I am so excited to show you how to make a no-sew deer pillow with glue and stencil. Recently, I was invited to make this pillow for a video that would be on the Southern Living website and I want to share the video with you and also a tutorial. You can also view the video I made for No-Sew Deer Pillows that can be viewed on the Southern Living website.
Now, it is not that I can’t sew or that I don’t want to get my sewing machine out. The problem is that I can’t see to thread my sewing machine anymore, so if no one under the age of 40 is here to thread the machine for me, it will be a no-sew pillow.
I started making these over a year ago and they all have held up perfectly. In fact, while I was at the Southern Living headquarters, I needed an uncovered pillow insert. We tried to pull the pillowcase apart and remove the insert but I could not get the glued pieces of fabric apart no matter how hard I pulled. The fabric was glued less than 2 hours earlier. That being said, you can throw this pillow on the couch, off the couch, back on the couch ( I feel like I do this constantly) and it should not harm the pillow.
You need two pieces of fabric 2 inches wider than your pillow form. If you use a 16-inch square form, cut the material 18 inches x 18 inches.
I have tried several types of glue and this “Liquid Stitch” is the only glue I use now. It is amazing. You have a little time to work with it but when it adheres, it adheres!
If your material has a design or pattern on one side, you need to put the sides you want to show together. Remember, you will turn this fabric inside out after your glue has dried. Run a line of glue on all three sides of the pillow. I do one side at a time.
Glue one side and then press the fabric together. Then glue the next side and repeat until all three sides are glued. The package recommends waiting 30 minutes until you touch it so that it will set. I usually wait an hour or longer but I have never had a problem with it not adhering in that amount of time.
After the fabric has adhered, turn the pillowcase inside out.
Now, you have to glue your pillow together.
Turn the edges under and run a line of glue from end to end. After I run a line of glue, I clamp my glued fabric together with chip clips until the glue has dried. You can also use clothespins or large paper clips.
I found this free template from Stonegable Blog. She has a great post with a different technique for a deer pillow.
Cut the deer out and glue it onto the pillow.
This tutorial showing how to make a no-sew deer pillow with glue and stencil is one of my most popular projects. I don’t know what I like about it the most, the fact that it did not cost me a cent because I used items found around my house or the fact that I did not have to get out my sewing machine and try to thread the needle.
That is a really cute pillow!
Pamela Smith says
I love it! I agree about threading the sewing machine! I have the hardest time!! LOL! I’m loving the deer craze right now, so this is perfect!
Your pillow looks fantastic. I have to admit I’ve used fusible interfacing at moments when I was too lazy to drag out my sewing machine.
How cute is this?! I love the little pom poms. I just love how easy and quick this is. I used to sew when I was a teenager but I just haven’t made the time, am not “feeling it” these days and I have a love/hate for the machine because the darn bobbin drives me bonkers. This is adorable. 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us.
Lindsey, I have a love/hate with my machine too!!
This is fabulous Sherry! I love deer. I love decorating with pillows and also keep all kinds of fabric and pillows for future projects. But that you glued it is just the BEST. I would have never even thought of that. And yes, you can use it all year long too! I love it!
Thanks Katrin and thanks for sharing it. I appreciate it!
Nikki Frank-Hamilton says
Sherry, this pillow is so “in” and I love the way it looks snuggled up to the other cushions. You definitely can use this for more than just Christmas. I would never know it wasn’t sewn and the tassels are unique and as cool as the pillow. Great job!
Thank you Nikki!
Very nice indeed! The fact you used items around your home makes this even nicer. Choosing this as one of my features this week on Tuesday Talk at http://www.grammietime2.blogspot.com Thanks for sharing with us this week.
I am so excited to be chosen for one of your features! Thank you so much!
Sadhna Grover says
Wow, this is a good idea,I like the pom pom balls.#way wow link party.
lol, I can totally relate to having a hard time seeing to thread the sewing machine! Thanks for sharing the “easy” way to make a beautiful pillow with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinning and tweeting to share.
Great project! I love that you hardly spent any money, yet created a beautiful, festive holiday pillow to enjoy all season! Thanks so much for sharing, I’m featuring this post tomorrow at the Talented Tuesday Link Party!
It turned out great, and I especially loved the way you created those pompoms. I’m lousy at making pompoms and this looks like a wonderful alternative!
Thank you for linking up to the Holidays Celebration Link Party! Your post has been pinned to the party’s Pinterest board (https://www.pinterest.com/pinteresab/holidays-celebration-2015/). Feel free to link up other posts too, and stay tuned for the features on Friday!
I am so into deer/ stag heads this year. I loved how this turned out. I think I need that stencil
Heading over here from SITS. This pillow is absolutely darling! Love that you reused a pillow that you already had and transformed it into something completely fresh and fun. I can’t sew, so this is a perfect project for me!
Hayley from Snap Happy Bakes says
I think it looks fabulous! I cannot believe it didn’t cost you a penny! Thanks for linking to #frifree4all
What a great idea! Happy Holidays and thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday and I’ll be pinning this to our TBT pinterest! Hope to see you next Thursday!!
Thanks for pinning it Mollie!
Cristina Mandeville says
So creative! I love it , Thank you for sharing this over at Bloggers Spotlight Link Party! Hope to see you again 🙂 , Pinned!
That’s so cute, love that you used what you already had around the house. I have tacky glue right now so maybe I can make a similar project. I’ve never tried fabric glue before but sounds like a good one. Thanks for sharing!
I just love this cute little pillow. I don’t have a sewing machine and this is perfect for folks like me that don’t. I hand sew everything and can’t wait to try and make one too!
lynn spencer says
You know I love this pillow! Perfect for the fall!
Have a great day my friend.
Janine Waite says
I love that your glue does the trick! I should’ve used that on the hem of my drapes! I’ll definitely keep your product in mind. You made such a cute pillow!