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Thread: help...my pillows have floppy corners

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    Senior Member quiltswithdogs's Avatar
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    I like quilting pillows. They make great gifts and I can use them to try out new patterns. I've tried stuffing them but prefer the pillowform inserts. The problem is that I always end up with empty, floppy corners. The people I give them to are usually so enthused about the pattern and fabrics that it doesn't bother them... but it really bugs me! Help!

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    When you have the pillow top sewn, while it is turned inside out, if you measure in, on the corners about 2 inches and sew diagonally across that measurement, trim it off to match the seam allowance the floppy corners will disappear. You may have seen this technique used when making purses or tote bags, also :D :D :D

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    thanks amma... I'm not sure I understand, but I'll try it as you've said. I haven't made any purses or totes yet so this will come in handy when I do.

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    This is the technique I use. It works great!! http://www.sewingideas.com/downloada...ipedPillow.pdf

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    I always make the size of the finished pillow/cushion cover an inch smaller than the insert to make sure it fills out the case without distorting it. Although I have used scrunched up batting to fill out empty corners when I didn't have the appropriate size insert to hand.

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    That is a good technique, Ghostrider. I have saved it for future. I have been doing something similar, but this does give the measurements....I have just been winging it!

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    Thanks for the topic and ghost - thanks for the tute. Never made a pillow, but might now.

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    Note that the pillows are made with 1/2" seams, not 1/4", because they get more stress from elbows and such. If you use a different seam allowance and still want to include a batting or fleece lining, make sure your basting (line 13) falls within the seam allowance. Also, the measurement on line 8 will be equal to the width of your chosen seam allowance. Half inch seams work the best for me and I have never had to mend a pillow seam because someone sat on it or bopped their sister with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Note that the pillows are made with 1/2" seams, not 1/4", because they get more stress from elbows and such. If you use a different seam allowance and still want to include a batting or fleece lining, make sure your basting (line 13) falls within the seam allowance. Also, the measurement on line 8 will be equal to the width of your chosen seam allowance. Half inch seams work the best for me and I have never had to mend a pillow seam because someone sat on it or bopped their sister with it.
    Thanks for mentioning the seam allowances - I didn't read the tutorial that carefully -

    Glad to know you make your pillows to be used!

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