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Lower Extremity and Rococo Pillows

Part 2 - Rococo Pillow Construction

The Back

For the back, make a simple envelope design out of 2 pieces of fabric that overlap allowing the insertion of the pillow form

My mathematical madness

To cut the two back pieces follow this equation

Pillow top is 18 inches wide/2 = 9 inches +2 inch hem +2 inch overlap = 13 inches long x 18 inches wide for each piece.

This time because this pillow was smaller than the  support pillow I allowed a 2 inch hem with 2 inch overlap on each piece instead of the 3 inches.

Cut out the two back pieces from the pillow back fabric.


"Nobody can be exactly me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it."
- Tallulah Bankhead

Serge finish one of the short ends of each piece

Fold it over 2 inches and top stitched the hem in place

Right sides together, pin one side of the back to one end of the pillow top. Repeat with the other side. They will overlap in the middle.


To curve the corners I used the flat part of my Pocket Curve Template.pocket former template

I selected one of the four curved shapes. Align it with the two cut edges of the fabric.




With a rotary cutter, trim off the excess corner


Next sew the back to the front using  inch seam allowance.

Clip the curves and turn right side out.

Steam press the edges by rolling the edges between your fingers to get the top and backing flush along the edge. Careful don’t burn yourself!



Topstitch inch from the edge all around


To make the flange you need to sew 1 inches from the edge all around. With polyester fabrics I wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish this. I have had washable marking pens never wash out of polyester in the past so I would not use one. I did however have a rotary cutter ruler, Quickline II, that has tiny holes every inch along the 1 inches line.

I used this on the back fabric to measure 1 inches from the edge of the pillow. I used a pencil to place into the little holes of the ruler and dot the line.



I marked my dots a bit darker so you can see them in the pictures

To curve the corners, again I used the Pocket Curve Template and dotted around the curve with my pencil.


Pin this line all the way around to hold it in place

Top stitch all the way around following the dotted pencil marks.

All done. Insert the pillow into the envelope back and it is ready to use.


PART 3 - Support Pillow Construction >>>




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