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Message Board > Home Dec. Sewing > What size to cut fabric for throw pillows? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 8/7/11 1:31 PM

I have read that fabric for a throw pillow should be cut the same size as the pillow form (with half-inch seams making the finished cover smaller, of course) ... cut smaller than the pillow form ... and larger than the form.

Experienced Pillow People, what's the best way to go?

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Date: 8/7/11 3:28 PM

I have made lots of pillows and always cut my fabric the same size as the form and taper the corners. This gives you nice full pillows without dog ears.
This is the way I do mine:
No dog eared pillows!
-- Edited on 8/7/11 3:30 PM --

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Date: 8/7/11 9:31 PM

Cutting the cover pieces the same size as the form is a good way to go, IMO, if you have a pretty squishy form. A down form will fill a pillow differently than a fiberfill form. If you have a very firm fiberfill form, you may want to allow a little more room in your cuts.

I'm constantly amazed at the difference fill makes to a pillow. Slowly becoming more and more fond of down. Fiberfill really does not hold up over time, but there are better and worser synthetic forms.

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Date: 8/7/11 9:42 PM

Thank you both! Cutting it the same size makes sense to me -- just kept seeing so many different instructions out there that I had my doubts :)

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Date: 8/8/11 1:01 AM

When I originally started making pillow covers (decades ago) I sewed them the size of the pillow form + 1/2" seam allowance. They always seemed too flat and the corners were "fill-less".

I always had to take them apart and resew them smaller....and with a
ruffle or corded edge, it was never a simple task!

It made me wonder what was wrong with my measuring skills!

Then I read somewhere about cutting the fabric the same size as the pillow, not adding any seam allowance...and I have had plump pillows ever since! (and have not had to use my seam ripper!)

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Date: 8/8/11 1:35 AM

Plaza glass, fwiw, I make my pillows the same way as clt3 above.. Same size as form, tapered corners. Dog ears make me crazy. :)

Rowley company online sells a template for pillows that has multiple sizes and has the tapered corners. I don't have it - I just measure and draw it out.

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Date: 8/8/11 7:09 AM

Dritz also makes a template that Joann's carries and it's OK, but I recently purchased the Rowley one at a sewing expo. I plan on trying it out in the next couple of days I got a new couch and fabric for pillows this weekend.
Dritz template

Rowley template

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Date: 8/9/11 0:44 AM

That's fantastic! Will you review it for us to let us know what you think about the form? TIA

Andrea

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Date: 8/9/11 1:01 AM

I make alot of pillows and made my own pattern out of interfacing. After tapering the corners on lots of pillows, I figured this was faster.I made an 18" and a 16". I like it when I need to center a large design.

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Date: 8/9/11 4:15 AM

I did a home furnishing course too many years ago to remember. They recommended the same size or 1cm smaller and tapering the corners slightly inwards so you don't get dog ears. The pillows are always nice and plump looking that way, not flat and sad looking.

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