Hand Sew A Pillow Closed – An Easy Tutorial

Today I am going to show you how to hand sew a pillow closed.  There are several ways to close a pillow after you have sewn the cover and inserted the pillow form – machine stitched (which I do not recommend!), zipper, but my favorite method is to hand sew a pillow closed using a ladder stitch.  This is the 2nd part to my post about how to make a pillow.  



How To Hand Sew A Pillow Closed

Here is a short video I did showing how to hand sew a pillow closed using the ladder stitch.  Written instructions are below the video.



Written instructions –

1) Before hand sewing a pillow closed, I recommend serging the bottom edges of the pillow.  This will help keep the edges of the fabric from fraying.

2) After serging the bottom edges, sew a stitching line 3/8″ away from edges of fabric along the bottom side.  This will give you a good guideline for making your 1/2″ fold/seam allowance.

3) Starting at the right side of the pillow – take a small stitch on one side of the fabric.  Then take another stitch directly across on the other side of the pillow.   You can get an idea of the formation of the ladder stitch from the drawing above.

4) Continue on across the bottom edge of the pillow from right to left.

5) When you get to the left side of the pillow, make a knot.

Here you can see the bottom of the finished pillow closed with the ladder stitch.  The ladder stitch really does make a nice closure for the pillow.  Hard to tell that it isn’t a regular machine-stitched seam.



Enjoy your new pillow!

How To Hand-Sew A Pillow Closed


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  1. Jeanette Sampson says:

    I am so impressed! I look forward to reading your blog.

  2. This is my favorite hand stitch – and I’ve been looking for a good tutorial and this is the best one I’ve found! And I LOVE your thimble…you mean business!
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  3. Thanks Bia! This is my favorite hand stitch too. I do mean business with my thimble!

  4. Your video was extremely helpful since I am a visual learner. Thank you for sharing that wonderful way to close an opening. I’ll be sure to use it in the future.

  5. Hi Jann, thanks so much for sharingfabulous and helpful vídeo!
    Hope you have a good weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,

  6. Jen @ Girl in the Garage says:

    This is always tricky for me. Stopping by from the Pin Me linky and pinning! :)
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  7. Oh my goodness….thanks so much for making this tut on hand closing pillows. I am a basic level sewer and have always struggled on how to professionally close a pillow without seeing the thread. Glad I found your site from a share on It’s Overflowing. Am your newest fan!
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  8. Thanks Kelly, I am so glad it was helpful to you!

  9. Great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  10. I love this! I often am frustrated with my hand stitching when I sew pillows, but this looks like a great solution!
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  11. Great tutorial!
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  12. Awesome tutorial!
    Thank you so much for sharing this on Tutorial Thursdays. Please do come by and place your vote on your favourite link from last week, it may be featured if it wins the voting! I look forward to seeing what you share with us this week :)

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  13. Carrie This Home says:

    I’m so glad you posted the video–that’s very helpful for sewers with not much experience like myself! I’m stopping by from Inspire Me Please (#2 Budget Bathroom Makeover and 11 Inspiring Ideas) Have a great weekend!

  14. That’s a great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing it on the #LOBS!
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  15. Looks easy but not sure if it’s as easier in practical. Got to try this. Glad you share this on the #LOBS.
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  16. Thanks for this tip! My daughter makes pillows often, but I have been to intimidated to try it. (Mainly because I didn’t know how to close it! I’m going to pin this. Stopped by from the LOBS.

  17. Crystal says:

    You make this look so easy! Wondering if I could pull it off. I’ve bookmarked as I need to redo a few decor pillows. Thanks for linking it up at LOBS!
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  18. Wow, I never knew how to do that, thanks.
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  19. Jamie, I’m glad it was helpful!

  20. Very nice tutorial. What type of needle do you recommend and prefer? I noticed yours was quite long.

  21. As a new father, I’ve found myself needing to repair things here and there from an active toddler & the power tools are no help. =P

    Thanks for this very helpful tutorial.
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  22. Great tutorial. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com
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  23. Thank you so much for the tutorial! On my way to sew closed my little one’s tooth fairy pillow!
    Warm regards,

  24. Thank You! So much for the tutorial! The Ladder stitch is such a handsome stitch! I used it to sew the reverse on the bias binding around a pillow, and the stitch is indiscernible from the machine stitched side. I will be using this stitch for a lot of my hand- stitched finishings. I am extremely happy with the results.

  25. Great tutorial!
    I would love for you to stop by my blog and join our link party Something to talk About!
    Have a great day and hope to see you there!

  26. So glad you left a tutorial video. Videos are so much easier to understand and follow. Thank you for sharing your expertise!

    Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Mondays!
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