How To Make A Pillow Band Wrap by Nancy Zieman



You 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:

Create the Pillow:






  • 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.





  • Center the hook side of hook and loop tape1-1/2″ from one back finished edge and pin. Center the loop side of hook and loop tape1-1/2″ from one back finished edge and pin.





  • Fold finished edges 3″ toward the wrong side. Pin.
  • Use a 2″ seam allowance to hem.





  • Overlap the pillow back pieces, aligning the hook and loop tape.
  • Baste the pillow back at each side.





Note From Nancy: I like to 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.












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






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






  • Use a 1/2″ seam allowance to sew completely around the pillow.
Note from Nancy: Remove excess batting from the corner areas.




  • Turn the pillow right side out.
  • Insert pillow form.

Create the Two-Sided Decorative Pillow Wrap/Band

  • Cut two 5-1/2″x 39-1/4″ rectangles from each black fabric and Pellon ShirTailor fusible interfacing.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s directions to fuse the ShirTailor to the wrong side of the decorative fabric bands.





 Optional: If you’d like to add embroidery to your pillow wrap, follow these steps:
  • Hoop Tear-Away Stabilizer.
  • Use painter’s tape to center the decorative band in the embroidery hoop.











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






  • Remove the tape and fabric band from the hoop.






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











  • Select a second embroidery design to apply to the reverse fabric band. I chose Valentine hearts in three sizes—a design included with my 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.





  • Simply center the piping in the fabric strip and wrap fabric around the piping. Press.
  • Stop pressing 4″ from each piping end.





  • At each end, cut fabric 1″ longer than piping.






  • Fold each fabric end in half.
  • Fold a 45° angle, meeting the cut end with the edges.





  • Press.





  • Center and pin piping along the long edges of decorative bands.





  • Use a zipper foot to baste the piping to the band.





  • 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.





  • At opening, press seam allowances open.





  • Pull one short end into the decorative band, matching seams and right sides together. Pin.
  • Keep the opening on the outside as you work.





  • Use a 1/2″ seam allowance to completely sew around the short end.





  • Turn the decorative band right side out through the opening.





  • Press using the Iron Safe shield on your iron—to prevent shine from ironing.
  • 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!






If 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.


Machine Embroidery in six easy lessons Sewing With Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche



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