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Flanged pillow with cording

artistic1 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi Everyone!

I need some info please on how to make a flanged pilloe with cording. I am doing a project for an interior designer and my brain just cant figure this out It is a velour pillow with thick cording and a flange. How do you sew the cording between the pillow and the flange. Also is there a good reference book out there that has all sorts of pillows and techniques? I have one for drapery & curtains & upholstry but not for the simple things like pillows! i have even googles it and cant find anything with the cording in between the pillow and the flange,






  1. stillsuesew | | #1

    I think you would have to put the cording on the flange first and then sandwich the pillow over the cording and flange seams.  An envelope back would simplify things.  Lots of measuring involved.  And tricky corners.  Good luck with that!

  2. stillsuesew | | #2

    I've been thinking about this.  You could first sew cording to the pillow front and then sew the flange to the cording and then sew the back on encasing covering all the previous stitching.  If you want a flat flange, you are still going to have a problem with creating that first and applying it to the pillow.

    Or - If the flange and the pillow are the same color, you could make one big pillow with an envelope back, stitch the pillow shape in the middle to create the flange and pillow shape and hand or machine stitch cording over the stitching around the pillow.

    Personally this sounds like someone who knows nothing about sewing is asking you to do something that is very difficult to do and I hope you are charging them a lot!

    1. artistic1 | | #4


      thanks for the idea...It is a 24 x 24 eurosham and get this to top it off its velvet/velour. The flange is suppose to be 2 inch and mitered with the cording between the flange and the pillow. The flange and the pillow are the same fabric. So yes a flat mitered flange I just cant figure it out and I am more a visual person I am having a problem figuring out the mitered corners as I have not done them before. I personally think that this is a hard job and I wouldnt have picked this combo maybe w/o the cording. She also wants the opening in the back. I thought about the second choice you said but the cording has a big lip like an inch and if I cut off the lip to hand sew I am afraid it will unravel.

  3. Palady | | #3

    There's a pictorial on the following URL.  Might it give you a visual to decide placement of the cording?   Granted it is w/o cording, but applying the cording to the "front" section before "back" is sewn is a thought.


    Please consider posting how you worked it out.


  4. artistic1 | | #5

    UGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH this project is going to be the life of me. So in this whole ocean of pillows I am making i have one that is rectangular 14x20 and the middle is striped separated by my favorite cording LOL and the ends are blue velvet. After I wont even tell you how many hours of fixing and trying to get the cording to line up on bothe sides I go to close it and one side of course stretched out and now there is a little tuck in the hand sewn closure any advice on how to get it out w/o pulling the whole thing apart?? I am mmeting with the designer tomorrow to discuss simplier flanges ones that only ruffle around the corner instead of mitered!! and corded!! I am feeling a little inrtimidated as she has found another seamstress and i dont want to say "it wont work" even when I know its really hard she has already told me not to stress she will give it to the other one!!!! I dont want to lose my job!!! 

    1. stillsuesew | | #6

      If she gives this to someone else, I would ask who it is and follow up with her to find out how she does it.  Let her know you are wiling to learn.  Anyone would have trouble with this.  It would be interesting to find out that a more experienced sewer tells her it is impossible also!

      Can you undo your hand sewing on the other pillow and redo it easing the fabric in right from the start?  Don't wait until you have a fold left to start easing it in.

      You can have the satisfaction of knowing that you have made me very happy I don't sew for other people anymore!!!  Sue

      1. artistic1 | | #7

        Well i met with her and she definately wants mitered corners. If i can figure this one out i can do anything. So my neighbor and I over a glass of wine LOL (which by the way always makes things better) after about and hour figured out a way to do it. It is NOT going to be easy. the corsing puts a real wrench into it..its the corners that have to be just so precise. I am giving it a whirl tomorrow wish me luck and thanks for the advice i will let you know how frustrated I am after tomorrow! Debbie

        PS what the heck happened to this site?? i used to be able to post something and lots of people would answer now its like a deserted town. Where has everyone gone????

        1. Palady | | #8

          >> ... what the heck happened

          >> ... what the heck happened to this site?? ... <<    The format changed!!!  so much so, navigation became problematic.  Result, many members fled the scene.  Sadly it seems in droves.  As to your other query    >> ... Where has everyone gone????" <<     onto other seing boards I'd guess. 

          If you choose, you can check the all on the following Google. page.



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