Plaid Drawstring Gift Sack Christmas Pillow Hack (No-Sew!)

Plaid Drawstring Gift Sack Christmas Pillow Hack how to make a no-sew pillow cover from a drawstring Giftbag plaid christmas pillows #plaid #plaidpillows

Make Quick and Easy No-Sew Pillow Covers Using Fabric Holiday Drawstring Gift Sacks!

Plaid tidings, my friends! Come have a virtual seat in my cozy nook today! I recently shared several shots of our new and improved kitchen corner nook for my Vintage-Traditional Christmas Home Tour with a focus on our festive new kitchen. Everyone seemed to love the pillows I used, especially the plaid! Today I am sharing a little secret…they aren’t actually pillows!


 Well, there are pillows inside, but the plaid covers are actually just oversized draw string holiday gift sacks . Hence, the title of this post “Plaid Gift Sack Christmas Pillow Hack!” Honestly this is my quickest and easiest Christmas decorating hack ever! *This post contains affiliate links. See my full affiliate disclosure policy for details.


plaid fabric drawstring gift sack as pillow cover plaid Christmas pillows

You can use any type of large fabric sack and use old pillows or pillow inserts to fake some new pillows. I purchased the three plaid sacks I used from TJ Maxx a few years ago and have been using them as pillow covers each season since.


How to Make a Quick Pillow Cover from a Fabric Drawstring Gift Sack:

  • Open sack
  • Stuff a big fluffy pillow down inside (Instead of buying inserts I just used my spring daffodil pillows and a fall pillow)


  • Pull the draw string tightly and tuck the strings down in the opening.
  • Fold the excess down “envelope style” on the back side.
  • Optional: Secure with a large safety pin.





Once the pillow is in place there is really no way to tell a gift sack was used as a makeshift cover. The excess on the back isn’t too bulky and the pillow will sit just fine. Mine have not not come loose with use.


I just love the plaid pillows mixed with black ticking stripe pillow covers, and my new Kentucky Christmas pillow!



Similar Black Ticking Stripe Pillow Covers



Even though I like to change things up year after year, I think the plaid looks so perfect on the window seat benches that I will probably use the “pillow covers” again next year. So cozy!



2 Pack Exlarge Christmas Buffalo Plaid Santa Sack with Drawstring- 28″ × 20″ 


I couldn’t find the same kind of plaid online, but I did find similar bags in buffalo check and farmhousey-gift bags too. Any of these could work to make cute no-sew pillow covers! 



Extra Large Santa Sacks Christmas Cotton Canvas Holiday Gift Bags Stocking Totes with Drawstrings 


Plaid Drawstring Gift Sack Christmas Pillow Hack how to make a no-sew pillow cover from a drawstring Giftbag plaid christmas pillows #plaid #plaidpillows

Well friends, that’s about all there is to it when it comes to whipping a pillow cover using a draw string sack! Keep your eyes open for fabric gift sacks on the after-Christmas clearance sales so you can make some for next year too. Of course smaller sacks would be cute to make mini-pillows. I have a few farmhousey burlap drawstring Christmas gift sacks that I am going to use to make smaller ones too.

Have you ever tried this “hack” to make a quick no-sew pillow cover? I love hearing from you, dear readers!  Thanks for visiting today!


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  • Reply Debra Oliver

    what a great idea! I haven’t seen these drawstring gift bags before, but I love them. super cute!

    December 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Your drawstring pillow is so cute, Amber! I love a good no-sew hack and did something similar with a tote bag a few years ago. The plaid is perfect for the Christmas season! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    December 20, 2020 at 8:17 am
  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    December 20, 2020 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    This is the best hack I’ve seen in a long time Amber! I’m so excited to feature your post at the Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Happy Christmas!

    December 21, 2020 at 3:50 pm
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