My Mom would have done a lot of hand basing and pinning when crafting a pillow and then use the sewing machine. Well, I like to wing it. Just go for broke and use the sewing machine … no hand basing, often no pinning. What I do have in common with my Mom is that making a pillow starts off with decisions:

  1. What style pillow do you want to make? Boxed or knife edge.
    • Knife edge pillows have one seam around the edge. I normally stuff loose filling into this style of pillow.
    • A box pillow has a 2-3 inch width of fabric that separates the two pieces of fabric (front and backing). Thus you have two seams around the pillow edge. This box edge provides the area into which you insert one piece of foam (cut to the appropriate width, length and thickness).
  2. Pillow with or without piping edge?
  3. Purchased or self-crafted piping?
  4. Fabric for the back of the pillow?
  5. Zippers: I found that I never washed the toss pillows so I no longer put in zippers. Still, if you are placing piping around the pillow’s edge then it helps to have a sewing machine with a zipper foot so that you can stitch quite close to the piping. Else (with no piping) a sewing machine with regular pressure foot works.
  6. What size pillow?
    I have found that the larger (than 10-inch square) pillows work nicely for someone sitting in one of our barrel-backed wood chairs and the 9-inch pillows work well as support in the small of one’s back when sitting on our sofa. But no matter what size the pillow is, sat about the house on various chairs and deacon benches the pillows provide a nice way to display my worked embroidery pieces.

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Below are links for sharp edge pillows with and without edge piping:

Waves of Fall pillow

Waves of Fall pillow (with piping)

Sharp edge pillow with piping

sharp edge pillow without piping

Starburst Design finished as a pillow. Sharp edge pillow without piping

Sharp edge pillow without piping