Perfect Pillow Every Time Tutorial

January 31, 2011

Whew that’s a mouthful, but the best I could come up with.  I bet ya’ll thought I’d never get January’s tutorial done in time, huh… It’s only January and I almost lost my battle with new years resolutions for a tutorial every month already.  But, alas, I made it!!  Sweet!  And JUST in time… not only because it is January 31st, but also because tomorrow Sew Mama Sew is starting a month of pillows.  SA-Weet.  So, you will get the opportunity to use this little trick for a whole month.

Okay, so this is basically a tutorial for how to get the perfect pillow every time. A little trick, a do hicky, whatever.  So, you know how when you make a pillow from two squares or rectangles the corners always turn out REEally pointy and there is a lot of left over space there after you stick your pillow form in? Following me?  Well, here’s a little trick to help your pillow form fit perfectly.  Meet the perfect pillow.

Ah!  See how the corners are filled out nicely??  Okay, here we go.

Take the measurement of your pillow form and add an inch for seam allowances. For example if you have a 14 inch square pillow form cut two 15 inch squares. We are going to work with the measurement of 16 inch squares for ease of math.  So, here I have cut two 16 inch squares.

Next, measure in 1/2 inch from each corner and mark it.

Do this for both sides of all four corners.  Next, take the measurement of one side of the pillow and divide it by 4.  So here, 16 inches/4 = 4 inches.  So, measure in 4 inches from each side of all four corners.  Then, draw a line from the 1/2 mark on one side of the corner to the 4 inch mark on the other side of the corner.  Like so.

Trim along those lines you just created.  You will now have this.

Do the same thing for the other piece of fabric.  Then sew them together with right sides facing using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  You will see here that I used a smaller seam allowance because I used a dish towel to make these and had JUST enough fabric to use… I normally wouldn’t use less than a 1/2 inch seam allowance on a pillow.  Leave a large gap for turning and stuffing the pillow form in.  Clip corners like so…

Turn right side out and stuff carefully with pillow form.  Use a ladder stitch to stitch the hole closed.

Doesn’t it look just fab!  You can now use this little trick on all the fun pillows Sew Mama Sew will be showing you this week!  Have fun!

Ta for now.

6 Responses to Perfect Pillow Every Time Tutorial

  1. Linda Pittman on April 21, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Thank for tip on the corners, the last pillows I made had rabbit ears.

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  3. christine on February 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    awesome! thank you. now i can start some pillows. :)

    • dixiemango on February 2, 2011 at 2:07 am

      You’re very welcomed. I want to see photos!

  4. Andi on January 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I discovered this trick a few years ago and LOVE it! It really does make each pillow look perfect!

    • dixiemango on January 31, 2011 at 10:27 pm

      Isn’t it great! I found it awhile back too, but not before messing up a bunch of other pillows!

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