Statement pillows, especially long and lean lumbar pillows, are having a serious style moment right now. The problem? These pretty accent pieces can put a not-so-pretty dent in your wallet. Instead of scavenging the clearance aisle waiting for these beauties to go on sale, make your own from just a few inexpensive materials and your sewing machine. This easy DIY will have you adding one chic cushion after another to your bedroom or living room in just one afternoon!
Cut fabric to desired length, including an additional ½ inch for seam stitching. We wanted this particular pillow to be a statement piece at 48"L x 12"H, so we cut two pieces of fabric measuring 13 inches x 49 inches to allow extra room for seams. For this project you can use anything from a piece of upholstery fabric, to a blanket or even a vintage rug — any heavy duty textile will do!
Lay two pieces of fabric on top of each other, with back sides (inside of pillow) fabric facing outward. Pin longest sides (top and bottom) with pins, about ½ an inch from edges, to guide your seam stitching.
We sewed this part of our pillow inside out so the top and bottom seams are hidden inside.
Using a sewing machine, sew the two longest sides, leaving the two short sides open for stuffing. Be sure not to sew the entire length of fabric, leaving at least ½ inch on each end for finishing.
Turn fabric right side out. One one end, place a piece of trim between the fabric, fold the unfinished edges underneath, and pin in place before sewing shut. If not using piping or fringe, simply follow the same steps without the piece of trim.
From the open end, stuff pillow to desired fluffiness., then sew up the final short side as directed above.
Not loving the simple look? Feel free to up the style ante with a little decorative flair like these pretty corner tassels.
Kristin Guy, DineXDesign
Put your gorgeous creation on display! These pillows look great on their own or styled with blankets and other throw pillows.