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  • 20053 Hydrangea Bloom

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  • Pillow Finishing with Fringe

    Designed By The Dimensions Design Team

    While this project is about the pillow finishing of our beautiful 14" x 14" Hydrangea Bloom needlepoint design, the technique can be applied to any design shape (square, rectangle, even round) or any stitch craft. As an alternative to framing, you’ll be able to show off your handiwork as other elements of home decor, and get them noticed!

Creative Inspiration

For other finishing methods, see these projects:
Welt Edge Pillow Finishing
Knife Edge Pillow with Cording
Studio-Style Finishing


1. Complete your stitched design following the kit instructions. If you are using this technique with a different size design, you will need to adjust the measurements of the finishing materials accordingly.

2. Cut away the excess canvas, working 1/2" out from the stitching. Take a look at your fringe. There is a bound edge with several rows of stitching and a row of basting at the other edge. To keep the fringe tidy, remove the basting only after you complete the pillow.

3. Pin the fringe to the right side of your canvas. The bound edge of the fringe should lie on the unstitched canvas. Abut the edges of the fringe. Baste the bound edge to the canvas.

Fringe with Stitching

4. For the backing, we will be creating a wide overlap, rather than a zipper closure. On each piece of backing fabric, turn one 15" edge 1/4" to the wrong side and press. Turn another 1/4" to the wrong side and sew the hem. Baste the two backing pieces together, overlapping the hemmed edges by 4".

Fringe Pillow Finishing

5. Center the pillow back on your canvas with the right sides together and pin in place. Sew them together, working just inside the outer row of needlepoint stitches.

6. Turn the pillow right side out and insert the pillow form.

7. To start the cording, cut one end cleanly with the craft knife. Apply a bit of the fabric glue to the ends of the cords to keep them from unraveling. Allow the glue to dry. Hand stitch the cording to the front of the pillow, starting at the bottom edge near the lower right corner. Cut the other end, making sure it tightly abuts the first. Glue the ends together. Allow the glue to dry.

Shopping List

Other Supplies

  • Two 15" x 10" pieces of fabric for the pillow back
  • 1-3/4 yards of 1-1/2" brush fringe
  • 1-3/4 yards of 3/8" cording
  • 14" square pillow form
  • Fabric glue
  • Craft knife
  • Sewing machine and thread 

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