Update Home Decor with a Pillow Wrap

How To Make A Pillow Band Wrap by Nancy Zieman

Update Home Decor with a Pillow Wrap

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How To Make A Pillow Band Wrap by Nancy ZiemanYou can easily change your home décor with a little fabric and a great embroidery design with this pillow wrap project. Embroider a seasonal motif on fabric or choose an elegant fabric design to complement your décor. Then, follow these simple directions to create a pillow wrap, or two! We’ve made this pillow wrap two-sided, which will save time, fabric, and add a splash to the family room all year ’round.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Use the quilted fabric and hook & loop tape to create the pillow cover.
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  • Cut quilted fabric to the following sizes: Pillow Front: Cut one 21″ square. Pillow Back: Cut two 13″ x 21″ rectangles.
  • Serge or zigzag along one long edge of each pillow back rectangle.
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  • Center the hook side of hook and loop tape 1-1/2″ from one back finished edge, and pin. Center the loop side of hook and loop tape 1-1/2″ from one back finished edge, and pin.
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  • Fold finished edges 3″ toward the wrong side. Pin.
  • Use a 2″ seam allowance to hem.
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  • Overlap the pillow back pieces, aligning the hook and loop tape.
  • Baste the pillow back at each side.
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Note From Team Nancy
Eliminate wimpy pillow corners by removing excess fabric at each corner.
  • Measure in 1/2″ at each corner, front and back. Mark with a pen.
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  • Measure in 4″ from each edge and place a mark with a pen.

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  • Connect marks to make a small triangle wedge.
  • Remove excess fabric by cutting along marked line.

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  • Match right sides of pillow front and pillow back. Pin.

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  • Use a 1/2″ seam allowance to sew completely around the pillow.
Note From Team Nancy1
Remove excess batting from the corner areas.
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  • Turn the pillow right side out.
  • Insert pillow form.

Create the Two-Sided Decorative Pillow Wrap/Band

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  • Hoop Tear-Away Stabilizer.
  • Use painter’s tape to center the decorative band in the embroidery hoop.

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  • Stitch your embroidery design to the center of the fabric band. We chose to embroider the word, “Joy”—in a script included with our Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold 2.

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  • Remove the tape and fabric band from the hoop.

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  • To make a reversible pillow wrap, use painter’s tape to center the second fabric band in the embroidery hoop.

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  • Select a second embroidery design to apply to the reverse fabric band. We chose Valentine hearts in three sizes—a design included with our Baby Lock Ellisimo Gold 2.
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  • Remove tape and fabric from hoop.

Easily Create and Apply Piping Trim

  • For this step, cut two 2-3/4″ x 20″ crosswise fabric strips, and two 18-1/2″ piping lengths. To create piping, follow the instructions included with the Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping.
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  • Simply center the piping in the fabric strip and wrap fabric around the piping. Press.
  • Stop pressing 4″ from each piping end.
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  • At each end, cut fabric 1″ longer than piping.

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  • Fold each fabric end in half.
  • Fold a 45° angle, meeting the cut end with the edges.
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  • Press.
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  • Center and pin piping along the long edges of decorative bands.
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  • Use a zipper foot to baste the piping to the band.
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  • Matching right sides, join the decorative fabric bands along the top and bottom lengths. Stitch using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
  • Leave a 4″ opening along one long edge.
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  • At opening, press seam allowances open.
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  • Pull one short end into the decorative band, matching seams and right sides together. Pin.
  • Keep the opening on the outside as you work.
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  • Use a 1/2″ seam allowance to completely sew around the short end.
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  • Turn the decorative band right side out through the opening.
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  • Press using the Iron Safe shield on your iron—to prevent shine from ironing.
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  • Slip the band over the pillow. Voila!How To Make A Pillow Band Wrap by Nancy Zieman
  • Sew a Pillow Wrap for any holiday or occasion!

EmbroideryPillowWrap NancyZieman 35If you are new to machine embroidery, you may want to watch Sewing With Nancy for more machine embroidery tips and ideas. 

Embroidery Lessons on Sewing With Nancy

Polish your embroidery skills by watching Machine Embroidery in Six Easy Lessons Part One and Machine Embroidery in Six Easy Lessons Part Two, with guest Eileen Roche on The Best of Sewing With Nancy.


The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman



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  • Barbara Moore
    November 7, 2015

    This year I would like to showcase thanksgiving for my husband’s recovery from cancer.

  • Carol Y
    November 7, 2015

    I love this project! I could make a band for each holiday. Great Idea.

  • Kity
    November 7, 2015

    I would like to showcase the names of Santa’s reindeer, and give one to each of my neice ‘s and nephews.

  • Melissa Brown
    November 7, 2015

    I too would like to make bands for all the holidays. Thank you Nancy!

  • Sheila
    November 7, 2015

    Besides holiday bands, it would be fun to do sayings such as Be Happy, Think Positive, Life is a Journey, Eat Dessert First, Love, Live, and Learn, etc.

  • Karen P
    November 7, 2015

    What great pillow making tips. Thanks, Nancy!

  • Marilyn
    November 7, 2015

    Hi Nancy,
    Going to make one and show it to my quilting group. Maybe we can make one together. We are always looking for new ideas.

  • Becky Payne
    November 7, 2015

    I love your great instructions Nancy! This is a great project. I will use all of your ideas to make new pillows for the holidays as well as special bands for existing pillows.

  • Cyndi
    November 7, 2015

    I think it would be fun to make it reversible-holiday and non-holiday. There are so many possibilities. Thank you for the informative instructions. You are the best. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Pat
    November 7, 2015

    I love the idea of reversible pillow wraps for different holidays/seasons. The bands need to be lined anyway why not reversible? Truly a great idea.

  • Bev M
    November 7, 2015

    I would like to make wraps for various seasons and holidays. What a space-saving idea.

  • Diane C
    November 7, 2015

    I would make wraps for all the holidays — Easier to store the wrap then all of those pillows

  • Kay
    November 7, 2015

    I have used the fusible piping before and it is great. So easy to use. I like the idea of the band being reversible so would put Happy Birthday on one side and a design that works with my décor on the other side for year ’round usage.

  • Barbara G
    November 7, 2015

    This sure would help me on closet storage, I could probably make 3 pillows and have 12 bands with that said I have more storage for material in that closet.

  • Ruth Chaney
    November 7, 2015

    A big THANK YOU to you and your team for all of the fantastic ideas you develop and share with us!

  • Bonnye
    November 7, 2015

    Ai like the idea of a holiday wrap and on the other side a non holiday wrap. As always great ideas.

  • Sharon Kirry
    November 7, 2015

    I’m going to do a pillow band for my 91 year old mom who lives independently. It will be a green pillow with a Christmas band and a fall leaf design on the other side.

  • Shirley Clark
    November 7, 2015

    Great idea! These could be made for special occasions such a birthdays and anniversaries!

  • Jean Sherwood
    November 7, 2015

    I don’t have an embroidery machine, but will rug hook the words on my band!

  • Cecilia Huether
    November 7, 2015

    What a great idea to decorate with these pillows and the band. So many clever ways to use, for family friends, nursing home residents and on and on. I do hope to make some of these for the pillows in my home this year. Thanks again Nancy for great ideas and instructions. Just love all your shows and online classes.

  • darlene macdonald
    November 7, 2015

    Well since my son just got married pillows for their living space would be awesome!

  • Ardis Hall
    November 7, 2015

    Since I live in the desert, I’d embroider geckos and cactus on the strip.

  • Starla
    November 7, 2015

    I love using the ‘joy” — it can be an expression of thanks, happiness, gratitude and hope all rolled into one simple word.

  • Leanda Mayer
    November 7, 2015

    I like the idea of making two wraps with seasonal designs from all four seasons on them, like summer leaves, snowflakes etc. It would be such a fun way to celebrate the changing of seasons with very little effort. Love this idea!

  • Gail Beam
    November 7, 2015

    My grandchildren’s names on one side and their school or sport on the other.

  • Carol Michaletz
    November 7, 2015

    This would be so cute showcasing a row of little chihuahuas. I collect them, wear them, breed them, etc. and this idea would be so fun to create.

  • Candice
    November 7, 2015

    I think the first one will be Christmas themed – kid style – for my grandson. And then create fun themes for the rest of the year!

  • Berenice
    November 8, 2015

    A nice set for Thanksgiving, and the onward to the other holidays and events in life. Oh, how about a pillow for a new mommy?

  • Ell
    November 8, 2015

    For Christmas, Ho Ho Ho is so cute.

  • HooNanc
    November 9, 2015

    Nancy Z, thank you for your creative ideas and instructions. What great ideas from everyone to make pillow wraps for multiple holidays or positive & encouraging words. That also gives me a great idea to make the wraps with “Loved Ones names” on them to be swapped out for their special occasions.

  • Kathy Hartwell
    November 9, 2015

    What a wonderful idea. I am going to do this for sure. Thank you for such great ideas.

  • Lillian K
    November 9, 2015

    The tips in your tutorial are great. I AM ACTUALLY teaching my granddaughter to make pillows for gifts this year. This is very helpful.

  • Lynn Kramer
    November 10, 2015

    Love the idea of pillow wraps especially 2 sided.
    Lots of creative potential in these.
    Thank you for the easy to understand directions

  • Deb J
    November 10, 2015

    I love this idea and think I’d make Christmas on one side and my other favorite holiday – the 4th of July- on the other.

  • Gail Beam
    December 4, 2016

    What a great idea and so versatile with a band for each holiday or special occasion.

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  • Clovis
    March 7, 2017

    I like that this is a two sided pillow. Thanks.

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