Monday, October 14, 2013

Guest Post...How To Make a Flange Pillow

Hi everyone!! I am so excited to share my very first guest blogger today. Jann, is from Newton Custom Interiors and she will be showing us how to sew a flange pillow. The tutorial is awesome...great detail and big beautiful pictures. You are going to love this!!

Thanks, Jann, for all your hard work and for sharing this wonderful project with my readers!

So, without further ado...

Hi everyone - I'm Jann Newton from Newton Custom Interiors, where I recently started blogging about home decor, sewing and DIY projects. I'm thrilled to be guest posting for Karen today about how to make a flanged pillow.


Before I get started with the tutorial, I want to mention a pet peeve of mine about flanged pillows. I know you've all seen this. The flanged pillow with the floppy corners.


 I like to beef up my flanged pillows, so that the corners don't droop or flop. Below are some pillows I made for a client's guest bedroom. Notice how the corners stand up nicely.


In this tutorial, I'll give you step-by-step instructions for making your flanged pillows with no floppy corners.

How To Make A Flanged Pillow

For this pillow I used a 18" x 14" pillow form, and made my flanges at 1 1/2". You can make your pillow whatever size you want, maybe a bed- size pillow with larger flanges. Just adjust your measurements accordingly.


Materials needed:

18" x 14" pillow form
3/4 yard of fabric
1/2 yard of lining
1/2 yard of batting
16" zipper
Thread matched to fabric


1. Cut your front piece of fabric 22" wide x 18" long.

2. Cut 2 pieces for the back of pillow. The first piece needs to be cut at 22" wide x 15 3/4" long, and the second at 22" wide and 3 3/4" long.


3. Serge the 2 edges of the back pieces where the zipper will be inserted.


4. Sew the two back pieces, right sides together, using a 3/4" seam allowance. Use a small stitch for the first 3 1/2" and the last 3 1/2", and a long stitch for the middle. This is where the zipper will be sewn in, and the long stitches will be taken out later.


5. Sew in the zipper. You can follow these instructions for how to put a zipper in a pillow. Here's a photo of the front and back sides after the zipper has been sewn in.


6. Sew the front to the back, right sides together, using a 1/2" seam allowance. Clip the corners and turn right side out.

7. Press seams.


8. Cut both the batting and the lining at 20 1/2" wide x 16 1/2" long. This is what you'll use to beef up the pillow so that the corners don't droop.


9. Fold the batting in half and insert into the pillow cover.

batting batting-inside-cover 

10. Do the same for the lining. Laying it on top of the batting.



11. Close the zipper, and pin all layers of the pillow together in several places, to keep all of the layers from shifting.


12. Sew the flange stitch line 1 1/2" away from the outer edges of the pillow cover.


13. Insert the pillow form into the cover, and close the zipper.


Enjoy your new pillow! If you would like to see more step-by-step pillow tutorials, please visit my blog, Newton Custom Interiors.    shares home decor, DIY and sewing tips on her blog, Newton Custom Interiors. You can find her at Google+PinterestFacebook and Twitter.



  1. A brilliant tutorial - and such an easy way to sort those floppy corners. Thanks for sharing, Karen and Jann! :o)

  2. Thank you, Jan, for your guest post and informative tutorial with excellent photos and simple directions!

  3. Great tute! Wonderful pics and concise directions. Love it!

  4. Thank you Jan for a wonderful tutorial !

  5. great tutorial, easy to follow. Thanks a bunch.

  6. Enjoyed the tutorial. Addressing the zipper is especially timely for me. I just finished a green camouflage lap quilt and gave it to my grandson. Turns out he's using blanket while riding in his dad's jeep, (army/green). I used anti-pill green fleece backing. I wanted to make a zippered pillow case so he could fold up blanket, store blanket inside of pillow case. Thanks for tutorial.

  7. The floppy corners on my pillows bother me too. Great tutorial on making it well.

  8. Great tutorial. Can't wait to try the method for eliminating those droopy corners.

  9. Great tutorial , thanks so much for taking the time to share this method with us !

  10. Great to see you on here Jann. I love all your tutorials!
    Donna L.

  11. Thanks everyone for your kind comments! Again, I want to thank Karen for giving me the opportunity to guest post for her.

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