A friend of my mother-in-law gave me some fabric. It had been given to her. She couldn’t use it for her doll making or other sewing projects. She saw my dolls, thought I ought to have it, and passed it along to me. People who sew are like gardeners who share plants and cuttings. “Please take this, I know you can put it to good use.”
I decided the fabric does have potential for a doll, but in the meantime, I’ve used some of it to make pillows. The fabric has nice embroidered embellishment and it is a total match for my living room. I needed a lumbar support pillow for my favorite chair, so I made two. One for my chair and one for the matching chair, just in case I need to sit there.
Pillows are a quick and easy project. They are perfect for those just learning to sew especially when combined with ready made pillow forms. One problem encountered when sewing pillows is the “dog-ear” corners. The plumper the pillow is stuffed, the more pointy and misshapen the corners. Lots of people simply round out the corners when sewing, but all that does is made rounded corners. There is another way. I’ve been using this tip so long (over 30 years) that I don’t have any idea where originally I learned it. It is easy and the results are perfect and I’d like to share it with you.
How to Sew Perfect Pillow Corners Tutorial
I’ve drawn out the pattern changes on paper to make it easier to see. Usually I make the changes directly on the pillow pieces after they are cut out.
Mark 1/2″ and 3″ in from all corners along the seam line. (red dots)