Do you like to add patriotic decor touches to celebrate the Fourth of July? What better way to celebrate than with a Fourth of July Craft patriotic pillow cover? This no-sew project is easy to do and can be customized to your liking. All you need is some scrap fabric, a pillow cover, and basic supplies. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make one just in time for your summer decor.
Do y’all remember the heart pillow cover I made using red and white ticking fabric? I couldn’t resist trying another version for the Fourth of July!
I’ve enjoyed using scrap fabrics to create these unique, no sew pillow covers. I’m a big fan of ticking fabric for a farmhouse feel and love how this latest patriotic pillow cover turned out.
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Table of contents
- Fourth of July Craft Supplies
- How To Make A No-Sew Patriotic Pillow
- Fourth of July – Patriotic Pillow
Fourth of July Craft Supplies
You can use any scrap fabrics that you have on hand. I’ve made many ticking fabric projects, and the red and blue is perfect for a 4th of July project.
- Red & White Ticking Fabric (less than 1/4 yard)
- Blue & White Ticking Fabric (much less than 1/4 yard – scrap pieces will work)
- A small scrap of White Fabric – I used some scraps from an old chenille bedspread.
- A Pillow Cover 20 x 20
- Permanent Fabric Glue
- Straight Pins
- Card Stock or Card Board for Template
- Black Sharpie Marker
Note: Be sure to use real ticking fabric. The stripe is sometimes printed on fabric instead of woven into the fabric. You can tell because the back of the fabric will be white. You want to see a stripe on both the front and back sides.
How To Make A No-Sew Patriotic Pillow
Gather your supplies and begin preparations for your Fourth of July craft project. The project is made with a no-sew, pre-made pillow cover. However, if you prefer to make your own cover, you will need to complete it first.
Create a Template For Your Design
First, you should draw a template for your design. You can print out a star shape or create one of your own. I used 3 pieces of card stock together to draw a large star using a black sharpie.
The template will also serve as a protective between the two pieces of pillow cover fabric.
Trace Design Onto the No-Sew Pillow Cover.
Place your template inside the fabric cover and pin to hold it in place.
You should be able to see the star pattern through the fabric and can use it as your guide.
If you are using a dark pillow cover, you will need to draw the pattern on the front.
However, if you are drawing your design on the outside of your pillow cover, you will still want to insert a protective barrier to prevent the cover fabric from sticking together.
Prepare The Scrap Fabrics
Next, rip the ticking fabric into strips that are approx. 1/4 inch wide.
It helps to cut a notch in the top of the ticking fabric and then hold both ends and pull. If you follow the grain of the fabric, it will curl slightly.
How To Apply The Scrap Fabric To The Pillow Cover
Begin with your blue fabric and apply a bead of permanent fabric glue to the line drawn to divide the star. Twist the fabric as you press it into the glue and continue until the divided section is filled with blue and white ticking.
Apply the glue in small sections at a time. Otherwise, it will dry out before you get the fabric applied.
If you have trouble adhering to the fabric, you can use straight pins to hold it in place until the glue sets. Then remove the pins before the glue has completely dried.
Next, add the red and white ticking fabric scraps in the same matter to create your stripes on the patriotic pillow cover.
Continue back and forth to create a stripe pattern. I suggest beginning just under the blue and white section.
Then go back and forth until the entire area is filled with the red and white fabric keeping the strips running horizontally.
Occasionally, place your hand inside the pillow cover and gently lift the fabric slightly away from the card stock paper. This will prevent the card stock from being permanently glued to the inside of your pillow cover.
Stars for a Fourth of July Craft
To finish your patriotic pillow cover, cut some stars using white fabric.
I drew the stars on the backside of the fabric to get them shaped correctly.
For this project, I used some scraps of an old chenille bedspread. You can use white felt or any other heavy-weight white fabric. If the fabric is too thin, you may see the ticking fabric underneath.
Finally, using the fabric glue, attach the stars to the blue and white section of your star. You can add as many stars as your space will allow.
Lastly, check to be sure all the fabric is adhering to the pillow cover, and add additional glue to any necessary spots.
Allow To Dry
Now set the pillow cover aside and allow the glue to completely dry. Once dry, add a pillow insert.
The no-sew patriotic pillow is the perfect decor for the upcoming 4th of July.
Fourth of July – Patriotic Pillow
This patriotic pillow cover can be used all summer long, from Memorial Day Decorating thru the 4th of July and Labor Day.
You can make a No-Sew Patriotic Pillow Cover with various designs to work with your decor! It’s a fun Fourth of July Craft, and it’s an easy project to get the kids involved. I’d love to see some of their creations.
See 4th of July Craft Video Tutorial
This no-sew technique can be used in so many creative ways. Be sure to see the DIY Scrap Fabric Spring Pillow Tutorial. This pillow was inspired by the vintage quilt and these other unique vintage and thrifted bedroom decor ideas.
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