We’re sharing how to make a really easy no-sew varsity letter pillow today!
Football season in the South…
Shortly after school started I was on the phone with one of my aunts. She was headed to town super excited to meet the rest of my family for the first football game of the season.
High school football games are usually a big deal in most towns. But in small towns, they’re a rite of passage and a Friday night event.
Spending time cheering in the stands with friends and family is a great way to kick off the Fall season.
With this in mind, I thought it would be fun to re-imagine the varsity school letter. If you’re not familiar with this concept the varsity letter is earned for excellence in high school sports/activities. and usually worn on a jacket or sweater.
This no-sew vintage-style pillow version is really easy to make and you can customize your pillow with any varsity letter or color that resonates with you.
Here’s a look at all the supplies and steps you’ll need to create a No-Sew Varsity Letter Pillow too…
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No-Sew Varsity Letter Pillow Supplies:
- Pillow Cover
- Pillow Insert (we use down alternative pillow forms, similar here)
- Varsity Letter, here (if you don’t want to DIY your own below)
- Brown Felt (or color of your choice)
- Gray Felt (or color of our choice)
- Brown Velvet Ribbon (or color of your choice)
- Gray Ribbon (or color of your choice)
- White chalk or pencil
- Fabric Glue (I used Liquid Stitch which you can find at most craft stores or here)
- Fabric Cutting Scissors (You can find my favorite here)
- Computer, printer, varsity style font
No-Sew Varsity Letter Pillow Steps:
Gather your supplies including a pillow cover of your choice.
and a printed copy of the letter you want to use on your pillow. You can download a varsity-style font online for free. Then print the letter out on your home computer.
Carefully cut the letter out using caution and care as scissors will be sharp. This will become your pattern.
Place the letter on top of the brown felt (or felt color of your choice) and use a piece of chalk or white pencil to outline the letter.
Again, carefully cut the letter out using caution and care as scissors will be sharp.
Cut a second piece of fabric (I used gray but you can use whatever color you want) approximately 8.5 x 10 inches. This will become the background for the varsity style letter.
This is also the time to iron your fabric if you aren’t going for a vintage/worn look.
Use Liquid Stitch to secure the gray fabric square to the pillow cover. Allow the glue to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Use Liquid Stitch to secure the varsity style letter to the fabric square. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Next, use a ribbon of your choice to outline the letter. I used gray ribbon to outline the brown varsity-style letter but you can use whatever color you like best.
Again, use Liquid Stitch to secure the ribbon to the letter. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Finally, use a different colored ribbon to outline the fabric square to create a border. I used brown velvet ribbon to outline the gray square but you can use whatever color you want.
After you put all of these steps together, your pillow cover will look like this.
No-Sew Varsity Pillow Decorating Ideas…
What’s great about this pillow is that the colors are neutral enough to indoors or out, year-round!
I love the way it adds a little bit of pizzazz to the front porch for Fall. Especially, since this is the time of year we enjoy football the most!
Other Fall Inspired Craft Posts to Enjoy:
- Early Fall Craft and Decorating Ideas
- DIY Fall Centerpiece
- Brown and White Transferware Pumpkins
- Fall Grapevine Wreath for Beginners
- Fall Porch Decorating Ideas