The Secret to Good Pillow Corners
I made this pillow out of Osnaburg which is one of my favorite fabrics. It has a natural, hemp or jute look to it but is soft to the touch with a nice slubby texture. Osnaburg is known as the "Mother of all Cottons" and was used as feedsacking in the 1930s through the 1950s and has really made
a fashion comeback recently.
To Make the Pillow
I cut the front and back panels for my pillow allowing 1/2" seam allowance. My pillow is 14"x14" so I cut two 15" squares.
To get great corners without floppy "dog ears" I placed the front and back panels together
and then folded both panels from the top down once.
Fold left to right once
Mark 1/2 way down the right side. Mark 1/2 way across the bottom.
Now mark 1/2" in from the lower left corner. (can you see the little dot in the bottom right corner?)Draw a line from both halfway marks to the corner 1/2" mark and cut along this line.
This is the magic move to making a good pillow.
I downloaded a pretty graphic from Graphics Fairy and printed
it on transfer paper then ironed it on. (Don't forget to print a mirror image!)
I didn't have enough grosgrain ribbon to sew this around in one piece
with folded mitered edges which might have been easier but
I wanted to finish the pillow without making a trip to
the fabric store so I mitered the ribbon and sewed it on using a fine
buttonhole stitch at the miters. Then I made some silk ribbon rosettes.