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Make a Boho Lumbar Pillow from a Table Runner

I’m a huge fan of mixing black and white geometrics with subtle blush tones in an otherwise light and airy white interior. There’s something that feels so fresh and feminine, yet grounded about the whole combination. I was making a Target run recently, and took a lap through their new home section [which btw is totally styled, curated and straight up awesome] and came across a fantastic black and white Kilim-inspired table runner.  Ken and I are not table-runner-people, but I liked it so much, I bought it anyway with this idea of making a long lumbar pillow for our bed. The black and white pattern was the perfect juxtaposition to our blush pillow cases and the fringe at each end of the table runner easily serve as the brush trim on the pillow ends. Here’s the tutorial on how I made the pillow in case you want to make one for your own home. And P.S. the table runner is on SALE at Target right now, so why not?!

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  • Table runner roughly 72″ x 14″. I used this one from Target!
  • Sewing Machine fitted with a denim (heavy duty) needle.
  • Sewing Pins
  • Coordinating thread
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Long ruler or measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Down feathers from a 26″ x 26″ Ikea pillow insert


1. Cut off the two ends of your table runner (leaving 3/4″ seam allowance) at a location where when the two raw sides come together they look good matching up together. These two pieces will be your pillow face. Set aside remaining table runner fabric until Step 4.


2. Pin the wrong sides of the two pieces forming the pillow face together.


3. Sew the two pieces together to create one long pillow face with fringe edges.

4. Cut out the remaining table runner piece down to the length of your table runner including the fringe. In this case, the runner including the fringe is 33″ long. Thus, the back piece is also cut to 33″ long.


5. Pin the wrong sides of the two pieces together, and use your sewing machine to run a straight stitch down the two long edges.


6. Turn right side out, and iron seams flat.


7. At the open ends, fold under the edge of the back pillow face so that it lines up with the fringe edge of the pillow front, and pin into place.



8. Thread a sewing needle with coordinating thread, and double knot the end. Use a whip stitch to close up the pillow end.


9. Cut open the Ikea down pillow insert, and stuff feathers into lumbar pillow. Err on the side of overstuffing the pillow to give a nice plump end result.


10. Close up open pillow end by repeating Steps 7 & 8.

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  • almacamponesa
    April 15, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Very creative! Will try for sure! 😀

  • Emily Klimmek
    April 17, 2015 at 7:54 am

    This is adorable! …and you live in Minnesota! Double love!! 🙂

  • Colleen
    April 21, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Awesome! I have this table runner… now I can’t decide if I should keep it for my table or make this. Beautiful work.

  • Emily Wignall Design
    April 22, 2015 at 6:29 am

    ok. well, that’s just brilliant. filing this away for the next time I spot the perfect runner!

  • Mich
    June 7, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Hi. About how many pillows did you end up using to stuff the table runner/pillowcase?

    • francoisetmoiblog@gmail.com
      June 11, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Hi Mich! I used a 26″ x 26″ down pillow from Ikea, but I feel like you could even stuff further for a fuller look.

  • Lynnsy
    June 7, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Where did you get those awesome blush pillow cases?

  • Aubrey Keane
    June 8, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    what were your measurements for step one? how far in did you measure for each side?
    looks like one is shorter than the other in your picture and I’m terrified I’m going to screw mine up!

    p.s. goes without saying you inspired me to purchase that super cute target table runner with every intent to turn it into this beautiful pillow

    • francoisetmoiblog@gmail.com
      June 11, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      Awesome! I’ll measure later tonight and get back to you!

    • francoisetmoiblog@gmail.com
      June 20, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Aubrey! One piece is 12″ plus seam allowance and the other piece is 20″ plus seam allowance. Hope this helps!

  • Beth
    July 29, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    This would be a great pillow for a double hammock also. They charge $50 for some of those.

  • nantesa
    December 11, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Hi! I really adore the idea ❤ Could you please say me where did you buy the lights? Thanks!

  • Leandra M. Rouse
    February 9, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Love the side lamps! Where are they from?

  • Isabella
    February 20, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Where did you get those lamps?? They are so cute!!

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