How to Make a Flanged Pillow

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

Adding a decorative flange or ruffle to the edge of your pillows is a fun way to mix up the look. These little pillows would be perfect for a living room, bedroom or even outside on your patio. They are a quick and easy DIY project that you can do in just a day to add a little bit of color wherever you need it in your home.

Over the last couple weeks we’ve been sharing several projects for the same patio, we recovered bullnose chair cushions, made lumbar pillows and sewed up a bench cushion. Today is the final finishing touch and we’ve made these flanged pillows for a set of sling chairs to keep the colors flowing all around the patio. We’re using a Waverly Sun N Shade fabric, Santa Maria Mimosa for these pillows, just like we did for the lumbar pillows.

Materials List:

How to Make a Flanged Pillow

1. If using a fabric with a pattern, determine which part of the design you’d like featured in the center of the pillow, if any. Mark the center of this design for patterning reference.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

2. Pattern your fabric using the same dimensions as your pillow form. Our form was 18” x 18” so we traced out an 18” x 18” square on the fabric.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

3. Cut out your first square and use it to pattern the second panel.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

4. Lay your two panels on top of each other with the right sides facing each other so the pattern lines up symmetrically.

5. To make the corners of your pillow fuller, trim a little fabric from each corner. At one corner of your fabric panels, measure down 4” and make a mark. From the corner again, measure over 1/2”. At an angle, draw a line connecting the two marks. Do this for both sides of the corner, then cut along that line.  Repeat the process on the opposite corner.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

6. Fold over the fabric and use it as a guide to trim the two remaining corners.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

7. Pin your two fabric panels together. Take them to your sewing machine and sew around the perimeter of three sides of the pillow. Leave an opening at the bottom of the pillow big enough to insert your pillow form.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

8. Trim the excess fabric from each corner.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

9. Turn your pillow cover outside right.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

10. Carefully work each edge at the seam so it lies as flat as possible.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

11. Pin the seams flat and the pieces together around the perimeter of the pillow cover. Take your fabric to the sewing machine and sew 1/2” in from the outer edge of the fabric on three sides. This will create a 1/2” lip around the pillow.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

12. Carefully insert your pillow form.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

13. Fold under the raw edges on the pillow’s opening and pin a 1/2” in from the folded edge to create the lip along the bottom of the pillow.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

14. Using your sewing machine, carefully sew the opening closed.

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

15. Enjoy your new pillow!

Easy DIY Flanged Pillow

You can find all the materials needed to make your own throw pillows from pillow forms to decorative fabrics at Sailrite.com.

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