Make a Stylish Lumbar Pillow in 3 Easy Steps (No Sewing Required)

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Lumbar pillows get a lot of love on Apartment Therapy, and for good reason. They’re the easiest way to pull together your bedroom. One long statement piece in front of your standard shams and bam! Instant style. But if you can’t find exactly what you want or just wish that one Anthropologie pillow was several shades turned down (and many dollars less), we have the DIY to make your own.

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What You Need


Fabric glue (Unique Stitch Adhesive is the standard for no-sew pillows)
1-2 yards light-medium weight fabric (I used a middle weight, bleached linen)
Flat trim
Tassel trim
Pillow form


Pinking shears (ideal but not necessary)


1. Cut a fabric piece to the same dimensions as your pillow form using pinking shears. This is your front piece. If you make all the pieces the same width as your form you’ll have a nice full look in the end.

Cut two back pieces the same width as you pillow form and half the length plus 1″. This extra overlap will create the envelope form.

Example: My pillow form is 14×36 so my front piece measures 14×36 inches, and my 2 back pieces measure 14×19 inches.

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Tip 1: Pinking shears help keep the fabric from fraying but don’t worry if you don’t have them! The glue will set the ends once dry.

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2. Lay the back panels on top of the front piece with all ‘good’ sides facing in. This way the cut edges will be hidden when you flip it inside out later.

Following the diagram shown above, add a line of glue everywhere the blue line indicates to adhere the back pieces to the front.

Tip 2: If you want to be extra crafty, use the finished edges from your fabric as the ‘hemmed’ side of the back pieces. That way when they overlap you won’t have a frayed edge!

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3. Once the glue is completely dry, turn it right side out. Time to make the pockets for the tassel trim! I used this method instead of gluing the tassel trim in between the front and back pieces like you normally would if sewing to minimize potential gaping.

To mimic a sewn effect, push in the hemmed edges and iron the new fold down.

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Now you can liberally apply glue inside the pocket and insert the tassel trim. Even up close it looks like it was sewn on! Remove the chain stitch on the bottom of the fringe and fluff up.

To place the flat trim just run a line of glue down the back spine and attach in the same way. Pop in the pillow form once all the decorative bits are dry and you’re done!

(Image credit: Cat Meschia)
(Image credit: Cat Meschia)

Letting the tassel fringe and trim pull all the visual weight really frees up your room for error on this one. A few lines of glue and waiting are all that’s really needed for a cute new bedfellow.

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