Sew the New Box Pillow
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
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).