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