How to Add Cording Trim to a Pillow

For the rocking chair makeover, I used black cording to trim the throw pillow. Today, I thought I’d show you how to add cording trim to a pillow.


How to Add Cording Trim to a Pillow| Plum Doodles



How to Add Cording Trim to a Pillow

Cut two pieces of fabric to whatever size you need for your pillow. Purchase or make enough cording to go around the outside of the pillow. Make sure your cording has a lip for seam allowance. Trim the cord inside the tube on one end so that the fabric extends past the cord about an inch.


How to Add Cording Trim to a Pillow| Plum Doodles


Pin cording (starting with the end you just trimmed) to one of your fabric pieces, clipping curves to fit around the corners.


Clip Corners of Cording| Plum Doodles


When you get back almost to the beginning point, trim the cord so that it butts up against the cord on the first end. Wrap the excess fabric from the first end around it, turning under the raw edge. Starting at this point, stitch to pillow fabric as close as possible to the cord.


Overlap cording ends| Plum Doodles


Lay pillow pieces right sides together and pin into place. Make sure to keep the cording rolled toward the center of the fabric. It will try to roll toward the outside (especially in the corners) and get caught in the stitching.

Stitch pieces together, keeping seam tight against the cording. Leave an opening for turning and stuffing the pillow. Hint: Place two pins at right angles to the edge to mark the opening. This is a good reminder not to stitch the pillow completely closed. Not that I’ve ever done that.


Pin and Stitch Pillow| Plum Doodles


Turn pillow right side out and stuff.

If you have any questions on how to add cording trim to a pillow, please ask away and I’ll try to clarify any confusion.

If that didn’t scare you off, stick with me- next up, how to sew an invisible seam when closing the pillow.




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  1. Mary Martha says:

    This is so easy to understand. The pillow looks great with the chair and stenciled seat.
    What a great looking make-over!

  2. You make it look so easy, I am in love with everything about your chair. Not sure my sewing skills are ready for cording, but any chance to drool over this chair and I’m there. Hopefully one day, my chair will look this good.

  3. Great tutorial! I have to learn how to sew! You have the most amazing projects and make it look so easy! I love the chair and the pillow just finishes it off!

  4. Thanks for the tip! I just learned how to sew last year.


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