How to Make a Flange Pillow Part 2

Follow along in part 2 of our series as we show how to sew the pillow.


  1. Fold your flange piece in half along the length with right-sides together. Sew the two short ends with a 1/2'' seam allowance. Don't forget to backstitch at the beginning and end of your sewing. Repeat this process for your second flange piece.

  2. Clip your corners on an angle and trim one layer of your seam allowance to about half the width on each end of your flange piece. Turn your flange piece right-side out and then press your flange in half.

  3. Place your main pillow piece right-sides together and sew about 3 to 4'' on each side along the bottom pillow seam (the one with the 3/4" seam allowance). If you would like to add a zipper to your pillow, do so now.

  4. Insert your flange piece between the two layers of the front and back of the pillow along the side seam. Pin in place, making sure to match all the raw edges. Stitch flange in place using a 1/2'' seam allowance starting from the top edge of the pillow. Continue stitching until your needle hits the line of your stitching from the previous step. Stop sewing (leaving your needle in your work), pivot your work and continue to stitch along the previous line of stitching for about 5 or 6 stitches to help secure your corner. Clip your top corner at an angle. Trim the pillow seam allowances to about half of the width leaving the flange seam allowance intact. Repeat this process on the other side of the pillow for the other flange piece.

  5. Turn the pillow right-side out. You can gently tug on the flange pieces to help turn out the corners. Press your flange pieces as well as the bottom seam of your pillow. For the pillow opening, press back the 3/4" seam allowance.

  6. Insert the cushion into the pillow. Pin the opening closed and handstitch in place.


Congratulations on completing your pillow!


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