Making A Large No Sew Accent Pillow

How to make a removable accent pillow cover that doesn’t require a zipper. It can be made using fabric yardage, a dishtowel or any type of fabric.


I don’t use a lot of throw pillows around my house since they usually end up taking up valuable seating and end up on the floor when someone wants to sit down.  I do however like pillows on the banquette in my kitchen. It has L-shaped seating with bed size pillows along the wall that act as a backrest.

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On a stroll through Pottery Barn, I saw pretty pillow covers designed for 18″ square pillows. I really liked them, but not the price tag.


A week later, while I was strolling the aisles at Target I saw a set of purple and white oak leaf dishtowels on clearance.  I loved the colour and knew immediately that they were going home with me to be made into a seasonal no-sew pillow for the banquette.

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What I like about using dishtowels or cloth napkins to create decorative accent pillows is that they come with finished edges which makes decorating the no-sew way even easier.



The pre-finished edges allow you to easily add a strip of Velcro along the inside edge so that you can easily take off the cover to wash or to change the pillow for the current season (keeps things fresh looking and makes it easy to change out seasonally).



Finding seasonal dishtowels is easy at stores like Tesco, B&M, TK Maxx since they all carry many colors and styles all the time.

How to Make a No-Sew Removable Pillow Cover

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supplies needed:

  • 2 dishtowels
  • bed pillow – standard size
  • Any brand of fabric glue
  • 18-inches of Velcro. I used adhesive Velcro since I had it on hand, but no need for only this kind as the sew-on type will bond to the fabric with fabric glue 
  • clips or clothespins
  • toothpick
  • scissors

1. Wash and dry dishtowels to allow for shrinkage.


2. Lay one dishtowel on work surface with right side down.

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3. Open tube of fabric glue and run a bead of it along one short edge (hem) of dishtowel and two long sides.  Use a toothpick to spread out glue over entire hem on these sides.


4. Line up top and bottom dishtowel and press the seams together.


This will create the cover leaving one side open.

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5. Cut the 18-inch long adhesive Velcro in half lengthwise. You don’t need the full 1-inch width.


Pull the loop side away from the furry side of the Velcro.  Apply a line of fabric glue along unglued short side that is still open in the same way you did the other 3 sides.


Lay the loop side along the glued edge.

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6. Repeat the process on the top dishtowel’s edge using the furry side of the Velcro.

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7. Place the top and bottom edges of the dishtowels together and use your finger to press the two sides of the Velcro together.


You will hear it snap and click as you go along.

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8. Clip edges together until glue dries. It will take a few hours.

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9. Remove clips and place pillow into the opening of the dishtowel cover.

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10. Close the cover by snapping the two sides of the Velcro together.

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All done.

Now I have a new pillow to snuggle up against in the afternoon when the autumn chill in the house summons me to the kitchen for some hot tea and cookies.  🙂
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