MM flanged edge pillow

Last week I showed you the easy outdoor tables.

This week it’s easy outdoor pillows…I’m sensing a theme here.

Pick outdoor fabric and pillow form.  These are 12x16.

Pick outdoor fabric and pillow form. These are 12×16.  To make a 2″ flange, add on 4″ to both the width and length plus seam allowance. I cut rectangles that were 17×21 for this pillow form.


I am not a seamstress.

I don’t even play one on TV.

sew a 1/2" seam around 3 sides, leaving the 4th side open.

Put right sides together and sew a 1/2″ seam around 3 sides, leaving the 4th side open.

In the past I have claimed to possess the capabilities to sew a straight line, but that has proved to be incorrect.

However, I do know how to turn on, thread and run my sewing machine.  So I think that gives me at least a little credibility.

Clip your corners and flip the fabric right sides out.

Clip your corners and flip the fabric right sides out.

My personal sewing skills (or lack thereof) should not reflect on my grandmother, mother, Mrs. Barfield (HS home-ec), or Mrs. Thomas (textiles teacher at college).

Goodness knows, they tried.

Poke those corners out as crisply as you can and then top-stitch around the 3 sides.

Poke those corners out as crisply as you can and then top-stitch around the 3 sides.

I will never forget the first item that I sewed in my home-ec class.

using this ruler doo-hickey and a disappearing ink pin mark a 2" border from the outside edge

Using this ruler doo-hickey and a disappearing ink pen, mark a 2″ border from the outside edge and top-stitch that as well.

An apron…with an African safari type motif.

MM outdoor pillows stitching 2

Mrs. Barfield was not impressed with my choice of fabric.  She just rolled her eyes.

I get that a lot…

stuff that pillow in there and pin the opening shut

Stuff that pillow form in there and pin the opening shut.

After that we had to tackle a piece of clothing.

For the love of all that is fashion…I should not have to wear something that I made.

MM outdoor pillow stitching 1

That is just cruel and unusual punishment.

It had a yoke waist and everything.

MM outdoor pillows 9

But without that harrowing experience I wouldn’t be the uber-humble person that I am today…ahem.

MM outdoor pillows 10

No comments from my family and friends please.**

Whew, that was a long disclaimer.  Sorry.

The pillows are machine washable so I didn’t spend the extra time and energy making an opening to take the form in and out.  I figure that I’ll just toss them in the washer and then let them air dry outside.  Easy Peasy.

Well, I hope that tutorial is clear as mud for you.  If you have any questions (or you just want to say ‘Hi’) you can leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP.


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18 Responses to Easy Outdoor {Flanged edge} Pillows

  1. Laurel Sewell says:

    Your instructions and photos are clear and easy to follow!
    I do remember the strange-looking, wildly colored, African safari apron! Thankfully your tastes have moderated! 🙂

    • hollymcc says:

      Yay! Glad you liked it. That apron was horrid, but thankfully I wasn’t doing too much in the kitchen at that point in my life… 😉

  2. Crystelle says:

    You tell Mrs Barfield that I LOVE the fabric! So fun and happy! And thanks for the tutorial too, Holy…. Have a wonderful Thursday!! 🙂
    xox, Crystelle

  3. Amy Sewell says:

    It was thoughtful of King Louie to pose so beautifully for this picture!

  4. Katie Adams says:

    Thanks for linking to Create Link Inspire at The Crafty Blog Stalker. You have been featured and pinned! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Girl! you are a seamstress in my book! Anyone who uses a sewing machine successfully is one. 😉

    Love the pillow! I’d love for you to share this project at my SHOWLicious Party {we are live now}.

    ~ Ashley

    • hollymcc says:

      You are very kind, let’s be friends. 😉 Thank you so much for sharing this on your party, I’m very flattered!

  6. Anne says:

    Love it!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial:

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  8. Ginger says:

    I haven’t even thought about making flanged pillows – but now that I know how… Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made.

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  11. Patty says:

    Hi Holly,
    I am a retired home economics teacher and want you to know that I’m quite impressed with your excellent pillow tutorial which I have pinned to my Pinterest board. You’d certainly get an “A” in my class for creativity and ability to transfer learning. I found my way to your blog through “The Scoop.” Love your painted dresser which I have also pinned. Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!

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