No Sew Bandana Pillow Under Ten Dollars

This no sew bandana pillow is quick, easy, and oh so affordable!

The No Sew Bandana Pillow

Dear Reader who got caught up in the moment and agreed all willy-nilly to host a summer cookout, then realized you didn’t have any type of outdoor pillows.

Now you are scrambling to find something that doesn’t require sewing, gluing, or costs as much as a trip to an amusement park.

Or maybe you just took a look at your existing outdoor pillows and sighed a heavy sigh because they look faded and tired.

I’m here with a project that will turn that frown upside down. (cheesy, I know)

Just when you thought I couldn’t possibly have another project as simple as my super simple summer mason jar candle, think again.

DIY Pro Tip

Always have plan B and possibly C at the ready in the event A doesn’t go exactly as planned.

Plan A involved Sharpies and a drop cloth.  Let’s just say I still have some kinks to work out before it’s ready for prime time.

Time for plan B, whatever that might be. 🙂

The under $10 struggle couldn’t be more real friends.

As I was making my fifth trip to Walmart this week, I tried to consider what type of summer decorating dilemma you might be facing and all of the sudden, the summer haze cleared and I remembered bandanas are only one dollar and pillow forms are really inexpensive.

Before I go any further, I must tell you I found the inspiration for this project from my all time favorite blog in the world, Thistlewood Farms.   

Just so you know, she has a book coming out on September 5th!  We’ll chat more about this another day.

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No sew bandana pillows for the win! They’re quick, easy, washable, and under ten dollars!!!!

How are your knot tying skills?

Can you tie a knot? This is the only skill needed to make a plethora of these pillows.

If you are an overachiever, feel free to get out your sewing machine.

I chose the classic red bandana pattern because to me, it just says summertime and I knew it would look super cute in my favorite black Windsor style chair.

A no sew bandana pillow is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to make outdoor pillows.

I decided to use a grain sack pillow instead of purchasing a new pillow form.  The bandana I purchased is a 20-inch square, so there was plenty of fabric to cover my 15-inch pillow.

As you can see in the photo above, I laid one bandana wrong side up, placed my pillow on top, then topped it with the second bandana.

Next, I gathered the fabric to make a point, then tied it with a bit of twine.

You can also just tie a knot with the two ends. I just wanted a little texture.

If you can tie a knot, then you can make a whole pile of no sew bandana pillows.

You may need to play around with the excess fabric along the sides. I just tucked one edge in and pulled the other edge over it.

This no sew bandana pillow is super quick, cute, easy, and inexpensive. Go grab some bandanas and make a pile of pillows.

That’s A Wrap

I hope you read this and thought, oh my gosh I have to make these right away!

If you did, then my work here is done.

Honestly, there are so many different ways to create a pillow like this. You could use scarves, fabric remnants, or really anything that will cover your pillow form.

Let’s just say no to expensive pillows and make our own this summer!

Just think of all the iced coffees we can buy with the money we’ll save.

Have you ever made anything using bandanas?  Tell me all about it in the comments below.


You no-sew sister in paint,


I hope you will take the time to see what my uber talented Inspired Maker friends created with a budget of only $10!

Join us the last Friday of each month for a different Inspired Makers Challenge

Follow along with #InspiredMakers and #InspiredMakersChallenge to see more amazing projects every month!

July Challenge: $10 and Under Projects with:

Kimm @ Reinvented | Denise @ My Thrifty House | Suzanne @ Shop At Blu
Sam @ Raggedy Bits | Toni @ Small Home Soul | Susanne @ Pearl Street Designs
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim | Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life | Janice @ Sawdust Sisters
Kim @ Farmhouse Made | Sarah @ 1915House | Lisa @ The Purple Hydrangea



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Grab a pile of bandanas and make this quick, easy, and inexpensive no sew bandana pillow.




  1. Tammy says:

    You are so funny! What a wonderful idea for a quick and easy change for patio pillows. I was just looking at mine thinking they didn’t match with a 4th of July theme at all. Lisa to the rescue! Thanks!!!! I’m still curious about the sharpies and the drop cloth though….:)

    • Lisa says:

      Tammy why are we up so early on Saturday morning??? LOL. I’m hoping to have the Sharpie project ready to go at the end of this month. Stay tuned…

    • Lisa says:

      Stacey, this has been such a fun get together each month. It’s hard to believe we just finished the sixth month of projects. I look forward to seeing you back in September.

  2. Carol@blueskykitchen says:

    Lisa, I did think, oh my gosh, I have to make that bandana pillow right now. What an awesome, easy, quick and inexpensive idea. I’m definitely going to look for bandanas at the craft store. Love your sense of humor.

  3. Laura says:

    What a wonderful idea!
    I love red bandana fabric.
    I am also amazed at your tutorial-
    I enjoy being part of 10 on the 10th with you ladies!

    White Spray Paint

  4. Jemma says:

    This is just as cute as it can be and I do believe that I could make this project and that my friend is the best part of all. You also made me smile…alot!

  5. Mary says:

    Lisa I really like your thinking! I’m thinking of all that ice coffee we can buy for sure! Love the cute pillows with all that lovely color. After all that’s what summer is all about color and more color. That was a brilliant idea using the bandanas!

  6. Sarah says:

    I stinking LOVE this easy pillow update!!! I think I’ll grab some fall-colored bandanas to update my porch pillows for the coming season!!😍😍

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