In the past I’ve shown you how to use cording as an embellishment for pillows and window treatments, and also how to make cording. Today I’m going to show you, step-by-step, how to make a pillow with cording.
Be sure to check out our popular How To Make Pillows page for over 25 pillow ideas, tips & techniques.
Cording is an easy way to add a little extra oomph to a decorative pillow. The cording can be made in a contrast fabric which complements the pillow fabric. Or, a pillow can be self-corded, which means that the cording is made from the same fabric as the pillow.
Here’s a picture of two pillows made out of the same fabric. The pillow on the left doesn’t have cording, and the pillow on the right does. Taking the extra step of adding cording really does make the pillow look more custom, and adds a lot to the design of the pillow.
How To Make A Pillow With Cording
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Pillow form – I love these Soft Touch pillow forms from Fairfield
Cording – you can find how to make cording here
That Purple Thang – tool used to turn out corners of the pillow
In this post I am not going to go over the basics of how to make a pillow and how to make cording. If more detailed instructions are needed, you can check out my How To Make A Pillow and How To Make Cording posts.
I’ve made a video that shows step-by-step how to make a pillow with cording. I’ve also provided written instructions under the video.
1. Cut out 2 squares for the front and back of pillow. For my sample pillow, the form is 14″ x 14″, so I cut my squares at 14″ x 14″.
2. Figure how much cording is needed. For this example – 14″ x 4 = 56″ plus 5″ for extra, for a total of 61″ needed.
3. Sew cording together. (The how to make cording post is helpful for this step.)
4. Sew cording onto pillow face. Leaving about 3″ of cording loose, start sewing the cording onto the right side of the face fabric at the bottom center using a zipper foot. Clip cording seam allowance at the corners, and ease cording in around the corners. Stop sewing cording about 3″-4″ away from starting point.
5. Join ends of cording. Lay right side of cording flat on the bottom edge of the fabric. Lay the left side of the cording on top of the right side. Cut the bottom strip (right side) 1/4″ away from the edge of the left strip. Sew the 2 strips together – at right angles to each other. Sew seam. Cut the two ends of cording so that they lay together nicely. Wrap the fabric around the cording and sew closed. Tip – go back over the bottom edge of pillow with cording foot to get closer to the cord.
6. Pin and sew the front and back sides together. Pin the front to the back, right sides together. Sew around pillow starting 2″ from bottom corner, and going around 3 sides to other bottom corner. Clip corners of pillow, and turn right side out. You can use a tool called That Purple Thang to help push the corners of the pillow out when you’re turning it right side out.
7. Close the pillow. My preferred method is to hand sew the pillow closed.
Enjoy your new pillow with cording!
Have you ever made pillows with cording? Did you love how applying cording adds a touch of custom to the pillow?
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