Easy No-Sew Summer Decorating

Easy no-sew summer decorating projects that you can do around your house. DIY decorating with fabric has never been easier – no sewing machine or skills needed.

Now that the warm weather is here, life goes into a different pace for many of us – maybe you are going to travel or simply enjoy the easy breezy and hot days of summer around your home.

Perhaps you even would like to update an outdoor cushion or change the fabric on a pillow on your sofa or bed to reflect the season, but you don’t own a sewing machine or have a lot of time or money to do it.

I know I like to do this and it is when I reach into my “no-sew bag of tricks” to change something quickly to refresh for the season.

All you need for many no-sew decorating projects is an hour or less and in some cases an iron and ironing board.

Tired of a window covering? Why not make a carefree a breezy summer valance that doesn’t require any sewing.

Or an outdoor chair cushion or a tablecloth using fabric you may already have from another decorating project.

If it is a small project like a pillow cover, look in your clothes closet for an item where you like the fabric, but it no longer fits. Use the fabric to make a pillow cover or cloth napkins for outdoor summertime dining.

Or if you have your eye on a decorator fabric that would look great made into drapes for your living room, but you don’t know how to sew and to have them custom made is too costly, then consider one of many no-sew options to get the look you want while staying in budget.

How to Find All My No-Sew Decorating Projects

No Sew Guide to Home Decorating

To make it easier to find all my No-Sew Decorating projects in one place, I have done some reorganizing here on the blog.

  • You can find the posts in chronological posting order in the Decorating category dropdown link in my blog’s navigation menu bar – No-Sew Decorating Projects
  • If you would like to hone in on one no-sew category like pillows, tablecloths, chair cushions, then I just created a No-Sew Home Decorating Guide where you can easily find the projects you are looking for without having to go though a lot of posts to find it.

I also added two printable .pdfs from my book, Instant Decorating (no longer in print) to the guide that detail how to use no-sew options like fusible web, fabric glue, safety pins and more.

So if you want to refresh a room for the summer or the next time you have a decorating project that uses fabric and you don’t want to sew or don’t own a sewing machine, remember that there are many no-sew options to consider that will get you the decorated look you want.

If you subscribe to my blog, then you read about how I used Home Dec in a Sec sewing patterns back in the 1990’s. You may even remember them. Some are still being sold on Amazon and Etsy

I enjoyed looking though all of them. You can find them here: Home Dec in a Sec Patterns

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  1. Paula@SweetPea says:

    I have so many tabs open on my computer now! My coffee cup is full and I’m off to enjoy all of your no-sew ideas.

    1. Paula@SweetPea says:

      And I just ordered your book! I’ve always wanted to read it.

      1. Diane Henkler says:

        Hi Paula – You are sure are a sweetpea. XO :-) Thank you so much for ordering my book. I am not sure there are many left anymore, but resellers on Amazon do pop up from time to time. When you get the book, you will see how the fabrics are dated, although with grandmillennial becoming popular, maybe not. But the projects themselves are timeless – just make it using current fabrics and colors.

    2. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi again Paula – I wasn’t even going to publish the No Sew page thinking it would not be popular, but I am so happy I did. Thanks for reading all the posts.

  2. Hi Diane,
    I’ve followed you for several years and have saved a few of your decor ideas. 😊
    I tried your “gift wrap” cushion covers about three years ago for some outdoor cushions on a wicker settee. Sadly, the settee bit the dust at the end of last year, along with said cushions.
    This year I made a slip cover for the new faux wicker couch (I didn’t like the cushion it came with) so I made one and used your ribbon tie trick on the backside to close it vs a zipper or Velcro. Easy breezy.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love the idea of using fabric from clothes you no longer can wear! I have some beautiful dresses that either no longer fit or are no longer in style but the prints are too gorgeous for me to give away. I am going to pull them out and see if I can make pillows or valences for summer. Once again you have given us easy, little or no cost options for refreshing our homes which is why your blog is my favorite!

  4. Thank you for this, Diane. I have sewn curtains multiple times over the past forty years and I still have a few patterns for home dec in my stash. I need to make pillow covers for a refresh. I’m hoping your post is a motivation!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Terry – I wish I saved some of my patterns, a few of them would be nice to make with new and trendy fabrics to refresh for the summer. Happy to know I may have motivated you to get your projects done. :-)