Pillow Fashions


Pillow styles range from simple to elaborate. Choice of technique affects your sewing time. Choose a simple knife-edge pillow, or invest more time in tailoring a box pillow complete with cording and a zipper. 1) Neckrolls are small round bolsters that are often trimmed with lace or ruffles. Sleeping bag pillows are the simplest neckroll bolsters to make. They are made with a drawstring closure at each end of a one-piece tube. 2) Shirred corded pillow is made by inserting gathered cording in the seam around the pillow. Cording is gathered using a technique, known as shirring, to gather the bias strip that covers the cord. Make cording in matching or contrasting fabric to add a decorative finish to a pillow. 3) Shirred box pillow uses shirring to gather both edges of the boxing strip. This makes the pillow softer than the traditional box pillow. 4) Flange pillow has a single or double, flat self-border, usually 2″ (5 cm) wide, around a plump knife-edge pillow.’ 5) Mock box pillow is a variation of the knife-edge pillow, with shaped corners to add depth. Corners made using gathered style are tied inside the pillow. 6) Ruffled pillow features gathered lace or ruffles made in single or double layers. Pillow tops framed by ruffles in matching or contrasting fabric make attractive showcases for needlepoint, quilting, embroidery or candlewicking. 7) Box pillow has the added depth of a straight or shirred boxing strip. It can be soft for a scatter pillow, or firm for a chair cushion or floor pillow. 8 ) Mock box pillow can be made with mitered corners to create a tailored box shape. 9) Knife-edge pillow is the easiest pillow to make. It consists of two pieces of fabric sewn together, turned right side out and stuffed. 10) Corded pillow is a knife-edge pillow with matching or contrasting cording sewn in the seams. Use purchased cording or make your own. Or finish the pillow with a mock corded edge for a corded look without extra sewing time or fabric. Corded pillows are often called piped pillows. {Credit} Singer sewing for the Home (copyright 1984-1988)

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