I am so excited to show you how to make a no-sew deer pillow with glue and stencil. I recently 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. I tried my hardest 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. I had just glued the fabric 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. I used a 16 inch square form so I cut my material 18 inches x 18 inches. I usually purchase my material from the Thrift Store to save a little money because there is always fabric that people have donated from a leftover project. You can also use other fabric for pillows. This pillow was made with fabric from a chair slip cover.
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.
I 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.
I cut the deer out and glued 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.