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No-Sew Tea Towel Pillow

September 22, 2012 /

No-Sew Tea Towel Pillow
While my old sewing machine was off for a service and repair, I was handicapped. Which in turn, inspired me to think of how to make a pillow without using a sewing machine. Here it is, a No-Sew Tea Towel Pillow was created especially for you, both sewer and non-sewer. Now, everyone can make a pillow cover with just some simple tools and materials.

No-Sew Tea Towel Pillow

There could be some other techniques for no sew pillow, have been seeing some using fusible web to “glue” the edges, but I wonder if it is only for no wash pillow. Here, I am using “lace and fasten” method, by lacing through eyelets at the edges, draw the edges together and fasten them to form a pillow cover. When you are tired with the pillow, you can always take out the ribbon lacing and return the tea towel back to its original flat form.

No-Sew Tea Towel Pillow

This is a cheap and quick no-sew tea towel pillow, just need a tea towel, some single-piece eyelets and it’s installation tool, ribbons to fasten, plus other supporting tools, you can make the no-sew pillow that has ribbon-lace and bows at the sides.

Hope you like it. Well, obviously my sister’s puppy loves it a lot 🙂

No-Sew Tea Towel Pillow


No Sew Tea Towel Pillow

Make: 1

1. Tea Towel – 20″ x 28″ size
2. Rectangle Throw Pillow Insert – 20″ x 12″
3. Eyelets -5/32″ [3.97mm],28 pcs [Dritz Silver tone Eyelets 5/32″ (3.97mm) 100 pk refillir?t=crafpass 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B005YCV404]
4. Ribbon, rope, lace or anything you want to use to fasten the pillow.

1. Eyelet tool or eyelet plier [Dritz- 104 Eyelet Toolir?t=crafpass 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B008EUCDQM or Dritz- Pliers Kitir?t=crafpass 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B008EUE5OU]
2. Hammer [if you are using eyelet too instead of plier]
3. Erasable fabric marker
4. Awl
5. Rod that is about 5mm in diameter, I used 5mm knitting needle
6. Tacky glue [Aleene’s Original “Tacky” Glue-4 Ounceir?t=crafpass 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B005Z463A2]
7. Toothpick
8. Adhesive tape (optional)

Finished Dimension: approx. 20″ (W) x 12″ (H)

Remark: don’t use scissors to cut hole for single-piece eyelet installation, the fabric will get weaken by the broken threads and start fraying, thus the hole will become bigger and the eyelet won’t stay well there.


diy no sew pillow 15/32″ [3.97mm] eyelets with the correct eyelet tool or plier. You will need 28 eyelets but spare more in case you need to redo the installation.
The tea towel is around 20″ x 28″. If you can’t find the exact size, it is ok to get a tea towel that is slightly bigger by 1 or 2 inches. Smaller tea towel is not recommended unless you use smaller pillow insert.


diy no sew pillow 2Prepare and get ready for the rest of the materials and tools.


calculate eyelets space intervalMark 14 eyelet positions on each long side of the tea towel with an erasable fabric marker.
If you are using 28″ length tea towel, mark 1″ from the short length edges, then 2″ between eyelets.
If you are using different length which is slightly bigger, say L, then deduct 2 x A, where A = 1″, then divide the balance with 13, you will get more than 2″. By mathematics formula, it is:
B = (L – 2A)/13


diy no sew pillow 3Poke through the towel with a sharp awl at the marking, without breaking the fabric threads.


diy no sew pillow 4Enlarge the hole with a 5mm rod, I used 5mm knitting needle.


diy no sew pillow 5No thread is broken, they were pushed to the side.
Even if it is broken a little, no worry, it can be rescued by placing a small drop of glue to glue it back to the tea towel while stopping it from going further.


diy no sew pillow 6Put some tacky glue at the back of the eyelet, with a toothpick.


diy no sew pillow 7Carefully insert the eyelet stud through the hole, insert the eyelet from the right side.
Be careful the groves at the stud edge, they are thread catcher. Use the awl to free the caught threads if necessary.
Repeat the process to put in all eyelets.


eyelet crimping toolCrimp the eyelet with the eyelet installation tool or the eyelet plier.


diy no sew pillow 9The crimped eyelet at the back.


diy no sew pillow 10The crimped eyelet at the front.


diy no sew pillow 11Complete all 14 eyelets at each side, 28 eyelets in total.


diy no sew pillow 12Fold the tea towel with 2 eyelets overlapping at the end edges. Align the eyelets in all layers.
Tape the ribbon-end with adhesive tape so that it can go through the eyelets easily.


No-Sew Tea Towel PillowInsert the ribbon into the top eyelet and out from the bottom eyelet, start from the first eyelet of the tea towel (refer photo) which is now on the overlapping fold.
Repeat the lacing through the eyelets, always goes in from the top and come out from the bottom. From center to bottom, then go up to top then come back to the center.


No-Sew Tea Towel PillowTie the ribbon at the center to make a bow.


No-Sew Tea Towel PillowRepeat the same to the other side.


No-Sew Tea Towel PillowPut the pillow insert into the no-sew tea towel pillowcase.
~~ DONE ~~


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Wednesday 2nd of July 2014

Love this tutorial :)

Judit & Corina @WineDineDaily

Saturday 6th of October 2012

What a great idea! We have several really pretty linen tea towels from Europe which would be perfect for this project.


Wednesday 26th of September 2012

Love this tute! Where did you buy the tea towels? I can never find anything other than plan white where I live.

Craft Passion

Wednesday 26th of September 2012

I bought it from a local home improvement and decoration shop. I am not sure where are you residing, if you have Ikea at your area, perhaps you can get something similar. I presumed you are from USA, here is the link.