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How to Make an Extra Long Lumbar Pillow

You know those extra long lumbar pillows that everyone loves? The ones that are a couple hundred dollars on fancy decor sites? We made one for half the price and the main material may surprise you. Hint: It's not your standard fabric! Bet you can't guess what material this pillow is made out of before clicking through. Or maybe you can? Click through to see if you're right!
Keyword: diy, home decor, lumbar pillow, pillow, pillowcase, sewing
Author: Brittni


  • 3 x5 woven flatweave rug
  • needle and thread choose similar color thread to rug color
  • two 20x30 pillow inserts OR one 20x60*
  • large clips or clamps


Step 1: Fold and clip rug to desired size for lumbar pillow.

  • To make a lumbar pillow, fold over the rug to your desired size. I folded the ends over each other to about 14 inches (see photo), but in hindsight, I think I could have gone a little shorter - maybe 12 inches. Depends on your preference.
  • 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.

Step 2: Hand stitch the length of the rug to create the pillow pocket.

  • For sewing, use an overhand stitch running the length of the pillow, where the pieces fold over.

Step 3: Stuff the pillow.

  • 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.
  • Two of these 20x30 lumbar pillows from Pottery Barn were the most affordable ones I could find before hitting publish on this post - at $20 each. And this is the 20x54 insert from Bed Bath and Beyond if you're okay with something slightly smaller.
  • *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).

Step 4: Sew up the sides with a basic stitch.

  • Lastly, use a basic stitch to stitch up the sides after the insert or inserts are in. Then it's ready to use!
  • *We left the tassels exposed for an 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.