Sewing Tutorial: Make Pillows with Foldover Braid Trim

Add interest and texture with a variety of finishing options.

Do you know about the Dritz Home foldover braid trim? Well you do now! It’s a new item in our range of products geared for DIY home decorating projects. It can be used as a decorative trim on pillows and cushions. You can encase raw edges with it, or use it flat as a surface embellishment. Our three pillow variations show off the versatility of the trim. And isn’t it on-trend? It’ll add interesting texture and detail to your next home project. Give it a try!  

Sewing Tutorial: Easy-Sew Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim

  • 7/8 yard linen or linen-like fabric, 45″ wide
  • 14″ pillow form
  • Dritz® Home foldover braid trim, 1-7/8 yards (natural is shown on the square pillow)
  • Dritz® Home drapery hem gauge
  • 3 buttons of your choice, 7/8″ – 1″ in diameter (we used Dritz® Belle™ Buttons)
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Straight pins
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Thread to match trim and fabric
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper or tiny scissors
  • Sewing machine with buttonhole capabilities
  • Iron and ironing surface

Sewing Tutorial: Make Decorator  Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim -

1) Cut fabric as follows:

14-1/2″ square for back,

two 11″ x 14-1/2″ rectangles for front


Sewing Tutorial: Make Decorator  Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim

Pillow cover front:

2) Press one long edge under 2-1/2″. Fold the raw edge under 1/2″ and topstitch. Repeat for second front piece.


Sewing Tutorial: Make Decorator  Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim

3) Now you’re going to create the 3 buttonholes. On the hemmed edge, place a pin mark 1/2″ from the fold, at center of 14-1/2″ length. Place a second pin mark 1-5/8″ from fold. Button hole is stitched between pin marks.


Sewing Tutorial: Make Decorator  Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim

4) Repeat step 3 for remaining two buttonholes. Stitch one buttonhole 4″ away from the center buttonhole, one on each side. Use a ripper or sharp tiny scissors to cut open the buttonholes.


Sewing Tutorial: Make Decorator  Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim

5) Place front sections so the hemmed edges overlap fully, buttonholes on top. Use a straight pin placed 1/8″ in from the outer edge of the buttonhole to mark the center position of the buttons on the underlapping section. Sew one button to each pin mark.


Sewing Tutorial: Make Decorator  Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim

6) Button the front together so sections are flat. Pin the top and bottom edges together. Stitch 1/2″ from edge.


Sewing Tutorial: Make Decorator  Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim

7) Place the front and back pillow cover wrong sides together. Trim back edges if needed so cut edges align. Pin. Stitch together 1/2″ from edges.


Sewing Tutorial: Make Decorator  Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim

8) Press the jute trim in half, lining up edges.


Sewing Tutorial: Make Decorator  Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim

9) Starting at the center bottom, pin the trim so it folds over the raw edge of the pillow. Miter the trim at each corner, by folding the braid diagonally on one side and pinning; then flip the pillow cover over and repeat on the opposite side. Continue binding around the pillow. At the bottom, cut the trim so it overlaps by 1-1/2″. Fold the overlapping binding edge under 1/2″ and pin. Double check both sides to make sure the binding is pinned evenly. The more pins, the better so it doesn’t slip while stitching.


Sewing Tutorial: Make Decorator  Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim

10) Machine stitch the binding around the pillow.

Sewing Tutorial: Make Decorator  Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim

DESIGN OPTION:

Here’s a design variation for you, that uses the foldover trim as a surface embellishment.

1) Press the trim flat.

2) Weave the trim and baste to pillow top at edges.

3) Stitch buttons through all layers before constructing pillow.


Sewing Tutorial: Make Decorator Pillows with Dritz Foldover Braid Trim

DESIGN OPTION:

For this variation, you’ll construct your pillow first, and then apply the braid trim by hand.

1) Stitch and stuff pillow with seam allowances on right side. Close opening by machine. Stitch buttons through pillow center with waxed thread.

2) Pin trim over seam. Allow seam to gather naturally within the trim for a smooth look.

3) Hand stitch trim to pillow on both sides.

Which variation do you like the best? Do you have other ideas for using the foldover braid trim? Tell us! We’d love to hear from you.

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