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Learn a no-sew way of repurposing vintage embroidered pillowcases!

Vintage linens are not only so beautiful to have in your home but they can also be repurposed into many different home decor pieces. I found these vintage pillowcases at an estate sale and paid .50 cents for the pair! I’ve been holding onto them, trying to come up with a fun way to use them. Today’s the day for that project! Follow along as I show you how to turn these vintage pillowcases into beautiful throw pillows without sewing. Let’s get into repurposing vintage embroidered pillowcases!

PINT IT FOR LATER!

This post contains affiliate links. That simply means I earn a small commission on any clicked links at no cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases. You can read me full privacy policy and disclosures here. Thank you for supporting my small business!

I’ve had many comments on this post with many differing ideas and ways of how you could accomplish this pillowcase project. I do not own a sewing machine and I know many of my followers don’t have one either. My main goal of this DIY is to show others that you can make pillow covers in an easy way without the use of a sewing machine. Let’s jump right into it!

vintage embroidered pillowcases

Materials Needed

materials needed for diy pillowcases

  • 2 18×18 pillow inserts
  • 2 vintage king or queen size pillowcases
  • scissors
  • E6000 glue
  • paper plate
  • paper towels
  • clothespins or paper clips

Re-Purposing Vintage Embroidered Pillowcases

Step 1: Insert the pillows.

insert pillow into vintage pillowcase

Lay the pillowcases flat on the floor and insert each 18×18 pillow. Push it about 1/4 of the way in.full view of pillow in vintage pillowcase

Step 2: Line up the open end of each pillowcase.lace edge of vintage pillow lined upAs you can see from the photo, my pillowcases have some pretty lace detailing on the open ends. I wanted to showcase that. To do so, I lined up the scallops as best I could before gluing.

Step 3: Glue the open ends together.glue ends down on vintage pillowcasewith glue

You might be wondering…glue? Really?! Yes, this no sew project called for heavy duty glue, like seam tape, only stronger.

Tip: The E6000 glue has a strong odor so you may want to do this in a well ventilated area or open a window.

Starting at one end of the seam, squeeze a little bead of glue at a time, making sure to press down firmly once applied.

Tip: I used a paper towel to help press the glue firmly down as to not get so much glue on my fingers.

Continue that process until you have each end of the pillowcases securely glued. You will need to pause the project for today because that glue will need to dry for 24 hours before continuing.
lace edge of vintage pillow lined up

Step 4: Cut the other end open.cut open the other end of vintage pillowcase

The next day, you will need to cut the other end of each of the pillowcases open using a fabric scissors.

Before doing this, you will need to measure how much of the fabric you need to cut off. You will want the insert to fit snuggly once finished.

As an example, the pillowcases I used were each 30 inches long. So, after fitting the pillow inside, I cut small strips of fabric off at a time until the length was roughly 13 inches.
vintage pillowcase cut down to size

Step 5: Glue the ends down.glue the folded part up of the vintage pillowcase
Once you have the pillow insert how you like it, you will want to fold the ends in to create a clean edge. You can secure the folded ends with a little E6000 glue.

To do this, fold up the bottom side first and glue that.

Next, flip the pillow over, fold that edge up, and glue.

Then, to close the pillow, squeeze a little bead of glue right down the middle and press firmly down. Continue this process on both pillows until securely closed.

Tip: To be sure the sides stay adhered together, I clipped clothespins and paper clips across each pillow during the drying process.

Let the pillows dry for 24 hours.
hold glue in place with clothespins on vintage pillowcase

Step 6: Style your pillows!

These pretty pillows will add so much charm and character to your couch, bed, or chair!

diy embroidered floral pillow on a houndstooth chair

Closing Tidbits

With a vintage touch, these new pillows exude personality into your home. They usher in a calm and collected feeling that only comes with old pieces. It’s such a joy to be able to take an old piece, like vintage embroidered pillowcases, and give it new life! Without you, these linens wouldn’t get to live on. But now, they can continue to bring happiness and be a part of your story.

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Let me know in the comments below how this project turned out for you!

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Just click the red button in the left corner!

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Follow along for behind the scenes content on Instagram. You can also find The Antiqued Journey on Facebook and Pinterest.

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15 Comments. Leave new

  • […] Vintage Embroidered Pillowcases This DIY vintage pillowcase project continues to be one of my top traffic pages on a weekly basis! Vintage linens will always […]

    Reply
  • I like the way your final pillows look, but those pillowcases would have gone onto my bed as is before the cat could lick his ear! I still have the pillowcases I embroidered for my hope chest–in 1973! I hold my entire household together with E6000!

    Reply
  • This is such a pretty way to display vintage linens, Rachel. I love the way your pillow came together and I can’t believe you found these for 50 cents – that is crazy! I’m definitely going to be on the lookout now too. Hope your week has been a special one, CoCo

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      March 30, 2022 1:12 pm

      Hi CoCo! Thank you! This is still one of my favorite projects. I’m amazed that the glue is still holding…that E6000 is something else!! Thanks for stopping by today!

      Reply
  • Our Hopeful Home
    April 20, 2022 9:53 pm

    I love vintage pillow cases, never thought of making pillow covers out of them! Love it:0 Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    Reply
  • I have a large collection of vintage pillowcases and find it hard to do anything with them other than use them as pillowcases. I have some used as café curtains that turned out pretty cute. Love your idea to keep them out so everyone can enjoy them. And thank you for linking up on Farmhouse Friday. So cute!

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      May 27, 2022 11:57 am

      Hi Cindy!
      Thanks SO much for stopping by today! I love linking up each Friday. I do appreciate you! Have a lovely weekend!

      Reply
  • That glue is awesome, I use it to hold Velcro on my hanging towels instead of buttons

    Reply
  • Great idea. Instead of using glue I’ll use sewing maschine and zipper so I can remove the pillow cases and wash them as needed so they will always look and smell nice.

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      December 14, 2022 9:39 am

      Thanks! You have a fantastic idea. I made mine no-sew because I don’t have a sewing machine and wanted others in the same boat as me to be able to to make these as well.

      Reply
  • Amanda Harrison
    February 2, 2023 1:21 pm

    I have several sets of pillow cases my mom embroidered over the years. One set I just received has been put away for so long I can’t get the “yellowing” out of the cases. I was trying to think of ideas to save the beautiful embroidery but cut out the old pillowcases. Thanks for this tip. I’m going to give it a go. Wish me luck.

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      February 2, 2023 1:23 pm

      Hi!!
      That’s SO FUN!! Yes…save all the embroidery..it’s too pretty! I’m so happy this was helpful for you…I would love to see a photo of them when you are finished!! Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Happy day to you!

      Reply

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    Repurposing Vintage Embroidered Pillowcases

    Share this post. Share the Journey!

    Learn a no-sew way of repurposing vintage embroidered pillowcases!

    Vintage linens are not only so beautiful to have in your home but they can also be repurposed into many different home decor pieces. I found these vintage pillowcases at an estate sale and paid .50 cents for the pair! I’ve been holding onto them, trying to come up with a fun way to use them. Today’s the day for that project! Follow along as I show you how to turn these vintage pillowcases into beautiful throw pillows without sewing. Let’s get into repurposing vintage embroidered pillowcases!

    PINT IT FOR LATER!

    This post contains affiliate links. That simply means I earn a small commission on any clicked links at no cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases. You can read me full privacy policy and disclosures here. Thank you for supporting my small business!

    I’ve had many comments on this post with many differing ideas and ways of how you could accomplish this pillowcase project. I do not own a sewing machine and I know many of my followers don’t have one either. My main goal of this DIY is to show others that you can make pillow covers in an easy way without the use of a sewing machine. Let’s jump right into it!

    vintage embroidered pillowcases

    Materials Needed

    materials needed for diy pillowcases

    • 2 18×18 pillow inserts
    • 2 vintage king or queen size pillowcases
    • scissors
    • E6000 glue
    • paper plate
    • paper towels
    • clothespins or paper clips

    Re-Purposing Vintage Embroidered Pillowcases

    Step 1: Insert the pillows.

    insert pillow into vintage pillowcase

    Lay the pillowcases flat on the floor and insert each 18×18 pillow. Push it about 1/4 of the way in.full view of pillow in vintage pillowcase

    Step 2: Line up the open end of each pillowcase.lace edge of vintage pillow lined upAs you can see from the photo, my pillowcases have some pretty lace detailing on the open ends. I wanted to showcase that. To do so, I lined up the scallops as best I could before gluing.

    Step 3: Glue the open ends together.glue ends down on vintage pillowcasewith glue

    You might be wondering…glue? Really?! Yes, this no sew project called for heavy duty glue, like seam tape, only stronger.

    Tip: The E6000 glue has a strong odor so you may want to do this in a well ventilated area or open a window.

    Starting at one end of the seam, squeeze a little bead of glue at a time, making sure to press down firmly once applied.

    Tip: I used a paper towel to help press the glue firmly down as to not get so much glue on my fingers.

    Continue that process until you have each end of the pillowcases securely glued. You will need to pause the project for today because that glue will need to dry for 24 hours before continuing.
    lace edge of vintage pillow lined up

    Step 4: Cut the other end open.cut open the other end of vintage pillowcase

    The next day, you will need to cut the other end of each of the pillowcases open using a fabric scissors.

    Before doing this, you will need to measure how much of the fabric you need to cut off. You will want the insert to fit snuggly once finished.

    As an example, the pillowcases I used were each 30 inches long. So, after fitting the pillow inside, I cut small strips of fabric off at a time until the length was roughly 13 inches.
    vintage pillowcase cut down to size

    Step 5: Glue the ends down.glue the folded part up of the vintage pillowcase
    Once you have the pillow insert how you like it, you will want to fold the ends in to create a clean edge. You can secure the folded ends with a little E6000 glue.

    To do this, fold up the bottom side first and glue that.

    Next, flip the pillow over, fold that edge up, and glue.

    Then, to close the pillow, squeeze a little bead of glue right down the middle and press firmly down. Continue this process on both pillows until securely closed.

    Tip: To be sure the sides stay adhered together, I clipped clothespins and paper clips across each pillow during the drying process.

    Let the pillows dry for 24 hours.
    hold glue in place with clothespins on vintage pillowcase

    Step 6: Style your pillows!

    These pretty pillows will add so much charm and character to your couch, bed, or chair!

    diy embroidered floral pillow on a houndstooth chair

    Closing Tidbits

    With a vintage touch, these new pillows exude personality into your home. They usher in a calm and collected feeling that only comes with old pieces. It’s such a joy to be able to take an old piece, like vintage embroidered pillowcases, and give it new life! Without you, these linens wouldn’t get to live on. But now, they can continue to bring happiness and be a part of your story.

    signature from The Antiqued Journey

     

    Let me know in the comments below how this project turned out for you!

    an image for pinning

    Just click the red button in the left corner!

    Let’s Stay Connected

    Follow along for behind the scenes content on Instagram. You can also find The Antiqued Journey on Facebook and Pinterest.

    If you are not yet subscribed to my email, I would be so grateful if you did. In return, you will receive a free digital download and weekly inspiration delivered straight to your inbox. No spam, I promise!

    Find more DIY projects!

    Read more Antique and Vintage Inspiration.

    Go shopping in The Antiqued Journey shop!

     

     

     

     

    15 Comments. Leave new

    • […] Vintage Embroidered Pillowcases This DIY vintage pillowcase project continues to be one of my top traffic pages on a weekly basis! Vintage linens will always […]

      Reply
    • I like the way your final pillows look, but those pillowcases would have gone onto my bed as is before the cat could lick his ear! I still have the pillowcases I embroidered for my hope chest–in 1973! I hold my entire household together with E6000!

      Reply
    • This is such a pretty way to display vintage linens, Rachel. I love the way your pillow came together and I can’t believe you found these for 50 cents – that is crazy! I’m definitely going to be on the lookout now too. Hope your week has been a special one, CoCo

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        March 30, 2022 1:12 pm

        Hi CoCo! Thank you! This is still one of my favorite projects. I’m amazed that the glue is still holding…that E6000 is something else!! Thanks for stopping by today!

        Reply
    • Our Hopeful Home
      April 20, 2022 9:53 pm

      I love vintage pillow cases, never thought of making pillow covers out of them! Love it:0 Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

      Reply
    • I have a large collection of vintage pillowcases and find it hard to do anything with them other than use them as pillowcases. I have some used as café curtains that turned out pretty cute. Love your idea to keep them out so everyone can enjoy them. And thank you for linking up on Farmhouse Friday. So cute!

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        May 27, 2022 11:57 am

        Hi Cindy!
        Thanks SO much for stopping by today! I love linking up each Friday. I do appreciate you! Have a lovely weekend!

        Reply
    • That glue is awesome, I use it to hold Velcro on my hanging towels instead of buttons

      Reply
    • Great idea. Instead of using glue I’ll use sewing maschine and zipper so I can remove the pillow cases and wash them as needed so they will always look and smell nice.

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        December 14, 2022 9:39 am

        Thanks! You have a fantastic idea. I made mine no-sew because I don’t have a sewing machine and wanted others in the same boat as me to be able to to make these as well.

        Reply
    • Amanda Harrison
      February 2, 2023 1:21 pm

      I have several sets of pillow cases my mom embroidered over the years. One set I just received has been put away for so long I can’t get the “yellowing” out of the cases. I was trying to think of ideas to save the beautiful embroidery but cut out the old pillowcases. Thanks for this tip. I’m going to give it a go. Wish me luck.

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        February 2, 2023 1:23 pm

        Hi!!
        That’s SO FUN!! Yes…save all the embroidery..it’s too pretty! I’m so happy this was helpful for you…I would love to see a photo of them when you are finished!! Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Happy day to you!

        Reply

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    I’m so glad you are here! Old things are my jam. Antique malls and thrift stores are my happy places.

    Here on the blog I love to share my excitement, knowledge, and ideas about all things antique and vintage. Let’s journey together!

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