the punch of colour they add to your yard. BTW: your son is adorable :)

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  27. stop being so dang clever! actually, keep it up. it's so inspiring! xo

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  28. What perfect summer colors! I'm visiting from Tip Me Tuesday.

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  29. Those striped yellow pillows are gorgeous. I'm so impressed with your skillz. Go girl.

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  30. Love the fabric choices! i cant sew for the life of me! i'm glad i found this post, maybe i'll make some pillows and they'll come out pretty like yours!

    found you over at blue cricket, you should stop by for a visit sometime :)

    jackie
    http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/

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  31. Hi Cassie!

    Just found your blog. You are hilarious. Lovin' your pillows and the flexibility they give you.

    I, too, cannot sew, but I just may learn before trying this method. It sounds just as hard. REALLY must learn how to sew. I find it necessary to change out my pillow seasonally.

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  32. Delicious! I know how to sew enough that I despise doing it :)

    This sounds like fun.

    I'm happily your newest follower.

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  33. Wow those are so cute!! No sew?? I'm all for it!!
    Have a great weekend!!

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  34. I own a sewing machine but because I can't follow directions/instructions following a pattern is out of the question. I keep it to just sewing semi-straight lines.

    I do love that you did them without any sewing though...even though sewing would have cut some time off the project for sure.

    I just made a ruffled apron all with fabric glue. Seriously.
    So I feel ya...

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  35. Love the pillows, but I love more the vintage lawn chairs in the photo with the bright yellow "birdcage". We had some just like that in the 50's but the fabric ran from the top to the bottom. Mom had this bright striped fabric on them and they were really comfy!

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