Making an extra-long lumbar pillow for our guest bedroom that costs a fraction of the price of the cute ones you’ve seen online.
– 3×5 woven flatweave rug – needle and thread – two 20×30 pillow inserts – large clips or clamps
Fold over the rug to your desired size. Then use clips or clamps to keep the rug in place while sewing by hand. It really helps to keep that straight line if you use clips.
For sewing, use an overhand stitch running the length of the pillow, where the pieces fold over.
Next, stuff the inside of the lumbar pillowcase with pillow inserts (or one big long one instead). I used 2 separate pillow inserts because I already had them.
If you do go with the smaller insert, I’d recommend sewing the sides in closer to the insert length (you can tuck the rug sides in and then sew OR cut the sides down and then sew).
Lastly, use a basic stitch to stitch up the sides after the insert or inserts are in. Then it’s ready to use!
Left the tassels exposed for extra detail, but if you don’t like the look, you can fold them in before sewing up the ends. I wouldn’t recommend cutting them off though because it may unravel the weave of the rug.