We are moving right along with our patio makeover and fabric is a BIG part of my makeover. I love to use fabric to add color and give it some splash. However, outdoor fabric like pillows, cushions and even tablecloths are very expensive and most of the time I don’t care for the pattern or color and it drives me crazy that I always have to choose what ugly patterns are in store to work around for patio décor.
Say goodbye to ugly patterns and say HELLO to creating your very own. I went to my favorite online fabric store Fabric.com and ordered a yard of a few different colors, patterns and outdoor fabrics that I liked to create pillow cases and tablecloths for my backyard makeover.
I love that the outdoor fabric from fabric.com starts at about $5 a yard and comes in soo many colors and patterns. I know there is something that will fit your style and place. All the outdoor fabric are water proof and perfect to keep outside. So no worries if it rains, your fabric will be fine. Just like the ones you buy at the store already pre-made.
Now, I’m not a person that can sew; honestly, me and sewing machines have been in a war since I was in 2nd grade and we had sewing lessons. The first time I ever touch a machine the needle broke right away and flew in my face.. no fun; every time after that it happened as soon as I touch a machine; needless to say NO SEWING machine for me..EVER!!!
BUT… there are super cool no sew products that you heat with an iron; I’m not the best of fan of irons, either, BUT I can do this. I grabbed a roll of heat and bond and my fabric and off to the porch I went. I used my patio table to iron all the fabric and turn them into Pillow cases and tablecloths, all in no time at all. It will look like a million bucks when you are done.. TRUST me!!!
I used one yard of fabric to make a table cloth and a 16×24 pillow case…. in about 10 minutes. Yup, that’s all it took.. 10 minutes!!
I bought simple pillow inserts at Ikea in different sizes; some were $2 some $3 and some only $1 and then used my outdoor fabric to create a no sew pillow case for them all. Simple as that.
I got 3 pillow cases out of a yard (my pillows were 16×24), so with the 3 pillows and a yard of fabric that cost me about $5 a pillow if not less. That’s not bad at all. Considering that most outdoor pillows start at $20 or even higher.
How to make it:
I used my fabric 50×18( give or take, I did all without a measurement, but my 16×24 pillow fit perfectly)
Use the bright side (or right side up) of your fabric up, add Hem tape to the two longer sides; keep one side open and the third side is your fold anyways, so no need to add Hem tape. Iron it for a few seconds
Remove the paper from the Hem tape; fold your fabric over; colored side to colored side; iron again and let cool for about 2-3 minutes or longer. Now you have a pillow case with measurements of approx. 16x24ish.
Once cooled; turn your fabric right side out and stuff your pillow into the one opening that’s left. No worries, if you let the Hem tape cool enough it will not come apart.
The last seem you can either fold over and use Hem tape and iron down or just attach hem tape to the inside and iron down like I did in the picture below. Super simple and whatever works best for you. It will hold strong and trust me, no one will look for the last seem of the pillow if you did it perfect. As long as it looks clean and keeps the pillow tucked inside, you are good to go….
Check out how the simple #DIY pillows and tablecloths dressed up the outdoor space with my own colors and style; you will not find this in any store but you will be able to create whatever you like with the outdoor fabric and no sew heat bond… So get crafty, pull out the iron and get started.