How to make a throw pillow with fringe

Pillow with fringe


In this tutorial I want to share with you how to make a pillow cover with decorative fringe trim. This pillow cover is pretty simple: it is quick to make – will take less than an hour, easy to execute even for an inexperienced seamstress and requires only a piece of fabric, decorative fringe trim, a zipper and a sewing machine.


  • Cushion pad/insert 18” x 18”
  • Fabric – 20”
  • Matching colour zip – 20”
  • Matching colour thread
  • Decorative trim – 80” /2.3 yards
  • Walking foot (optional)

P1000231Cutting directions:

  • For the front of the cushion cut a square measuring 19” x 19” (18″ plus 1″ seam allowance).
  • For the back cut 2 pieces: one measuring 19” x 5” and the second 19” x 16” – a lapped zipper will be installed in the back of the cushion and this method requires extra 2″ of fabric  – 1″ in each piece.

Sewing directions:


  • Lay the front panel flat face up on your working space.
  • Place the trim on the top aligning the edge of the trim with raw edge of the cushion cover and rounding the trim at the corners.
  • Pin in place.


  • Machine stitch the trim ½” in from the edge rounding the corners with the stitch. If you have a walking foot, it is good time to use it – it will help you to sew easy without puckering.
  • Open the zip –you will need to turn the cushion cover right side out later on.
  • Lay the backing panel face up.
  • Lay the front panel on the top face down lining up the raw edges.
  • Pin in place.


  • Machine stitch the cushion cover ½” in from the edge.
  • Neaten the edges with overlocker or zigzag stitch.
  • Turn the cushion cover right side out through the open zip.
  • Insert a cushion pad and zip up the zipper.

Pillow with fringe

 It took only half an hour!


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