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Sew the New Box Pillow

Learn how to combine ample proportions, luxurious fabrics, and a few basic techniques to update this classic cushion.
Learn how to combine ample proportions, luxurious fabrics, and a few basic techniques to update this classic cushion.

Learn how to combine ample proportions, luxurious fabrics, and a few basic techniques to update this classic cushion.

by Linda Lee
from Threads #90, p. 66

Traditional square-cornered box pillows are showing up with entirely new humdinger proportions such as extra-long rectangles, extra-thick circles, and atypical shapes, like stylized flowers, stars, and triangles.

With these basic instructions, you can add a bright orange pillow to a subdued color palette, or make an oversized pillow for that dainty chair. Choose any shape and make it into a pillow.

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Anatomy of a box pillow

Anatomy of a box pillow
A box pillow is a simple design, whatever its shape: a top and bottom layer of fabric separated by a band, or boxing. The pillow's closure is housed in the boxing, and after you've decided on the type of closure, it's the first element to be constructed.

To make the closure
1. Make lapped-zipper or button-placket closure from two strips of fabric, each the length of one pillow side plus seam allowances, and whose finished width equals at least boxing's width. (Zipper opening for round pillow is as long as required to insert filler form.)

2. Trim completed closure's width to match that of boxing.

3. Sew end of closure to one end of boxing (other ends will be connected later).

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Comments (3)

apeke apeke writes: I am a total novice to sewing box pillows.
I see in the first initial illustration that the corners of the material on the box strip are cut.....do we do this prior to sewing? After? I am not clear on how and when to do this.
I hate to start on new fabric and ruin it and waste dollars spent!
Any suggestions?
Thank you!
Posted: 4:25 pm on February 23rd

LindsayAnneLopez LindsayAnneLopez writes: Beginner level sewer's question here... so if I want to have simple 20inch deep, 2inch tall and 45inch wide bench cushions in this box style without piping or fancy trims, but which way do I lay out my fabric in order to cut? Bottom and boxing on selvege or??? This pattern is perfect for what I'm trying to do but I'm not sure where to start with the first step! Anyone please advise? THANK YOU!!!
Posted: 7:38 pm on July 3rd

ninemagpies ninemagpies writes: Can they make a quick video? Artwork is great and the instructions are well written but I need to see how too's.
Posted: 8:24 am on November 10th

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