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I have been sewing for quite awhile and I get alot of questions on how to sew, I know this is simply for some of you but for those that are new to sewing or just want to learn or try it, this is a good place to start.
Alot of people wonder how they get that nice cord in there pillows, well I am here to show you how. I took alot of pictures so hopefully it will help you.
 
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Step 1: Getting your fabric ready

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Lay out your material and cut the size pillow you would like. For example mine is 18x15 inches. Don't forget to leave a half inch or more for your seam allowance.

Step 2: Getting your cording ready

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Measure all 4 sides of the pillow for the length of strips and cording and allow a little extra, add them together plus an extra 2 inches.
Cut 2 inch strips for cording, cut as many strips necessary. I am using a contrasting material to make the pillows have more color. Sew strips together to make one long one.

Step 3: Sewing your cording

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I like to baste (using a long stitch length) my cording into the strips before sewing them into my pillow. It just makes it easier.

Step 4: Sewing the cording on the fabric.

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Using regular sewing foot, start in the middle of one side of the pillow leaving 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch cording not sewn, sew down to corner, make a cut as shown being careful not to cut where you have sewn, pivot as shown, and continue sewing till you reach about 1 inch from end. Pull fabric back from cord, clip away extra cording to where it would meet the other cord,(it may be necessary to cut your threads back some., Now place other end inside of the other piece and sew, making sure you fold down a little bit that is going to be on the outside. (notice picture)
jahler4963 years ago
Finally a decent resource for a project I've been putting off, thanks for your photos and advice! Hope to publish pics of a finished pillow soon!
pamela234 years ago
This is exactly what I was looking for.  I will be working on my project today.  Can't wait!!!
sewcrafty (author)  pamela234 years ago
If you need further help , just contact me and hopefully I can walk you thru it. Although I will be unavailable for about 2 more days (in bed sick) .  I am glad it will help you out.
JimmyJoe445 years ago
Interior Design and Decorating

Looks interesting.. Will have to give this a go..
very nice job!! I have made one pillow with the cording.
sewcrafty (author) 6 years ago
It is easy, the companies just make it look difficult. It makes you pillows look really nice. The trim on this one is made out of really thick material so that is why it is bunchy like that, If you use cotton or linen it lays so pretty.
Thanks for the Instructable. I am going to try this soon. You made it look easy.
Nice job!
canida6 years ago
Nice, you make it look so easy! I'll have to give it a try.