I was making pillows for our porch, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to demonstrate how to sew cording into a pillow. The process is the same for any sew-in trim, like brush fringe or rope cording.
To see how to cover raw cording with a fabric of your choice, visit my DIY Cording for Home Decor post.
To make the pillow, cut two pieces of fabric that are one inch longer and wider than the size of your pillow form.
Zig-zag or serge the edges to prevent raveling.
Lay the beginning end of cording along the edge of your base piece, front or back. Doesn’t matter, they’re both the same, right? You want your base right side up, and your sewing foot positioned 2-3 inches “before” a corner.
With the zipper foot attached, start your stitching a couple inches from the cording end. We’re leaving this end open so we can connect it with the other end of the cording when you come back around.
As you sew round the corners, curl the cording strip gently. Snipping the cording flange edge helps ease the bend of it.
Finish sewing around the pillow, but stop stitching a couple of inches from the “beginning” end of the cording. Cut the cording about 3 inches past the point of the beginning cording, leaving a “tail”.
Rip open the seem at end of the fabric, unwrapping and pulling away from the cording. Please ignore the seam that you see. It’s there from making the cording.
Let the cord rest beside the “beginning” end, and cut the edge flush with it.
Next, you want to fold the end of the cording cover fabric, making a 90 degree angle to the inside of the seem.
Wrap the angle around the beginning cording, smoothing all edges and laying them flush along the edge of the seam allowance.
Work it a little to fit end to end neatly inside there. Finish stitching to meet your beginning point.
You have the hard part behind you! Don’t stop now, ’cause you’re almost done.
Lay the finished corded side on top of the other pillow base, right sides together.
You want your piece with the cording on the top so you can see the stitch line from sewing the cording to it.
Begin stitching 2-3 inches before a corner.
Stitch around to the final corner, stopping 2-3 inches after the final corner.
(Be sure to back stitch at the start and finish, as these areas can pull out while stressing them during the stuffing stage.) After flipping right-side-out, you’ll have a nice middle section open for the stuffing (or pillow form).
Hand stitch the opening, working under the folded edge. Watch not to let the stitching show through on the other side of the pillow.
For a perfect result, check out Pro-Sew Your Pillow Closures.
Pull the stitches tight enough so you don’t have threads showing when you pull the fabric away from the cording. When you get to the end of the closure, (hooray!) stitch 3-4 loops in the same spot to secure your thread.
Finished. Good luck making lots of new corded pillows for your home. Happy sewing!